Spandau Ballet Biography (Wikipedia)
Spandau Ballet are an English band formed in Islington, London, in 1979. Inspired by the capital's post-punk underground dance scene, they emerged at the start of the 1980s as the house band for the Blitz Kids, playing "White European Dance Music" as "The Applause" for this new club culture's audience. Spandau Ballet became one of the most successful groups of the New Romantic era of British pop and were part of the Second British Invasion of the Billboard Top 40 in the 1980s, selling 25 million albums and having 23 hit singles worldwide. The band have had eight UK top 10 albums, including three greatest hits compilations and an album of re-recorded material. Their musical influences ranged from punk rock and soul music to the American crooners Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
The band's classic line-up featured Gary Kemp on guitar, synthesiser and backing vocals, his brother Martin Kemp on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble. Gary Kemp was also the band's songwriter. Their debut single, "To Cut a Long Story Short", reached No.5 in the UK in 1980. It was the first of ten UK Top 10 singles. The band peaked in popularity in 1983 with the album True, with its title track reaching No.1 in the UK and the top five in the US. In 2011, it received a BMI award as one of the most played songs in US history with four million airplays. In 1984, they received a Brit Award for technical excellence, and were the first act to be approached by Bob Geldof to join the original Band Aid line-up. In 1985, they performed at the Live Aid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium.
- Gary Kemp on writing Gold: "I wanted to do a James Bond theme"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bvbxn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bvbxn.jpg2013-06-24T18:03:00.000ZGary Kemp says he was inspired by John Barry and James Bond when writing Spandau Ballet's hit single, Gold.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bvbyr
Gary Kemp on writing Gold: "I wanted to do a James Bond theme"
- Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley sing Spandau Ballet's Truehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqt7c.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqt7c.jpg2013-06-21T15:07:00.000ZGary Kemp and Tony Hadley perform the title track from their chart-topping album, True.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bqt7y
Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley sing Spandau Ballet's True
- Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley sing Spandau Ballet's Lifelinehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqtnq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqtnq.jpg2013-06-21T14:57:00.000ZGary Kemp and Tony Hadley perform Lifeline from Spandau Ballet's hit album, True.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bqtps
Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley sing Spandau Ballet's Lifeline
- Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley sing Spandau's Code of Lovehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqw4y.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqw4y.jpg2013-06-21T14:38:00.000ZGary Kemp and Tony Hadley perform part of Code of Love from Spandau Ballet's album, True.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bqw58
Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley sing Spandau's Code of Love
- Gary Kemp on Spandau's True: "I wanted to write an Al Green song"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqvd1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqvd1.jpg2013-06-21T14:24:00.000ZGary Kemp explains what inspired him to write Spandau Ballet's worldwide hit single, True.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bqvd5
Gary Kemp on Spandau's True: "I wanted to write an Al Green song"
Spandau Ballet Tracks