Happy 25th Birthday Into The Gap.

The constant soundtrack to a legendary West High School sophomore year for many of the staff here at Waist High, Into the Gap was the fifth album by the Thompson Twins. Into the Gap was released in February 1984 and went to #1 in the UK and #10 in the US. The album was preceded by the release of the single "Hold Me Now," which became the band's biggest hit in the US. "Hold Me Now" reached #3 and stayed in the US charts for 21 weeks.

Four more singles were released from Into the Gap, "Doctor! Doctor!," "You Take Me Up," "Sister of Mercy," and "The Gap."

Into the Gap was produced by the late Alex Sadkin.

Other bands, said Keith Sharp of
Music Express in April 1984, "may have transformed synthesizer-based 'new wave' music into chart-topping commodities. But few bands make this technical wizardry sound so delightfully commercial as the Thompson Twins. They use all the tools at their disposal, mix them together with current trendy beats (reggae, calypso, etc.), and create a stunning concoction which, to these battered ears, is the best album of 1984 so far.....Into The Gap could be perceived as a distinctive milestone on how far new music has come in the past few years. It's enough to make you forget that the old dinosaur bands ever existed."

Photo: The Waist High Collection