Tony Hadley – Former Lead Singer of Spandau Ballet

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that while researching music for this blog, there are always a few times where I’m blown away by a song. Tony Hadley’s cover of  Train’s, Shake Up Christmas is one of the four or five I discovered this year that indeed blow me away. Hadley is in fine form and it’s a great tune.

Hadley is the former lead singer of the 80’s band, Spandau Ballet (their biggest hit was True). The band broke up in 1989 and Hadley has been performing as a solo artist ever since (including playing Jesus for BBC 2 Radio’s Jesus Christ Superstar in 1996). And after a few attempts, Spandau Ballet has reformed – link below.

Last year Hadley released The Christmas Album and it’s actually quite good (although his version of Fairytale of New York is tamed down considerably). The record does face the same criticism I have of most new Christmas records in that it’s difficult to breathe new life into well worn holiday stand-bys. Hadley does cover of several modern day holiday hits very well including Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know,  and Chris Rea’s Drivin’ Home For Christmas. He also gives UK glam band Mud’s “Lonely For Christmas the respect it deserves instead of performing it as a novelty song (as Mud generally did). Hadley even does a lovely job with English boy band East 17’s Stay Another Day. In addition to all that, he includes three original tunes and covers Train’s Shake Up Christmas from their 2015 Christmas record. Not being a fan of Train, I didn’t give their Christmas release a listen — I have since and well, it’s still Train. However, Shake Up Christmas is a great song and Hadley nails it. I have no idea if this song gets radio airplay. It should.

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Shake Up Christmas – Tony Hadley

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