Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short (1980)
- 80's score: 1.3
"To Cut a Long Story Short" is a 1980 song by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet. It was their first single and reached ...
"To Cut a Long Story Short" is a 1980 song by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet. It was their first single and reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart. It appeared on the album Journeys to Glory.
AllMusic reviewer Stewart Mason described the single as minimalist "spiky synth-pop" with a style reminiscent of early Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark material, and featuring a "dirty, overdriven synth sound and a stomping Gary Glitter-like backbeat". Although he described it as "largely forgotten" today due to Spandau Ballet's later successful change in style towards "smooth, soulful pop", he suggested it was "a minor lost classic of the early-'80s U.K. synth pop scene". Ian Gittins wrote in The Guardian that the song "remains a sharp exercise in art-pop weirdness, all twitchy synths and bubbling urgency".