Nothing in Common (Thompson Twins song)

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"Nothing in Common"
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Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Nothing in Common (Soundtrack)
B-side"Nothing to Lose"
ReleasedJuly 1986[1]
Recorded1986
GenrePop rock
Length3:24
LabelArista Records
Songwriter(s)Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey
Producer(s)Geoffrey Downes, Tom Bailey
Thompson Twins singles chronology
"Revolution"
(1986)
"Nothing in Common"
(1986)
"Get That Love"
(1987)
Alternative cover
Cover used for both 7" and 12" Singles.
Cover used for both 7" and 12" Singles.

"Nothing in Common" is a song by the British band Thompson Twins, which was released in 1986 as a single from the soundtrack of the American comedy-drama film Nothing in Common. The song was written by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey, and produced by Geoffrey Downes and Bailey. With the departure of band member Joe Leeway earlier in 1986, "Nothing in Common" was the Thompson Twins' first release as a duo. It reached No. 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Promotion[edit]

A music video was filmed to promote the single, featuring Tom Hanks and various clips from the movie.[3] It was directed by Meiert Avis and produced by Jon Small for Picture Vision.[4] It achieved active rotation on MTV.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

On its release, Billboard considered the song to "sound a little rockier and less melancholy" than the Thompson Twins' past hits.[7]

Formats[edit]

7" single
  1. "Nothing in Common" - 3:24
  2. "Nothing to Lose" - 4:15
7" single (Philippines release)
  1. "Nothing in Common" - 3:24
  2. "If You Were Here" - 2:53
7" single (South Africa release)
  1. "Nothing in Common" - 3:24
  2. "Nothing In Common (7" Remix)" - 4:06
7" single (US promo)
  1. "Nothing in Common" - 3:24
  2. "Nothing in Common" - 3:24
12" single
  1. "Nothing in Common" (7" Single) – 3:30
  2. "Revolution" (Extended Remix) – 6:25 (Lennon/McCartney)
  3. "Nothing in Common" (7" Remix) – 4:08
  4. "Nothing in Common" (Street Mix - Vocal & Instrumental) – 6:22
  5. "Nothing in Common" (Club Mix) – 7:38
12" single (German release)
  1. "Nothing in Common" (Club Mix) – 7:38
  2. "Nothing in Common" (Street Mix - Vocal & Instrumental) – 6:22
  3. "Nothing in Common" (7" Remix) – 4:08

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[8][9] 68
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 54
US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs[10] 38

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thompson Twins - Nothing In Common / Nothing To Lose - Arista - USA - AS1-9511". 45cat. 26 July 1986. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Billboard. "Thompson Twins Nothing In Common Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Thompson Twins – Nothing In Common". YouTube. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Billboard". 2 August 1986. Retrieved 1 October 2012 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Billboard". 20 September 1986. Retrieved 1 October 2012 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Billboard". 30 August 1986. Retrieved 1 October 2012 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Reviews: Singles" (PDF). Billboard. 19 July 1986. p. 75. Retrieved 4 August 2021 – via World Radio History.
  8. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  10. ^ Billboard. "Thompson Twins Nothing In Common (Remix) Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 9 April 2018.