Lay Your Hands on Me (Thompson Twins song)

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"Lay Your Hands on Me"
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Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Here's to Future Days
B-side"The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)"
Released26 November 1984 (UK/Australia)
26 July 1985 (U.S./Canada)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette single
Recorded1 January 1984 – 23 June 1985
GenreNew wave, pop rock
Length4:22 (album version) 3:44 (single version)
LabelArista Records
Songwriter(s)Alannah Currie; Tom Bailey; Joe Leeway
Producer(s)Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey (1984); Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey (1985)
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"The Gap"
(1984)
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
(1984)
"'Roll Over'"
(1985)
U.S. cover
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"Lay Your Hands on Me" is the first single released from the album Here's to Future Days by the British band Thompson Twins. Written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway, it was released in the UK almost a year in advance of the album.

There are two main versions of the song, with various edits and remixes of the two. The first version, produced by Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey, was released in late 1984 in Europe and Australia. The 1985 version was a reworking co-produced by Nile Rodgers, adding electric guitar and a gospel choir and released as a single in the US; this version appeared on the album.

The single peaked at No. 13 in the UK, spending nine weeks on the chart. In the US, it peaked at No. 14 on both the Adult Contemporary and Rock Tracks charts, No. 46 on the Dance Club Play chart, and No. 6 on the Hot 100 singles chart.

The B-side, "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)", is an instrumental variation of the song and was exclusive to this single.

Music video[edit]

Two versions of the promotional music video directed by Dee Trattmann exist for the single. The original edit of the music video features the band performing the 1984 version of the song on a stage in front of an audience of pop star look-alikes including David Bowie, Siouxsie Sioux, Mari Wilson, Gary Glitter, Boy George and Grace Jones.[1] When the song was reworked in 1985, the video was re-edited with the 1985 version dubbed instead.[2]

Formats[edit]

7" UK vinyl single (1984) Arista TWINS 6

Side A

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" – 4:11

Side B

  1. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:10
12" UK vinyl single (1984) Arista TWINS 126

Side One

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Extended Mix/Full Version) – 6:08

Side Two

  1. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:10
7" UK vinyl single (1984) Arista TWING 6

Side A

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (U.S. Re-mix) – 4:19

Side B

  1. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:10
12" UK vinyl single (1984) Arista TWINS 226

Side One

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (U.S. Re-mix) – 5:51

Side Two

  1. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:10
7" UK vinyl Picture Disc (1984) Arista TWISD 6

Side A

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Single Version) – 3:44

Side B

  1. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:12
12" Australian vinyl single (1984) Arista TWINS 126/Festival Records-X 14155
New Zealand cassette single (1984) Festival Records-C 14155

Side One

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Extended Version) – 6:05

Side Two

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (U.S. Remix) – 5:56
  2. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:13
7" U.S. vinyl single (1985) Arista AS1-9396

Side A

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Single Version) – 3:44

Side B

  1. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:12
12" U.S. vinyl single (1985) Arista AD1-9397

Side One

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Single Version) – 3:52
  2. "The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)" – 4:14

Side Two

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Extended Version) – 6:00
7" vinyl (1985 promo) Arista AS1-9396

Side A

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Cold Ending) – 3:44

Side B

  1. "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Fade) – 3:44

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3] 28
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 8
German Singles Chart[5] 39
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 19
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 17
UK Official Singles Chart[8] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 6
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 14
US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play[11] 46
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[12] 14

Official versions[edit]

Version Length Year Released Produced by Mixed/Remixed by Comment
1984 7" version 4:11 1984 Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey Version from the UK 7" vinyl single -- this is the charted UK hit version. Appeared on the film soundtrack for Perfect (1985); also found on the CD 'Thompson Twins – Platinum & Gold Collection' (2003 BMG Heritage/Arista).
"The Lewis Carol (Adventures In Wonderland)" 4:13 1984
1985
Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey This is an eclectic instrumental version of the song featured as the 7" and 12" B-side to both 1984 and 1985 versions. Found on Edsel's 2008 reissue of Here's To Future Days.
1984 Extended Remix/Full Version 6:08 1984 Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey Found on the UK 12" vinyl and the following CD compilations: The Greatest Hits (2003 Camden/BMG), Here's To Future Days (Edsel reissue 2008),
1984 7" U.S. Re-mix 4:19 1984 Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey John 'Tokes' Potoker Despite being explicitly billed as the "U.S. Re-mix", never actually issued in the U.S. Only found on the U.K. 7" vinyl single. Never released on any CD compilation.
1984 12" U.S. Re-mix 5:51 1984 Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey John 'Tokes' Potoker Despite being explicitly billed as the "U.S. Re-mix", never actually issued in the U.S. Only found on the U.K./Australian 12" vinyl singles and the New Zealand cassette maxi-single. Never released on any CD compilation.
1984 Extended U.S. Re-mix 6:23 1984 Alex Sadkin & Tom Bailey John 'Tokes' Potoker First appeared on the CD compilation Thompson Twins 'Singles Collection' (1996 Camden/BMG); also found on 'The Best Of Thompson Twins' (1998 BMG/Arista Japan), and the reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel).
"Lay Your Hands on Me" (Fade) 3:44 1985 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey James Farber Fades out before the instrumental ending. Found only on the 7" promo b/w with "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Cold Ending).
7" Single Version 3:44 1985 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey James Farber Only available on 7" vinyl. This is the charted US and Canadian hit version. Not available on any CD compilation. This version has a shorter intro and the cold ending.
Extended Version 6:00 1985 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey Nile Rodgers & Tom Bailey Found on the U.S. 12" vinyl single and the 2008 Edsel CD reissue of Here's To Future Days.
Album Version 4:21 1985 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey James Farber From the album Here's To Future Days. This version is usually the version included on the myriad of Thompson Twins greatest hits compilations.
"Alice" (Instrumental) 4:59 1985 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey James Farber Instrumental version with a longer intro. From the bonus 5 track remix EP included with the limited edition of Here's To Future Days. Appeared on CD for the first time on Edsel's 2008 reissue of Here's To Future Days.
Extended Remix Edit 5:12 1988 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers
& Tom Bailey
Nile Rodgers & Tom Bailey, James Farber Exclusive edited remix from The Best of Thompson Twins: Greatest Mixes.
Album Edit 4:06 1996 Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, & Tom Bailey James Farber Album version with a shortened intro. Found on the CD compilations: Greatest Hits (1996 Arista/BMG), 'Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now' (2000 Arista/BMG), and 'Thompson Twins – UK BMG Music Publishing Promo CD' (2003).

Personnel[edit]

Written by Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey, and Joe Leeway.

  • Tom Bailey – vocals, piano, Fairlight, synthesizers, guitar, contrabass, Fairlight and drum programming
  • Alannah Currie – lyrics, marimba, backing vocals, acoustic drums, percussion, tuned percussion
  • Joe Leeway – backing vocals, congas, percussion

1984 Versions

1985 Versions

  • Produced by Alex Sadkin, Nile Rodgers, and Tom Bailey
  • Engineered by James Farber and Terry Becker
  • Mixed by James Farber
  • Backing Vocals – East Harlem Hobo Choir
  • Mixed at Skyline Studio, NYC
  • Photography – Rebecca Blake
  • Artwork/Design – Andie Airfix, Satori
  • Art Direction – Alannah

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ ThompsonTwinsVEVO (14 March 2012). "Thompson Twins - Lay Your Hands On Me" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Australian-Charts". Australian-Charts.com. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Thompson Twins RPM 100". CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. ^ "German Charts – Thompson Twins". Musicline.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ "New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Swedish Charts". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Thompson Twins – Lay Your Hands On Me". ChartArchive.org. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Music: Top 100 - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Dance Club Songs - Billboard". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Mainstream Rock - Billboard". Billboard.

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