A documentary on 80s pop sensation Spandau Ballet.
Who'd have thunk the life and times of casual popsters Spandau Ballet could be so entertaining? The joy here is stunning archive material, documenting the band’s origins in Thatcher-era Britain, the kilt-wearing breakthrough, the famous True/Gold mainstream success (a Pop Quiz face-off against Duran Duran is priceless) through to the splintering, legal battles and reconciliations. The Spands’ musical significance is overstated (they once rhymed “diplomat” with “laundromat”) and voice-overs lack life, but this is a funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the ’80s music biz and bad hair.
A funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the 80s music biz and bad hair.