Thompson Twins logo 1982–
My first exposure to Aldo Novarese’s superfuturistic typeface, Stop, was probably as an eight-year-old kid going through my older brother’s stuff and finding a Thompson Twins cassette. The synthpop band used the typeface on the cover for its single, “Lies” (1982), and it became a logo from that point on, appearing on promotional material, other singles, and the next three full-length releases: Quick Step & Side Kick (1983), Into the Gap (1984), and Here’s to Future Days (1985).
The three-headed logo was abandoned for album covers after percussionist Joe Leeway left the group in 1986 (making the illustration no longer relevant), but the typographic “Thompson Twins” continued to appear in merch and other material, including lead singer Tom Bailey’s current brand as of 2016.
It’s not clear who designed the logo. Band member Alannah Currie is an artist and was credited as a designer or art director on various Thompson Twins albums, but not Lies, where the logo first appeared.
Stop was a popular typeface throughout the 1970s and 1980s, especially for anything “high tech”, so it’s not a surprise it was adopted by a band that leaned on electronic elements. But perhaps there was a direct influence: Tom Bailey played a Prophet-5, the iconic synthesizer manufactured by Sequential Circuits, a company whose logo was also set in Stop.
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