Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3), Mainstream Rock (#9) and Hot Dance/Disco (#1) – Club Play; 1984

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

A pair of unlucky detectives from one Europe’s most popular 20th century comics, The Adventures of Tintin, provided the name for a top 1980’s pop band. The Thompson Twins (actually a quartet) self-released the single Squares And Triangles in 1980.

Eventually the four expanded to seven, and became well-known for interactive live gigs at which audience members joined the band on stage to assist with percussion.

The septet version released just one album, Set in 1982, then disintegrated. And that would have been the end for the Thompson Twins if not for the runaway American club success of In The Name Of Love. It stayed at #1 for five weeks, prompting three of the Twins to carry on.

They rebounded with a #2 UK album and two Top 10 singles. Lies/Beach Culture and Love On Your Side from the album took off in US clubs as well. In early 1984, the Thompson Twins hit its peak with the platinum-selling Into The Gap, and transcontinental smash single, Hold Me Now.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Tom Bailey
  • Alex Sadkin

Lyrics Written by:

  • Tom Bailey
  • Alannah Currie
  • Joe Leeway