That new album was Here’s To Future Days. There had been some difficulties with it already: Thompson Twins had parted company with original producer Alex Sadkin, who had helmed their last two hugely successful albums. Bailey had then brought in Nile Rodgers as co-producer instead, junking the material already worked on with Sadkin. A new recording of their late ’84 hit Lay Your Hands On Me was made with Rodgers and included on the album when it was finally released, nearly a year after the original version of the song had appeared in the charts as a single. In the meantime, Bailey’s illness led to a re-think of the promotion of the album – and of their other commitments: a UK tour was cancelled.
Roll Over, originally intended to be the first official single from the new album, did make it to the shops: but only just. With Bailey unable to help with promotion (it was released less than two weeks after his collapse), the decision was taken to pull it. It was withdrawn on its date of release and copies returned to Arista were destroyed. Bailey later got cold feet about the song altogether and it wasn’t included on the final track list for Here’s To Future Days. Instead, the anti-drugs song Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream was used as a single just prior to the album’s appearance.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Apr. 12
FAT BOYS Jail House Rap (Sutra U9123)
Howard JONES Look Mama (WEA HOW7)
THOMPSON TWINS Roll Over (Arista TWINS8)