Instinction

Album: Diamond (1982)
Charted: 10
  • After four hits in the UK followed by a couple of less successful releases, Spandau Ballet's chart career appeared to be on the wane. However, this song re-ignited their fortunes and became the first of eleven consecutive singles to reach the Top 20. Bass player Martin Kemp recalled to The Mail on Sunday March 13, 2011: "This song saved the band in a way. The two singles before this were 'Paint Me Down' and 'She Loved Like Diamond,' from our Diamond album. They hadn't charted very well and we were scratching around for what to do. Then we gave 'Instinction' to producer Trevor Horn who really turned it on its head. It became a monster."

Comments: 1

  • Zabadak from London, EnglandWhat is an "Instinction"? Is it a real word?
see more comments

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.

Elton JohnFact or Fiction

Does he have beef with Gaga? Is he Sean Lennon's godfather? See if you can tell fact from fiction in the Elton John edition.

Gary Brooker of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

Incongruent Opening ActsSong Writing

Here's what happens when an opening act is really out of place with the headliner, like when Beastie Boys opened for Madonna.

DevoSongwriter Interviews

Devo founders Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale take us into their world of subversive performance art. They may be right about the De-Evoloution thing.