Saturday, January 05, 2008

We have all lived so long Spandau Ballet are becoming credible again

This is the Cazal's cover of To Cut A Long Story Short:



We've always thought that early Spandau could stand a bit of a critical rediscovery - especially the Paint Me Down era stuff - whoever knew that a career born wearing Greek national costumes and making softcore gay porn would end in Through The Barricades and sofa commercials?


2 comments:

robincarmody said...

"Musclebound" is ... extraordinary. Possibly the least rock'n'roll single that's ever been called pop music in the UK and made the Top 10.

I think you have to put any reappraisal of their early stuff in the post-Iraq context which has inspired it (if indeed it is happening). By 1984, Gavin Martin said in the NME that they were part of the post-Brideshead heritage boom, and like that supposed boom itself, such a description now seems a smokescreen, and ultimately inaccurate ... even, in fact especially, at their blandest they *had no past* (vide PSB passim).

Apparently the artwork of 'Journeys to Glory' was praised in a National Front publication at the time. But in the age of Rock'n'Roll Wars, I feel there are worse insults, worse connections.

Valerie said...

This is kind of boring. But good for Spandau.

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