Alannah Currie (born 20 September 1957) is a New Zealand musician and artist, best known as a former member of the British pop group Thompson Twins. Born in in Auckland, New Zealand, Currie emigrated to England in 1977, as a drop-out... [more]
Alannah Currie (born 20 September 1957) is a New Zealand musician and artist, best known as a former member of the British pop group Thompson Twins.
Born in in Auckland, New Zealand, Currie emigrated to England in 1977, as a drop-out rock journalist. Currie squatted in various places in South West London, ending up in Lillieshall Road, Clapham Old Town. This turned out to be a major step on the road to stardom with the Thompson Twins. In 1979, with her across-the-road neighbour, Trace Newton-Ingham (Traci Newton), she co-founded the dread-punk-improvising group, The Unfuckables. The Unfuckables performed one especially memorable gig at an Anti-Psychiatry Conference in early 1980, held in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. For this particular gig the group comprised of the two co-founders, plus an array of musicians from London's 'underground' music scene - Viv Albertine (The Slits), Gareth Sager (The Pop Group), Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward (This Heat), Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Jimmy Cauty (later of The KLF) and improviser Steve Beresford, amongst others.
Soon after this, she joined the Thompson Twins and much later still the more experimental Babble... as lyricist, percussionist and visual artist. In 1992 she returned to New Zealand working primarily as a glass artist and environmental activist. She was founder of the women's anti-GM movement MAdGE. In 2004 she designed a series of protest billboards that caused huge controversy in New Zealand but won several international art / science awards.
Currie currently lives and works in London where she is a student of the little known art movement, armchair destructivists.
The Thompson Twins were an English New Wave/pop band normally associated with the 1980s. The band formed in April 1977, and disbanded in May 1993. Massively popular in the mid-1980s, the band scored a string of hits in the UK, broke into the USA and Canada and enjoyed huge popularity around the globe. Total worldwide record sales are estimated at 50 million. The band was named after the two bumbling detectives in Hergé's comic strip, The Adventures of Tintin. [show less]