Monday, October 22, 2007

FBO: 'Sax Solo of the Week: True'

Some songs only earn their 99-cent worthiness for the sax solo. The Failed Bands of Oklahoma tribute the best.

New Romantics with aggressively side-parted haircuts, fringed flannel shirts or pastel suits, England's Spandau Ballet were named for Nazi war criminals' jerking bodies after being hanged in Spandau, a Berlin borough. The opening 'uhh huh huh uhh' back-ups of their biggest hit 'True' may very well be the sissiest moment of any of the 'English wimp bands' of the early MTV generation, as Ted Nugent called them.

The protagonist of the song -- which was written by the band's guitarist -- finds it hard to 'write the next line.' And, like Meatloaf's 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That'), what exactly IS 'true' is never really said. Most curiously, the singer is 'listening to Marvin (all night long)' and likens the Motown king (Marvin Gaye) to the 'sound of my soul.' That takes guts for a couple stiff musicians with money from England.

Actually there's little soul in a song like this. With overly careful guitar flicks striping the beats like wafts of air-conditioning over the already chilled. The song, however, does make a step forward as the sax comes in, peppering the beat with a patient, faintly Stonesy grace, backed with more unconvincing lite funk guitars and fake orchestration that may have had Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side' in mind.

The sax solo comes in at the three-minute mark.

Have a listen to FBO's Sax Solo of the Week: Spandau Ballet's award-winning 'True'

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1 comment:

Bronc said...

If I forced myself to listen to that song, I'd get sick.