Before the Thompson Twins became the three piece pop band we are familiar with they were a fairly experimental seven piece (sometimes more – it seemed to fluctuate). I remember liking a song called Make Believe from their first album, A Product of…, but finding much of the rest too busy and cluttered. This is certainly not the case with Runaway, a single remixed from second album, Set. By now most of the elements of their later sound are in place, although the song sounds more like a decent album track than a hit single. I can’t remember for sure but I think I must have bought this mainly for the live version of Make Believe on the free single that accompanied it.
mp3: Thompson Twins - Runaway
Remixed from the Set album, additional synthesiser by Tom Dolby (sic).
mp3: Thompson Twins - Make Believe (Live)
Recorded at Hammersmith Palais 1982, additional synthesiser by Tom Dolby (sic), hubcaps by audience. Not as good as the studio version but it’s all I’ve got for now.
Buy Thompson Twins here but don’t expect to find these tracks on CD