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In June 1981.

In June 1981, “T Records” label released “A Product of…”, the debut Thompson Twins studio album. It was recorded in April 1981 and was produced by Dennis Bovell, Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway, Chris Bell, Jane Shorter, Peter Dodd, John Roog, and Mike Howlett.

Personnel:

  • Tom Bailey– lead vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion, reeds, mixing
  • Chris Bell – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Peter Dodd – guitar, percussion, saxophone, backing vocals
  • Joe Leeway– congas, percussion, backing vocals
  • John Roog – guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Jane Shorter – saxophone, percussion
  • Steve Dewey – engineer, mixing
  • Alan O’Duffy, John Hade – mixing
  • Jonathan Phipps – cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway, Chris Bell, Jane Shorter, Peter Dodd, John Roog, and Mike Howlett, except where noted

  1. When I See You
  2. Politics
  3. Slave Trade
  4. Could Be Her…Could Be You
  5. Make Believe
  6. Don’t Go Away
  7. The Price
  8. Oumma Aularesso (Animal Laugh) – traditional from Sierra Leone; arranged by Tom Bailey
  9. Anything Is Good Enough
  10. A Product Of…
  11. Perfect Game
  12. Vendredi Saint – traditiional Gregorian chant; arranged by Tom Bailey

On April 17, 2020.

On April 17, 2020, Matthew Seligman died aged 64. He was musician (bass), member of The Soft Boys, Thompson Twins, Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club and The Dolphin Brothers, recorded and performed with Thomas Dolby, David Bowie, Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberley Rew, Alex Chilton, The Waterboys, Peter Murphy, Transvision Vamp, Morrissey, Stereo MC’s, Sam Brown, Tori Amos, Stereo MC’s and Sinéad O’Connor.

On September 20, 1985.

On September 20, 1985, “Arista” label released “Here’s to Future Days”, the fifth Thompson Twins studio album. It was recorded 1984 – 1985, and was produced by Nile Rodgers and Tom Bailey.

Personnel:

  • Tom Bailey– lead vocals, synthesizer, piano, guitar, double bass, drum programming, Fairlight programming
  • Alannah Currie- percussion, drums, xylophone, marimba, backing vocals
  • Joe Leeway- congas, synthesizer, synth bass, backing vocals
  • Nile Rodgers- guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Stevens– guitar
  • Steve Elsin – tenor saxophone
  • East Harlem Hobo Choir – backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway, except where noted.

  1. Don’t Mess with Doctor Dream
  2. Lay Your Hands on Me
  3. Future Days
  4. You Killed the Clown
  5. Revolution – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  6. King for a Day
  7. Love Is the Law
  8. Emperor’s Clothes (Part 1)
  9. Tokyo
  10. Breakaway

In February 1983.

In February 1983, “Arista” label released “Quick Step & Side Kick”, the third Thompson Twins studio album. It was recorded 1982 – 1983, and was produced by Alex Sadkin. The album was certified Platinum in UK by “BPI”.

Personnel:

  • Tom Bailey- vocals, synthesizer, drum programming
  • Alannah Currie– vocals, xylophone, percussion
  • Joe Leeway– vocals, congas, synthesizer
  • Boris Williams- cymbals
  • Grace Jones- background vocals
  • Monte Brown – guitar
  • Phil Thornalley – engineer

Track listing:

  1. Love On Your Side
  2. Lies
  3. If You Were Here
  4. Judy Do
  5. Tears
  6. Watching
  7. We Are Detective
  8. Kamikaze
  9. Love Lies Bleeding
  10. All Fall Out

In June 1981.

In June 1981, “T Records” label released “A Product of … ”, the debut Thompson Twins album.  It was recorded in April 1981, and was produced by Dennis Bovell, Mike Howlett, Tom Bailey, Chris Bell, Peter Dodd, Joe Leeway, John Roog and Jane Shorter.

Personnel:

  • Tom Bailey– bass, lead vocals, keyboards, percussion, reeds
  • Chris Bell – drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Peter Dodd – guitar, backing vocals, percussion, saxophone
  • Joe Leeway– congas, backing vocals, percussion
  • John Roog – guitar, backing vocals, percussion
  • Jane Shorter – saxophone, percussion
  • Steve Dewey – engineer, mixing
  • Alan O’Duffy, John Hade, Tom Bailey – mixing
  • Jonathan Phipps – cover art

Track listing:

All the tracks by Tom Bailey, Chris Bell, Peter Dodd, Joe Leeway, John Roog and Jane Shorter, except where noted.

  1. When I See You
  2. Politics
  3. Slave Trade
  4. Could Be Her…Could Be You
  5. Make Believe
  6. Don’t Go Away
  7. The Price
  8. Oumma Aularesso (Animal Laugh) – traditional, arranged by Tom Bailey
  9. Anything Is Good Enough
  10. A Product Of…
  11. Perfect Game
  12. Vendredi Saint – traditiional; arranged by Tom Bailey

 

 

On December 7, 1984.

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On December 7, 1984, “Atlantic” label released “Agent Provocateur”, the fifth Foreigner studio album. It was recorded in 1984, and was produced by Mick Jones and Alex Sadkin. The album was certified Platinum in Germany by “BVMI”; Platinum in Switzerland by “IFPI Switzerland”; Platinum in UK by “BPI”, and 3 x Platinum in the U.S. by the “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Lou Gramm- lead vocals, percussion
  • Mick Jones- guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Rick Wills- bass, backing vocals
  • Dennis Elliott- drums
  • Wally Badarou- analog and digital synthesizers
  • Tom Bailey– vocals
  • Brian Eddolls – synthesizer
  • Larry Fast– synthesizer
  • Don Harper- backing vocals
  • Jennifer Holliday- backing vocals
  • Dave Lebolt – synthesizer
  • Ian Lloyd- backing vocals
  • Bob Mayo- synthesizer, piano, backing vocals
  • New Jersey Mass Choir of the GMWA – backing vocals
  • Mark Rivera- saxophone, backing vocals
  • Jack Waldman– synthesizer
  • Thompson Twins- backing vocals
  • Josh Abbey, Larry Alexander, Joe Ferla, Frank Filipetti, Howie Lindeman – engineers
  • Assistant engineers: Bobby Cohen, Tim Crich, Scott Mabuchi
  • Original mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Art direction, design: Bob Defrin

Track listing:

  1. Tooth and Nail – Lou Gramm, Mick Jones
  2. That Was Yesterday – Lou Gramm, Mick Jones
  3. I Want to Know What Love Is – Mick Jones
  4. Growing Up the Hard Way – Lou Gramm, Mick Jones
  5. Reaction to Action – Mick Jones, Lou Gramm
  6. Stranger in My Own House – Mick Jones
  7. A Love in Vain – Mick Jones, Lou Gramm
  8. Down on Love – Mick Jones, Lou Gramm
  9. Two Different Worlds – Lou Gramm
  10. She’s Too Tough – Mick Jones, Lou Gramm

 

 

On March 31, 1987.

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On March 31, 1987, “Arista” label released “Close to the Bone”, the sixth Thompson Twins studio album. It was recorded in 1986 – 1987, and was produced by Rupert Hine and Tom Bailey.

Personnel:

  • Tom Bailey- keyboards, lead vocals, guitars, bass, programming
  • Alannah Currie- percussion, backing vocals, drums, marimba, xylophone, art direction
  • Griff Fender – backing vocals
  • Pikey Butler – backing vocals
  • The Mint Juleps – backing vocals
  • Jamie West-Oram– guitar
  • Geoff Dugmore- drums

Track listing:

  1. Follow Your Heart
  2. Bush Baby
  3. Get That Love
  4. Twentieth Century
  5. Long Goodbye
  6. Still Waters
  7. Savage Moon
  8. Gold Fever
  9. Dancing In Your Shoes
  10. Perfect Day