Additional information about this, Thompson Twins vinyl art.
Thompson Twins – The Artists
Thompson Twins were a British pop band that formed in 1977. Initially a new wave group, they switched to a more mainstream pop sound and achieved considerable popularity from 1983, scoring a string of hits in the United Kingdom, the United States, and around the world. In 1993, they changed their name to Babble, to reflect their change in music from new wave to dub-influenced chill-out. They continued as Babble to 1996, at which point the group permanently dissolved. The original line up consisted of; Tom Bailey – bass, keyboards, vocals, Pete Dodd – guitar, vocals, John Podgorski – drums and John Roog – guitar. Their line-up changed through the years but during their most commercial successful years between 1982 and 1986 the band was a trio and consisted of; Tom Bailey – bass, guitar, keyboards, vocal, Joe Leeway – congas, percussion, keyboards, vocals and Alannah Currie – drums, percussion, vocals. The band was named after the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson in Hergé’s comic strip The Adventures of Tintin. At various stages, the band had up to seven members, but their most known incarnation was as a trio between 1982 and 1986.
Hold Me Now – The Song
‘Hold Me Now’ is a song by British band the Thompson Twins. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alex Sadkin and the group’s lead vocalist Tom Bailey. The song is a mid-tempo new wave song that uses a varied instrumentation, including keyboards, a xylophone, a piano and Latin percussion. It was released in November 1983 as the first single from their fourth studio album, Into the Gap. The song peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart in November of that year and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 1983, becoming the band’s biggest-selling single. Emotionally, it was written as the result of some argument that was resolved between band members Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey. They actually decided this is an interesting emotional subject. What it feels like to get back together again after separation and the kind of ideas that come up and the way that emotion and physicality somehow are brought together.
The Octopus- The Shape
This record has been modelled into an octopus inspired by the fact that the mollusc has many arms from which to hold something. The octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-limbed mollusc of the order Octopoda. Around 300 species are recognised, and the order is grouped within the class Cephalopoda with squids, cuttlefish, and nautiloids. Like other cephalopods, the octopus is bilaterally symmetric with two eyes and a beak, with its mouth at the centre point of the eight limbs (tentacles / arms). The soft body can rapidly alter its shape, enabling octopuses to squeeze through small gaps. They trail their eight appendages behind them as they swim. The siphon is used both for respiration and for locomotion, by expelling a jet of water. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the most intelligent and behaviourally diverse of all invertebrates. Octopuses inhabit various regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, pelagic waters, and the seabed. Most species grow quickly, mature early, and are short-lived. Strategies to defend themselves against predators include the expulsion of ink, the use of camouflage and threat displays, the ability to jet quickly through the water and hide, and even deceit. All octopuses are venomous, but only the blue-ringed octopuses are known to be deadly to humans. Octopuses appear in mythology as sea monsters like the Kraken of Norway. A battle with an octopus appears in Victor Hugo’s book Toilers of the Sea, inspiring other works such as Ian Fleming’s Octopussy. Octopuses appear in Japanese erotic art, shunga. They are eaten and considered a delicacy by humans in many parts of the world, especially the Mediterranean and the Asian seas.
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