Formed in 1977 in Sheffield and London by [a=Tom Bailey] and the two guitarists [a=John Roog] and [a=Peter Dodd] with drummer [a=Chris Bell (3)] joining soon afterwards after some line-up changes. They arrived in London and self-released their debut single [url=http://www.discogs.com/Thompson-Twins-Squares-And-Triangles/release/2014184]"Squares And Triangles"[/url] in 1980. After their debut album they recruited [a=The Soft Boys]'s bassist [a=Matthew Seligman] and New Zealand saxophonist [a=Alannah Currie] and their septet was in full gear with [a=Joe Leeway]. After they completed their third album [a=John Roog] and [a=Peter Dodd] left the group and formed the short lived act [a=Big View] as well as [a=Matthew Seligman] that went on as a session musician (for [a=The Waterboys], [a=David Bowie] etc.) As a trio Thompson Twins reached their commercial peak with their [url=http://www.discogs.com/Thompson-Twins-Into-The-Gap/release/56303]"Into The Gap"[/url] album and the five singles that spawned, managing to conquer the american market as well. [a=Joe Leeway] went solo in 1986 and the group continued as a duo releasing three more albums. The band released eight albums in total. In 1993, Bailey and Currie started the electronic project [a=Babble].