Doctor! Doctor!

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"Doctor! Doctor!"
Thompson-twins-doctor-doctor-arista.jpg
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Into the Gap
B-side "Nurse Shark"
Released 27 January 1984
Format
Recorded 23 June 1983
Genre
Length 3:58
Label Arista
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Hold Me Now"
(1983)
"Doctor! Doctor!"
(1984)
"You Take Me Up"
(1984)
Into the Gap track listing
"Doctor! Doctor!"
(1)
"You Take Me Up"
(2)

"Doctor! Doctor!" is a song performed by the British pop group Thompson Twins. It is the second single from the band's fourth studio album, Into the Gap (1984). It was written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway, and prominently features a synthesizer solo. Following the successful chart performances of the Into the Gap single "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!" was released in the UK on 27 January 1984 as the album's second single.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

In 1983, after the commercial success of their third album Quick Step and Side Kick, the Thompson Twins collaborated again with producer Alex Sadkin to record Into the Gap at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.[2] Bailey and Sadkin co-produced the album including "Doctor! Doctor!".

Release[edit]

The single peaked at #3 in the United Kingdom and #11 in the United States in July 1984. The song also peaked at #18 on the US Dance chart in the same year, and the Top 20 in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Music video[edit]

Bailey in the music video for "Doctor! Doctor!".

The promotional music video was directed by Dieter 'Dee' Trattmann. It was released in 1984 and received heavy rotation on MTV.

The video opens on a scene of darkness, shifting clouds and a rising moon. Electronic music begins to play. A keyboard with hands playing superimposes over the silhouette of blocks like buildings. People appear against the backdrop of moon and clouds with a couple on ice skates just behind Tom Bailey as he begins to sing. The scene shifts quickly to a woman standing alone (Alannah Currie), then to Currie playing drums and Joe Leeway playing keyboard. As Bailey sings, the characters behind him act out the lyrics, intercut with shots of the band playing their instruments. As the song continues, Bailey, Currie and Leeway join the characters to act out the lyrics around blocks emitting smoke. The skaters and actors perform during the synthesizer solo. The scene continues to shift between the singer, the band playing, the actors and the ice skaters moving and turning. The video fades out in the same sequence it began, changing from the characters to the blocks against the sky, and then to the distant moon and shifting clouds.

An alternate edit of the video features more of the band playing instruments (e.g., Currie playing percussion and Bailey playing the synthesizer while the ice skaters dance) and less interaction with the other characters.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Single (601 182)
  1. "Doctor! Doctor! (Extended Version)" - 7:50
  2. "Nurse Shark" - 4:05
  • 7" Single (ARI 8366)
  1. "Doctor! Doctor!" - 4:30
  2. "Nurse Shark" - 4:07

Official versions[edit]

  1. Album Version – 4:39
  2. Extended Version – 7:50
  3. Live from Thompson Twins Live - 5:53
  4. Introduction sample (from The Thompson Twins Adventure) - 0:50

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record News". NME. London, England: IPC Media: 36. 17 March 1984. 
  2. ^ Into the Gap: Expanded Edition (Back cover). Thompson Twins. London: Demon Music Group. 2008. EDSD2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20zaq_thompson-twins-doctor-doctor_music
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6758." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  8. ^ CHART NUMBER 1440 – Saturday, August 04, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 November 2006). CHUM.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Doctor! Doctor!". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 13, 1984" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Lista Przebojów Programu 3" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1965 – 1989 Acts T". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 1984-02-18" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Thompson Twins – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Thompson Twins. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Thompson Twins – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Thompson Twins. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Thompson Twins – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Thompson Twins. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Billboard July 21, 1984" (PDF). Billboard. New York, NY, USA. 21 July 1984. p. 43. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  22. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JULY 14, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 1 October 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  23. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9638." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  24. ^ 1984 in British music#Best-selling singles
  25. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 September 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Doctor Doctor in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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