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Sunday 28 August 2022

Albums on both CD and Vinyl - Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby


Along with just about everyone else on the planet I bought Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby when it was released by Columbia in July 1987.

I played it a fair bit at the time but it is one of those albums which you rarely dig out for a spin years later.
Then in 2016 in a charity shop for £1.49 I picked up a 3 CD box set which included this album along with his third album Symphony or Damn (1993) and Vibrator (1995). By the time these were released he had become rather strange and was no longer part of the mainstream.

I featured both here and here at the time and I don't think that I have listened to them since. Until now I have probably not listened to Hardline since then either.
There is no denying that he has a great voice but was probably a victim of over-exposure when the album was released with the associated hype.

It's been filed back on the shelves and will probably be dusted down again in another few years.


  1. The 10" single of Lee Scratch Perry remixes gets played round here fairly often.

  2. For me, one of those artists that can fill a best of compilation just about perfectly. Like about 10-12 songs. - Brian

  3. You never fail to surprise me.

    (I never bought it. But then, I never did fit in with everybody else on the planet. I like the one about his grandma's rocking chair though.)

  4. I did buy that album just at the time I moved North so always associate it with that time. Shame when someone is just so mainstream successful that it kind of kills their long-term career. Thanks for reminding me of him.