*** Queer Press Kit ***
(ed.note : comes with a 8"x10" B&W photo, stylized Thompson Twins logo
in bottom left corner and WB logo in right bottom corner. The PK sheet
has the WB logo at the cop center, "media information" below that, and
below that the stylized TT logo.)
QUEER, a.; comp. queerer; superl. queerest
1. Strange; odd; behaving, acting, or appearing in a manner other than ordinary, normal, or usual manner; singular; droll; peculiar; as, a queer manner.
2. Having mental quirks; eccentric (colloq.)
3. odd, whimsical, quaint, strange, erratic, unique
4. The Thompson Twins new album
Try as you and Mr. Webster might, Queer, the Thompson Twins latest Warner
Bros. Records release, quite simply defies definition. A dazzling exercise
in the fine art of the unexpected, the eleven cuts that comprise the Twins
latest outing offer no signposts, pigeon holes or traditional comforts to
guide you through its maze of whims, obsessions and prismatic fantasies.
Mystifying, mercurial, purely magical, Queer is the reward that awaits those
for whom mere explanation is never quite enough.
Written by the Twins, produced by the Twins, performed by the Twins, recorded
by the Twins at the Twins' own Sugar Shack Studio in London during a seven
month period beginning last summer, Queer is the album the Twins fans have,
all this time, been waiting for...whether they knew it or not.
After all, contenting themselves with a string of albums and hit singles that
mark one of the, well, queerist, careers in music, Twins disciples had no way
of knowing that the best was yet to come.
Yet, here it is, an album that mixes with unsettling ease, psychedelic
conjuring, cosmic consciousness, trashy pop, exuberant ecleticism and a
veritable cornucopia of influences, musical and otherwise. Where else, for
example, could you find a breathtaking juxtaposition of Indian street sounds
(recorded live on location during the Twins recent visit to the teeming
subcontinent), the aromatic flourishes of vintage English poetry (as heard on
the title track, with lyrics borrowed from Dame Edith Sitwell's ode, "Waltz,"
dance-enhancing rhythms (which have already propelled the album's single,
"Come Inside" to the top of the U.K. club charts) and a potpourri of spicy
filigree ranging from Blakian rapture to French dada to the crushed velvet
reveries of Kings Road flower children?
Yet while metaphors, smiles and windy evocations may serve to pique
perceptive ears, nothing can quite prepare the lucky listener for Queer. Why
try to define what can only be experienced?