Monday, March 16, 2020

"Get That Love" by Thompson Twins

Song#:  3074
Date:  03/28/1987
Debut:  78
Peak:  31
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This trio was whittled down to the duo of Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie following the departure of Joe Leeway earlier in '86. The pair's first effort was a one-off title track single (#54 Pop) done for the Tom Hanks flick Nothing in Common and it was expected that a new album would quickly follow. But behind the scenes, Currie had suffered through a couple of personal tragedies and the pair decided that a break was in order. After some time away, they regrouped and began to write songs for a new album, which would be the Twins' first as a duo. Working with producer Rupert Hine, they came up with their sixth studio album Closer to the Bone. This first single was issued out and while it almost cracked the Pop Top 30, it didn't perform nearly as well as the first singles from their previous two LPs, both of which were Top 10 hits. In turn, the album stalled at a minor #76.

ReduxReview:  With the new album it seemed the Twins were moving away from their catchy, quirky new wave synthpop and trying to do something a bit more mature and current. Hine was a good choice for a producer and he gave the LP a nice, glossy pop sheen. Elements of the Twins' writing was still apparent, but the problem was that they didn't come up with a couple of hooky, memorable tracks that could be real single contenders. This one was the best bet, yet it wasn't nearly as fun or as memorable as their previous hits.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After the somewhat tepid reception of Close to the Bone, the Twins decided to leave their home label of Arista and move to Warner Bros. However, before making the move it seemed like they owed Arista one more LP and a compilation of remixes of their hits was assembled. The Best of Thompson Twins: Greatest Mixes was issued out in the summer of '88. To promote the album, a new remix of their 1982 song "In the Name of Love" (#1 Dance) was put together by Shep Pettibone. It was released as a single with the altered title of "In the Name of Love '88." It ended up replicating the success of the original by hitting #1 on the Dance chart. And also like the original, it failed to reach the Pop chart. In the UK, the original single got to #79 while the new remix made it to #46.


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