My only bugbear with the Thompson Twins – and a lot of early-80s pop for that matter – is that some of the songs tend to be all big choruses and not much else to shout home about; all dessert without any main course to set it up. A song like Doctor! Doctor! really creeps up on you. It starts, with not a great deal of fanfare and a couple of verses where you really have to look out for the melody to hear it. Then the chorus hits, and it’s like the greatest thing in the world, until the chorus finishes and the sing resumes into its non-descript verse structure.
It’s like they went to songwriting school, but they only turned up on the days when they learned how to write killer pop choruses.
Hit: Hold Me Now
Hidden Gem: Day After Day