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34. Through the barricades (Spandau Ballet)

In the early eighties, the British band Spandau Ballet (image credit) was one of the most successful representatives of the New Romantics, with hits like True and Gold. They could not manage to hold on to their successes, and quickly disappeared from the charts. The 1986 album Through the barricades is from the twilight of their short career, and is utterly forgettable, except for the beautiful title track. This immensely moving acoustic ballad is inspired by the tragic situation in Northern Ireland - a bewildering choice of subject if you know them only from simple love songs like True.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.

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