The Thompson Twins were a British pop group that were formed in April 1977and disbanded in May 1993. They achieved considerable popularity in the mid 1980s, scoring a string of hits in the United Kingdom, the United States and around the globe. The band was named after the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson in Hergé’s comic strip, The Adventures of Tintin.A predominantly synthpop trio, they were joined on stage at Live Aid by Madonna and were at the forefront of the so-called Second British Invasion.
Founding member Tom Bailey was attending a teacher’s college in Cheshire, England and harboring dreams of becoming a classical pianist when he met Joe Leeway, a fledgling actor, in 1977. The pair hit it off, yet Leeway wasn’t part of the original incarnation of the Thompson Twins, which featured Bailey (vocals, keyboards), guitarist Pete Dodd, guitarist John Roog, and drummer Chris Bell. During the late ’70s and early ’80s, the band released a handful of independent singles and became fixtures on the burgeoning New Romantic scene in London before signing with Arista Records in 1981. That year, they released their debut album, A Product Of…, to little attention.
Not long after the release of A Product Of…, Bailey added his girlfriend Alannah Currie (percussion, saxophone, vocals), Joe Leeway (percussion, vocal), and former Soft Boys bassist Matthew Seligman to the group. The Thompson Twins recorded one album in this seven-piece incarnation, 1982’s Set, which was released in America as In the Name of Love. The record was a bomb, and following its release, the group was trimmed to a trio — Bailey, Currie, and Leeway.
The single “In The Name Of Love” would be resurrected in 1988 with a number of Shep Pettibone remixes and would hit the Top 50 in the UK. The Railroad Mix and Railroad Dub would appear on the CD single.
In The Name Of Love ’88 (Extended Remix) 5:18
In The Name Of Love ’88 (Dub Mix) 6:20