Random Play: Spandau Ballet

by Simon

I came back from my exile in the Welsh Valleys to find lots of blogs about Spandau Ballet, and discarded freebies from the Daily Mail littering the streets. Well not so many.

I always liked Spandau. I grew up in the same part of town, a few of them were ex pupils at my secondary school. And there was something about their sound I liked right the way through until Through The Barricades – which I hated!

I liked the songs, the grooves on some of their earlier tunes, Gary Kemp’s guitar playing was pretty good, there were always good backing vocals and the Communication 12″ was the first I ever bought. Spandau also provided a soundtrack to teenage romances.

Lyrically there were a few nuggets that still stick in my head – the ‘pill on my tongue’ line in True, the mildly ridiculous but true line in I’ll Fly For You: “I’m just an average boy, You’re more than average girl, And when you sing to me the shoo be doos, You sing so well”….Yeah, I know, it’s not great but it sums up pretty much how I’ve felt with every girl since I was 14.

And then there was Instinction’s “steal a cake to eat the moon”…what the hell was that all about? Great single though!

Anyway here’s that Communication 12″ which I still love and listen to now. Have a great Friday!

Spandau Ballet – Communication 12″

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