Quick Step and Side Kick

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Quick Step and Side Kick
Studio album by Thompson Twins
Released February 1983
Recorded 1982-3
Genre Synthpop
Length 37:48
Label Arista
Producer Alex Sadkin
Thompson Twins chronology
Set
(1982)
Quick Step and Side Kick
(1983)
Into The Gap
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 6/10 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Quick Step and Side Kick is the third album by the British synthpop group Thompson Twins. It was released in February 1983, and was their first album to be released as a trio (the band consisted of up to seven members during previous releases). The album reached no.2 on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified Platinum by the BPI.

In the USA and Canada, the album was titled simply as Side Kicks, and was only the second Thompson Twins album to be released there.

The album was the first collaboration between the band and producer Alex Sadkin and was recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. The singer Grace Jones (who had worked with Sadkin on three of her albums by that time) made a guest appearance on the track "Watching", though her vocals were not included on the track when it was remixed and released as a single in mid-1983.

The album has several different versions according to different territories, containing different tracks and different track order. The UK and US cassette versions of the album also contained a whole side of remixes of various album tracks.

Canadian track listing (ARISTA AL 9624)[edit]

Side 1


  1. Love on Your Side
  2. Tears
  3. Lies
  4. We Are Detective
  5. Love Lies Bleeding

Side 2


  1. Watching
  2. If You Were Here
  3. Kamikaze
  4. Judy Do
  5. All Fall Out

UK track listing[edit]

  1. "Love on Your Side" - 4:25 UK / 3:33 U.S.
  2. "Lies" - 3:12
  3. "If You Were Here" - 2:55
  4. "Judy Do" - 3:47
  5. "Tears" - 5:02
  6. "Watching" - 3:58
  7. "We Are Detective" - 3:05
  8. "Kamikaze" - 3:55
  9. "Love Lies Bleeding" - 2:49
  10. "All Fall Out" - 5:26

Cassette remixes:

  1. "Love Lies Fierce" - 6:45 (Dub remix of "Love Lies Bleeding").
  2. "Long Beach Culture" - 6:48 (Extended version of "Beach Culture")
  3. "No Talkin'" - 6:18 (Dub remix of "Lies")
  4. "Rap Boy Rap" - 7:22 (Original 12" version of "Love On Your Side")
  5. "Frozen In Time" - 6:28 (Dub remix of "Kamikaze")
  6. "Fallen Out" - 3:30 (Dub remix of "All Fall Out")

2008 expanded edition[edit]

In March 2008, Quick Step and Side Kick was reissued as a 2-disc set by Edsel Records[3] and included the bonus remixes that appeared on the original 1983 cassette version of the album. The second disc included most major 12" versions and B-sides, some of which appeared on CD for the first time.

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Love on Your Side" - 3:33
  2. "Lies" - 3:13
  3. "If You Were Here" - 2:56
  4. "Judy Do" - 3:48
  5. "Tears" - 5:02
  6. "Watching" - 3:58
  7. "We Are Detective" - 3:06
  8. "Kamikaze" - 3:55
  9. "Love Lies Bleeding" - 2:50
  10. "All Fall Out" - 5:28
  11. "Love Lies Fierce" - 6:45
  12. "Long Beach Culture" - 6:48
  13. "No Talkin'" - 6:18
  14. "Rap Boy Rap" - 7:22
  15. "Frozen In Time" - 6:28
  16. "Fallen Out" - 3:30

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Lies (Single Remix)" - 3:15
  2. "Love on Your Back" - 4:06 (Original B-Side of the "Love On Your Side" 7" Single)
  3. "Lucky Day" - 3:52 (Original B-Side of the "We Are Detective" 7" Single)
  4. "Dancersaurus" - 4:40 (Original B-Side of the "Watching" 7" Single)
  5. "Lies (Bigger And Better)" - 6:35 (Original 12" remix of "Lies")
  6. "Beach Culture" - 3:55 (Original B-Side of the "Lies" 7" Single)
  7. "Love On Your Side (No Talkin')" - 5:48 (B-Side of the original "Love On Your Side" 12" Single)
  8. "We Are Detective (More Clues)" - 6:00 (Original 12" remix of "We Are Detective")
  9. "Lucky Day (Space Mix)" - 6:58 (B-Side of the "We Are Detective" 12" Single)
  10. "Watching (You Watching Me)" - 5:48 (Original 12" remix of "Watching")
  11. "Dancersaurus (Even Large Reptiles Have Emotional Problems)" - 5:50 (B-Side of the "Watching" 12" Single)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Lies" UK Singles Chart 67
US Billboard 100 30
US Dance 1
1983 "Love On Your Side" UK Singles Chart 9
US Billboard 100 45
US Dance 6
"We Are Detective" UK Singles Chart 7
"Watching" UK Singles Chart 33

Songs used in other media[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Engineer - Phil Thornalley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sumerside, Angie (3 March 1983). "Album Reviews (Thompson Twins - "Quick Step...")". Smash Hits (EMAP Metro) 5 (5): p41. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Demon Music Group