from the album Big Trash (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4
Today's song of the day comes from the Thompson Twins, who became a true duo when Joe Leeway left the group in the mid-80s, leaving Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie to front their top-40 hit from the spring of 1987, "Get That Love". They also topped the dance chart the following year with a club rework of the early single "In The Name Of Love". After switching record labels to Warner Brothers, the pair recorded their seventh studio album, Big Trash. The first single from the set was the bouncy dance-pop track "Sugar Daddy", written and produced by Bailey and Currie...
"Sugar Daddy" became the Twins' seventh and so-far final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in November of 1989. The song also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, while the 12" single of remixes went all the way to #2 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record went to #38 in Canada, and slipped on to the British chart for a week at #97.
The duo started the 90's with the album Queer, and while the first single, "Come Inside", was a respectable dance hit at #7, and landed at #23 on the Modern Rock chart, it missed the pop list entirely. That song was a minor hit in their native Britain (#56), as was their follow-up "The Saint" (#53), which America ignored completely. Rechristening themselves Babble with the addition of Keith Fernley, they had a couple more club hits, with "Love Has No Name" reaching #10 in 1996. Bailey and Currie split professionally, then romantically, divorcing in 2003. Tom still tours behind their music under the Thompson Twins name.
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Here's the 12" remix that send the song to #2 on the dance chart...
Up tomorrow: Jersey Boys aren't waiting for the wedding.