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Thompson Twins – Watching (UK 7″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 3rd, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

A. Front

“Watching” is a 1983 song by the British New Wave/synthpop band Thompson Twins. It was released as the fourth single from the album Quick Step and Side Kick (which was renamed Side Kicks in the U.S.), and the song peaked at #33 on the UK singles chart. In the United States the single was not released and therefore did not chart.

“Watching” was recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. The singer Grace Jones (who had worked with Sadkin on three of her albums by that time) made a guest appearance on the track “Watching”, though her vocals were not included on the track when it was remixed and released as a single in mid-1983.

SIDE A:
Watching (7″ Remix) 3:48

SIDE B:
Dancersaurus (7″ Remix) 4:44

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Arista ‎– TWINS 1
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: Jul 1983
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop, New Wave
Credits: Cover [Cover Design From Ideas From] – Alannah*
Design [Cover Design] – Satori (14)
Engineer – Phil Thornalley
Mastered By – Arun*
Photography By – Paul Cox (5)
Producer – Alex SadkinTom Bailey
Written-By – Alannah CurrieJoe LeewayTom Bailey

NOTES:
Remixed from album and double-take cassette “Quick Step And Side Kick”.
Made In England.

Find The 7″ 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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37 Responses to “Thompson Twins – Watching (UK 7″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Great that you’re back. Hope all is well!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Stefano just a bought with pneumonia. Glad to be feeling better 🙂

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  2. Silver Blue Says:

    Welcome back…hope your health is improving!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Silver Blue. Feeling better 🙂

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  3. David Says:

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better. And what a comeback single! The A-side mix has never been released on CD, despite dozens of Greatest Hits & album re-issues. My copy of this single arrived via mail order warped beyond being able to play, so it’s great to finally get a good, clean copy of this to enjoy.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks David! Enjoy the single 🙂

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  4. Bill Says:

    Thanks so much for working on and posting this, a quality rip of this release is great to have because this particular version (the 7″ remix) was omitted from the recent reissue of “Quick Step & Side Kick”.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bill 🙂

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  5. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul for this excellent single . Most importantly glad to know you’re feeling better. Hope you stay well! Please post Sister Of Mercy next.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Omar I am glad to be back. More TT definately coming my friend 🙂

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  6. Junior Says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. Great post too .

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  7. Mike Says:

    Glad you’re feeling better, DJP!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mike 🙂

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  8. NKelly Says:

    OMG i asked for this about 2012 and again a few weeks ago. Amazing. I was shocked when i came here and saw this. Expected to see no post again. Then saw the best post ever! Thanks. And glad that you are better!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome NKelly sorry it took so long. Enjoy!

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    NKelly Reply:

    No problem don’t be silly just a suggestion / request to a gap that needed filling after so many compilations and not one featuring this superior 7″ remix! BTW where do i go to request a 12″? Anywhere in particular? I have one more which is amazing and has never came out on CD. Thanks again

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  9. Jermajesty Says:

    Good to see you’re back fighting fit. Looking forward to this rarity. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jermajesty 🙂

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  10. Jeffrey Says:

    Hope you are feeling better! 🙂
    Hugs

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am Jeffrey. Hugs to you 🙂

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  11. Todd Says:

    Welcome back Paul!

    Correct me if I’m wrong – but doesn’t Grace Jones provide the backing vocals for this?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Todd 🙂

    According to Wikipedia:

    Recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. The singer Grace Jones (who had worked with Alex Sadkin on three of her albums by that time) made a guest appearance on the track “Watching”, though her vocals were not included on the track when it was remixed and released as a single in mid-1983.

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  12. Brian Says:

    glad to see you’re back and doing ok, missed ya

    thanks for this

    Brian

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Brian 🙂

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  13. Mike C. Says:

    Glad you are feeling better. Thank you very much for this post

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mike C. 🙂

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  14. ric Says:

    *Hugs*
    Welcome back Paul, and glad to know that you’re well and about.
    Thanks for a rare 7″ to mark your return.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    “Hug” to you too Ric 🙂

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  15. giorgios-greece Says:

    it’s good to see u posting again!!!!

    it means that you’re feeling a lot better!!!!!

    God bless you Paul!!!!!

    thanx a lot for everything!!!!!

    you are a member of my family!!that’s how i feel for you!!!!

    i wish one day that we could meet each other and talk about our common love, MUSIC!!!!!

    thanx a lot dj!!!!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Giorgio. You are a very sweet person glad to be part of your family 🙂 Would be happy to meet you too!

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    giorgios-greece Reply:

    thanx a lot Paul!!!

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  16. Conrad Zimmer Says:

    Glad you’re up and about.

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  17. Anthony Shaw Says:

    Good to see you back Paul. Hope your recovery (Recovery – one of my favourite Olivia songs) lasts longer this time xxx.

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  18. Vince Says:

    thanks for this version….never heard this remix

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  19. Ramone Says:

    Not including Grace on the remix ???!

    TRULY A CRIME ..

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  20. Ray in Australia Says:

    I’m happy to hear that you’re feeling better Paul 🙂
    Thanks so much for this upload too… Brings back memories of simpler teenage days. Back then I used to skip past this track on the album thinking it was a bit weird for my taste but this single version is a big improvement in my opinion. Still not sure whether it was a good choice for a single though 🙂 Thanks again

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