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Love On Your Side (song)

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"Love On Your Side"
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Quick Step & Side Kick
B-side"Love On Your Back"
Released10 January 1983 (1983-01-10)
Producer(s)Alex Sadkin
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Love On Your Side"
"We Are Detective"
Music video
"Love On Your Side" on YouTube

"Love On Your Side" is a song by British pop band Thompson Twins, released as the second single from the band's third studio album, Quick Step & Side Kick (1983), which was renamed Side Kicks in the US.

Background and recording[edit]

In 1982, after the commercial failure of their second studio album Set, the Thompson Twins collaborated with producer Alex Sadkin to record Quick Step & Side Kick. Sadkin produced the album including "Love On Your Side".

The original lyrics were written by Alannah Currie, but were later altered to that of a male perspective, as Currie wasn't the lead singer.[1] Tom Bailey has said of the song: "it's actually a complicated and quite dark song. It's about discovering that your girlfriend or boyfriend wants to experiment with a relationship in a much deeper or broader sense than you were prepared to do. And so it drags you into this kind of helpless feeling of being lost, helplessly in love, but taking some kind of confidence from the fact that love will help you through those difficult situations. So it's a naïve and complicated song."[2]


"Love On Your Side" was released in January 1983 as a 7" and 12" single and as a 7" and 12" double pack including the free single "In the Name of Love". The 12" version featured extended mixes of the song.[3]

It was the band's first top ten hit, reaching no. 9 in the UK, as well as no. 45 in the US. It was also a top ten hit in New Zealand and Norway, a top twenty hit in Belgium and spent 14 weeks on the German singles chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Single (ARIST 12504, ARIST 12 504)
  1. "Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap)" – 7:22
  2. "Love On Your Side (No Talkin')" – 5:48
  • 7" Single (ARIST 504)
  1. "Love On Your Side" – 3:34
  2. "Love On Your Back" – 4:06

Official versions[edit]

  1. UK Album Version – 4:25
  2. US Album Version – 3:33
  3. Extended Version – 7:22

Sales chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 80
Belgium Singles Chart 16
Canadian RPM Top Singles 47
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 27
German Singles Chart[7] 32
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 9
UK Singles Chart[9] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 45
US Billboard Dance/Disco Top 80[11] 6
US Cash Box Top 100[12] 48

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Love On Your Side - Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins songfacts.com 12 August 2014
  3. ^ Love On Your Side discogs.com
  4. ^ Love On Your Side Dutch Charts
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Thompson Twins – Love On Your Side". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012.
  7. ^ "Thompson Twins – German Chart History". Musicline.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012.
  8. ^ "Thompson Twins – Love On Your Side". charts.nz. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012.
  9. ^ "Thompson Twins – UK chart history". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012.
  10. ^ "Thompson Twins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 258.
  12. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending June 4, 1983". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 2018-09-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)Cash Box magazine.

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