Gold: The Spandau Ballet Singles Poll

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She rides the soul train while he fights the law!

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
To Cut a Long Story Short 10
Gold 7
True 7
Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) 4
Only When You Leave 2
Lifeline 2
Communication 2
Instinction 2
I'll Fly for You 1
The Freeze 1
Musclebound 0
Paint Me Down 0
She Loved Like Diamond 0
Round and Round" 0
Highly Strung 0
Fight for Ourselves 0
Through the Barricades 0


the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 October 2012 15:26 (eight years ago) link

'To Cut a Long Story Short'

ILX until I die (snoball), Friday, 26 October 2012 15:27 (eight years ago) link

You people better not vote for "True" unless it's a write-in for "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss."

There was a guy in my year at school whose dating success was more or less entirely down to his resemblance to a young Tony Hadley.

ILX until I die (snoball), Friday, 26 October 2012 15:31 (eight years ago) link

50p in the jukebox, one track, and nothing else in the jukebox otherwise I'd pick something else.

Would go She Loved Like Diamond

for the heck of it.

nv.

Mark G, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:31 (eight years ago) link

"True" came on the radio one time and I noticed that there's a part towards the end that sounds exactly like "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys!

Poliopolice, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:38 (eight years ago) link

Boy I remember hating that stupid title on its own but the lyrics as a whole, Jesus H.

She ran the risk from unity
Obsession dies alone with tragedy
She loved like diamond
She loved like diamond
And cut so hard
She died
A passion course that leads to pain
An acid taste that laced her soul again
She loved like diamond
She loved like diamond
And cut so hard
She died
Another path, I've run them all
The rain has cleared the stains,no trace at all
She loved like diamond
She loved like diamond
And cut so hard
She died

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:40 (eight years ago) link

*groans*

'I'll Fly For You'

Not one of my favourite bands in the entire universe, I have to admit.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 26 October 2012 15:43 (eight years ago) link

"Instinction" got the Trevor Horn treatment.

what kind of a word is instinction anyway?

Aimeej0rd0nian Ghoulcaper (NickB), Friday, 26 October 2012 15:43 (eight years ago) link

A poll, btw, inspired by hearing "Only When You Leave" at (you guessed it) CVS. A better tune and performance than "True" actually.

GISing really does turn up some...interesting photos:

http://www.beatnikonline.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/spandau_ballet_paint_me_down_2edited.jpg

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:44 (eight years ago) link

They had that right wing homoerotic chic thing down pat.

wouldn't surprise me if young Tories played "Musclebound" or "To Cut..." at Downing Street.

The footage of Spandau Ballet at Live Aid = hilarious! How off his face is Steve Norman? And that mullet... christ!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 26 October 2012 15:48 (eight years ago) link

You can't mention that without a link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoX4tQMaGtA

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:49 (eight years ago) link

"Gold", beloved of sport roundup shows and fruit machines aplenty.

Mark G, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:49 (eight years ago) link

Anyway, forget the Tories, "Musclebound"'s more about Hitlerjugend or something:

We're building fires that will burn until morning
The smell of books and hot stone surround us
Tough is the leather that strapped to my skin
Strong are the bonds that we make
We feel the steam as it rises around us
Up from the soil that is cracking it's back
Tough is the leather that strapped to my skin
Strong are the bonds that sing
Work till you're musclebound all night long
Work till you're musclebound all night long
Gotta work till you're musclebound all night long
Gotta work till you're musclebound all night long
We're building fires that will burn until morning
The smell of books and hot stone surround us
Tough is the leather that strapped to my skin
Strong are the bonds that we make
To hear a pulsing from chanter to mountain
Down through the vein and into the grain
Strong is the shoulder that moves to the time
Here is the land it can break
Work till you're musclebound all night long
Work till you're musclebound all night long
Gotta work till you're musclebound all night long
Gotta work till you're musclebound all night long

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:50 (eight years ago) link

That said, the video is A+ insanity from Mulcahy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08M-9kHB_20

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 October 2012 15:51 (eight years ago) link

The Live Aid footage I saw on the DVD a few years ago horrified me. A solid perf of "Only When You Leave" but hoo boy those pants and hair.

I have to admit, until this thread I never spend much time, if any, looking at Spandau Ballet lyrics... kinda wish I hadn't! Hehehehehe... those lyrics to 'Paint Me Down', christ...

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 26 October 2012 16:00 (eight years ago) link

Look at my excerpt at the top of the page.

Waiting for Marcello to enter thread to denounce Hadley as a fascist twerp.

"Gold" or "True". Going with the latter, just because.

jetfan, Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:27 (eight years ago) link

this is extremely difficult and I have a whole whole lot to say about it and neither the time nor the focus to say any of it

the actual candidates are "Gold," "Through the Barricades," "Chant No. 1" and "To Cut A Long Story Short" imo

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:43 (eight years ago) link

and maybe "Only When You Leave"

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:44 (eight years ago) link

the actual candidates are "Gold," "Through the Barricades,"

wow...I wish you WOULD expand!

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:46 (eight years ago) link

voted 'chant no. 1' but i do genuinely love 'true'.

balls, Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:49 (eight years ago) link

whole Parade album is slept-on imo

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:53 (eight years ago) link

At the height of my Ferry-Bowie obsession in the early nineties -- when they were never more out of fashion -- I bought the '85 comp. "Round and Round" is okay. "I'll Fly For You" is gunk.

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 27 October 2012 01:56 (eight years ago) link

Hahahahahaha! It's ALL gunk as far as I'm concerned!! :D

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Saturday, 27 October 2012 02:26 (eight years ago) link

The artist pretending it's art

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 27 October 2012 02:33 (eight years ago) link

The correct answer is The Freeze, one of the best singles of the 80's.

http://youtu.be/fjqH3ZypUVA

Listen to that funky bass line and the ridiculous keyboard solo at 1.35. I always thought this is the kind of song Franz Ferdinand were trying to write.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 27 October 2012 04:34 (eight years ago) link

voting "Communication" though i probably would cringe if i listen to it right now.

go San Francisco Giants! (Bee OK), Saturday, 27 October 2012 04:39 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAdK0_6DBPg

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 29 October 2012 19:13 (eight years ago) link

lifeline.

piscesx, Monday, 29 October 2012 19:32 (eight years ago) link

uggghhh so torn!

remember when the kemp brothers played the krays in that one movie

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:14 (eight years ago) link

to cut a long story short

Ismael Klata, Monday, 29 October 2012 20:15 (eight years ago) link

i really love 'through the barricades'

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:16 (eight years ago) link

Why could I forget, VG?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fJOiEn9v3I

Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 October 2012 20:23 (eight years ago) link

I don't understand what's happening with Tony's outfit in To Cut a Long Story Short. It's like his jacket is slung over his shoulder but he's still wearing it?

He has such a stage look about him, esp profile/face. like a broadway lead or something. v theatrical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2sCISQmpE

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:25 (eight years ago) link

xpost ah bless your heart, Ned. I knew you'd know :)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:25 (eight years ago) link

Another bit of rough:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4miZJvFdrY0

Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 October 2012 20:25 (eight years ago) link

loool

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:36 (eight years ago) link

pop ALL the collars

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:36 (eight years ago) link

I've found a picture that represents Tony Hadley's vocal stylings too! :D

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1XZzZ-anE-M/Ttviepy5CtI/AAAAAAAAAAk/sVJJkA4pc8U/s1600/sliced_ham-5892.jpg

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:43 (eight years ago) link

THAT IS SO MEAN

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:45 (eight years ago) link

he has a lovely singing voice

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 20:46 (eight years ago) link

The Krays is a good movie!

RFTW is so much better than either of these bands it's not even funny

yeah suddenly I'm like, why are we even talking about Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet when RFTW is KILLING IT

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:45 (eight years ago) link

structure is off, chord progressions are off, lyrics are off

Beck did a much much better job with... "Debra"? *listens* yes "Debra"

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:46 (eight years ago) link

LET ME LOVE YOU DOWN <--- words to live by

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:47 (eight years ago) link

also I had forgotten how incredible "Debra" is

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:50 (eight years ago) link

yeah debra is the bomb. love that so much.

maybe we need a Pretend-Prince Songs thread.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:55 (eight years ago) link

Yeah but it will just turn out half of them were secretly written by Prince.

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:57 (eight years ago) link

Ready for the World's "Digital Display" pretty awesome too

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:57 (eight years ago) link

Coulda sworn we did a 'fake Prince' thread like that but this:

prince not prince

...is what Phil D is talking about.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:58 (eight years ago) link

ACtually at the moment I kinda want to hear "Sex Shooter" by Apollonia 6.

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:02 (eight years ago) link

and "Strut."

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:02 (eight years ago) link

STRUT. Yes.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:09 (eight years ago) link

Enjoy a little Solid Gold, won't you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5TVDBD5heI

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:12 (eight years ago) link

my favorite RFTW song is "Long Time Coming"

To avoid the wrath of aero I will just link this and bid you enjoyment.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:20 (eight years ago) link

Write-in vote for the 12" mix of "Glow":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGJTI1sEXCI

Jeff W, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:28 (eight years ago) link

in the "Long Time Coming" video: is that black linguini on Melvin Riley's head?

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:30 (eight years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:01 (eight years ago) link

the only decent top six imaginable

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:06 (eight years ago) link

I haven't looked at this thread for a day and suddenly it turns into a recreation of my hellish year in the fourth form (B3 to 84) at comprehensive school where the girls in my class all fell out with each other because they were either Duranies or Spandau freaks. Of course us boys were falling out over whether the Smiths were brilliant or useless whingebags. Such innocence.

Rob M Revisited, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 07:19 (eight years ago) link

ILX in "a bit like school" shocka!

Mark G, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:02 (eight years ago) link

SB vs DD, then a-ha as a unifying force for a year, then the girls who pretended not to care about what were essentially boy bands laughing at the Brosettes.
The boys falling out over whether Liverpool or Manchester Utd. were better, despite the school being hundreds of miles from either location.

ILX until I die (snoball), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:06 (eight years ago) link

oh and kicking the shit out of anyone who was even a tiny bit different, ie me and the rest of the chess club

ILX until I die (snoball), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:07 (eight years ago) link

when ppl threatened to kick the shit out of me, I'd matter-of-factly tell them not to try because I would seriously try to kill them and it would ruin both of our families

no one really tried to fight me after 7th grade

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 13:36 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=632o9gg7pdU

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:26 (eight years ago) link

when ppl threatened to kick the shit out of me, I'd matter-of-factly tell them not to try because I would seriously try to kill them and it would ruin both of our families

DJP is Judd Nelson?!?!?!

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:35 (eight years ago) link

flaring his nostril hairs at the camera

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:36 (eight years ago) link

"B-O-O-H-O-O"

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:45 (eight years ago) link

"YA KNOW WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS?"

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:45 (eight years ago) link

y'all don't understand the secret advantages to being a smart black kid in a town terrified of black ppl

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:46 (eight years ago) link

okay now it's sounding like an awesome version of Walking Tall

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:51 (eight years ago) link

y'all don't understand the secret advantages to being a smart black kid in a town terrified of black ppl

Mr. Obama Goes To Salt Lake City

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:58 (eight years ago) link

Never liked them a bit.

This thread made them sound pretty ridiculous though, so I listened (to laugh along) and it was def funny...

But now I can't stop listening to them! What the heck.

mr.raffles, Saturday, 10 November 2012 03:25 (eight years ago) link

Only when you leeeave

cruel silver of hope (Eazy), Saturday, 10 November 2012 06:29 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

So it turns out the song that I remember being played round my house loads and loads and loads when I was maybe 2-3 years old and has somehow stuck in my head all this time despite me not having heard it again until now was.... The Freeze! This is actually a very cool song and like Kitchen Person says upthread, very very funky.

An embarrassing doorman and garbage man (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 09:30 (seven years ago) link

Dunno if it's funky, but it does use "funk" elements.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 13:25 (seven years ago) link

omigod I'd FORGOTTEN THIS THREAD

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 13:42 (seven years ago) link

xpost, well it's very 'disco'. Think it instilled in me a love of that kind of patta-cakey rhythm + octave bass

An embarrassing doorman and garbage man (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 14:33 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

so has anyone seen the documentary?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 26 July 2015 17:49 (five years ago) link

yeah it's fantastic, one of the very best best music docs i've ever seen. surprising to me because i'm not a fan particularly. the rare-footage-and-no-on-camera-interviews style really works and it's especially good if you dig the idea of 2 hours of rare mostly-80s footage. some great stuff in it. Gary Kemp comes across as a bit of an egotistical tosser sadly.

piscesx, Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:33 (five years ago) link

I think you meant "fortunately"

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:47 (five years ago) link

No, but I did read through Tony Hadley's 2005 book 'To Cut A Long Story Short' again recently. The state of the band circa Heart Like A Sky was a bit grim, to say the least.

there's some real good stuff on that record though - some of their lightest material in tone!

Joan Crawford Loves Chachi, Sunday, 26 July 2015 23:49 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

The doc wasn't bad, but it's disorienting watching a band selling out arenas in 1986 that weren't in the United States.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 February 2016 14:00 (five years ago) link

god that was like a boring episode of Behind the Music

loved the footage but god gary is such a twat

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 7 February 2016 05:02 (five years ago) link

god god god

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 7 February 2016 05:03 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

the ah-tist pretending it's aaaaaaaaarrrt

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

"The Freeze" would have been my pick of the handful I know: "erogenous zones win again".

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:21 (one week ago) link

is that a lyric

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:22 (one week ago) link

here I stand again, the loser

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:23 (one week ago) link


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