New wave icon Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey’s brand new video, “What Kind Of World” has its exclusive worldwide premiere via Billboard today; check it out here. The futuristic video concept was created by Bailey, John Tompkins and Michael Hodgson and the video is edited by Michael Hodgson. “What Kind Of World” is the first single from Bailey’s forthcoming solo album, SCIENCE FICTION and is inspired by the untimely death of music legend David Bowie as well as Tesla owner Elon Musk’s vision of future commercial space travel.
Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey’s first new music in 25 years and first-ever solo album, SCIENCE FICTION, is due out July 13th via Mikrokosmos/BFD and is distributed via The Orchard in North America. The album is produced by Bailey himself but also features the production assistance of Hal Ritson (Chemical Brothers, David Guetta). It was recorded all over the world (France, New Zealand, London) with the studio being Bailey’s laptop and set of headphones. The songs on SCIENCE FICTION span the musical gamut – from synthpop meets soca to stadium pop – but all feature Bailey’s signature flair for hook-laden, radio-friendly tunes.
SCIENCE FICTION is already receiving early rave reviews from the international press with Louder Than War declaring, “Simultaneously captivating and compelling…the brilliance is evident”. AXS avowed of the first single “What Kind Of World”, “The hook-laden song instantly captures the spirit, magic and classic vibe that made Bailey’s music a staple of 80’s radio, while also adding a tasty layer of technology and twenty-first century cool”. To pre-order SCIENCE FICTION, please click here. In support of SCIENCE FICTION, Tom Bailey will head out on a massive North American tour with Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s. The tour kicks off tomorrow, Friday, June 29th in St. Augustine, FL and also includes several headlining dates. Please see below for the current itinerary.
Formed in 1977, the original Thompson Twins trimmed down their line-up in 1982 to a three piece of Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway as they adopted a more electronic synthesizer-based sonic sound. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged the Thompson Twins music. The last Thompson Twins show was in Texas in August 1987. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.
In 2014, The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey returned to the live stage with headline shows in the U.S. and Japan and in the summer of 2015 headlined six major festivals in the UK. In April 2016, Bailey won the “Best Live Show 2015” award in UK’s Classic Pop magazine ahead of Duran Duran, Kylie and Kraftwerk, thus confirming Tom Bailey’s current live show as amongst the best on the planet.
Tom Bailey supporting Boy George & Culture Club and The B’52s (unless otherwise noted):
30 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome
31 New York, NY Iridium*
31 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion
30 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort
6 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort And Casino