CELEBRATING FORTY YEARS OF THE BAND THAT STARTED A MOVEMENT WHICH CHANGED THE WORLD
In September 1990, Spandau Ballet gathered at Master Rock recording studios in Kilburn, London to record a new track legendary movie composer and arranger Michael Kamen for a planned Greatest Hits album for that Christmas.
The fruits of that recording session with Kamen best known for his work on Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, Licence To Kill, Highlander & The Krays featuring Gary & Martin Kemp have never been heard until today.
The song that was recorded was a version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic ‘The Boxer’ written by Paul Simon and taken from the 25 million-selling album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. At the time little did the band know that they would not all be in a studio again for 19 years.
Spandau band defined the 80s in the way that The Who defined the 60’s, Bowie defined the 70’s and Oasis defined the 90’s. ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’ is taken from ‘40 Years – The Greatest Hits’ celebrates both the band’s musical and cultural impact. The 3CD set features all the hits, fan favourite album tracks as well as classic 12” versions.
Gary Kemp: Guitars, keyboards, synthesizer, cheng & backing vocals
John Keeble: Drums, drum programming & backing vocals
RELEASED 27th NOVEMBER 2020 BY REFORMATION/PARLOPHONE
ABOUT SPANDAU BALLET
As the band’s critically acclaimed feature-length documentary ‘Soulboys Of The Western World’ showed Spandau were not just about music, they were the epicenter of fashion, and youth culture, speaking for an audience who previously had no voice
In the early ‘80’s Spandau Ballet were the In Crowd’s band, they ushered in a new era of visually dominated pop and their mechanical, stylised sound was born and bred on the dance floors of the West End. They were Bowie Kids, Blitz Kids, and white soul boys embracing electronica, frilly shirts and tuxedos.
Spandau spearheaded an era of new pop that was destined to traverse the globe. Along with Duran Duran, Sade, Culture Club and Wham!, as well as dozens of other British groups who grew out of the new romantic scene at the end of the Seventies. By the mid-Eighties Spandau were global superstars.
Spandau became one of the most commercially successful bands of the decade, and during their career they notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of in excess of 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving album sales of over 25 million worldwide. Some of their songs, like “True”, “Gold” and “Through the Barricades” all written by the band’s songwriter Gary Kemp, have become standards. “True” has now achieved over five million plays in North America alone and “Gold” was the true soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics
Spandau Ballet originally lasted ten years; a career that spanned the nightclubs of Soho and Ibiza to Hollywood and the stadiums of Europe and Australia. They defined the decade, they came, they saw, they partied, and then they left.
To paraphrase ‘True’ ‘and then they came back again’ firstly with the hugely successful sell-out Reformation Tour of 2009/10 and then once more with the ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ tour in 2014.
Spandau Ballet’s legacy and cultural impact remains undeniable.