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Spandau Ballet

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Among the leading New Intimate rings, Spandau Ballet racked up several United kingdom hits — in addition to one TOP American hit, “Accurate” — through the early ’80s, becoming one of the most effective groupings to emerge through the brand-new wave. The only real other brand-new romantic band to take pleasure from greater industrial achievement was Duran Duran, however Spandau Ballet was there initial, scoring three TOP strike singles during 1981 making use of their synthesized dance-pop. By 1983, the London-based quintet got shed its Roxy Music-inspired robotic art-disco and found on Bryan Ferry’s latter-day crooner persona, revamping themselves being a slick, stylish white spirit act. It had been within this incarnation that Spandau Ballet experienced its ideal achievement, as “Accurate” reached number 1 in Britain and number 4 in America. Nevertheless, their amount of time in the limelight was short-lived. Though that they had some more strikes in Britain, non-e of them had been especially big, and in the us they disappeared by the end of 1984. By the finish of the 10 years, the group experienced split, making use of their primary users, brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, starting acting careers using the 1990 film, The Krays. The Kemps — who performed acoustic guitar and bass, respectively — founded Spandau Ballet in 1979 with Tony Hadley (vocals), Steve Norman (tempo acoustic guitar, saxophone, percussion), and John Keeble (drums). The group employed their college friend Steve Dagger as supervisor. Spandau Ballet started playing nightclubs in London that experienced taken care of immediately punk by embracing exaggeratedly stylish clothes and make-up. Soon, the music group was probably one of the most well-known attractions upon this scene, that was eventually dubbed with the United kingdom press as “New Intimate.” Chris Blackwell, the top of Island Information, noticed the group in a London party and provided them a agreement at that moment. They turned down his offer, selecting to create their very own label, Reformation. Early in 1980, the group certified Reformation to Chrysalis, offering their label the distribution power of a significant label. “To Cut an extended Story Brief,” Spandau Ballet’s initial one, shot to amount five in Britain upon its fall 1980 discharge. It had been quickly accompanied by the quantity 17 strike “The Freeze” in early 1981, and “Musclebound,” which reached amount ten within the springtime. The singles produced their way to America, where they received enjoy in dance night clubs. By the springtime, their debut record, Trip to Glory, have been released. In the summertime, they released a fresh, non-LP one, “Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Want This Pressure On),” which boasted a funkier defeat and soulful flourishes. The group continuing to go after this direction on the subsequent singles, like the gold-selling TOP U.K. strikes “Instinction” and “Lifeline,” in addition to their 1982 record Diamond, nonetheless it didn’t reach its fruition before 1983 album Accurate. Accurate was a full-fledged white spirit album, similar to the advanced pop of past due-’70s Roxy Music albums. The name ballad reached number 1 in Britain through the springtime and some months afterwards, the one and record became popular in the us, peaking at number 4 and 19, respectively. Spandau Ballet were able to hit the very best Ten once again within the U.K. with “Platinum,” which peaked at number 2; within the U.S., it reached 29. “Conversation,” another American solitary from Accurate, fizzled within the springtime of 1984. Its failing was the start of the band’s industrial downfall. “ONLY ONCE You Keep,” the very first solitary from 1984’s Parade, was lots three hit within the U.K., however it just reached 34 within the U.S.; furthermore, it had been their last American strike ever. Parade was successful in Britain, nonetheless it wasn’t as large as its forerunner. In 1985, Spandau Ballet sued Chrysalis, declaring that this label wasn’t offering plenty of promotional support for the music group, specifically in the U.S., and therefore harming its profession. The match was resolved in 1986, as well as the group jumped dispatch for CBS/Columbia (Epic within the U.S.), where they released With the Barricades that same 12 months. The name track was a high Ten strike, but its follow-up, “JUST HOW MANY Lays?,” became the group’s last Best 40 strike ever. Following a release of Center Just like a Sky in 1989, the group silently disbanded. Gary and Martin Kemp performed the notorious English mobsters the Krays inside a 1990 film of the same name. Gary Kemp pursued performing as his vocation through the ’90s, showing up within the Bodyguard with Whitney Houston, HBO’s The Larry Sanders Present, and Embrace from the Vampire with Alyssa Milano. Tony Hadley released a single album, Condition of Play, in 1993.

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Full Name Spandau Ballet
Awards Sony Trophy Award for Technical Excellence
Music Songs True, Gold, Through The Barricades, To Cut a Long Story Short, Only When You Leave, I'll Fly for You, Chant No. 1, Instinction, Musclebound, Fight for Ourselves, She Loved Like Diamond, Paint Me Down, Highly Strung, Be Free With Your Love, How Many Lies?, This Is the Love, Round and Round, The Freeze, With the Pride, Crashed Into Love, Lifeline, Revenge for Love, Heaven Is a Secret, Communication, Man in Chains, Code of Love, Always in the Back of My Mind, Steal, Innocence & Science, Soul Boy, Big Feeling, Once More
Albums Journeys to Glory, Once More, True, Heart Like a Sky, Parade, Live from the N.E.C., Through the Barricades, Diamond, The Singles Collection, Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet, The Best of Spandau Ballet, Reformation, The Twelve Inch Mixes, Original Gold, The Collection II, The Ultra Selection, Singles, Rarities & Remixes, Parade (2010 Remastered Version), Diamond (2010 Remastered Version), The Story - The Very Best Of, The Albums 1980-84, Essential


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1 Between 1980 and 1989 they spent 159 weeks on the UK singles chart. Ten singles reached the top ten: "To cut a long story short" (number five), "Musclebound" (number ten), "Chant No.1 (I don't need this pressure on)" (number three), "Instinction" (number ten), "Lifeline" (number seven), "Gold" (number two), "Only when you leave" (number three), "I'll fly for you" (number nine) and "Through the barricades" (number six). "True" was their only number one, which topped the chart for four weeks in 1983 and reached number four in the United States.
2 In 1999, Hadley, Norman and Keeble unsuccessfully sued songwriter Gary Kemp for hundreds of thousands of pounds in royalties. They claimed a verbal agreement dating back to 1980 entitled them to a one-12th share of royalties from hits and that their contributions to the records entitled them to money.
3 Members were Tony Hadley (voice), Gary Kemp (guitar), Martin Kemp (bass), Steve Norman (saxophone) and John Keeble (drums).
4 The band took its name from Spandau Prison in Germany, where many executions by hanging were carried out before and during World War II. While dangling at the end of the rope, many victims would twitch and jump, which came to be called the "Spandau Ballet".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lorraine 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Edge of Seventeen 2016 performer: "True"
Sounds of the 80s 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Final Score 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sausage Party 2016 performer: "True"
Sing Street 2016 performer: "Gold"
Master of None 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scream Queens 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pixels 2015 performer: "True"
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 2015 TV Movie documentary performer: "To Cut a Long Story Short"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
My Mad Fat Diary 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Misfits 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Celebrity Big Brother 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
White Heat 2012 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kinect Sports: Season Two 2011 Video Game performer: "Gold"
Generació D 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "True"
Kirstie's Handmade Britain 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2006-2011 TV Series 2 episodes
Rude Tube 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
EastEnders 2004-2011 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Crazy, Stupid, Love. 2011 performer: "True"
Paranoia 2011/I Video performer: "I Know This Much Is True"
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 performer: "True"
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special performer: "True" - uncredited
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
House of Boys 2009 performer: "Musclebound"
Modern Family 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Harry Brown 2009 writer: "Gold" 1983
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Vive les vacances! 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vilaine 2008 performer: "True Edit"
Faintheart 2008 performer: "True"
$5 a Day 2008 performer: "Lifeline"
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2008 performer: "True"
Ashes to Ashes 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Psych 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Losing Gemma 2006 TV Series performer: "True"
ShakespeaRe-Told 2005 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003-2005 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Brothers in Arms 2005 TV Movie documentary performer: "Gold", "To Cut a Long Story Short", "True", "Chant No. 1" - uncredited
The Simpsons 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series 1 episode
Dog Gone Love 2004 performer: "True" / producer: "True"
Cold Case 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Duplex 2003 performer: "True" 1982
Intermission 2003 performer: "True"
Grind 2003 performer: "True"
Monkey Dust 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game performer: "Gold"
The King of Queens 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
When Snooker Ruled the World 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "Gold" - uncredited
Spin City 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gilmore Girls 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Office 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary performer: "True"
A Question of EastEnders 2000 TV Special short "Fight for Ourselves"
Black Books 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Charlie's Angels 2000 performer: "True"
Spaced 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
SLC Punk! 1998 performer: "She Loved Like Diamonds"
New Wave Hits of the 80's: Just Can't Get Enough Vol. 2 1994 Video short performer: "True"
Sjans 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Only Fools and Horses.... TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Arrivederci Millwall 1990 performer: "Chant No. 1"
First Among Equals 1986 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1980-1986 TV Series performer - 13 episodes
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 1986 performer: "Lifeline"
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary performer: "Only When you Leave", "Virgin", "True"
Sixteen Candles 1984 performer: "True"
The Noel Edmonds Late Late Breakfast Show 1982 TV Series Theme

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rebellious Jukebox 1983 TV Mini-Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Les années bonheur 2015 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2015 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
La voz 2015 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2015 TV Series Themselves
Nolan Live 2015 TV Series Themselves
Retro 30 2015 TV Series Themselves
Today 2015 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
¡Atención obras! 2014 TV Series Themselves
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Themselves
Continuarà... 2010 TV Series Themselves
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2009 TV Series Themselves
The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Themselves - Outstanding Contribution to Music Awardees / Performers
Wetten, dass..? 2009 TV Series Themselves
Strictly Come Dancing 2009 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2009 TV Series Themselves
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary Themselves
Cue the Music 1991 TV Series Themselves (1993)
Sara y punto 1990 TV Series Themselves
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Themselves
La nit 1988 TV Movie Themselves - Performers
Ibiza '92 1987 TV Movie Themselves - Performers
Sábado noche 1987 TV Series Themselves - Performers
The Kenny Everett Television Show 1983-1986 TV Series Themselves / Themselves - performers
Top of the Pops 1980-1986 TV Series Themselves
Saturday Superstore 1986 TV Series Themselves
The Tube 1986 TV Series Themselves
Rock Around the Dock 1986 TV Movie Themselves
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Themselves
Soul Train 1985 TV Series documentary Themselves
Na sowas! 1983-1985 TV Series Themselves
Champs-Elysées 1983 TV Series Themselves
WWF Club 1980 TV Series Themselves (1983)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1983 2017 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Sounds of the 80s 2016 TV Series Themselves
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Themselves
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1981 2016 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary Themselves
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Themselves
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Themselves
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary Themselves
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Themselves
Young Guns Go for It 2000 TV Series documentary Themselves
New Wave Hits of the 80's: Just Can't Get Enough Vol. 2 1994 Video short Themselves
Top of the Pops 1980-1981 TV Series Themselves

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