Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

Sananda Maitreya: Pandora's PlayHouse (TreeHouse)

Michael A. Gonzales, The Wire, April 2021

YEARS BEFORE Terence Trent D'Arby renamed himself Sananda Maitreya, he was a mid-1980s sensation embraced by the UK pop media, the US alternative press, Black rockers and soul revivalists alike. As a musical auteur who wrote, produced and played many instruments, D'Arby had it all, as proven by his debut Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby. An American expat living in London, he was unlike most new R&B acts of that era; while they channelled Michael Jackson, Prince or Luther Vandross, D'Arby's influences went back to the days of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson.

Total word count of piece: 399

Subscribe

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.