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.