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Why did Spandau Blue only have one big hit single in the USA with “True” (1983)?

They had so good songs and a few were modest hits, but this was their only song to crack the Top 10, peaking at #4. I used to love this song (as many did at the time). They were a part of the second wave British Invasion that happened in the 80s.

What a time.

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by Anonymousreply 19September 17, 2023 12:22 PM

Not sure about Spandau Blue, but Spandau Ballet was awesome.

by Anonymousreply 1September 16, 2023 2:24 PM

I love "True," and hearing it takes me right back to the '80s. It helps that it was featured in 16 Candles.

by Anonymousreply 2September 16, 2023 2:28 PM

I love "True," and hearing it takes me right back to the '80s. It helps that it was featured in 16 Candles.

by Anonymousreply 3September 16, 2023 2:28 PM

r3 Déjà vu

by Anonymousreply 4September 16, 2023 2:35 PM

r4, Miss Warwick has NOTHING to do with this thread.

by Anonymousreply 5September 16, 2023 2:36 PM

[quote]I love "True," and hearing it takes me right back to the '80s.

Same here, it. was a wonderful time in my life, I had a great job, a hot BF and a nice apt in NYC, life was good.

by Anonymousreply 6September 16, 2023 2:37 PM

Spandau Ballet. I was listening to it as I typed this and it was on the ooh ooh ooh oooooh ooooooh part and when I was a kid I used to sing it as blue blue blue blueeee blueeee and would call them Spandau Blue. It just sort of came out and I didn’t realize I typed Blue instead of Ballet lol

by Anonymousreply 7September 16, 2023 2:37 PM

Yeah, no idea why that double-posted.

by Anonymousreply 8September 16, 2023 2:38 PM

Except I'm R2 & 3. 🙄🫣

by Anonymousreply 9September 16, 2023 2:39 PM

I actually feel sad and a bit of depression when I think of the 80s, and not because I found it depressing but because I find myself longing for the 80s or 90s again. What a time. Even those who didn’t have a lot of money could get by somehow, things just felt fun and fresh and it was truly a time to be alive. Shit now just feels… a mess.

by Anonymousreply 10September 16, 2023 2:39 PM

I love Spandau Ballet, mainly because their repertoire was quite good. Gold remains my favourite song of theirs to this day.

Also, the fact that Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp and Gary Norman were gorgeous, did help.

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by Anonymousreply 11September 16, 2023 2:42 PM

Spandau Ballet had many great singles that never caught on in America -- "Gold", " To Cut A Long Story Short", " Only When You Leave", "Chant No.1" and "I'll Fly For You", among others. I love them, never understood why they weren't bigger here.

by Anonymousreply 12September 16, 2023 2:42 PM

I know they broke up in 1990 and then got back together in 2009 for a little while. I believe some of them sued one of the others.

by Anonymousreply 13September 16, 2023 2:44 PM

Underrated band for sure, OP.

And this comes from someone who generally dislikes 80s music.

by Anonymousreply 14September 16, 2023 8:59 PM

80s music was all over the place and I like that the 80s brought us tons of variety, from bubblegum pop to electronic to punk rock etc.

It’s a lot different than now, where hip hop/R&B and country seem to dominate.

by Anonymousreply 15September 16, 2023 9:08 PM

Why did they go by Spandau Ballet?

by Anonymousreply 16September 17, 2023 11:44 AM

no dangly earring.

by Anonymousreply 17September 17, 2023 12:04 PM

STEVE Norman, not Gary

by Anonymousreply 18September 17, 2023 12:10 PM

I loved their videos on MTV and went out and bought their LPs as a young college student at the time: Musclebound, Instinction, Paint Me Down, Chant No. 1... lots of great stuff.

by Anonymousreply 19September 17, 2023 12:22 PM
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