Day One – Thompson Twins – Big Trash

Today is my birthday and for no reason in particular, I thought I should play an album from a favourite artist that I had not listened to for a long time. Thinking in terms of the blog, it occurred to me that over the next seven days, I would pick an album from each of my top artists and share it on the blog. Of course, it would be an album that I wanted to rediscover. Self indulgent? Naturally but it is my blog after all. 🙂

For my first choice I went to my second all time favourite group, the Thompson Twins. There was a time when the Thompson Twins ruled the world back in the 80s. They could not put a foot wrong but then it did all go wrong. It seemed like the success was too big and too much and all too quickly. The group themselves started feeling the pressure and the sin of over-exposure hung over them. Really sad actually since the Thompson Twins were a brilliant band in terms of music, image and showmanship. It still bugs me that no one ever really mentions the Thompson Twins these days, despite many other 80s artists jumping on the bandwagon. It probably hasn’t helped that the former members of the Thompson Twins seem to shun the spotlight meaning that they have become a distant memory. Criminal in my view.

The album I chose was the 1989 gem “Big Trash”. By the time this came out, the Twins were down to two members and the glory days were behind them. The album was very under-rated and barely caused a ripple. They had just signed to a new label and this album was a step in a new direction. It had a much harder rock edge to the sound although it was still full of the trademark hooks. A great album to play really loud.

The album came out about the same time that Deborah Harry had a huge world-wide hit with a song penned by Tom and Alannah, “I Want That Man”. Actually, I would love to hear Alannah sing this and it makes me wonder if there could be a long lost demo in the vaults. One can always dream.

Actually Ms Harry has contributed backing vocals to two of the songs on here which surely makes this album an essential item for the completist Blondie fan.

One good thing is that the lead single, “Sugar Daddy” was a hit. Dance fused with rock and very sing-alongable. The second single “Bombers In The Sky” was featured in the “Gremlins 2” movie.

Some kind soul put together an album sampler featuring clips from all the songs. Check out the wonderful “Salvador Dali’s Car”, “Queen of the USA”, “Wild” and the title track.

Here is the video for the 12″ mix of “Sugar Daddy”.

I couldn’t find the promo clip for “Bombers In The Sky” with scenes of Gremlins so here is a fan video set to the Razormaid mix. Rather fab.

I remember not even knowing that a new album was coming out back in 1989. This was back in the days prior to the internet when going to a record shops was an adventure and not knowing what treasures one might find.

4 Responses to “Day One – Thompson Twins – Big Trash”

  1. June 17, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I haven’t listened to this album in years. Probably my favorite of the Thompson Twins albums as it was one I played well into the 1990’s. And due to the label change it always seems like the album is considered one of the bastard step children albums when it comes to selecting songs for greatest hits collections. It’s an overlooked gem that sadly people are forgetting this wonderful album. I never knew about the Gremlins II connection (haven’t watched that movie in years either). Guess I know which album I’ll be digging out of my CD collection to make MP3s for today.

    Ryan Cameron

  2. 2 Ashley Smith
    February 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

    One of my favourite albums of Thompson Twins, shame that it is seemingly forgotten. Coincidentally I found this review when researching the album as I like to do. Also coincidentally, I happen to be the uploader of the album preview on Youtube, and I’m glad that they are seen as helpful.

  3. July 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love this album. Have a framed poster of it in my living room! The Pet Shop Boys are my favorite band, but Thompson Twins are a close second. We seem to have uniquely similar tastes.

  4. 4 Me
    June 2, 2019 at 3:00 am

    There was the demo of the Thompson Twins version doing the rounds a few years ago. Intriguingly, if not somewhat bizarrely, it’s Tom singing on it and not Alannah.

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