THE ULTIMATE HITS COLLECTION
WITH THREE BRAND NEW SONGS PRODUCED BY TREVOR HORN
INCLUDING THE NEW SINGLE ‘THIS IS THE LOVE’
SINGLE CD AND DELUXE DOUBLE CD RELEASED OCTOBER 13th
Spandau Ballet defined the 80s in the way that The Who defined the 60’s, Bowie defined the 70’s and Oasis defined the 90’s.
As the band’s new feature length documentary for cinema ‘Soulboys Of The Western World’ shows they were not just about music, they were the epicenter fashion, youth culture and spoke for an audience who previously had no voice.
In the early 80’s Spandau Ballet were the In Crowd’s band, they ushered in a new era of visually dominated pop and their mechanical, stylised sound was born and bred on the dance floors of the West End. They were Bowie Kids, Blitz Kids, and white soul boys embracing electronica, frilly shirts and tuxedos.
Spandau spearheaded an era of new pop that was destined to traverse the globe. Along with Duran Duran, Sade, Culture Club and Wham!, as well as dozens of other British groups who grew out of the new romantic scene at the end of the Seventies. By the mid Eighties Spandau were global superstars.
Spandau became one of the most commercially successful bands of the decade, and during their career they notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of in excess of 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving album sales of over 25 million worldwide. Some of their songs, like “True”, “Gold” and “Through the Barricades”, have become standards, while “True” has now achieved over four million plays in North America alone and “Gold” was the true soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics.
Spandau Ballet lasted ten years; a career that spanned the nightclubs of Soho and Ibiza to Hollywood and the stadiums of Europe and Australia. They defined the decade, they came, they saw, they partied. And then they left.
To paraphrase True ‘and then they came back again’ with the hugely successful sell out Reformation Tour of 2009/10. It was during this time that work began on ‘Soulboys Of The Western World’. The film documents the late 70’s and 80’s in a way that’s never been seen on screen before and tells the story of five friends who just happened to be in globally successful band.
The film was rapturously received by critics when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year and UK and Irish fans will get their opportunity to see the film on the 30th September when the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall is beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across both countries along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band. A full soundtrack for the film will be released in the coming months.
‘The Story….’ pulls together all the band’s greatest songs as well as three brand new songs – ‘This Is The Love’ which will be the band’s new single, ‘Steal’ and ‘Soul Boy’ all recorded especially for the album with the legendary Trevor Horn whom the band last worked with on ‘Instinction’ way back in 1982. The 2CD edition explores the band’s catalogue a little deeper, featuring more of their hits and some of the other songs and mixes that appear in the film.
‘The Story….’ is the ultimate Spandau Ballet album….so far.
‘THE STORY….’ TRACK LISTING
To Cut A Long Story Short
Only When You Leave
I’ll Fly For You
Round and Round
Fight For Ourselves
Through The Barricades
This Is The Love
Age Of Blows
Chant No.1 – Remix
Paint Me Down
She Loved Like Diamond
Code Of Love
I’ll Fly For You – Glide Mix
How Many Lies
Man In Chains
Be Free With Your Love