January 1984: Thompson Twins Find the Antidote with "Doctor! Doctor!"

Portrait of members of the English New Wave group Thompson Twins as they pose backstage at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, August 21, 1984. Pictured are, from left, Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey, and Joe Leeway. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
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The Thompson Twins were definitely on a roll. The band's fourth full-length, Into the Gap, had been launched with a hit: lead single "Hold Me Now," which peaked at #3 on the Hot 100. For the album's second single, they turned to the opening cut on the collection: "Doctor! Doctor!" 

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"That's pretty much the same angle as it always was, which is a kind of semi-mystical love voyage song," Thompson Twins singer and songwriter Tom Bailey told Songfacts in 2014. "Lots of dry ice and clouds in that one."

The eerie and mysterious tune that erupts into such an uplifting chorus was strident enough that song's title required two exclamation points. When pressed about the punctuation, Bailey could only shrug. 

"I don't know. I have no explanation for that, except that I guess it's the chorus, that it was exclaimed," he said. "People theorize it's because my father was a doctor and there was some subconscious appeal to him. But I don't think that's the case, because the chorus was written by (band mate) Alannah (Currie), so not my words in that case."

Released as a single on January 27, 1984, the song would be another hit for the band in America, climbing as high as #11 on the Hot 100 on the week of July 21, 1984. The #1 song in America that week: Prince, "When Doves Cry." 

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