Whenever someone mentions Spandau Ballet to me, this classic, haunting pop ballad always springs to 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 or further down this page.

"True" entered the UK singles chart at No.10 on 17th April 1983, while David Bowie was at No.1 with "Let's Dance". The single climbed to No.1 the following week, denying "Words" by F. R. David from claiming the top spot for two weeks. In it's third week at No.1, "Keep Feeling Fascination" by The Human League was at No.2, and in the fourth and final week, Heaven 17's "Temptation" was at No.2. None of these singles ever made it to No.1. 
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!

Spandau Ballet - True album sleeve (1983)
True album sleeve

Spandau Ballet - True (7

Single Sleeve Front

Martin Kemp Smash Hits sticker 1986

Smash Hits sticker from 1986  - not sure about the white vest and braces!

Martin Kemp in 1985

Spandau Ballet True video screenshot


Tony Hadley singing

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Spandau Ballet The Albums 1980 to 1984