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It was released on 15 April as the third single from their third studio album of the same name. The song was written by band member Gary Kemp.

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The song was a worldwide hit, peaking at one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 April for four weeks, [3] becoming the sixth-biggest-selling single of the year, and reaching the top ten in the weekly charts of many other countries. It is Spandau Ballet's biggest hit and their only top ten hit in the U. It was at a time when it was me concentrating on melody first rather than the sort of riff and the groove.

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Why 'Why do I find it hard to write the next line? I want the truth to be said? The song was partly about Kemp's platonic relationship and unrequited love with Altered Images singer Clare Grogan. Some phrases in the lyrics including the much-quoted reference to "seaside arms" were adapted from Vladimir Nabokov 's novel Lolitaa copy of which Grogan had given Kemp.

A notable omission of the recording is that Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp did not perform on the track; a bass synthesiser was used instead. However, Martin Kemp appeared in the music video appearing to play guitar, while the band's guitarist, songwriter Gary Kemp, sat at a piano.

Martin Kemp would play bass on the song in future live performances. InTim Rice wrote in The Spectator that the song was "a giant of its time and remains a standard today". It's truly a perfect song, as moving today as ever it was. On the other hand, Guardian journalist Luke Williams referred to the song as "the biggest load of musical tosh ever"; [16] his colleague Michael Hann described it as "dreadful wine-bar soul ". Petersburg Times named "True" the worst song of all time, [18] while Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Robert Jamieson selected it as the worst ever love song.

Inthe band's singer, Tony Hadleycommented on the song and its lyrics:.

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I don't think "True" is Spandau's best song—for me, " Through the Barricades " is. But "True" had some connection, and I really don't know why. It's not a specific lyric, is it? Half of the Bowie songs, I couldn't tell you what they're about. With "True", you have to create the imagery for yourself. Inthe band performed the song during Live Aid. Inthe song was prominently sampled on the P. The song was a massive worldwide hit, peaking at 1 on the Billboard Hot that November, and having the unique distinction of being the first 1 song after Billboard updated its metrics to include airplay from Nielsen SoundScan.

On 30 Aprilthe single celebrated its 25th anniversary, and in honour, EMI released a brand new True EP on 5 Maywhich included the original single, the new mix found on Reformationand the remastered album version, plus live recordings of "True" and "Gold" from the last show of the group's tour at Sadler's Wells. Fox News. Retrieved 6 June Archived from the original on 27 July Retrieved 25 June London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN Top Adult Contemporary: Record Research. BBC News. The Guardian. Official Spandau Ballet website. Retrieved 19 June The Daily Telegraph. Spandau Ballet".

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St Ives, N. Ultratop Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 26 December Irish Singles Chart. Dutch Top Single Top Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 18 January The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 17 May Retrieved 5 September Swiss Singles Chart. Official Charts Company. Cash Box. GfK Entertainment Charts. Kent Music Report Dutch Charts. Recorded Music NZ. Music Week. ISSN Australia's Music Charts — Music Canada.

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