Thompson Twins

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Thompson Twins were a British pop band formed in 1977 in Sheffield.[3] Initially a new wave group, they switched to a more mainstream pop sound and achieved considerable popularity during the mid-1980s, 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 pop to dub-influenced chill-out. They continued as Babble until 1996, at which point the group permanently broke up.

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Thompson Twins
Thompson Twins in 1985, left to right: Joe Leeway, Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey.
Background information
OriginSheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Years active1977–1993
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Past membersSee below

The band's name was based on the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson (who are close doubles not twins) in the English language version of Hergé's comic strip The Adventures of Tintin.[4] At various stages they had up to seven members, but their best known line-up was as a trio between 1982 and 1986. The band became a prominent act in the US during the Second British Invasion, and in 1985 performed at Live Aid in Philadelphia, where they were joined onstage by Madonna.[4]