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Thompson Twins – Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream (Smackattack!) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 4th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

REQUEST

“Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream” is the second single by the band Thompson Twins taken from the 1985 album Here’s to Future Days. It was written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway. The single peaked at No. 15 in the UK, spending six weeks on the chart. In the US the single failed to chart. A promotional music video was made for to the single version of the song and was directed by Godley & Creme along with Meiert Avis.

SIDE A:
Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream (Smackattack!) 6:10

SIDE B:
Very Big Business 5:05

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Arista ‎– TWINS 129
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Art Direction – Alannah Currie
Design [Artwork] – Andie AirfixSatori (14)
Mastered By – Arun*
Photography By – Rebecca Blake (2)
Producer – Nile RodgersTom Bailey
Written-By – Alannah CurrieJoe LeewayTom Bailey

NOTES:
“Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream” taken from forthcoming album and cassette “HERE”S TO FUTURE DAYS”.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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38 Responses to “Thompson Twins – Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream (Smackattack!) (UK 12″)”

  1. Omar Says:

    This is an excellent single. Always love the Thompson Twins. Paul if you have it could you please post Sister Of Mercy next. Thankx.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    See what I can do Omar 🙂

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  2. NKelly Says:

    Wow! Please more TTT. Much more! Timed well Tom Bailey has announced this week that he will be taking a new band on the road this August to play TTT songs for the first time in 27 years! I have my ticket already…

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    Omar Reply:

    US dates already announced ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sounds fun!

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    Mike C. Reply:

    WWWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you so much for telling us this news.

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    Mike C. Reply:

    NKelly: Time permitting, can you provide a link for this news/announcement? Thank you.

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    NKelly Reply:

    The help i can give (as i’m in my lunch-hour currently) is as follows. It was Howard Jones who persuaded Tom to tour. He is doing ‘Rewind Festival’ (U.K.) and i think ‘Regeneration’ which is a kind of US equivelent i believe! Both 80’s festivals. I went to Rewind one day in 2012 and 2013 but will do both days this year! Tom also has a new Facebook page i believe i hope those interested can find. Any more help, feel free to come back to me. Glad some of you are excited about this news. I certainly am. Love TTT since about 1983 and Babble since inception. His new E.P. (Oct 2013) as International Observer was good too! Neil

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    Mike C. Reply:

    https://www.facebook.com/ThompsonTwinsTomBailey

    Honestly, I did not believe you. Your cryptic post about a new page didn’t do much for my belief because you did not provide a link.

    However, I truly appreciate you letting us know. It is completely legit.

    Front row – regardless of costs.

    !!!!

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    NKelly Reply:

    Lol what would i have to gain from lying?

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  3. Jermajesty Says:

    Ooh ooh oh-oh oww, Ooh ooh ooh-oww.

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  4. Chris Says:

    always has and always will be my favourite TT song… have that vinyl in my collection, too! Thanks for the rip!
    Btw. has there ever been an extended version of Doctor! Doctor! ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chris. Yes there is an extended version of “Doctor Doctor”.

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    NKelly Reply:

    The 9 minute extended version is class!

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  5. ex15 Says:

    Their last top 20 hit in the UK and it was all steadily down hill after this, clearly they had run their course. Good to see this on 12″ Paul, any of their earlier material you have?

    As always, a great upload..

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 I do have other Thompson Twins singles 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Wow. Please post some more then when you get time. I’m still after one of your awesome rips for the ‘Never-commited-to-CD’ Lies (7″ version) as i mentioned about a year ago! Oh and EX15… Couldn’t disagree more. Get that love, Long goodbye, Sugar daddy, In the name of love ’88, Come inside, Play with me (Jane) and far more besides were also superb singles. They may not have had much success after 1986 but even Doctor Dream deserved so much more failing to dent the U.K. top 10. Same for King for a day. Babble were awesome too and his latest as International Observer a few months ago was good!

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Hey NKelly, I’m pretty sure Lies single version is on this Greatest Hits compilation:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00008Q03P/

    You can hear a short preview there. Let me know if that’s different to the one you’re thinking of. 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Damn. Stupid me! I meant Watching 7″.

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  6. Ally Says:

    Odd that the meaning of the song has not been mentioned here.

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    Mike C. Reply:

    Ally: What is your take on the meaning? Thanks.

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    NKelly Reply:

    It’s an anti drugs song. Famously!

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    Ally Reply:

    Doctor Dream = Heroin

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  7. ric Says:

    Excellent post, Paul!
    Thanks!
    TT gave us a string of classic singles from 1982 to 1985.
    I think Tom’s breakdown from exhaustion was the start of the TT train being derailed.
    Still, there is no denying their rightful place in the New Wave era.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric 🙂

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  8. Jeff Says:

    Paul, many thanks for this classic.

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff 🙂

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  9. dazz22 Says:

    Yeap another good track remmber it well bought it for 25 pence lol in the basket that wolco had at the front of there store for too many dupilactes of 7inches

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sounds like you got a good deal Dazz22 🙂

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  10. giorgios-greece Says:

    love Thompson Twins!!!!!

    thanx a lot dj!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Giorgio 🙂

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  11. Chris Says:

    Hi Paul,

    By any chance do you have this version:

    Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream ((U4A) + (U3A)) = Remix)

    http://www.discogs.com/Thompson-Twins-Dont-Mess-With-Doctor-Dream-U4A-U3A-Remix/release/202315

    To my knowledge, this remix never been released on CD.

    Thanks for posting my favorite New Wave band and for all you do.

    Cheers!

    Chris

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Don’t have that one at this time Chris. I will try to locate a copy for future post.

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    Ally Reply:

    Chris, that version appears on the Here’s To Future Days [Edsel Remaster] as “Shoot Out.”

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    Chris Reply:

    Thanks Ally!

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  12. Jonathan Says:

    The TTs were a local band for me in my teens (my sister went to school with Tom Bailey’s sister – how’s that for a tenuous claim to fame?!) and it was a shame for me to see them get blander as they got bigger (but doesn’t everyone?). This was their last half-decent single for me – it at least had some oomph, presumably from the input of Nile Rodgers – but I think Tom’s exhaustion was beginning to show in the music. I much prefer the Quick Step singles, and earlier ones like In The Name of Love, but I’m looking forward to giving this a listen.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Jonathan. Enjoy!

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  13. spoinny Says:

    Great song by a great group. There’s a few diff versions out there. So excited about Tom playing TT music again!

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