Library Rock's Backpages

Spandau Ballet: Wembley Arena, London

Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 10 January 1987

IT'S EVIDENTLY a long way from the Blitz, designer funk and a headful of hedonism to the featureless school assembly hall of Wembley Arena, and Spandau have graspingly made this journey with all the grace of art school accountants. There was a time when they relished detail and an incorrectly tossed fringe or a taboo brand of cigarettes was anathema to them. Now they've thrown their trendy Crolla threads to the wind and lost their former precious self-regard in a hard rockin', ruthlessly efficient machine that exerts itself over this guileless mass of pubescent girlhood with all the grace of a Gucci-clad flasher.

Total word count of piece: 359


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.