- True (Spandau Ballet song)
Infobox Single |
Name = True
from Album = True
Released = 1983
Format = 7", 12"
Recorded = 1982
Genre = New Wave,
Length = 6:29
Jolley & Swain
Last single = "Communication" (1983)
This single = "True" (1983)
Next single = "Gold" (1983)
"True" is the title track from
Spandau Ballet's 1983 album "True". It was composed by group leader Gary Kemp, and is a six-minute (in its original album version) slow ballad-like love song that in part pays tribute to the late Motownartist Marvin Gayeand the sound he helped to establish. The song was recorded before Gaye's murder a year later.
The song was a huge worldwide hit, peaking at #1 in the
UKfor four weeks and charting highly in 20 other countries. It was their biggest and most remembered song in the US, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100chart in 1983 and topping the adult contemporary chart for one week. The group has been forever branded as one hit wonders there as a result, despite having had several hits in other markets.
In 1985, the band performed the then two-year old song during
Live Aid. A new mix by Tony Swain and Gary Kempwas released in 2002 on the compilation album "Reformation".
It has been covered and/or sampled by:
1991by PM Dawnon the single " Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
1997by Backstreet Boyson the single " Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
1997by Queen Penfeaturing Chico DeBargeon the single " It's True"
1997by Shadeson the single " Serenade"
1998by Alex Braydonon the single " True"
1999by Fleetwood Macfeaturing Bill Clinton
1999by Underworld 805 Familyon the single " True"
2002by Perry La Marca Orchestraon the single " True"
2003by Arnee Hidalgoon the single " True"
2003by Duvallon the single " True"
2004by will.i.am & Fergie from Black Eyed Peas
2004by Silkk the Shockeron the single " Be There"
2005by Nellyon the single " N Dey Say"
2005by Paul Ankaon the album " Rock Swings"
2005by Cary Brotherson the single, " True"
2005by Gary Kempon the soundtrack " Le Demon De Midi"
2006by Lloyd on the single "You"
2006by Z-Roon the single, " Continue 2 Roll"
2006by Thomas Anderson the single, " True"
2007by Celsius on the single, " True"
2007by on the single, " True"
2008by Joanna Wangon the single, " True"
In the media
Versions of "True" have featured in:
Sixteen Candles" ( 1984)
The Wedding Singer" ( 1998)
Charlie's Angels" ( 2000)
Not Another Teen Movie" ( 2001)
* "Grind" (
* "Duplex" (
50 First Dates" ( 2004)
* "Sky High" (
* "" (
Wedding Crashers" ( 2006) Television
King of Queens"
The Simpsons" (twice)
Two Pints of Lager & a Packet of Crisps"
Top of the Pops" - It was the number one single on the 1,000th edition of Top of the Pops.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job"
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