Lost but not least! Thompson Twins – In The Name Of Love 88 (Railroad Mix) (Arista)
I suppose the Thompson Twins‘ name may not sound that familiar to those of you into Disco or House vibes. And how could it ever be different speaking of a British New Wave group at the end?!? They nevertheless made themselves a name while blending Dance, Pop and Reggae vibes. And eventually pioneered a Synth Pop-driven sound. In that vein where are to be found groups like The System Stateside or Scritti Politti in the UK (among others)…
US producer/remixer Shep Pettibone (Madonna, Janet Jackson) would nevertheless bring them to a new audience. This when comin’ to remix ‘In The Name Of Love 88’ six years after its initial release. Meanwhile borrowing the bassline of Ten City‘s ‘Right Back To You’, although on a slightly slower rhythm pattern. The Dub effects he would add pretty much enhancing its vocal extravaganza. That kind of extravaganza one could find years after on the memorable ‘London Roots’ by the likes of Louie Vega & Johnny Dangerous for instance. Quite a clever approach, to say the least…
Taking their name from the two famous detectives – Thompson and Thompson – in Hergé‘s comic strip ‘The Adventures Of Tintin’, the Thompson Twins saw the light back in 1977 between Sheffield and London. With an ever evolving line-up (from a septet to a trio) they released their debut-single – ‘Squares And Triangles’ – 3 years later.
They most likely made their reputation from novation. At a time when many purists scoffed at everybody who would like to hear them that “good” music could be made with machines! Well, we all know the score, don’t we?
As a matter of fact, the Thompson Twins became the leading purveyors of Synth-Pop. With their music sounding like a blend of Dance, Pop and Reggae influences.
‘In The Name Of Love’ most likely stands as one of their biggest classics ever. Bringing them to the Dance charts both Stateside where it reached the #1 position and in the UK. It eventually got extra exposure as featured in ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Edge Of Seventeen’s OST’s.
It reappeared 6 years later, then titled ‘In The Name Of Love 88’ as remixed by Shep Pettibone. And it eventually got them back to the same position in the US Dance Charts.
The Thompson Twins have released an impressive series of 23 albums between 1982 and 1991.