The origin of the phrase “Spandau Ballet” has more to do with prisoners being hanged at the prison, and the movements that a body makes while being hanged.
Like Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday
How many songs about hanging?
That hippie song Two Hangmen Hanging from a Tree (it don’t bother me at all)....kind of Byrds sounding....looked it up Mason Profitt
My senior grade boy likes that song
Gallows Pole by worlds greatest rock band ever. From III ...traditional Leadbelly song I think that even he appropriated from some cotton field
“The band changed its name to The Makers in late-1976 and played as a punk band at the Roxy in their early years. In 1978 they became a power pop band and changed the name to Gentry, under which they played a few gigs, including at Kingsway College. They changed the band’s name to Spandau Ballet after a friend of the band, journalist and DJ Robert Elms, saw the phrase “Spandau Ballet” scrawled on the wall of a nightclub lavatory during a visit to Berlin. The expression “Spandau Ballet” was slang used by Allied troops in the trenches in the Second World War referring to the twitching of the corpses hanging on the barbed wire and repeatedly hit by Spandau machine gun fire from the German lines.”
My Columbia grad paramour loved Spandau....she saw them at Beacon theatre in Manhattan early on....I thought they were homo but in reality I think they were not
Lead singer had five kids and band leader and guitarist married Sadie Frost
The red headed vixen in Bram Stokers Dracula banged by the crypt by the werewolf ......not too shabby chick wise despite her favor for four legged hairy guys