History Music / SpandauBallet

15th Nov '16 1:40:10 AM tenryufan
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* FollowTheLeader: A lot of prospective synthpop groups and New Romantics followed their lead in the early eighties. By the end of the decade, Spandau Ballet themselves would be accused of switching their sound to compete with the [[ArenaRock AOR]] trends.
19th Feb '16 1:53:32 AM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:350:Eighties pop personified.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Eighties [[caption-width-right:350: Eighties pop personified.]]



Spandau Ballet is a British pop band with {{Soul}}, {{Funk}} and SynthPop influences. Along with groups such as Music/DuranDuran and Music/{{ABC}} they were pioneers of the NewRomantic movement, producing the style's first major hits with their debut single "To Cut A Long Story Short" and their first album ''Journeys to Glory'', both of which entered the top ten of the respective charts.

The group was formed in 1979 by London art school students Gary Kemp (lead guitar, keyboards and songwriting), Steve Norman (second guitar, synthesizer and percussion) and John Keeble (drums). The addition of Steve's friend Tony Hadley on lead vocals and Gary Kemp's younger brother Martin on bass guitar completed the line-up. Adopting the name Spandau Ballet and an over-the-top New Romantic mode of dress which included frilly shirts and kilts, the group recorded their successful debut album, ''Journeys to Glory'', which mixed funk rhythms with [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] pop melodies. However, their second album ''Diamond'' was less successful in spite of producing one of the group's biggest hits, "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)".

For their third album, ''True'', the band switched styles to a more soulful pop sound, with Steve Norman moving from guitar to saxophone. The new sound was a hit and the album went to the top of the charts, producing the group's sole UK number one and only American top ten hit, "True", as well as signature hits such as "Gold" and "Lifeline". The band were able to maintain their momentum with ''Parade'' and the rock album ''Through The Barricades'', but they never quite matched the success of ''True'' and began to drift apart. The Kemp brothers' increasing involvement in film and television acting earned the ire of the rest of the group and Spandau Ballet split acrimoniously in 1990. A few years later, Tony Hadley, John Keeble and Steve Norman mounted an ultimately unsccessful court case against Gary Kemp over several years worth of unpaid royalties (Kemp wrote all of the songs but had supposedly agreed to share royalties with the rest of the group).

In spite of the consequent poor relations between the band members, the band managed to surprise everyone by successfully reforming in 2009 with a reunion tour and a new album called ''Once More'', featuring acoustic covers of their old hits.

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Spandau Ballet is a British pop band with {{Soul}}, {{Funk}} and SynthPop influences. Along with groups such as Music/DuranDuran and Music/{{ABC}} they were pioneers of the NewRomantic movement, producing the style's first major hits with their debut single single: "To Cut A a Long Story Short" and their first album ''Journeys to Glory'', Glory,'' both of which entered the top ten of the respective charts.

The group was formed in 1979 by London art school students Gary Kemp (lead guitar, keyboards keyboards, and songwriting), Steve Norman (second guitar, synthesizer synthesizer, and percussion) and John Keeble (drums). The addition of Steve's friend Tony Hadley on lead vocals and Gary Kemp's younger brother Martin on bass guitar completed the line-up. Adopting the name Spandau Ballet and an over-the-top over the top New Romantic mode of dress which included frilly shirts and kilts, the group recorded their successful debut album, ''Journeys to Glory'', Glory,'' which mixed funk rhythms with [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] {{New Wave|Music}} pop melodies. However, their second album ''Diamond'' was less successful in spite of producing one of the group's biggest hits, "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)".

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For their third album, ''True'', ''True,'' the band switched styles to a more soulful pop sound, with Steve Norman moving from guitar to saxophone. The new sound was a hit and the album went to the top of the charts, producing the group's sole UK number one and only American top ten hit, "True", "True," as well as signature hits such as "Gold" and "Lifeline". "Lifeline." The band were able to maintain their momentum with ''Parade'' and the rock album ''Through The Barricades'', the Barricades,'' but they never quite matched the success of ''True'' and began to drift apart. The Kemp brothers' increasing involvement in film and television acting earned the ire of the rest of the group and Spandau Ballet split acrimoniously in 1990. A few years later, Tony Hadley, John Keeble Keeble, and Steve Norman mounted an ultimately unsccessful court case against Gary Kemp over several years worth of unpaid royalties (Kemp wrote all of the songs but had supposedly agreed to share royalties with the rest of the group).

In spite of the consequent poor relations between the band members, the band managed to surprise everyone by successfully reforming in 2009 with a reunion tour and a new album called ''Once More'', More,'' featuring acoustic covers of their old hits.

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* AudienceParticipationSong: "Fight For Ourselves", "True" and some others.

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* AudienceParticipationSong: "Fight For Ourselves", "True" Ourselves," "True," and some others.



* NewSoundAlbum: ''True'', to a certain extent, which moved away from the band's SynthPop roots towards a sound more influenced by American soul music.
* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]
* PowerBallad: "Through the Barricades" is a text book example. [[ClicheStorm It has it all]]: acoustic guitar intro, big anthemic chrous, big crashing entry for drums and guitars at the beginning of the chorus and eighties soprano sax. [[TropesAreNotBad It works really well]].

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''True'', ''True,'' to a certain extent, which moved away from the band's SynthPop roots towards a sound more influenced by American soul music.
* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]
{{New Wave|Music}}
* PowerBallad: "Through the Barricades" is a text book example. [[ClicheStorm It has it all]]: acoustic Acoustic guitar intro, big anthemic chrous, chorus, big crashing entry for drums and guitars at the beginning of the chorus and eighties soprano sax. [[TropesAreNotBad It works really well]].well.]]



* SanitySlippageSong: "To Cut a Long Story Short"
* ShoutOut: "True" has one to Music/MarvinGaye, and more obliquely a couple to ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''.
* StandardSnippet: "Chant No.1" has become this for evoking [[TheEighties the early 1980s]].

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* SanitySlippageSong: "To Cut a Long Story Short"
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* ShoutOut: "True" has one to Music/MarvinGaye, and more obliquely a couple to ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''.
''Literature/{{Lolita}}.''
* StandardSnippet: "Chant No.1" has become this for evoking [[TheEighties the early 1980s]].1980's.]]



* SynthPop: Their earlier material was predominantly this - Vince Clarke claims that "To Cut a Long Story Short" was a major influence on the writing of "Just Can't Get Enough" by Music/DepecheMode.

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* SynthPop: Their earlier material was predominantly this - -- Vince Clarke claims that "To Cut a Long Story Short" was a major influence on the writing of "Just Can't Get Enough" by Music/DepecheMode.
30th Aug '15 10:32:41 PM Exxolon
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->''Gold! Always believe in your soul,\\
You've got the power to know, you're indestructible,\\
Always believe in, because you are Gold!''
-->"Gold"
21st Mar '15 7:08:23 AM tkzv
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* SurrealMusicVideo: To be expected of a New Romantic band. http://barrecertification.com/

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* SurrealMusicVideo: To be expected of a New Romantic band. http://barrecertification.com/
11th Mar '15 9:22:54 PM michaeljones021984
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* SurrealMusicVideo: To be expected of a New Romantic band.

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* SurrealMusicVideo: To be expected of a New Romantic band. http://barrecertification.com/
4th Dec '14 11:12:43 PM Inuconan
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* SanitySlippageSong: "To Cut a Long Story Short"
6th Oct '14 1:00:15 PM m8e
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The group was formed in 1979 by London art school students Gary Kemp (lead guitar, keyboards and songwriting), Steve Norman (second guitar, synthesizer and percussion) and John Keeble (drums). The addition of Steve's friend Tony Hadley on lead vocals and Gary Kemp's younger brother Martin on bass guitar completed the line-up. Adopting the name Spandau Ballet and an over-the-top New Romantic mode of dress which included frilly shirts and kilts, the group recorded their successful debut album, ''Journeys to Glory'', which mixed funk rhythms with Music/NewWave pop melodies. However, their second album ''Diamond'' was less successful in spite of producing one of the group's biggest hits, "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)".

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The group was formed in 1979 by London art school students Gary Kemp (lead guitar, keyboards and songwriting), Steve Norman (second guitar, synthesizer and percussion) and John Keeble (drums). The addition of Steve's friend Tony Hadley on lead vocals and Gary Kemp's younger brother Martin on bass guitar completed the line-up. Adopting the name Spandau Ballet and an over-the-top New Romantic mode of dress which included frilly shirts and kilts, the group recorded their successful debut album, ''Journeys to Glory'', which mixed funk rhythms with Music/NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] pop melodies. However, their second album ''Diamond'' was less successful in spite of producing one of the group's biggest hits, "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)".



* Music/NewWave

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* Music/NewWave[[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]
21st Mar '14 11:32:46 AM StFan
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Spandau Ballet is a British pop band with Music/{{Soul}}, {{Funk}} and SynthPop influences. Along with groups such as Music/DuranDuran and Music/{{ABC}} they were pioneers of the NewRomantic movement, producing the style's first major hits with their debut single "To Cut A Long Story Short" and their first album ''Journeys to Glory'', both of which entered the top ten of the respective charts.

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Spandau Ballet is a British pop band with Music/{{Soul}}, {{Soul}}, {{Funk}} and SynthPop influences. Along with groups such as Music/DuranDuran and Music/{{ABC}} they were pioneers of the NewRomantic movement, producing the style's first major hits with their debut single "To Cut A Long Story Short" and their first album ''Journeys to Glory'', both of which entered the top ten of the respective charts.
7th Feb '14 4:32:28 PM AlanPalgut
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* BandOfRelatives: Brothers Gary and Martin Kemp.
27th Jun '13 3:02:47 AM Q4
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* ShoutOut: "True" has one to Music/MarvinGaye, and more obliquely a couple to ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''.
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