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Spandau Ballet: Once More

Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:05 am

One of the most 80s of British bands, Spandau Ballet are to release a brand new single and album, both titles Once More, in November.

This comes after a long gap during which half the band took songwriter Martin Kemp to court, and they undertook various solo projects, Gary acting in Eastenders being the main one. Tony also wrote an autobiography, To Cut a Long Story Short.
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Post  Adric on Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:01 pm

In the states, SB only had 3 Top 40 singles .... "True", "Gold", and "Only When You Leave". Shame really, but the the UK does tend to get the best music. Smile I'm not familiar with anything else by them as I've never listened to a whole album. I just hope they're as good as they once were. What little I know of them, I really like. "Gold" is up there in my Top 50 songs pf all time. Smile
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Once More

Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:25 am

Apart from those 3, the other main ones to check out are To Cut a Long Story Short, Musclebound, Chant #1 and possibly Lifeline, and maybe 1 or 2 others.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:51 am

Turns out the album will actually just be a compilation with the one new track, to coincide with the tour, which I think kicked off the other night.
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Once More

Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:09 pm

misery guts wrote: Tony also wrote an autobiography, To Cut a Long Story Short.
And from the department of updates - I have just finished reading this book!

TH paints a story of an ordinary lad from a normal suburb who finds that music is his destiny, and after a few bandchanges, finds himself lead singer in Spandau Ballet.

After some success with their 1st album, things go wrong on their 2nd. But they bounce back with their high watermark, the 'True' album, and subsequently 'Through The Barricades'.

But as the 80's draw to a close, band relations sour, and Martin Kemp takes all the songwriting credits (and money). TH is not happy, and even less so to realise the high-spending band have little left to show for their success. When he and 2 others sue for their share of the money, they lose. And when they try to tour as "ex-Spandau Ballet" to make some money to pay court costs, they get sued again.

Ultimately, TH comes through it all a wiser man, and on the back of winning 'reality' show, 'Reborn in the USA' in 2003, he finds himself back on the up again, at which point he is bemused to be offered a deal to tour with SBallet again. Having made strides as a solo performer, he is reluctant to put that on hold. And so the book ends.

Of course, the band did reunite (eventually), but it's salutary to note that SBallet belong in the box with The Jam and The Smiths, as acts who realised their togetherness was not as strong as money.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:04 am

In fact, it wasn't Martin who wrote the songs, it was Gary. He also wrote a book which I've just finished reading: 'I Know This Much : From Soho to Spandau'. Published in 2009, it opens with the court case, and then details Gary's story, how his early songwriting received approval from a local Bishop who gave him a tape recorder, and how the New Romantic scene took Gary and the band into the charts, before a change of horizons led to their #1 smash 'True'. After Live Aid and the 'Through the Barricades' work, things started to deteriorate, and making a film about the Krays pretty much brought the curtain down.

Kemp writes fluidly and with the wisdom of maturity and experience. His songwriting struggles are well explained, as are his culture adventures with the Blitz crowd, and his romantic ups & downs. Happily, he is able to wrap the story up with the reformation of the band, set against the deaths of his parents.

I enjoyed this book more than I might have expected to. Gary is clearly in a lot happier place these days, his earlier pressures having been largely resolved. If I could pick at anything, he does have a tendency to give in to interminable lists of names, and he also suffers from the worship of brand names. But the musical parts of the story are all interesting, and that's just as well.
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Once More

Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:29 am

Reformation
From their 2009 tour, at the O2 Arena, a 2 hour burst featuring all their major hits (not 'Musclebound') and several others. Tony mentioned a few times how pleased he was to be back together, and how it shouldn't have taken so long. What Gary thought about that was left to the imagination. They had some help on backing vocals from Dawn Joseph, who deserved credit.

As this reunion was now 5 years ago, I imagine they didn't make any more plans for new material.
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Once More

Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:38 am

Watched an interview with Gary Kemp the other night, and he seems much as usual. He reckons there might be a new album out in 2015, and the buzz of reformation was for their live shows, where they were much greater than what their records were like.

He also talked of a film biopic of the band, 'Soul Boys of the Western World', which is presumably on release later this year.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:46 am

misery guts wrote:He also talked of a film biopic of the band, 'Soul Boys of the Western World', which is presumably on release later this year.
The premiere was last night. The lads reformed for a show to promote it, too Cool
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Post  misery guts on Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:10 pm

True Gold
A tribute show of sorts, as the band performed 6 of their hits, and chatted about the highs and lows of their story. The film is going great guns, apparently. It seems that Gary wrote "True" about his then-squeeze, Clare "Altered Images" Grogan. "Gold" seems to have moved up alongside "True" as their biggest hit.
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Once More

Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:55 am

True, by Martin Kemp (2000)
So that's 3 band members with books. Martin's story runs from his disappointments from work, joining his brother's band, ups and down with the band, the success of the Krays film, more ups and down in pursuing an acting career, trouble with 2 brain tumours in the mid-to-late 90s, and then joining the cast of soap opera EastEnders. It's ironic that the book ends as he arrives there, since he had a successful few years in it. He was married to Shirlie (of Wham's backing singers and in their own right fame Pepsi & Shirlie), who proved a great rock during his serious illness. There is some amusement towards the end, after several anecdotes where people confused him with Duran Duran, he made friends with John Taylor, the similarly hedonistic Duran bassist.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:48 am

I did find a copy of their "True" album last year, which was fun.

In lieu of new material or dates, Martin Kemp will be one of the regular judges on new BBC talent show "Let it Shine", looking for talent to star in a new Take That! musical. I doubt a Spandau Ballet musical is coming any time soon.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:19 am

Bizarrely (or not, given their history), it was announced the other day that singer Tony Hadley had left the band again:

Hadley cuts ties
Singer Tony Hadley says he has left 1980s pop group Spandau Ballet, and "will not be performing" with them in the future.
In an oddly-worded statement, the star said: "I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band".
Even more strangely, the rest of the band claim he wanted out of the band from last September, so presumably some disagreement about the direction of projects seems to be the case.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:42 am

The rest of the band are now looking for a proper replacement for Hadley:

Spandau Ballet say Tony Hadley is not welcome back to the band

They're promoting a new 45-minute film, Through the Barricades, about making the 1986 album of that name.
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