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Our Crack Little Crack

spandau.jpg Stop the Clocks

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. Silence the pianos and with muffled drum, bring out the coffin, let the mourners come… I suppose most of you will have gathered that I’ve come over all WH Auden specifically because I’m still trying to deal with the bombshell that exploded in all our lives last week when we first heard that Tony Hadley had left Spandau Ballet. “Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band Spandau Ballet,” he said in a statement the press labeled “cryptic”. A “source” “close to him” was less cryptic: “Tony decided he’d rather do solo gigs making money for himself than for the band”. As a long-standing supporter of the Tories, that’s surely par for the course, but at least he has given this generation its JFK moment: Where were you when you first heard that Tony Hadley had left Spandau Ballet?