Muscle Bound – Spandau Ballet (1981)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Muscle Bound by Spandau Ballet. The record was released in 1981 on the Chrysalis record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a male bodybuilder.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Spandau Ballet, Bodybuilding, Muscles, Going to the gym, Working Out, 80s Pop or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Muscle Bound
Media Artist/s: Spandau Ballet
Record Label: Chrysalis
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Pop

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Spandau Ballet – The Artist/s

Spandau Ballet were an English new wave band formed in Islington, London, in 1979. Inspired by the capital’s post-punk underground dance scene, they emerged at the start of the 1980s as the house band for the Blitz Kids, playing “European Dance Music” as “The Applause” for this new club culture’s audience. They became one of the most successful groups of the New Romantic era of British pop, selling 25 million albums and having 23 hit singles worldwide. The band have had eight UK top 10 albums, including three greatest hits compilations and an album of re-recorded material. Their musical influences ranged from punk rock and soul music to the American crooners Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The band’s classic lineup featured Gary Kemp on guitar, synthesiser and backing vocals, his brother Martin Kemp on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble. Gary Kemp was also the band’s songwriter. Their debut single “To Cut a Long Story Short” reached No. 5 in the UK in 1980 and was the first of ten UK top-10 singles. The band peaked in popularity in 1983 with the album True, as its title track reached No. 1 in the UK.

Muscle Bound- The Song

‘Muscle Bound’ is a song by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet, released as part of the third single from their debut album Journeys to Glory. In the UK, it was released as a double A-side with the song “Glow”; elsewhere, “Glow” was included as the B-side. “Muscle Bound” received mostly good reviews, and the combined single was their third consecutive top 20 hit in their native UK, reaching number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. Kemp commented, “Muscle Bound’ was quite tongue-in-cheek,” and explained, “I’ve always liked folk music since I was really young, and ‘Muscle Bound’ was like a folk song with quite a funny lyric.” He “didn’t think that a folk song of that kind” had ever reached the pop charts in the UK and described it as “an experiment”. In his autobiography he called it “a unique blend of constructivist propaganda, Russian folk music and slow-jive disco (pompous was fashionable then), all inspired by a typically Blitz-dreamt European nostalgia.”

The Body Builder – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the silhouette of a male bodybuilder. Bodybuilding is the use of progressive resistance exercise to build, control, and develop one’s muscles via hypertrophy. An individual who engages in this activity is referred to as a bodybuilder. It is primarily undertaken for aesthetic purposes over functional ones, distinguishing it from similar activities such as powerlifting, which focuses solely on gaining physical strength.In professional bodybuilding, competitors appear onstage in line-ups and perform specified poses (and later individual posing routines) for a panel of judges who rank them based on conditioning, muscularity, posing, size, stage presentation, and symmetry. 


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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