Tagged Spandau Ballet

Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet were an English new wave band formed in Islington, London, in 1979. Inspired by the capital’s post-punk underground dance scene, they emerged at the start of the 1980s as the house band for the Blitz Kids, playing “White European Dance Music” as “The Applause” for this new club culture’s audience.They became one of the most successful groups of the New Romantic era of British pop and were part of the Second British Invasion of the Billboard Top 40 in the 1980s, selling 25 million albums and having 23 hit singles worldwide. The band have had eight UK top 10 albums, including three greatest hits compilations and an album of re-recorded material. Their musical influences ranged from punk rock and soul music to the American crooners Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

The band’s classic line-up featured Gary Kemp on guitar, synthesiser and backing vocals, his brother Martin Kemp on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble. Gary Kemp was also the band’s songwriter. Their debut single, “To Cut a Long Story Short”, reached No.5 in the UK in 1980. It was the first of ten UK Top 10 singles. The band peaked in popularity in 1983 with the album True, with its title track reaching No.1 in the UK and the top five in the US. In 2011, it received a BMI award as one of the most played songs in US history with four million airplays.[14] In 1984, they received a Brit Award for technical excellence, and were the first act to be approached by Bob Geldof to join the original Band Aid line-up. In 1985, they performed at the Live Aid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium.

In 1990, the band played their last live show before a 19-year absence. In 1999, Hadley, Norman and Keeble launched an unsuccessful case in the High Court against Gary Kemp and Reformation Publishing for a share of the band’s songwriting royalties. Spandau Ballet reformed in 2009 for The Reformation Tour, a sell-out “greatest hits” world tour. In 2014, their archive-only feature-length documentary biopic, Soul Boys of the Western World, was world premiered at SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It was officially screened at the Rome, Ghent and NYC Doc film festivals and received its European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

In 2017, Hadley announced his departure from Spandau Ballet. A year later, the band announced singer and actor Ross William Wild as their new frontman for a series of European live dates and a one-off show at Eventim’s Hammersmith Apollo. Suddenly in May 2019, Wild tweeted that he had quit the band “to pursue my own music with my band Mercutio”, while Spandau bass player Martin Kemp confirmed there were no further plans for Spandau to tour.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

Souls Hits 80sThis evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” we’ll be hearing from: Teddy Pendergrass, the Jones Girls, Spandau Ballet, Barry White, Whitney Houston, Babyface, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Anita Baker, REO Speedwagon, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many, many more. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” here at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Artist Countdown: Duran Duran Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @duranduran

duranduranDuran Duran are an English New Wave band, formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 and have, according to the Sunday Mercury, sold more than 100 million records.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene along with bands such as Spandau Ballet when they first emerged, they later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image that earned them the nickname “the prettiest boys in rock.” The band has won a number of awards throughout their career, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, an MTV Video Music Award—the Lifetime Achievement Award, and were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band’s controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

The group was formed by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon. The group has never disbanded, but the line-up has changed to include guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1989 to 2001 and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band’s fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band in mid-2006, and London guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player and touring member. – Wikipedia

1 The Wild Boys
2 I Don’t Want Your Love
3 The Reflex
4 A View to a Kill
5 Notorious
6 Ordinary World
7 Union of the Snake
8 Is There Something I Should Know?
9 Hungry Like the Wolf
10 All She Wants Is
11 Come Undone
12 (Reach Up for The) Sunrise
13 New Moon on Monday
14 Violence of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)
15 Meet El Presidente
16 Rio
17 Skin Trade
18 Girls on Film
19 What Happens Tomorrow
20 White Lines
21 Planet Earth
22 My Own Way
23 Save a Prayer
24 Burning the Ground
25 Do You Believe in Shame?
26 Too Much Information
27 Falling Down
28 Out of My Mind
29 Serious
30 Electric Barbarella
31 All You Need is Now
32 Careless Memories
33 Someone Else Not Me
34 Perfect Day
35 Lay Lady Lay
36 Drowning Man
37 Leave a Light On
38 Girl Panic!
39 Femme Fatale
40 Big Thing

Artist Countdown: Spandau Ballet Top 25 Hits @radiomax @SpandauBallet

Spandau-BalletSpandau Ballet are a British band formed in London in the late 1970s. They were initially inspired by, and an integral part of, the New Romantic movement, becoming one of the most successful groups to emerge during the New Romantic era.

Their debut single “To Cut a Long Story Short“, which reached number five in the UK in 1980, was the first of ten occasions in the 1980s that the band reached the top ten of the UK Singles Chart. They had a UK number one single in 1983 with the song “True”. They also had four albums which reached the top ten of the UK albums chart between 1980 and 1990. The band split acrimoniously in 1990, but reunited in 2009.

1 True
2 Only When You Leave
3 Gold
4 Fight for Ourselves
5 Through the Barricades
6 Round and Round
7 Chant No.1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
8 How Many Lies
9 To Cut a Long Story Short
10 I’ll Fly for You
11 Highly Strung
12 Communication
13 Lifeline
14 Be Free with Your Love
15 Raw
16 The Freeze
17 Musclebound
18 Instinction
19 Pleasure
20 Paint Me Down
21 She Loved Like Diamond
22 Once More
23 Glow
24 Nature of The Beast
25 Gold 2012