We Are Detective – Thompson Twins (1983)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, We Are Detective by Thompson Twins. The record was released in 1983, on the Arista record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a detective as featured on the records sleeve.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the Thompson Twins,  Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway and Alannah Currie, the 1980s, synth-pop, Private Investigators or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Thompson Twins
Media Artist/s: We Are Detective
Record Label: Arista
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Pop / Synth-pop

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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. 

We Are Detective – The Song

‘We are Detective’  is a 1983 song by the British pop group the Thompson Twins. It was the third single from the band’s third studio album, Quick Step & Side Kick. It was the group’s second single to reach the UK Top Ten, peaking at no. 7. It also reached no. 48 in Alannah Currie’s native New Zealand.

The Detective – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a stereo-typical private detective with long rain coat, trilby hat and a magnifying glass. A detective is an investigator, usually a member of a law enforcement agency. They often collect information to solve crimes by talking to witnesses and informants, collecting physical evidence, or searching records in databases. This leads them to arrest criminals and enable them to be convicted in court. A detective may work for the police or privately.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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