To cut a long story short, back in the 1980s I interviewed Spandau Ballet and, despite conducting Sade’s first interview ever, it didn’t go all that well: my fault, I fear.It helps if you don’t ask a band why there were no blacks in their funk band: it is simply too aggressive. Plus, when I actually caught them live I was somewhat impressed. Martin Kemp was a good bassist and Tony Hadley had something of the Bowie in him. I can’t help but wonder if Morrissey was aware of him -I mean, obviously Moz was, but as an influence.
Another mistake I made was not realizing the fashionistas of the New Romantic movement were as working class as the punk rockers were.
So while never a big fan, I wasn’t quite indifferent either. Put it this way: better than Ultravox.
Gary Kemp, who wrote all their material, became an actor and Tony Hadley didn’t make it as a solo star and every now and then they’d come back together and in 2009 they released an album of remixes but in 2014, for their quarter century, we are getting an album of new material, according to Gigwise.com: “The band tweeted news of the new album on their official account, and also revealed that it will be produced by Trevor Horn – who has produced 1980s classics including ABC’s The Lexicon Of Love and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Welcome To The Pleasuredome,”
To make a short post longer, I’d like the opportunity to make amends for my snottiness… though on the other hand Sade claimed I had no fashion sense which is kinda true, I’m confused…
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