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FERE’S TO FUTURE DAYS

WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM ALL SET FOR RELEASE, AN EXCITING INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL AND AN EXTENSIVE WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE, THERE ARE THREE FRESH CHAPTERS IN THE STORY OF FORMER THOMPSON TWIN TOM BAILEY ABOUT TO BE WRITTEN… HE REVEALS TO CLASSIC POP WHY HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF A “REAL WANDERER”, AND WHY HE DOESN’T WISH TO “STAY IN ONE PLACE FOR VERY LONG…”

TOM BAILEY

The last time Classic Pop enjoyed an in-depth catch-up with Tom Bailey was in 2015. It was his first interview in more than a decade and came on the eve of his return to live performance after a 25-year break to explore dub, World beats and a life away from the limelight. At the time, we were quick to voice what all Thompson Twins fans were already asking: how about a new pop album? But it was way too early. “Yes, I remember!” he laughs. “There was a period when the merest mention of something like that felt like an absurd kind of mission creep. It’s like, ‘I never agreed to do anything like that’.

But, it’s probably just a question of settling into the job again. I also feel that it’s actually some essential part of the equation: that you can’t just rest on nostalgia, if you want to be somehow vital to yourself. I love those old songs, but it’s nice to be making new ones.”

And he certainly is making new ones: he’s just announced Science Fiction, his first new pop album since the post-Twins breakup project of Babble which last released a record in 1996. Enjoying a sneak preview during our meeting, we heard an album that – sonically and melodically – would have sat perfectly in between 1984’s Into The Gap and Here’s To Future Days from 1985, but shot through with 2018 textures and production.

Some 27 years after the release of the Thompson Twins’ eighth and final album Queer, founder member and frontman Tom Bailey releases his debut solo album Science Fiction

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In the new issue of Classic Pop magazine we catch up with Johnny Marr to hear about the former Smiths and Electronic star’s superb new solo album Call The Comet. Tom Bailey tells us why he's returning to pop with a new album after years exploring dub and world music – remarkably it’s the former Thompson Twin frontman’s first solo LP. Also making a much-anticipated comeback is Swing Out Sister – Classic Pop talks to 80s icon Corinne Drewery and other half Andy Connell as they break what is effectively a decade of studio silence with Almost Persuaded. Elsewhere, we tell the story of the legendary Factory Records label and serve up a buyer’s guide to the work of Blondie and Debbie Harry. The ever-industrious Neil Arthur tells us about his new project Near Future and gives us details of a new Blancmange album plus we also catch up with Jaki Graham for the inside story on her diverse new album When A Woman Loves. New albums from Tom Bailey, Erasure, Years & Years and Let’s Eat Grandma get the once-over alongside reissues by David Bowie, The Cure, Public Image Limited and George Michael. We also jostle our way to the front to review live shows including Beck, Echo & The Bunnymen and Blossoms. Enjoy the issue!

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