Don't Mess with Doctor Dream

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"Don't Mess With Doctor Dream"
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Here's to Future Days
B-side Big Business
Released 23 August 1985
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984-1985
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:24
Label Arista Records
Writer(s) Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers, Tom Bailey
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Lay Your Hands On Me"
(1985)
"Don't Mess with Doctor Dream"
(1985)
"King For A Day"
(1985)
Second 12" vinyl single sleeve

"Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" is the second single by the band Thompson Twins taken from the 1985 album Here's to Future Days. It was written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway. The single peaked at No. 15 in the UK, spending six weeks on the chart.[1] A promotional music video was made for to the single version of the song and was directed by Godley & Creme along with Meiert Avis.

The b-side "Big Business" was exclusive to this single with two versions: 7" version and an extended version called "Very Big Business".

Formats[edit]

7" UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 9

Side A

  1. "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" - 3:36

Side B

  1. "Big Business" - 4:13
12" UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 129

Side One

  1. "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" (Smackattack!) - 6:10

Side Two

  1. "Very Big Business" - 5:06
12" UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 229

Side One

  1. "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" ((U4A) + (U3A) = Remix) - 6:38

Side Two

  1. "Very Big Business" - 5:06

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2] 15
Australian Singles Chart[3] 17
German Singles Chart[4] 30
New Zealand Singles Chart [5] 12
Swedish Singles Chart [6] 10

Official versions[edit]

Version Length Mixed/Remixed by Comment
Album version 4:24 Nile Rodgers & Tom Bailey Found on the album Here's To Future Days, and the majority of their greatest hits compilations.
"Shoot Out" 6:23 Nile Rodgers & Tom Bailey An extended version of the song featured on the bonus 5 song remix EP included with the limited edition of Here's To Future Days. Found on Edsel's 2008 CD reissue of Here's To Future Days. This remix is the same as the ((U4A) + (U3A) = Remix).
7" single version 3:36 Tom Bailey & James Farber Found on the album Here's To Future Days, and on the following CD compilations: Thompson Twins - 'The Collection' (1993 BMG), Thompson Twins- 'Singles Collection' (1996 Camden/BMG), Thompson Twins - 'The Greatest Hits' (2003 Camden/BMG). Begins with the sound of an orchestra tuning up and ends with Alannah's scream.
"Big Business" 4:14 Tom Bailey Instrumental version of "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream", found exclusively on the b-side of the 7" vinyl single. Never released on CD.
12" SMACKATTACK! Version 6:10 Nile Rodgers & Tom Bailey Found on the UK 12" vinyl single (Arista TWINS 129) and on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel).
"Very Big Business" 5:06 Tom Bailey An extended instrumental version of "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream", found on the Arista 12" promo vinyl single (ADP-9442) and the CD, Thompson Twins - 'The Platinum & Gold Collection' (2003 BMG Heritage/Arista).
12" ((U4A) + (U3A) = Remix) 6:38 Tom Bailey Found on the UK 12" vinyl single (Arista TWINS 229) and on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel) as "Shoot Out".

Personnel[edit]

Written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway.

  • Tom Bailey - vocals, piano, Fairlight, synthesizers, guitar, contrabass, Fairlight and drum programming
  • Alannah Currie - lyrics, marimba, backing vocals, acoustic drums, percussion, tuned percussion
  • Joe Leeway - backing vocals, congas, Z-bass, Emulator, percussion
  • Produced by Nile Rodgers and Tom Bailey
  • Mixed by James Farber
  • Mixed at Skyline Studio, NYC
  • Photography - Rebecca Blake
  • Artwork/Design - Andie Airfix, Satori
  • Art Direction - Alannah

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thompson Twins - Don't Mess With Doctor Dream". ChartArchive.org. Retrieved 24 Sep 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thompson Twins - Don't Mess With Doctor Dream". ChartArchive.org. Retrieved 24 Sep 2012. 
  3. ^ "Australian-Charts". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 24 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ "German charts - Thompson Twins". Musicline.de. Retrieved 24 Sep 2012. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 24 Sep 2012. 
  6. ^ "Swedish Charts". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 24 Sep 2012.