Whenever someone mentions Spandau Ballet to me, this classic, haunting pop ballad always springs up in my mind. True was the title track from the band's third and best-selling studio album (which achieved Platinum in the UK and Canada) and topped the UK singles charts for four weeks during the spring of 1983. The song also reached No.4 in the US.
The video above features the band's Live Aid concert performance from 1985. You can see the official video on the main Spandau Ballet page.
There were actually four official versions of the song; The promo 45 edit (4:58), the single version (5:40), 12 inch version (6:08) and the album version (6:29).
The 80s are well known for the 12 inch single, and I always enjoyed the extended and remixed versions of songs. MP3's are never going to have the appeal of taking a vinyl record out of its sleeve, admiring the artwork, reading the sleeve notes and playing a b-side.
Despite only featuring eight tracks, True is definitely one of the finest albums of the 1980s. Gary Kemp's song-writing talent and Tony Hadley's super smooth vocals were a winning combination. And who can forget the songs Gold and Communication?
Compared to other bands of the New Romantic era, Spandau Ballet had an extra touch of class about them, and with True, they created pop perfection!
True album sleeve
Single Sleeve Front