Spear of Destiny (band)
Spear of Destiny is a British rock band, founded in 1982 by singer and songwriter Kirk Brandon (born 3 August 1956 in London) and bassist Stan Stammers (born 19 May 1961). It has had an ever-changing line-up through the years.
Spear of Destiny
|Genres||Post-punk, alternative rock, indie rock|
|Labels||S.S., Burning Rome, Epic, Virgin, Eastworld, Do-Little|
|Associated acts||Theatre of Hate, Dead Men Walking, Crazy Pink Revolvers, Boy Boy Nova, Plastic Eaters, Stiff Little Fingers, Tom Robinson Band, Howard Devoto, Bush, The Pack|
|Website||Kirk Brandon’s Website |
Spear of Destiny on Myspace
Stan Stammers' Website
Steve Allan Jones
|Past members||Pete Barnacle|
John Boy Lennard
Alan St. Clair
Formed in 1982, the band's original line-up consisted of Kirk Brandon, Stan Stammers, Chris Bell and Lascelles James. In late 1983, this line-up was superseded by Dolphin Taylor on drums, Alan St Clair on guitar, John Lennard on sax and Neil Pyzer on keyboards and additional saxophone. In 1984, John Lennard was replaced by Mickey Donnelly on saxophone.
Their second album, One Eyed Jacks was released in 1984. It reached No. 22 in the UK Albums Chart Spear of Destiny’s reputation in the mid-1980s depended to a greater extent on their live performances.
In 1985, their album, World Service reached the UK Top 20. Founder member Stan Stammers left in 1986. In the wake of the release of the fourth album, Outland (1987) and its Top 15 hit "Never Take Me Alive", the band began achieving some chart success and staging sell-out concerts, including a support slot to U2 at Wembley Stadium. However, ill fortune struck on the eve of the band’s appearance at the Reading Festival, as Brandon developed reactive arthritis which obliged the band to put all their plans on hold for nearly a year.
In addition to Brandon and Stammers, past members of the band in the 1980s included former Gillan drummer Pete Barnacle, former JoBoxers bassist Chris Bostock, former Adam and the Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni, and former Tom Robinson Band and Stiff Little Fingers drummer Dolphin Taylor.
- Grapes of Wrath (1983) - UK No. 62
- One Eyed Jacks (1984) - UK No. 22
- World Service (1985) - UK No. 11
- Outland (1987) - UK No. 16
- The Price You Pay (1988) - UK No. 37
- Sod's Law (1991)
- Religion (1997)
- Volunteers (2000)
- Morning Star (2003)
- Loadestone (2005)
- Elephant Daze (2006)
- Imperial Prototype (2007)
- Omega Point (2010)
- 31 (2014)
- Tontine (2018)
- Live at the Lyceum 22.12.85 (released 1993)
- Radio One Live in Concert (1987, released 1994)
- The Preacher (1983, released 2000)
- Kings of London (2000, released 2001)
- Live at the Colchester Arts Centre (2002)
- S.O.D. - The Epic Years (1987) - UK No. 53
- The Collection (1991)
- Time of Our Lives: The Best Of (1995)
- The Best of Spear of Destiny (1998)
- The Best of Spear of Destiny (2005)
- The Singles 1983-88 (2012)
|Title||Release date||Album||UK Singles Chart|
|"Flying Scotsman"/"The Man Who Tunes the Drums"||February 1983||Grapes of Wrath||83|
|"The Wheel"/"The Hop"||May 1983||Grapes of Wrath||59|
|"Prisoner of Love"/"Rosie"||January 1984||One Eyed Jacks||59|
|"Liberator"/"Forbidden Planet"||April 1984||One Eyed Jacks||67|
|"All My Love"/"Last Card"||May 1985||World Service||61|
|"Come Back"/"Cole Younger"||July 1985||World Service||55|
|"Mickey"/"Up All Night" (Original version)||July 1985||World Service||-|
|"Strangers in Our Town"/"Somewhere Out There"||January 1987||Outland||49|
|"Never Take Me Alive"/"Land of Shame"||March 1987||Outland||14|
|"Was That You?"/"Was That You?" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon)||July 1987||Outland||55|
|"The Traveller"/"Late Night Psycho"||September 1987||Outland||44|
|"So in Love with You"/"March or Die"||September 1988||The Price You Pay||36|
|"Radio Radio"/"Life Goes On"||November 1988||The Price You Pay||78|
|"Black Country Girl"/"Babylon Talking"||September 1992||Sod's Law||-|
|"Uphill Backwards"/"Never Take Me Alive" (1999 version)||1999||Volunteers||-|
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