Through the Barricades

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Through the Barricades
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Studio album by
Released17 November 1986
RecordedSeptember 1985 – Summer 1986
Studio
Genre
Length40:00
Label CBS
Producer
Spandau Ballet chronology
The Twelve Inch Mixes
(1986)
Through the Barricades
(1986)
Heart Like a Sky
(1989)
Singles from Through the Barricades
  1. "Fight for Ourselves"
    Released: 14 July 1986 [1]
  2. "Through the Barricades"
    Released: 27 October 1986
  3. "How Many Lies"
    Released: 2 February 1987 [2]
Professional ratings
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Through the Barricades is the fifth studio album by English new wave band Spandau Ballet, released on 17 November 1986 by CBS Records in the United Kingdom and by Epic Records in the United States. The album reached number seven and remained on the UK Albums Chart for 19 weeks. It spawned three UK commercially successful singles: "Fight for Ourselves" (No. 15), "How Many Lies" (No. 34) and the band's final top-10 entry, "Through the Barricades" (No. 6). [4]

Contents

The lyrics to the title track were inspired by love prevailing over the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the murder of a member of the crew in the Troubles, by a British soldier. [5] [6]

Reception

In a mainly critical retrospective review for AllMusic, Dan LeRoy claimed: "Rocking up Spandau Ballet's smooth white-boy soul, Through the Barricades manages to avoid utter disaster via the tuneful creations of songwriter/guitarist Gary Kemp." LeRoy argued "the production and mix prove the undoing of this effort. Most of the tunes demand guitar and drum bombast; instead, the riff-rocking Cross the Line and Fight for Ourselves, in particular, are undercut by the polite-sounding rhythm section." However, he praised the title-track, which he said "became a deserved hit." [3]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Gary Kemp.

No.TitleLength
1."Barricades ‒ Introduction"1:17
2."Cross the Line"4:07
3."Man in Chains"5:40
4."How Many Lies?"5:21
5."Virgin"4:23
6."Fight for Ourselves"4:22
7."Swept"4:53
8."Snakes and Lovers"4:36
9."Through the Barricades"5:58
2017 remastered edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
10."Fight For Ourselves" (Extended Remix)7:27
11."Fight... The Heartache"4:12
12."Through The Barricades" (Extended Version)7:09
13."Cross The Line" (Extended Version)6:17
14."How Many Lies?" (Instrumental)5:24
15."Fight The Heartache" (Alternate Version)3:17
16."Through The Barricades" (Original One Track Gary Kemp Vocal Guide Demo)4:52

Personnel

Spandau Ballet

Additional musicians

Technical

Charts

Certifications

Certifications for Through the Barricades
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI) [24] Gold50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [25] Gold50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [26] Platinum300,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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