They achieved ten Top Ten singles and four Top Ten albums in the UK between 1980 and 1990 - three of these reaching Platinum sales in the UK - and became one of the most successful bands of the eighties.
Spandau Ballet were inspired by the New Romantic fashion era, and their music features a mixture of jazz, funk, soul and synthpop. The peak of the band's musical career came in 1983 with the release of the album True, which gave the band their first chart hits in the U.S. This featured their biggest hits including the title track which reached #1 in the UK (#4 US) and Gold which made #2 in the UK (#29 U.S.).
The band split acrimoniously in 1990 but announced their reunion in March 2009, complete with a tour that began in October 2009 with all the original members; Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble.
Bassist Martin Kemp appeared on the British version of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 during August 2012, alongside a few celebs who were well known during the 80s such as camp comedian Julian Clary and Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear.
Hmm, nice 80s haircuts lads! On second thoughts...
Spandau Ballet were one
of the most successful bands of the 80's, and released six studio albums
(three of these made Platinum in the UK) and 17 Top 40 singles.
Spandau Ballet Studio Albums:
Year Album Title UK Chart Certified
1981 Journeys To Glory 5 Gold
1982 Diamond 15 Gold
1983 True 1 Platinum
1984 Parade 2 Platinum
1986 Through The Barricades 7 Platinum
1989 Heart Like a Sky 31 -
2009 Once More 7
The band's second studio album (on the Chrysalis Records label) was released on 25th May 1982. It has a less polished sound than later releases and certainly isn't as well-known. However, it also had real energy and lots of exciting experimentation that is missing from later works.
The lead single Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) was released to promote Diamond a whole year before the album was eventually released! This was the band's fourth single release overall and reached No.3 in the UK.
Diamond peaked at No.15 in the UK and spawned three more singles; Paint Me Down (#30) Instinction (#10) and She Loved Like Diamond (#49)
Gold - The Best of Spandau Ballet
This CD and DVD comprises of 17 chart
hits which span their career from 1980-1986. The package includes ten top ten
singles alongside their more popular album tracks.
Gold, Through The
Barricades and Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) are all
featured alongside True, which was the band's only number one single.
Spandau Ballet's fifth studio album reaqched #7 in the UK and achieved Platinum sales. There was more of a rock orientated sound on some of the tracks (such as Cross The Line and Man In Chains), and this was, no doubt, to try and attract sales in the US.
Personally, I found the overall sound a bit confused and they sounded dangerously like a stadium rock band (such as Survivor) but without enough gusto to pull it off. Sadly, I feel they kind of lost their way with this album and it's a world away from the exciting Journeys To Glory.