Monday, 18 December 2017

I'm excited about re-living the Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey makes a long-awaited comeback at the Rewind festival in Temple Island this August. The synth-pop artiste talked to LESLEY POTTER about the fear and nostalgia that are haunting him.

The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey makes a long-awaited comeback at the Rewind festival in Temple Island this August. The synth-pop artiste talked to LESLEY POTTER about the fear and nostalgia that are haunting him.

ANYONE eavesdropping on the conversation between Tom Bailey and me this week might think they’d stumbled on a pair of old codgers grumbling about the state of modern music. Why is it, I muse, that festivals keep wheeling out old men who can’t sing any more — Paul McCartney croaking like an old frog at the Queen’s diamond jubilee party, Ray Davies straining away at the Olympics closing ceremony, and (bless him) Bryan Ferry shuffling about the stage at Glastonbury?

It’s not that we don’t love our erstwhile musical heroes, it’s just that we would prefer to remember them in full youthful throttle. Can’t the artistic directors find some young talent instead?

Then there’s a polite pause in the conversation and I realise I’ve put my foot in it. Poor old Tom is probably bricking it at the other end of the phone line. After all, he’s playing at Rewind Festival in Henley this summer and, at the age of (a relatively youthful) 60 he will be belting out his old Thompson Twins numbers for the first time in 27 years. He admits in fact, that this is the first time he will have sung anything at all in public for 27 years.

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