Set (Thompson Twins album)

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Set
Studio album by Thompson Twins
Released 26 February 1982
Recorded 1981-82
Genre New Wave, Alternative, Post-punk
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Thompson Twins chronology
A Product of ... (Participation)
(1981)
Set
(1982)
Quick Step and Side Kick
(1983)

Set is the second album by the English pop group Thompson Twins. Released in February 1982, it was the second album they recorded for their own T Records imprint, which was released by Arista Records/Hansa.

Compared to their first album, A Product of ... (Participation), Set featured a more polished sound thanks to producer Steve Lillywhite. With their ever-shifting line-up, the Thompson Twins had now swelled to seven members, adding Matthew Seligman on bass guitar to free up Tom Bailey for full frontman duties and keyboards. Former sax player Jane Shorter was replaced by Alannah Currie, who was Bailey's girlfriend at the time (they later married and remained together until 2004). Three of the songs featured on Set do not feature Bailey on lead vocals, but are sung by Joe Leeway. While not an official member of the band, Thomas Dolby was also on hand to play additional keyboards on three tracks.

While the album was given praise by critics, the band found itself on the verge of yet another personnel change. The track "In the Name of Love" was written by Bailey simply as album filler, but was ultimately chosen as the lead single from the album. While failing to make the UK pop charts, the single was released in the United States as a club single and went to number one on Billboard magazine's dance chart, where it remained unseated for five weeks (from May 22 to June 19, 1982).

The success of the track opened many doors for the band, who suddenly had the potential to be more than just an underground sensation. Together with the band's manager, John Hade, Bailey then reinvented the band as a trio, keeping Currie and Leeway while firing the others.

In the UK, a limited number of copies of the album were released with a free single which featured the tracks "Squares and Triangles", "Weather Station", and "Modern Plumbing".

Set was also released in the United States on the Arista label as In the Name of Love, which saw three of the album's tracks replaced by two songs from the band's first album, A Product of ... (Participation).

In September 2008, A Product of ... (Participation) and Set were re-released as a double-CD set. Each disc included early singles, non-album tracks, and extended remixes.

Track listing[edit]

Original Album[edit]

  1. "In the Name of Love"
  2. "Living in Europe"
  3. "Bouncing"
  4. "Tok Tok"
  5. "Good Gosh"
  6. "The Rowe"
  7. "Runaway"
  8. "Another Fantasy"
  9. "Fool's Gold"
  10. "Crazy Dog"
  11. "Blind"

2008 Re-Issue Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "In the Name of Love" (12" Dance Extension)
  2. "In the Beginning"
  3. "Coastline"
  4. "Open Your Eye"
  5. "Runaway" (extended remix)
  6. "Bouncing" (extended remix)
  7. "In the Name of Love" (Big Value Version/New Super Synthesized Version)
  8. "Living in Europe" (Live at the Hammersmith Palais, April 1982)

Personnel[edit]

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