Bombers in the Sky

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"Bombers in the Sky"
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Big Trash
B-side"Big Trash"
GenrePop rock
LabelWarner Bros.
  • Tom Bailey
  • Alannah Currie
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Sugar Daddy"
"Bombers in the Sky"
"Come Inside"

"Bombers in the Sky" is a song by Thompson Twins, which was released in 1989 as the second single from their seventh studio album Big Trash. The song was released as a cassette single in the US and also received promotional-only releases on 12-inch vinyl and CD. The song was featured in the movie Gremlins 2: The New Batch and clips of the film were used in the music video.

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of Big Trash, Rick Nathanson of the Albuquerque Journal considered the song to have a "lullaby feel" with a "sinister nuclear warning".[1] Chuck Campbell of The Palm Beach Post noted the song's "good, hammering beat".[2] Tom Moon of The Philadelphia Inquirer considered much of Big Trash to be derivative and felt that "Bombers in the Sky" was a "rewrite" of INXS's "Guns in the Sky" but "without the urgent rhythm-guitar pattern".[3] Diana Valois of The Morning Call felt "Bombers in the Sky" was the only song on the album deserving a listen and added " it should, having copped The Doors' 'Riders on the Storm' right down to the rhythm of the title!"[4]


Cassette single

  1. "Bombers in the Sky" (LP Version) – 3:54
  2. "Big Trash" (LP Version) – 3:07

12-inch promotional single

  1. "Bombers in the Sky" (House Mix) – 5:25
  2. "Bombers in the Sky" (House Instrumental) – 5:52
  3. "Bombers in the Sky" (12" Remix) – 5:44
  4. "Bombers in the Sky" (12" Remix Instrumental) – 4:00

CD promotional single

  1. "Bombers in the Sky" (Single Version) – 3:49
  2. "Bombers in the Sky" (7" Remix) – 3:51
  3. "Bombers in the Sky" (12" Remix) – 5:44
  4. "Bombers in the Sky" (House Mix) – 5:25



Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[5] 152


  1. ^ Nathanson, Rick (10 November 1989). "Thompson Twins effort 'Big Trash' far from garbage". Albuquerque Journal. p. C16.
  2. ^ Campbell, Chuck (17 November 1989). "Tuned In: Twins unmemorable". The Palm Beach Post. p. 25.
  3. ^ Moon, Tom (1 November 1989). "3 British bands return to changed climate". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 3E.
  4. ^ Valois, Diana (30 September 1989). "Records". The Morning Call. p. A74.
  5. ^ "Week commencing 26 February 1990". Bubbling Down Under. 26 February 2021. Retrieved 26 December 2021.