Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet Quotes

United Kingdom,

Spandau Ballet were an English 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. Spandau Ballet 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.

  • Martin Kemp: We were ridiculously competitive. Whatever they did, we tried to beat - and vice versa.
  • Martin Kemp: I think for the first half of it, I was letting my ego run away with itself and believing I was Elvis Presley, and then the second half of it was coming down off that cloud and realizing you have more fun in normal life.
  • Gary Kemp: I remember buying my first single, it was with my brother - it would have been around December 1970, so I was just 11 and my brother was nine.
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