Of all the Eighties bands who've been rehabiliated and are now officially OK to like, there's one glaring omission: The Thompson Twins.
Perhaps not doing themselves any favours with her ludicrous hat and their cartoonish personas, they nevertheless should be remembered for their cracking hits. There's none more Eighties than that heavy keyboard and Linn drum sound, is there? Just a note of their over-produced music and I'm instantly transported back.
I bought Lies, their first single to chart, in late '82. With its tinny production and general feeling of emptiness, it was however a taste of the fun that was to come. Love On Your Side, never my favourite, but rocketing them right into the Top 10 came next and from then on their career trajectory was set.
So by the time this corker was released around this time in '84, they were big. Like really big. Huge. This reached No.2, which is surprising because it could have been enormously hard work to like, with its strange industrial sounds and heavy use of the mouth organ, it's kind of folky electronica. But once you're in, you're in. You never hear this on the radio of course, but you don't hear Doctor! Doctor! or Hold Me Now either, and remember how they used to be everywhere?
It's a shame - they suffered because they were a bit silly and they're still suffering now. Trendy for about five mintues when they first started then it all went tits up image wise, and they were no more cool than Nik Kershaw or Bucks Fizz - i.e., not at all. Beloved by kids mainly and majorly Smash Hits-friendly. That includes me by the way. I wasn't ashamed to love the singles, but I didn't much care for anything post Lay Your Hands On Me, the song that came out in the latter part of this year and was meant to herald a newer, more grown-up direction, but actually just left everyone cold.
That said, I adore their gorgeous, rather moving If You Were Here from the film Sixteen Candles. Perhaps they don't want or need rehabilitation. Perhaps they wonder why on earth they should get back out there and do the nostalgia-in-a-basket circuit - the music should speak for itself, after all. However, I feel strongly that they shouldn't be forgotten. They're part of the fabric of music in the Eighties after all. They need to be brought to a wider audience again.
The campaign starts here.