Lies (Thompson Twins song)

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Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Quick Step & Side Kick
B-side"Beach Culture"
RecordedOctober 1982
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Songwriter(s)Tom Bailey
Alannah Currie
Joe Leeway
Producer(s)Alex Sadkin
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Love On Your Side"

"Lies" is a 1982 song by the British band Thompson Twins. It was released as the first single from the album Quick Step & Side Kick (Side Kicks in the U.S.), and the song peaked at #67 on the UK singles chart. The single fared better in the United States, where it peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1983.[1] Along with the B-side track "Beach Culture", "Lies" also spent two weeks at #1 on the American dance chart in January 1983, becoming the band's second #1 on this chart ("In the Name of Love" had spent five weeks atop this chart in 1982).[2]


Singer Tom Bailey said, "We [he and Alannah Currie] were just trying to be wacky and a little bit crazy and come up with an idea that we could be irreverent about. The chorus - that kind of catcall chorus, singing, 'lies, lies, lies' - it's the kind of thing you might see in a playground, a school, where someone's calling out like that. But we tried to make it more universal and apply it to bigger issues in the world."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Maurice Phillips[4] and received airplay on MTV and other video programs. Three pairs of feet jut from the blankets at the foot end of an oversized bed, bouncing back and forth to the rhythm of the song, as a variety of sights pass in a room similar to Bowman's bedroom in 2001: A Space Odyssey or a Magritte painting. The end of the video, in which a nurse pulls a privacy screen into place and leans toward the camera with thermometer in hand, establishes that the bed's occupants are patients in a hospital.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Single (ARIST 12486, ARIST 12 486)
  1. "(Bigger & Better) Lies" - 6:35
  2. "(Long) Beach Culture" - 6:48
  • 7" Single (ARIST 486)
  1. "Lies" - 3:10
  2. "Beach Culture" - 3:55


Chart (1982–1983)
  • Peak
  • position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 6
UK Singles (OCC)[7] 67
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 30
US Dance/Club Play Songs (Billboard) 1
US Cash Box Top 100[9] 31

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 631.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 258.
  3. ^ Wiser, Carl (12 August 2014). "Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins : Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Thompson Twins: Lies (1982)". IMDb. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Thompson Twins – Lies". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Thompson Twins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  9. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending April 2, 1983". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2018.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)Cash Box magazine.

3. ^ Regular Show Season 1: Grilled Cheese Deluxe (2010)

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