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Spandau Ballet

As one of the leading New Romantic bands, Spandau Ballet racked up a number of British hits -- as well as one Top Ten American hit, "True" -- during the early '80s, becoming one of the most successful groups to emerge during the new wave. The only other new romantic band to enjoy greater commercial success was Duran Duran, yet Spandau Ballet was there first, scoring three Top Ten hit singles during 1981 with their synthesized dance-pop. By 1983, the London-based quintet had shed its Roxy Music-inspired robotic art-disco and picked up on Bryan Ferry's latter-day crooner persona, revamping themselves as a slick, stylish white soul act. It was in this incarnation that Spandau Ballet experienced its greatest success, as "True" reached number one in Britain and number four in America. However, their time in the spotlight was short-lived. Though they had a few more hits in Britain, none of them were particularly big, and in America they disappeared at the end of 1984. By the end of the decade, the group had split, with their core members, brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, launching acting careers with the 1990 film, The Krays.

The Kemps -- who played guitar and bass, respectively -- founded Spandau Ballet in 1979 with Tony Hadley (vocals), Steve Norman (rhythm guitar, saxophone, percussion), and John Keeble (drums). The group hired their school friend Steve Dagger as manager. Spandau Ballet began playing nightclubs in London that had responded to punk by embracing exaggeratedly fashionable clothes and makeup. Soon, the band was one of the most popular attractions on this scene, which was subsequently dubbed by the British press as "New Romantic." Chris Blackwell, the head of Island Records, saw the group at a London party and offered them a contract on the spot. They rejected his offer, choosing to set up their own label, Reformation. Early in 1980, the group licensed Reformation to Chrysalis, giving their label the distribution power of a major label.

"To Cut a Long Story Short," Spandau Ballet's first single, shot to number five in Britain upon its fall 1980 release. It was quickly followed by the number 17 hit "The Freeze" in early 1981, and "Musclebound," which reached number ten in the spring. The singles made their way over to America, where they received play in dance clubs. By the spring, their debut album, Journey to Glory, had been released. In the summer, they released a new, non-LP single, "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)," which boasted a funkier beat and soulful flourishes. The group continued to pursue this direction on their subsequent singles, including the gold-selling Top Ten U.K. hits "Instinction" and "Lifeline," as well as their 1982 album Diamond, but it didn't reach its fruition until the 1983 album True.

True was a full-fledged white soul album, much like the sophisticated pop of late-'70s Roxy Music albums. The title ballad reached number one in Britain during the spring and a few months later, the single and album became a hit in America, peaking at number four and 19, respectively. Spandau Ballet managed to hit the Top Ten once more in the U.K. with "Gold," which peaked at number two; in the U.S., it reached 29. "Communication," a third American single from True, fizzled in the spring of 1984. Its failure was the beginning of the band's commercial downfall. "Only When You Leave," the first single from 1984's Parade, was a number three hit in the U.K., yet it only reached 34 in the U.S.; furthermore, it was their last American hit ever. Parade was a success in Britain, but it wasn't as big as its predecessor. In 1985, Spandau Ballet sued Chrysalis, claiming that the label wasn't providing enough promotional support for the band, especially in the U.S., and thereby harming its career. The suit was settled in 1986, and the group jumped ship for CBS/Columbia (Epic in the U.S.), where they released Through the Barricades that same year. The title track was a Top Ten hit, but its follow-up, "How Many Lies?," became the group's last Top 40 hit ever. Following the release of Heart Like a Sky in 1989, the group quietly disbanded.

Gary and Martin Kemp played the notorious British mobsters the Krays in a 1990 film of the same title. Gary Kemp pursued acting as his vocation during the '90s, appearing in The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston, HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, and Embrace of the Vampire with Alyssa Milano. Tony Hadley released a solo album, State of Play, in 1993. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: Spandau Ballet ''The Story'' The Very Best Of

1. To Cut A Long Story Short

2. The Freeze

3. Musclebound

4. Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)

5. Instinction

6. Lifeline

7. Communication

8. True

9. Gold

10. Only When You Leave

11. I'll Fly For You

12. Highly Strung

14. Fight For Ourselves

15. Through The Barricades

16. Once More

17. This Is The Love

18. Steal

19. Soul Boy

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. True

2. Paint Me Down

3. Lifeline

4. Gold

5. Only When You Leave

6. Round And Round

7. Highly Strung

8. To Cut A Long Story Short

9. I'll Fly For You

10. Communication

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Track List: True (Enhanced Edition)

1. Pleasure

2. Communication

3. Code Of Love

4. Gold

5. Lifeline

6. Heaven Is A Secret

7. Foundation

8. True

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Track List: Once More

1. Once More

2. To Cut A Long Story Short

3. Gold

4. True

5. Chant No.1

6. I'll Fly For You

7. Only When You Leave

8. Through The Barricades

9. She Loved Like Diamond

10. Communication

11. Lifeline

12. With The Pride

13. Love Is All

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johnmargie6
They killed it when they were here,....... t h e n
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Initials. CAM miss you. Our song CDM.
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Been having a dream about "Spandau Valet Parking...."
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skpyburn08
DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AMD YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Love them Amazing group :)
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Still one of my favorites since I heard it back in 1982 during my senior year of HS. Man I'm old!
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jjzz103
the good old days if I could go back just for a day
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I'll always think of Modern Family whenever I hear this, from now on....
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josejmadriga l 3
O - O omg
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I want the truth to be known!
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bonnie.zeck
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I want the truth to be know....
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Nostalgia
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Steve Buscemi has ruined this song for me forever. Damn you Adam Sandler!
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Hard to believe that this track is from 1981! I'm a throwback, and this defines who I am.
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Still one of my favorite songs
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Ultimate favorite group. Tony has an amazing voice
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blondn6ft
Don't miss them if you have a chance to see them LIVE again ... I just did this past Friday night ... SWOON!
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The only thing bad about the 80's was the shoulder pads......Th e music rocks!
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This song is still so hot. Always 80's...the best music. Now this is one HOT but COOL hit... "TRUE"
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mfunhill
80's great love songs ❤️
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This song remind me when I was little girl, I love this song it bring me lives, n memories
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Love this group
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Listen to Marvin all night long. Love the lyrics to this song True.
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One of the greatest song ever....
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Phil and Claire's song (later proven incorrect!) :-D
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cindymgonzal e s 1 6
:)
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psauter2
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press F6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cuz it actually works!
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80s. Come. Alive.
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I love the 80's
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Loves the song lots of gold
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Tony Hadley ur the man
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those were the daze
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7th and 8th grade in El Monte.
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Classic 80's
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thumbs up...would listen to again
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Timeless Song-MTB
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streamside24 7
Dont care for the song or the band, but Steve Buscemi in Wedding Singer doing it is clsssic
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Sixteen candles ") Jake Ryan ��
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Love, love, love this song...preci o u s to the max:)
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danv187
THE POST BELOW IS B.S., THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
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danv187
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your . Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this 2 days , now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
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jonaz8585
my all time fave band from the 80's...i watched them live in 2009 (i think) in sydney...
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Highly Strung...got me dancing in my seat. Love Duran Duran!
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I know this much is True!
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Reminds me when we first moved to Milwaukee from Chicago. We didn't have a TV so me & my bro RIP would listen to the radio a lot good times....
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Love! Love! Love!!!! Sexy voice Tony Hadley! Love Spandau Ballet!!
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verzuvei
Oh, the 80s....great music. Great memories.
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whatzdat
I this much is true I do luv uuuuuuuuuuu
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80's music is the era that l love very much..
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