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Thompson Twins – The Gap (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 2nd, 2016



“The Gap” is a song by the British pop group Thompson Twins. It was the title track from the group’s 1984 album Into the Gap, and was also released as a single in certain countries though not in the group’s native UK. The single peaked at #69 in the U.S., spending six weeks on the US Billboard 100. It also charted in Germany where it peaked at #62. There was no promotional music video for this single.

The AOR (Album Orienred Rock) Version is exclusive to this 12″.

The Gap (AOR Version) 3:53

The Gap (Club Remix Version) 8:34

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 The Gap U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #69


Label: Arista ‎– ADP-9289
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Producer – Alex Sadkin, Tom Bailey
Written-By – Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway, Tom Bailey

From the LP “THE GAP”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS


Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

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

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23 Responses to “Thompson Twins – The Gap (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul for the new wave choices!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  2. Song_And_Dance Says:

    “East is east, west is west”

    I loved the Thompson Twins. The Gap is not one of my all-time favourites by the three
    but the album is near perfect. Sister Of Mercy is “my no 1”, next to the incredible Hold Me Now, of course.

    Aaaaahhhhh, the Eighties, ey? 🙂

    Thank you, Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Song And Dance. Have a great weekend 🙂


  3. Jeff Says:

    One certainly can’t contain the emotions that we get from your awesome posts Paul!! I love this record and it takes me back to so many wonderful times listening, dancing and collecting the 12-inches from the 80’s. You’ve created this marvelous time capsule for us to check into and forget about the world for a little bit. You really are a wonder Paul and I love to celebrate your talents!! Have a great weekend!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a great weekend Jeff enjoy the tunes 🙂


  4. Osc Says:

    Love the Twins/Babble. Thanks!

    It just hit me, that I never knew what AOR stood for. Now I do. ^_^


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Osc we all learn more each day that we live 🙂


  5. NKelly Says:

    Wow love this track since i was a kid. How about a Thompson Twins week to post all you remaining Twins vinyl? If you do indeed have more to post! I’m sure you do 🙂 Many thanks and have a great weekend.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I do still have more. Have a nice weekend.


  6. David Medsker Says:

    Ooh, AOR mix. I never knew such a thing existed. Thanks!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome David 🙂


  7. the doctor Says:

    Er… AOR stands for Album-Oriented Rock, not “Adult”. 🙂


  8. George Price Says:

    I literally just bought this! Lol
    Great track, though.


  9. memoryboy Says:

    Omg, I love you Paul.
    Seriously, this is such a treat!
    I have this super-rare AOR edit on a recent CD that was released, but
    having a copy of this on vinyl is really special.
    I will take a vinyl rip of this any day over any digital remaster.
    Not that some digitally remastered CD’s sound bad, some sound quite good.
    But nothing compares to vinyl.

    Thank you for this


  10. Ally Says:

    This track appears on the fantastic 2014 “Remixes and Rarities” remastered 2-CD.



  11. AnthonyC Says:

    Awesome post!

    We need more Thompson Twins.

    Thanks you so very much!


  12. memoryboy Says:

    Wanted to mention, the AOR version of “The Gap” sounds to me kinda like a single version/edit. Yeah? Cutting out the loop/vocal in the beggining. It goes straight in to the song without any build up. Other than that it doesn’t seem to be any different than the original album version. Anybody else notice this? Perhaps they were thinking of the AOR version as a shorter single edit, perhaps planning to release it as an official single world-wide if it did well. Hmmm


    Ally Reply:

    Yes, it is an edit. The middle instrumental break is shorter as well.


  13. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul. Love these rarities.


  14. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Sometimes charts are totally misleading. I immediately recognised the oriental sounding synth, it was on the radio all the time! Great sounding percussions in the mix, strange they didn’t released it in the UK and with a video, for sure a Top Ten hit.


  15. Goodguy Says:

    Overall, this was my favorite TT single. It annoyed me plenty that it didn’t get a wide release as such. This deserved new mixes more than In The Name Of Love, for instance. Still, Doctor! Doctor! probably had the best synth solo of the Into The Gap singles, and I could listen to that for days, too. 🙂

    Thanks Paul, as always. 🙂

    (Hope you still have that Erasure A Little Respect promo 12″ in the queue!) 🙂


  16. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.


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