Thick as Thieves

Album: Thick as Thieves (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • The title track of Temper Trap's third album, "Thick as Thieves" got its first play on Richard Kingsmill's Triple J show. Frontman Dougy Mandagi told the Australian broadcaster he'd had the idea for the song's guitar riff for years. "Joseph [Greer, guitarist] and myself just kind of worked it out in his old flat one day," he explained. I have riffs on my phone that are 2-3 years old. So, it's been a while; some never see the light of day."
  • The single was recorded with songwriter Pascal Gabriel (Kylie Minogue, Ladyhawke) and producer Damian Taylor, who previously worked with The Killers on their 2011 album Battle Born. "We actually wanted to make a guitar record," said Managi of Taylor. "We just liked his resumé and we met up with him backstage at a festival in Montreal and we just got along."
  • The phrase "Thick of Thieves" meaning two or more friends who are very close was first used in the early 19th century. An early example is from the English newspaper The Morning Chronicle, in a letter published in February 1828: "Bill Morris and me are as thick as two thieves."
  • Other artists that have written songs titled "Thick as Thieves" that describe a close relationship include Dashboard Confessional and Kasabian.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Prince

PrinceFact or Fiction

Prince is shrouded in mystery, making him an excellent candidate for Fact or Fiction. Is he really a Scientologist? Does he own an exotic animal?

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal Tap

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

Alan Merrill of The Arrows

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.

The Untold Story Of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine

The Untold Story Of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary MachineSong Writing

Fiona's highly-anticipated third album almost didn't make it. Here's how it finally came together after two years and a leak.

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.