Song Lyric Sunday #31

What do I have in my archives in response to Jim Adams’ prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge which is all about coffee: Cappucino/Coffee/Latte/Espresso/Mocca. There are plenty of tracks with Coffee in the title but how about Coffee Club by Spandau Ballet? Hopefully this will go down rather better than last week’s Stormzy track.

Spandau Ballet were an English pop 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 “European Dance Music” as “The Applause” for this new club culture’s audience. They 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.

The band’s classic line-up featured Gary Kemp on guitar, synthesiser and backing vocals, his brother Martin Kemp on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble. Gary Kemp was also the band’s songwriter. The band peaked in popularity in 1983 with the album True, with its title track reaching No.1 in the UK and the top five in the US. In 2011 it received a BMI award as one of the most played songs in US history with four million airplays.

In 1990 the band played their last live show before a 19-year absence. Spandau Ballet reformed in 2009 for The Reformation Tour, a sell-out “greatest hits” world tour. In 2017 Hadley announced his departure from Spandau Ballet. The band initially carried on with singer and actor Ross William Wild as their new frontman for a series of European live dates but in 2019 Martin Kemp confirmed there were no further plans for Spandau to tour without original singer Hadley.

Coffee Club was the fourth track on the band’s second studio album Diamond which was released in 1982. The album was promoted with the single “Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)”, which was released in 1981, nine months before the album, and it reached no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. The last single released, “Instinction”, reached no. 10. The album was re-released in a remastered and expanded 2 CD Special Edition in March 2010.

Lyrics:Coffee Club

Matthew didn’t stay home
He went abroad instead
Journeys to glory breathing in his head
Got caught up with shoe horns
But he couldn’t get a shine
Matthew bought the rap
And read the map without a sign
Contort yourself on disco
With a rap trap white and brown
Caught within the spinning
The key-chain gang went down
No Coffee Club will have the rub
When product is your answer
Discuss the man, he’ll break your plan
It’s deep within the dancer…
Wear it on your back now
And summerise you vision
On the train and through the strain
Your own soul decision
Well she had a certain shimmer
She sleeps with him tonight
Stifled love decides where I’m dreaming…
No Coffee Club will have the rub
When product is your answer
Discuss the man, he’ll break your plan
It’s deep within the dancer
SourceMusixmatch
Songwriters: Gary Kemp

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

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