The year is 1987 and the album of that year was, quite possibly, ‘Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’arby’. He was everywhere and the album was loaded with singles, resulting in a UK number 1 album and 5x Platinum. The singles were ‘If You Let Me Stay’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Dance Little Sister’ and ‘Sign Your Name’ (‘Rain’ was also a single but it was either only released in the Netherlands or didn’t chart elsewhere).
Here we had a former amateur boxing champion and U.S Soldier who released an album that was huge, resulting in some rather ridiculous boasts from the man himself, such as, that his debut album was, “ the most important album since the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper “. It wasn’t, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, it was, but his own high opinion of himself and his inability to create a viable follow up album are probably what resulted in his demise from popular music. If you have never listened to follow up ‘Neither Fish Nor Flesh’ I highly recommend that you don’t, even if curious, just let it go and enjoy this debut. Part of the problem may also have been that TTD seemed to think he was Prince, which he wasn’t, nobody is, except Prince of course. For the record, he wasn’t Michael Jackson either. He did have a really interesting voice though and it’s a shame that nothing much of interest happened for him after this album, even if it was his own fault.
I was at the record fair in Leamington Spa on Saturday and had no intention of buying this album, but one stall had it in their £1 box in mint condition, and it is well worth that, I really couldn’t leave it there. I had the original on cassette which degraded far more quickly than it should have, resulting in my belief that the production on the album was awful, it wasn’t, the vinyl is full and rich compared to the thin last listen to my cassette.
According to Wiki:
TTD “adopted a new name, Sananda Maitreya, which he has said relates to a series of dreams he had in 1995. He legally changed his name six years later on October 4, 2001, explaining, “Terence Trent D’Arby was dead… he watched his suffering as he died a noble death. After intense pain I meditated for a new spirit, a new will, a new identity.”
What a load of bollocks.
With a strong second showing, the guy could well have become a superstar. He had all the tools.
The first five videos below are from the debut album, the rest are from later releases and there just for interest.
There’s also his later appearance on tv show ‘The White Room’, which I thought was pretty damn good actually when it was first broadcast. So, in fairness, he didn’t just disappear, but he never seemed to glow quite as brightly again as he did when he first burst on to the scene.
Here is the album on Spotify: