Song of the Day, April 13: We Are Detective by Thompson Twins

TTwinsDetectiveToday’s song is a bit of fun paranoia. Thompson Twins’ third album, Quick Step and Side Kick, finds them at the perfect point of tension, reduced to a trio and transitioning from complex dance songs to slick synth pop. A highlight of the album is We Are Detective. The song’s narrator is certain that he is being spied upon, relating a series of everyday events filtered through a suspicious lens. It’s a nice conceit, and the band invest it with a tongue-in-cheek energy that stops just short of camp. The musical setting is reminiscent of a screwball comedy, with creaky sound effects and unusual instrumentation. The overall effect is fun, slightly worried, and oddly sympathetic. As an added bonus, Alannah Currie provides a rare lead vocal on alternating verses. Her half-spoken delivery adds just the right twist to the proceedings.

Enjoy this delightful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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