Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey Is King for a Day in Rockers’ Block

The '80s New Wave icon has love on his side for this edition

Tom Bailey color publicity #2 photo credit James Cumpsty

Some music artists have released literally hundreds of songs over the years, to say nothing of the ones deemed too garbage-y to release. BlastEcho wondered if those involved in recording so many songs could remember them all. Enter Rockers’ Block.

For each Rockers’ Block contestant, we play five random songs from their catalog each song from the beginning to see how long it takes for them to guess (well, maybe guess isn’t the right word) the correct song. Then once they do (hopefully), they talk a bit about the song.

As a founding member of the ’80s New Wave act Thompson Twins, Tom Bailey was the principle voice you heard on many of the trio-cum-duo’s biggest hits (“Hold Me Now,” “Doctor! Doctor!” and “Sister of Mercy”). The band broke up years ago, for a time Bailey and fellow Twins founder Alannah Curie forming the more experimental group, Babble, and releasing a pair of albums under that moniker.

Today, Bailey is back with his first solo album, Science Fiction, which should appease fans longing for the Twins’ catchy electro-pop confections. Look for Bailey on tour this summer with Culture Club and B-52’s, along with some solo gigs where you’ll get to hear even more Twins songs, and material from Science Fiction.

Of course, we left off any material from Science Fiction during this edition of Rockers’ Block (that’s too easy!), but we weren’t afraid to throw in a Babble song. Bailey performed quite well, considering we went back 37 years for one tune!

Here’s proof:

P.S. The full songs are below, if you think you can do better than Bailey did…


Song #1:

Song #2:

Song #3:

Song #4:

Song #5:

Check out the first single from Bailey’s new album, Science Fiction, “What Kind of World”:

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