Into The Gap
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- After the huge success of “Quick Step & Side Kick” (which spent 56 weeks in the UK album charts), the Thompson Twins reconvened with producer Alex Sadkin at Compass Point Studios in Nassau and recorded “Into The Gap”, which went straight into the album charts at # 1 in February 1984. It also reached # 10 in the US and charted throughout Europe.
- The album was preceded by the Top 5 singles “Hold Me Now”, “Doctor! Doctor!” (# 11 in the US) and followed by “You Take Me Up” and “Sisters Of Mercy”. Each single release featured different, extended 12” mixes and non-album b-sides.
- This deluxe 2 CD release presents all the remixes from the original cassette edition of the album as well as the extended 12” mixes and the non-album b-sides, the majority of which appear on CD for the first time. All this adds up to 143 minutes of “Into The Gap”!
- The poster booklet features full annotation, singles sleeves and memorabilia from a fan’s extensive collection.
|| ||Doctor! Doctor!|
|| ||You Take Me Up|
|| ||Day After Day|
|| ||Sister Of Mercy|
|| ||No Peace For The Wicked|
|| ||The Gap|
|| ||Hold Me Now|
|| ||Storm On The Sea|
|| ||Who Can Stop The Rain|
The Cassette Remixes:
|| ||Leopard Ray|
|| ||Doctor! Doctor!|
|| ||Panic Station (Day After Day)|
|| ||Down Tools|
|| ||Hold Me Now|
|| ||Funeral Dance (No Peace For The Wicked)|
|| ||Compass Points (The Gap)|
|| ||Still Water (Storm On The Sea)|
The B-Sides & The 12" Mixes:
|| ||You Take Me Up (Machines Take Me Over) (12" Version)|
|| ||Sister Of Mercy (12" Version)|
|| ||Let Loving Start (12" Version)|
|| ||You Take Me up (High Plains Mixer) (US 12" Remix)|
|| ||Nurse Shark|
|| ||Passion Planet|
|| ||You Take Me Up (Instrumental Remix)|
|| ||Out Of The Gap (Megamix Extended Version)|
Home to seven of Thompson Twins’ 10 Top 40 singles, Quick Step & Side Kick and Into The Gap peaked at numbers two and one in 1983 and 1984 respectively. Reissued in two-CD sets, both are well-served here with extensive liner notes and the fact that each is expanded to well over two hours by a collection of mixes plucked from original 12-inch and cassette releases.
If you're reading this simply to find out if these long overdue reissues are worth buying then the answer is yes, yes and thrice yes so if that is you then you can stop reading now and go out and buy them both immediately.
To be honest both albums would be worth having even if they were a straight reissue of the 1983 (Quick Step & Side Kick) and 1984 (Into The Gap) originals because this is a pair of classic albums and quite frankly should be in the record collection of everyone who claims to be a fan of music in the eighties. 'Quick Step & Side Kick' was the album that gave us a trio of brilliant singles in 'Love On Your Side', 'Lies' and 'We Are Detective' and made Thompson Twins into global superstars and 'Into The Gap' effortlessly continued the band's momentum with 'Doctor! Doctor!', 'You Take Me Up', 'Sister Of Mercy' and 'Hold Me Now', but these releases are a long way from simply being straight reissues and pretty much set a new benchmark for quality catalogue releases.
First off there's the package itself, the booklets both fold out into impressive sheets packed with pictures of the band and the original sleeves for the various vinyl, cassette and picture disc editions of the singles alongside items of original Thompson Twins merchandise, coupled with decent and informative sleevenotes courtesy of Damian Thomas. It's rare to see this level of quality on budget reissues and huge credit must be given to everyone involved in putting them together.
Appropriately enough though it's the music that really elevates these editions, the original albums alone stand as testament to just how important the Thompson Twins were in helping to shape the musical landscape of the 80s, dodging and diving through the genres of the day as they do, from exuberant pop to moody and atmospheric post-punk posturing, all the while taking in reggae, rap, dub, world music and bold electronic experimentation on the way.
Experimentation is also very much the keyword for the additional material that has been stuffed into both these double CD editions. In the eighties this aspect of playful sonic experimentation started with a series of adventurous, fun and frequently erratic reworkings of singles for the burgeoning market for 12" single mixes, but in the case of the Thompson Twins their appetite for experimentation bubbled over into providing what are almost entirely reworked albums for the b-side of each release's cassette edition. These 'Cassette Remixes' are featured here in their entirety as are all the various single remixes and b-sides.
'Quick Step & Side Kick' comes with six 'Cassette Remixes' and a further eleven 12" mixes and b-sides - including the wonderfully bizarre 'Dancersaurus (Even Large reptiles Have Emotional Problems)' - while 'Into The Gap' features eight 'Cassette Remixes' and a further eight remixes and b-sides. Some of the material is brave, some of it is radical, odd and unusual and some of it is just plain daft, but the bonus material in particular is very much the sound of a band having fun while pushing their own boundaries and all of it is very much to be applauded.
I've been listening to both these albums pretty much exclusively for a couple of weeks now and I've been putting off writing a review not because I haven't known what to say but instead because there's just so much to say and I haven't got a clue where to start. Put simply there are brilliant bits and there are baffling bits and there's everything in between and the best thing I can really say is that you have to listen to them, loudly and frequently.
It goes without saying that most of the bonus material on these two releases is presented here on CD for the very first time, and it goes without saying that you really should add them both to your record collection immediately.
Record Collector, April 08
“Remastered and repackaged, and about time”
It’s a travesty that the Thompson Twins’ back catalogue, eight albums across three distinct eras have been completely overlooked by the record industry and media alike. They’ve been relegated to endless budget singles compilations, while many bands that simply supported them on tour have had the deluxe box set reissue treatment. Big hair went to the Twins’ heads for a while, but they did go from seven-piece squat-based indie band to US stadium tours in under five years. Along the way they never stopped making pop music that was as experimental as it was commercial. Doctor! Doctor! Was an OK single, but the Nurse Shark B-side and half-speed instrumental dub version of the A-side proved there was more to this band. Edsel have tackled the Twins’ biggest-selling albums with aplomb, adding scores of rare 12” and cassette remixes. 1983’s Quick Step & Sidekick features Grace Jones and is the best synth-dance album to come out of Nassau; if only the wider public hadn’t been thrown off course by the novelty hit, We are Detective. The following year’s Into The Gap highlights are the remixes, pointing the way to Tom Bailey, the musical twin’s, highly accomplished work in down-tempo, dub and ambient house.
The hugely successful Thompson Twins were in actual fact Tom Bailey from Yorkshire, Joe Leeway from London and Alana Currie from New Zealand. They were named after the bumbling characters in Hergé’s Adventures on Tin-Tin, now enjoying a revival with plans for a big budget movie remake. When this album was released in 1984, it went straight into the UK LP charts at number one, and also made the American top ten as word spread across the Atlantic. It was preceded by hit singles Hold Me Now, Doctor Doctor, You Take Me Up and Sisters Of Mercy, all of which are included here. It adds up to 143 minutes of Into The Gap – great value for money on this budget price label.
Where are they now?
She was the crazy-haired singer in the Thompson Twins. Now Alannah Currie is back, in a new incarnation as artist-upholsterer.
On becoming an upholsterer…
I wanted to make something useful. Chairs are incredible objects, as well as being the place where you sit and tell stories. I decided to use them to tell dark tales, but first I had to learn the craft, so I went to London Metropolitan University and spent two years learning from the old blokes. It was physically hard, my fingers bled, my back ached and I cried a lot.
On the Thompson Twins…
We lasted until 1992. We finally decided we’d said everything we wanted to say with music. I went back to New Zealand with my husband, Tom [Bailey, lead singer of the Thompson Twins], and our children, Indie, two months, and Jackson, five. It was the great escape from the music business. We’ve been offered loads of money to re-form, but I’d rather vomit on my boots.
On the pop star lifestyle…
One day in 1986, I had breakfast in LA with Timothy Leary and dinner in New York with Andy Warhol. That was fantastic.
On crazy 80s hair…
It took a lot of effort and energy, which could have been spent on something more productive. But, hell, it was fun.
The Guardian Weekend, 26 April 08
An exhibition of Ms Currie’s work is currently showing in London. For more information follow this link to the exhibition website.
Click here to see the full Guardian article or click here to view coverage in The Independent.