Tom Bailey

Born 18 January 1956.

Thompson Twins


Tom Bailey (born Thomas Alexander Bailey 18 January 1954, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England) is a British musician and composer who led the new wave band Thompson Twins, and its later incarnation Babble, from 1977 until 1996. He currently works in various musical fields including scoring for film. He records and performs dub music under the name International Observer and Indo-fusion music with the Holiwater Project. His latest collaboration is the Bailey-Salgado Project (BSP), an audiovisual ensemble formed with José Francisco Salgado.

He grew up in a family associated with the medical profession. His father was the Medical Officer of Health for Chesterfield Borough Council and Tom was educated at Chesterfield Boys' Grammar School. A "whole school" photograph from April 1967 shows him at age 13 (4th from the extreme left in the second row) and, despite training as a classical pianist, he initially worked as a music teacher at Brook School, Sheffield. In his late teens and early twenties he travelled the world. He was shot at in the Khyber Pass and nearly died from illness in India.[citation needed]

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