Feedback Max though relatively short is one of my favourite periods of the Thompson Twins career and one I'm so immensely proud of. Tom and Alannah along with Keith Fernley took Come Inside remixed it as the Feedback Max House Mix and decided to release it to clubs and DJ's first on a white label under this alternative name. They wanted people to listen to it without prejudice and for the track quite rightly so to get a fair hearing. Cliff Richard did a similar thing releasing a song under the name Black Knight. Will people listen to it if they know who it really is they thought. The plan worked perfectly and had DJ's and clubgoers if you pardon the pun raving about this music. It soared up the dance charts gaining lots of acclaim even from people like respected DJ Pete Tong who before playing it during his Cool Cuts countdown on Radio 1 said that the Feedback Max House Mix of Come Inside was pretty wonderful.
This was one exciting time for any Thompson Twins fan. The new album Queer, all these singles the wealth of remixes that appeared for various songs and the band back in the limelight. The first time I heard Come Inside's House Mix I was blown away. I knew that the band where releasing a single of that title but that was it. I didn't listen to radio much but had been trying to tune in more often hoping to catch this new tune from my beloved band. I just so happened to switch on to Simon Bates show one afternoon and it was The Pet Shop Boys who where standing in for him. I'd tuned in one third of the way in to this piano driven dance track. The only vocals interspersed throughout the track where the words "Come Inside Woo Hoo" What! I thought. That's the name of the Twins new track that has to be them but can it be them? Wow! it sounds so different it sounds amazing. I was pleasantly shocked. I didn't get to hear Neil or Chris introduce or mention at all who this song was from. I was amazed it was the Twins and not in a bad way and they had always been way cool in my book. But this new track sounded so different to them and so modern and bang up to date. It was great going in to Wh Smiths and scouring all the magazines for any articles or news but not only the regular music mags and papers but the dance ones too. DJ magazine called it "The Piano Riff Of The Year"
The Feedback Max remixes are now held as true dancefloor true classics in the hearts and minds of dance music fans and people who frequented clubs in the early 90's. It can't be underestimated how much those people rave about the music. You only have to read the comments from fans on youtube
Quotes from fans: I too fell for this track when listening to the same Pet Shop Boys Radio Show! which incidentally i too taped and listened to for years...think I still have it somewhere. They we're standing in for Pete Tong or was it Jeff Young? I managed to pick up a 12" copy for a quid at a record fair. absolute massive underplayed classic!!!
man i love this song - it used to be "hardcore" !! nice one
took the words right out of my mouth,had almost forgot about this one,was massive in glasgow at the time 91 sub, network and then circa ,had it on a scott and boydie tape, amazing!
absolutely one of the best original rave tunes! man I remember when this WAS the sh*t LOVE IT!
Wow, I haven't heard this track for a long ,long time, the memories that come with it are the best IV ever had! An amazing tune!
There are people who love these mixes who wouldn't normally perhaps listen to Thompson Twins music. But in the year of 91 Tom Bailey had absolutely nailed it and had his finger on the pulse of dance music and the talent to know exactly what to produce to get dance fans raving. At few years later for a short time I somehow was in contact with this diehard hardcore rave techno fan. We corresponded a bit and shared online links to various tunes. Perhaps I met him through an F Machine track who Keith Fernley of the Thompson Twins was also a member of. But we talked about F Machine and Feedback Max and he loved it all. It was what he called "Proper Ardkore" This was how he referred to it and I could tell the music had struck a chord with all those clubbers. Come Inside was even sampled years later by "The Old Skool Junkies" It seems the track Come Inside was huge in Glasgow judging By comments. Wish i'd been to a club that played it to hear it in all its glory in the way that it was intended to be heard.
Feedback Max also did remixes for artists such as Gardner Cole and his track Wall Of Fear and F Machine with their track Child Bride. And Keith continued with the name Feedback Max minus Tom and Alannah to release the rave classic "Intense 6" with b-side track "Low" Its worth noting that the quality of the uploads of Come Inside on Youtube vary and some seem to play at the wrong tempo/bpm. Usually too fast. But the one posted above would seem correct. I couldn't blog about Feedback Max though without at least mentioning the b-side to Float Up High. An Indian flavoured track which has probably the most hardcore bass-line of all the Feedback tracks and is one not to be missed. What do you think of Feedback Max and did you hear it while Clubbing I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories. Also click on the link below to download a 4,15 mp3 audio interview in London with Tom and Alannah about Feedback Max from Kiss FM. Peter.