Come Inside (song)

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"Come Inside"
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Queer
B-side"The Saint"
Released22 August 1991
Format7" Single, 12" single, CD Single
GenreAlternative dance
House (Feedback Max House Mix)
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey
Producer(s)Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Bombers In The Sky"
"Come Inside"
"The Saint"

"Come Inside" is a song by British pop group Thompson Twins, released in 1991 as the lead single from their eighth studio album Queer. It was written and produced by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey. The single peaked at No. 56 in the UK and spent four weeks on the chart.[1] The single also peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles Chart.[2] The single had a music video filmed to promote it.

Upon release in the UK, "Come Inside" was supported by various techno-inspired singles under the moniker of Feedback Max to disguise the identity of the band to club DJs. It reached No. 1 on the UK Dance Chart, but once the moniker's true identity was revealed as the Thompson Twins, sales dropped and the album Queer was not given a UK release.

The song was featured in a 1991 Beverly Hills 90210 episode.


Speaking of the song's meaning, Bailey said: "It's about a breakthrough between two people, the act of penetration. But the song is inspired by William Blake's poem "The Doors of Deception," which, as Blake wrote are hard to open wide. It's amazing how people are not willing to open their minds, but are more than ready to open their legs." Bailey also noted that the song's music video included images of doors slamming on "rude people".[3]

In a 1991 interview with KISS FM, the duo were asked about "Come Inside" and why it was not initially released under the Thompson Twins name. Bailey stated: "I did a remix and that was actually put out first on a white label format and it was credited to Feedback Max. Why? Because... I guess, in a way, we were trying to do something underhand; we were trying to slip in unnoticed into the clubs, you know, which is sometimes a fun thing to do - to wear a disguise. So then people are judging the piece of work rather than the reputation of the people who made it. I guess that's the real reason. Sometimes people can hold your reputation against you and we wanted to avoid that with this song. Some people have this prejudice problem, they think "well, oh, if it's them, then I'm not interested in that sort of thing." But when they realised they'd been dancing to it for a couple of weeks already anyway, they sort of had to come to terms with their own prejudice. In the end, we released a version by C&C. They did a remix for us and put the Feedback Max on the other side. It seems to be taking off club-wise really well for us."[4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Billboard described the song as a "moody and rhythmic pop confection". They added: "Its reliable knack for crafting clever lyrics and insinuating hooks makes this a good best for attention at top 40, modern rock, and club levels. Tom Bailey's voice has never soudned better."[6]

In a review of Queer, Larry Flick of Billboard stated: "The first single "Come Inside" sets the mood nicely with its slow and sleazy rhythms and sing-along chorus".[7] Ira Robbins of the Trouser Press Record Guide said: "There is a dark, edgy undercurrent to Bailey's singing - like eau de Foetus, diluted to a safe concentration - and in the arrangements of songs like Come Inside, Groove On and The Saint, but the album's general tone is upbeat, atmospheric and clubby."[7]


7" Single
  1. "Come Inside (C & C Club Mix Edit)" - 3:20
  2. "Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix Edit)" - 4:04
12" Single
  1. "Come Inside (C & C Club Mix Edit)" - 3:20
  2. "Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix)" - 5:53
12" Single (America only)
  1. "Come Inside (Turn The Knob Mix)" - 10:10
  2. "Come Inside (Feedback Max Chill Out Remix)" - 6:25
  3. "Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix)" - 5:51
  4. "The Saint (Def Sonic 12" Mix)" - 7:46
  5. "The Saint (Red Zone Dub)" - 5:32
  6. "The Saint (8th Street Dub)" - 5:32
2x 12" Single Gatefold (America only)
  1. "Come Inside (Turn The Knob Mix)" - 10:10
  2. "Come Inside (Dub Inside)" - 5:00
  3. "Come Inside (Feedback Max Chill Out Remix)" - 6:25
  4. "Come Inside (Rock A Dub)" - 8:04
  5. "Come Inside (Alternative 12" Remix)" - 5:26
  6. "Come Inside (Single Edit)" - 3:58
  7. "Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix)" - 5:51
  8. "Come Inside (Feedback Max Dub)" - 4:04
12" Single (promo only - Feedback Max feat Thompson Twins)
  1. "Come Inside"
  2. "Come Inside (Bonus Beats)"
CD Single
  1. "Come Inside (C+C Club Mix Edit)" - 3:20
  2. "Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix)" - 5:53
  3. "Come Inside (LP Version)" - 3:57
CD Single (America only)
  1. "Come Inside (Single Edit)" - 3:58
  2. "Come Inside (Turn The Knob Mix)" - 10:10
  3. "Come Inside (Feedback Max Chill Out Remix)" - 6:25
  4. "The Saint (Def Sonic 12" Mix)" - 7:46
  5. "The Saint (Red Zone Dub)" - 5:32
  6. "Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix)" - 5:51
  7. "Come Inside (Turn The Knob Edit)" - 3:57
CD Single (American promo)
  1. "Come Inside" - 4:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
UK Singles Chart[8] 56
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[9] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[9] 13


  • Editor – George Morel, Ricky Crespo
  • Recording Engineer, Mixer – Lloyd Puckitt
  • Additional Producer – Feedback Max, George Morel, Ricky Crespo
  • Assistant Producer – Keith Fernley
  • Producer, Writer, Vocals – Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey
  • Design – Graham Wood, John Warwicker
  • Recording Engineer, Mixer – John Poppo
  • Photography – Mike Owen
  • Additional Producer, Remixer – David Morales


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  3. ^ "Unofficial Thompson Twins Home Page". Archived from the original on 6 June 2000. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Unofficial Thompson Twins Home Page". Archived from the original on 5 June 2000. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. ^ "THOMPSON TWINS - 'KISS FM Interview 1991'". YouTube. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  6. ^ "Single Reviews". Billboard magazine. August 31, 1991.
  7. ^ a b "Unofficial Thompson Twins Home Page". Archived from the original on 9 October 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  8. ^ "the-thompson-twins | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  9. ^ a b "Thompson Twins - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-04.