Into the Gap

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Into the Gap
Thompsons into the gap.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 February 1984 (1984-02-17)
RecordedAutumn 1983 ("Hold Me Now"); November 1983 – January 1984[1][2]
Studio
Genre
Length42:33
LabelArista
Producer
Thompson Twins chronology
Quick Step & Side Kick
(1983)
Into the Gap
(1984)
Here's to Future Days
(1985)
Singles from Into the Gap
  1. "Hold Me Now"
    Released: 11 November 1983
  2. "Doctor! Doctor!"
    Released: 27 January 1984
  3. "You Take Me Up"
    Released: 23 March 1984
  4. "Sister of Mercy"
    Released: June 1984
  5. "The Gap"
    Released: November 1984

Into the Gap is the fourth studio album by British pop group Thompson Twins, released on 17 February 1984 by Arista Records.[3] The album was recorded during 1983 at Compass Point Studios, in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Alex Sadkin who had produced the band's previous album.

Despite a mixed response from critics, Into the Gap became the band's most commercially successful album, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart (for three weeks), and number 10 on the US Billboard 200. "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!", "You Take Me Up", and "Sister of Mercy" were all released as singles in the UK with corresponding music videos. Three of the four singles that were released in the UK made the Top 5 and the fourth just missed the Top 10. "The Gap" was also released as a single in some other countries, but no video was made for it. According to the RIAA, the record sold over one million copies in the US; in the UK the album sold over 600,000 copies and was certified 2× platinum. It became one of the year's biggest sellers, with five million copies sold worldwide. The band embarked on a world tour in support of the album.

In March 2008, Into the Gap was reissued as an expanded 2-disc set by Edsel Records. It included the bonus cassette remixes that originally appeared on the original cassette version of the album in 1984, and also features a second disc which includes most major 12" single versions and B-sides, some of which appear on CD for the first time.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
Rolling Stone[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[7]
Smash Hits2½/10[8]
The Village VoiceB−[9]

Writing in Smash Hits magazine, Dave Rimmer gave the album 2.5 out of 10, commenting that it contained "several songs with empty words and plodding tunes sung in a whiney voice and slung together with fake sentiment. The success of the terrible Twins represents the usual triumph of naked ambition over talent."[8] In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau admired the track "Hold Me Now", and gave the album a B−, but commented that "Nothing else here approaches its heart-tugging mastery, but the album remains lightly creditable through the title-cut chinoiserie which opens side two. After that, as Alannah Currie herself puts it, who can stop the rain?".[9] Keith Sharp of Music Express wrote "Into The Gap could be perceived as a distinctive milestone on how far new music has come in the past few years. It's enough to make you forget that the old dinosaur bands ever existed."[10] J. D. Considine of Musician wrote "At times, the gimmicks can be as slight as a synthesizer setting, but they invariable make the album seem dazzling even when it isn't."[11] However, NME called them "1984's most instantly kitsch mass program of monosodium glutamation of the brain".

A more recent review from Jose F. Promis of AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars and wrote that "Nearly every song on this set differed from the others, with each track taking the listener on a different musical journey." adding that "[the] Thompson Twins were quiet visionaries, blending intelligent lyrics, Eastern sensibilities, and new wave pop to create a wholly unique and unforgettable listening experience and an album that ranks as one of the '80s' most unique."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway.

  1. "Doctor! Doctor!" - 4:39
  2. "You Take Me Up" - 4:26
  3. "Day After Day" - 3:49
  4. "Sister of Mercy" - 5:09
  5. "No Peace for the Wicked" - 4:09
  6. "The Gap" - 4:44
  7. "Hold Me Now" - 4:46
  8. "Storm on the Sea" - 5:26
  9. "Who Can Stop the Rain" - 5:46

Personnel[edit]

Thompson Twins

Additional musicians

  • Dinesh Pandit – tablas on "The Gap"

Production[edit]

  • Tom Bailey – producer
  • Alex Sadkin – producer, engineer
  • Phil Thornalley – recording, mixing
  • Chris Dickie – assistant engineer
  • Frank Gibson – assistant engineer
  • Steve Dewey – assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Alannah Currie – art direction
  • Nick Marchant – art direction
  • Satari Graphic – design
  • Paul Cox – front cover photography
  • Peter Ashworth – inside photography

Studios

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for Into the Gap
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bacon, Tony (January 1984). "A3". One Two Testing. Retrieved 4 February 2021. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ ""Why we're more than musicians" by Thompson Twin Alannah". Look In. UK. 1984.
  3. ^ "Record News". NME. 21 January 1984. p. 29.
  4. ^ Promis, Jose F. "Into the Gap – Thompson Twins". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (29 March 1984). "Thompson Twins: Into The Gap". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  7. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). "Thompson Twins". The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  8. ^ a b Rimmer, Dave (16 February 1984). "Album Reviews (Thompson Twins - "Into The Gap")". Smash Hits. Vol. 6, no. 4. p. 29.
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (26 June 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  10. ^ Keith Sharp, Music Express (April, 1984)
  11. ^ J.D. Considine, Musician (May 1984)
  12. ^ Allmusic review
  13. ^ Kent 1993, p. 309.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6750a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  16. ^ "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Eurotipsheet. Vol. 1, no. 6. 7 May 1984. p. 12. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
  17. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Classifiche". Musica e dischi (in Italian). Retrieved 31 May 2022. Select "Album" in the "Tipo" field, type "Thompson Twins" in the "Artista" field and press "cerca".
  20. ^ "Charts.nz – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Thompson Twins Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  26. ^ Kent 1993, p. 436.
  27. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1984". RPM. Vol. 41, no. 17. 5 January 1985. p. 8. ISSN 0033-7064 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  28. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1984" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  29. ^ "Top Selling Albums of 1984". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Albums (January 3–December 29, 1984)" (PDF). Music Week. 26 January 1985. p. 42. ISSN 0265-1548 – via World Radio History.
  31. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1984". Billboard. 31 December 1984. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Music Canada. 1 September 1984. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  33. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". British Phonographic Industry. 26 March 1985. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap". Recording Industry Association of America. 2 October 1984. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

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