Spandau Ballet

1979-1990, 2009–present
Tony Hadley Vocals, synthesizers1979-2017
Gary KempGuitar, keyboards
Martin KempBass
Steve NormanGuitar, saxophone
John KeebleDrums
Ross William WildVocals2018-
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  • Spandau Ballet's debut album, Journeys to Glory, was characterized by chanted vocals, a garish snare drum sound, strongly rhythmic guitar parts and a lack of guitar solos. This sound would come to be known as the New Romantic sound - the sound of the '80s.
  • Spandau Ballet sued Chrysalis Records in 1985, claiming that they were not providing enough promotional support, and therefore were harming their career. The lawsuit was settled in 1986, and Spandau Ballet left Chrysalis and signed on with CBS/Columbia.
  • Martin and Gary Kemp, co-founders of Spandau Ballet, pursued acting careers. They started their acting career playing gangsters in the film The Krays. Martin later landed a role in the British soap opera Eastenders and Gary played a supporting role in The Bodyguard, with Whitney Houston.
  • After performing under several different names such as 'The Cut,' 'The Makers' and 'Gentry,' they eventually came up with their current moniker after friend of the band, journalist and DJ Robert Elms, saw the phrase 'Spandau Ballet' written on the wall of a night club lavatory during a visit to Berlin.
  • Spandau Ballet's first ever gig was at the The Blitz Club in London on December 5, 1979.
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Comments: 2

  • Shandroise De Laeken from Davao City, PhilippinesTheir latest songs Steal and Soul Boy are soo wonderful to listen to! Takes me back to the 80's! Tony's voice NEVER changed!
  • Shandroise De Laeken from Davao City, PhilippinesHonestly I'm a fan of them because of only one song - Through the Barricades. I am in love with the overall message, the poetical composition of it, the melody progression, the shifts in tone, the enunciation of Tony Hadley (e.g. sacrifice, another borderline case, wasteland, hearts go to their graves, the instrumentals... it makes me very glad I got to listen to this song and fell in love with it in first listening! Everytime I listen to it, I fall in love with it over and over and over again. I love them for making this song and sharing it with all of us! God bless them!
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