Doctor! Doctor! // Thompson Twins
No, really. Stay with me on this.
Last night I was watching Fallon and wondering, “who’s the white guy with the guitar, sitting in with The Roots?” Then going to or coming out of a break, he sang a song I kind of recognized, and another, then another. Dim memories; not clear “oh, yeah, that!” but clearly something that had imprinted on me somewhere in the foggy past.
Later, Jimmy said he is Tom Bailey, lead singer of Thompson Twins. I can be forgiven for not recognizing him. His look has changed a little. And, frankly, I was never a big consumer of his work. I am very much on the record as having a different view of “80s music” than what is modal in popular culture. I have my preferences, and they are not…this.
But god dammit if this guy didn’t plant hooks in my head 30 years ago that, even after zero exposure in the interim, are still rattling around up there somewhere. I have to give credit where it’s due: this is fine pop songcraft, the dude can really sing, and the warmth of those synth tones could cleave glaciers.
And if he’s good enough for the freaking Roots, he has earned another listen from me, for sure.