Tom Bailey actually started the Thompson Twins in 1977. However, the band would go through numerous lineup changes and wouldn’t find real success until 1983. Quick-Step & Side Kick was released in February of 1983 and featured the hits “Lies”, “Love On Your Side”, We Are Detective” and, “Watching. The album would reach #2 on the UK charts and would be certified platinum. The album “Into the Gap” was released in 1984 and became their most commercially successful album. “Hold Me Now”, “Doctor! Doctor!”, “You Take Me Up”, and “Sister of Mercy” were all released as singles and the band would reach #10 on the U.S. charts.
In 1985 the Thompson Twins released “Here’s to Future Days” featuring the hit single “Lay Your Hands on Me” which reached #6 in the U.S. “Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream” reached #15. in the UK.
The band continued to make albums all the way through 1991. The core of the band was Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway, and Alannah Currie for most of the recordings and is still considered the classic lineup.
So Where Are They Now?
Tom was married to fellow bandmate Alannah Currie from 1991-2003 and they have two children together. In 1994, Bailey and Currie formed a new band called “Babble” that was geared in the direction of electronica, more than pop. Tom also released several dub albums under the name International Observer. In 2014, Tom Bailey performed Thompson Twins for the first time in 27 years as a solo artist. Bailey still performs and released a solo album called Science Fiction and he has toured under the name “Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey.” Bailey has been very outspoken about being vegan and lives a straight edge lifestyle that does not include drinking alcohol or recreational use of drugs
As mentioned above, Currie was married to former bandmate Tom Bailey for four years. Originally from New Zealand, Allanah returned there in 1994 and began work as a glass artist. She also founded a women’s anti-genetic engineering movement Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment (MAdGE) and designed a series of protest billboards across New Zealand that was quite controversial. She returned to London in 2004 and under the name Miss Pokeno where she creates art that embodies everything from protests, dissent, and whimsical ideas.
Joe had a background in theatre which was utilized to design the Thompson Twins stage shows. A multi-talented guy, Leeway was a percusionist, keyboardist, backing/ lead vocalist and, songwriter for the band. Joe left the Thompson Twins on good terms in 1986. He then pursued a solo career, but never released an album. In 1989 he appeared as an actor in the film “Slaves Of New York” and later went on to work on commercials for brands like Pepsi and Nike. Joe currently lives in L.A. and works in hypnotherapy. He is a staff member at Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) and is a certified trainer in neuro-linguistic programming.