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'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream'
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Here's to Future Days
B-side'Big Business'
Released19 August 1985
Recorded1984–1985
GenrePop rock
Length4:24
LabelArista Records
Songwriter(s)Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway
Producer(s)Nile Rodgers, Tom Bailey
Thompson Twins singles chronology
'Lay Your Hands On Me'
(1985)
'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream'
(1985)
'King For A Day'
(1985)
Second 12' vinyl single sleeve
Alternative cover
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'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream' is a 1985 song by the British band Thompson Twins. It was released as a single from their album Here's to Future Days, and peaked at No. 15 in the UK, spending six weeks on the chart.[1] Written by bandmembers Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway, it is an anti-drug song warning of the dangers of drug addiction. It was the first Thompson Twins single to be co-produced by Nile Rodgers. A promotional music video was made for the single which was directed by Godley & Creme along with Meiert Avis.

The B-side, 'Big Business', was exclusive to this single with two versions: 7' version and an extended version called 'Very Big Business'.

Formats[edit]

7' UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 9
  1. 'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream' - 3:36
  2. 'Big Business' - 4:13
12' UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 129
  1. 'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream' (Smackattack!) – 6:10
  2. 'Very Big Business' - 5:06
12' UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 229
  1. 'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream' ((U4A) + (U3A) = Remix) – 6:38
  2. 'Very Big Business' - 5:06

Personnel[edit]

Written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway.

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  • Tom Bailey – vocals, piano, Fairlight, synthesizers, guitar, contrabass, Fairlight and drum programming
  • Alannah Currie – lyrics, marimba, backing vocals, acoustic drums, percussion, tuned percussion
  • Joe Leeway – backing vocals, congas, Z-bass, Emulator, percussion
  • Produced by Nile Rodgers and Tom Bailey
  • Mixed by James Farber
  • Mixed at Skyline Studio, NYC
  • Photography – Rebecca Blake
  • Artwork/Design – Andie Airfix, Satori
  • Art Direction – Alannah

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985)Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2]15
Australian Singles Chart[3]17
German Singles Chart[4]30
New Zealand Singles Chart [5]12
Swedish Singles Chart [6]10

Official versions[edit]

VersionLengthMixed/Remixed byComment
Album version4:24Nile Rodgers & Tom BaileyFound on the album Here's To Future Days, and the majority of their greatest hits compilations.
'Shoot Out'6:23Nile Rodgers & Tom BaileyAn extended version of the song featured on the bonus 5 song remix EP included with the limited edition of Here's To Future Days. Found on Edsel's 2008 CD reissue of Here's To Future Days. This remix is the same as the ((U4A) + (U3A) = Remix).
7' single version3:36Tom Bailey & James FarberFound on the album Here's To Future Days, and on the following CD compilations: Thompson Twins – 'The Collection' (1993 BMG), Thompson Twins- 'Singles Collection' (1996 Camden/BMG), Thompson Twins – 'The Greatest Hits' (2003 Camden/BMG). Begins with the sound of an orchestra tuning up and ends with Alannah's scream.
'Big Business'4:14Tom BaileyInstrumental version of 'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream', found exclusively on the b-side of the 7' vinyl single. Never released on CD.
12' SMACKATTACK! Version6:10Nile Rodgers & Tom BaileyFound on the UK 12' vinyl single (Arista TWINS 129) and on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel).
'Very Big Business'5:06Tom BaileyAn extended instrumental version of 'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream', found on the UK 12' vinyl single (Arista TWINS 129 and Arista TWINS 229), on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel) and on the CD, Thompson Twins – 'The Platinum & Gold Collection' (2003 BMG Heritage/Arista).
12' ((U4A) + (U3A) = Remix)6:38Tom BaileyFound on the UK 12' vinyl single (Arista TWINS 229) and on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel) as 'Shoot Out'.

References[edit]

  1. ^'Thompson Twins – Don't Mess With Doctor Dream'. officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  2. ^'Thompson Twins – Don't Mess With Doctor Dream'. officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^'Australian-Charts'. Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  4. ^'German charts – Thompson Twins'. Musicline.de. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. ^'New Zealand Charts'. charts.nz. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. ^'Swedish Charts'. SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
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'King For A Day'
Single by Thompson Twins
from the album Here's To Future Days
B-side'Rollunder'
Released11 October 1985
Recorded1984–1985
GenrePop rock
Length5:20 (album version)
3:58 (single version)
LabelArista Records
Songwriter(s)Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway
Producer(s)Nile Rodgers & Tom Bailey
Thompson Twins singles chronology
'Don't Mess With Doctor Dream'
(1985)
'King For A Day'
(1985)
'Revolution'
(1985)
Audio
'King for a Day' on YouTube
U.S. 7' vinyl sleeve

'King For A Day' is a 1985 song by the British band the Thompson Twins. It was released as the third single from the band's fifth album Here's To Future Days.

It was written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway. There are two versions of the song, with various edits and remixes of the two. The UK version of the song has alternate lyrics and is more synth based. The U.S.A. and album versions contain electric guitar. The single peaked at #22 in the UK, spending six weeks on the chart[1] and would be the band's final UK Top 40 hit. The single fared better in America where it peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and also peaked at #13 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[2]

The B-side, 'Rollunder', was exclusive to this single with two versions; a shorter 7' version and an extended version. It is a variation of the band's song 'Roll Over', which was planned for release as a single earlier in 1985 but withdrawn from sale at the last moment.

Music video[edit]

A promotional music video was made for the single that was directed by Meiert Avis.Three edited versions of the video are known to exist. The first version features Bailey, Currie, and Leeway at the 'Hard Cash Hotel' with Bailey singing to Currie as he attempts to cheer her up. The ending shows the trio playing their instruments in front of stained glass windows with a backing band dressed as nuns.[3] The second edited version shows more shots of the trio performing with the backing band interspersed with scenes from the trio at the hotel.[4] The third edit omits any scenes from the hotel and solely features the trio performing with the backing band dressed as nuns in front of stained glass windows.[5]

Formats[edit]

7' UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 7
  1. 'King For A Day' – 4:10
  2. 'Rollunder' – 4:40
Thompson Twins Singles Collection
12' UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 127
  1. 'King For A Day' (Extended Mix) – 8:02
  2. 'Rollunder' – 6:50
12' UK vinyl single (1985) Arista TWINS 227
  1. 'King For A Day' (U.S. Re-mix) – 7:20
  2. 'Rollunder' – 6:50
12' UK vinyl Picture Disc (1985) Arista TWIPD 7
  1. 'King For A Day' (Extended Mix) – 8:02
  2. 'Rollunder' – 6:50
Thompson Twins Singles Collection
7' U.S. vinyl single (1985) Arista AS1-9450
  1. 'King For A Day' (Single Version) – 3:58
  2. 'Rollunder' – 4:40
12' U.S. vinyl single (1985) Arista ADP-9442
  1. 'King For A Day' (Rock Radio Edit) – 4:10
  2. 'King For A Day' (LP Version) – 5:20
  3. 'Roll Over' (LP Version) – 4:58

Personnel[edit]

Written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway.

  • Tom Bailey – vocals, piano, Fairlight, synthesizers, guitar, contrabass, Fairlight and drum programming
  • Alannah Currie – marimba, acoustic drums, percussion, tuned percussion, backing vocals, lyrics
  • Joe Leeway – congas, percussion, backing vocals
  • Nile Rodgers – additional guitar and backing vocals
  • Produced by Nile Rodgers and Tom Bailey
  • Mixed by James Farber
  • Mixed at Skyline Studio, NYC
  • Photography – Rebecca Blake
  • Artwork/Design – Andie Airfix, Satori
  • Art Direction – Alannah

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985–1986)Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[6]22
Australian Singles Chart[7]20
Canadian Singles Chart[8]12
New Zealand Singles Chart [9]4
Swedish Singles Chart [10]10
US Billboard Hot 100[11]8
US Adult Contemporary[12]13

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Year-end chart (1986)Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[13]96

Official versions[edit]

VersionLengthMixed/Remixed byComment
'Fools In Paradise' 7' Version4:45Nile Rodgers & Tom BaileySemi-instrumental version and b-side of the UK 7' vinyl single for 'Roll Over'(Arista TWINS 8), which was pulled from the shelves the day of release. Never appeared on any other release.
'Fools In Paradise' (Extended)5:25Nile Rodgers & Tom BaileyAn extended semi-instrumental version of the song featured as the 12' B-side to the rare discontinued single for 'Roll Over'(Arista TWINS 128). Found on Edsel's 2008 CD reissue of Here's To Future Days.
Album Version5:20James FarberFound on the album Here's To Future Days, and the majority of their greatest hits compilations.
7' U.K. Single Version4:10Re-Edit by Tom BaileyFound on the U.K. 7' vinyl single and on the following CD compilations: Thompson Twins – 'The Greatest Hits' (1990 Stylus Music Ltd.), 'The Best of Thompson Twins' (1991 Old Gold Records Ltd.), Thompson Twins – 'The Greatest Hits' (2003 Camden/BMG).
7' U.S. Single Version3:58Nile Rodgers, Tom Bailey, & James FarberFound on the U.S. and Canadian 7' vinyl singles. This version has a shortened intro and is almost identical to the Rock Radio Edit version, except the ending fades out sooner.
Rock Radio Edit4:10James FarberFound on the Arista 12' promo vinyl single (ADP-9442) and the CD, Thompson Twins – 'The Platinum & Gold Collection' (2003 BMG Heritage/Arista).
Extended Mix8:02Re-Edited by Tom BaileyFound on the UK 12' vinyl single (Arista TWINS 127) and on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel).
12' U.S. Re-mix7:20John MoralesFound on the UK 12' vinyl single (Arista TWINS 227) and on the 2xCD reissue of Here's To Future Days (2008 Edsel).
UK Remix Edit5:57Re-Edit by Tom Bailey
Edited by Tuta Aquino
Exclusive UK remix edit found on The Best of Thompson Twins: Greatest Mixes, Thompson Twins – 'Singles Collection' (1996 Camden/BMG), and Thompson Twins – 'UK BMG Music Publishing Promo' (2003 BMG).

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song appeared in an episode of the short-lived Dick Clark's Nitetime in 1985.
  • The song appears in the 1986 film, Lucas.

References[edit]

  1. ^'Thompson Twins – King For A Day'. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  2. ^'King For A Day – Thompson Twins'. Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x28ptd_thompson-twins-king-for-a-day_music
  4. ^https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKhCM9lmOe0
  5. ^https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuDltpEUvW0
  6. ^'Thompson Twins – King For A Day'. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  7. ^'Australian-Charts'. Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  8. ^'Thompson Twins RPM 100'. CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  9. ^'New Zealand Charts'. charts.nz. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  10. ^'Swedish Charts'. SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  11. ^'King For A Day – Thompson Twins'. Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  12. ^'King For A Day – Thompson Twins'. Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  13. ^Nielsen Business Media, Inc (27 December 1986). '1986 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles'. Billboard. 98 (52): Y-21.

External links[edit]

Thompson Twins Singles Collection Songs

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Singles

Thompson Twins Now

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