Quick Step and Side Kick

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Quick Step & Side Kick
Quick Step & Side Kick.jpg
Studio album by Thompson Twins
Released February 1983
Recorded 1982-83
Genre Synthpop
Length 37:48
Label Arista
Producer Alex Sadkin
Thompson Twins chronology
Set
(1982)Set1982
Quick Step & Side Kick
(1983)
Into the Gap
(1984)Into the Gap1984
Singles from Quick Step & Side Kick
  1. "Lies"
    Released: October 1982
  2. "Love On Your Side"
    Released: 1983
  3. "We Are Detective"
    Released: 1983
  4. "Watching"
    Released: 1983

Quick Step & Side Kick is the third studio album by the British synthpop group Thompson Twins. It was released in February 1983, and was their first album to be released as a trio (the band consisted of up to seven members during previous releases). The album reached no. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified Platinum by the BPI.

In the United States and Canada, the album was titled simply as Side Kicks, and was only the second Thompson Twins album to be released there.

The album was the first collaboration between the band and producer Alex Sadkin and was recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. The singer Grace Jones (who had worked with Sadkin on three of her albums by that time) made a guest appearance on the track "Watching", though her vocals were not included on the track when it was remixed and released as a single in mid-1983.

The album has several different versions according to different territories, containing different tracks and different track order. The UK and US cassette versions of the album also contained a whole side of remixes of various album tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits6/10[5]

Reviewing the album in Record magazine, Crispin Sartwell noted that the songs "Love On Your Side", "Tears", "Love Lies Bleeding", and especially "Lies" achieved a funk that could appeal to both black and white listeners, but that the songs on Side Two of the record veer more towards the pretentious music of their first two albums. He nonetheless concluded the album to be one of the best examples of British funk to date.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Canada release[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Love On Your Side"
  2. "Tears"
  3. "Lies"
  4. "We Are Detective"
  5. "Love Lies Bleeding"
Side 2
  1. "Watching"
  2. "If You Were Here"
  3. "Kamikaze"
  4. "Judy Do"
  5. "All Fall Out"

UK release[edit]

  1. "Love On Your Side" - 4:25 UK / 3:33 U.S.
  2. "Lies" - 3:12
  3. "If You Were Here" - 2:55
  4. "Judy Do" - 3:47
  5. "Tears" - 5:02
  6. "Watching" - 3:58
  7. "We Are Detective" - 3:05
  8. "Kamikaze" - 3:55
  9. "Love Lies Bleeding" - 2:49
  10. "All Fall Out" - 5:26

Cassette remixes:

  1. "Love Lies Fierce" - 6:45 (Dub remix of "Love Lies Bleeding").
  2. "Long Beach Culture" - 6:48 (Extended version of "Beach Culture")
  3. "No Talkin'" - 5:51 (Dub remix of "Lies")
  4. "Rap Boy Rap" - 7:22 (Original 12" version of "Love On Your Side")
  5. "Frozen In Time" - 6:28 (Dub remix of "Kamikaze")
  6. "Fallen Out" - 3:30 (Dub remix of "All Fall Out")

2008 expanded edition[edit]

In March 2008, Quick Step & Side Kick was reissued as a 2-disc set by Edsel Records[7] and included the bonus remixes that appeared on the original 1983 cassette version of the album. The second disc included most major 12" versions and B-sides, some of which appeared on CD for the first time.

Disc 1
  1. "Love on Your Side" - 3:33
  2. "Lies" - 3:13
  3. "If You Were Here" - 2:56
  4. "Judy Do" - 3:48
  5. "Tears" - 5:02
  6. "Watching" - 3:58
  7. "We Are Detective" - 3:06
  8. "Kamikaze" - 3:55
  9. "Love Lies Bleeding" - 2:50
  10. "All Fall Out" - 5:28
  11. "Love Lies Fierce" - 6:45
  12. "Long Beach Culture" - 6:48
  13. "No Talkin'" - 6:18
  14. "Rap Boy Rap" - 7:22
  15. "Frozen In Time" - 6:28
  16. "Fallen Out" - 3:30
Disc 2
  1. "Lies (Single Remix)" - 3:15
  2. "Love on Your Back" - 4:06 (Original B-Side of the "Love On Your Side" 7" Single)
  3. "Lucky Day" - 3:52 (Original B-Side of the "We Are Detective" 7" Single)
  4. "Dancersaurus" - 4:40 (Original B-Side of the "Watching" 7" Single)
  5. "Lies (Bigger And Better)" - 6:35 (Original 12" remix of "Lies")
  6. "Beach Culture" - 3:55 (Original B-Side of the "Lies" 7" Single)
  7. "Love On Your Side (No Talkin')" - 5:48 (B-Side of the original "Love On Your Side" 12" Single)
  8. "We Are Detective (More Clues)" - 6:00 (Original 12" remix of "We Are Detective")
  9. "Lucky Day (Space Mix)" - 6:58 (B-Side of the "We Are Detective" 12" Single)
  10. "Watching (You Watching Me)" - 5:48 (Original 12" remix of "Watching")
  11. "Dancersaurus (Even Large Reptiles Have Emotional Problems)" - 5:50 (B-Side of the "Watching" 12" Single)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Lies" UK Singles Chart 67
US Billboard 100 30
US Dance 1
1983 "Love On Your Side" UK Singles Chart 9
US Billboard 100 45
US Dance 6
"We Are Detective" UK Singles Chart 7
"Watching" UK Singles Chart 33

Songs used in other media[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Engineer - Phil Thornalley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Quick Step & Side Kick – Thompson Twins". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Peel, Ian (2008). "Thompson Twins: Quick Step & Side Kick / Into the Gap". Record Collector: 101. 
  3. ^ Considine, J. D. (14 April 1983). "Thompson Twins: Sidekicks (Quick Step & Sidekick)". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 May 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Sumerside, Angie (3 March 1983). "Thompson Twins: Quick Step & Side Kick". Smash Hits. 5 (5): 41. 
  6. ^ Sartwell, Crispin (June 1983). "Side Kicks review". Record. 2 (8): 27. 
  7. ^ Demon Music Group Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ http://www.tunefind.com/show/scream-queens/season-1/24883

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