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Spear Of Destiny


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Spear of Destiny is a British rock band, founded in 1982 by singer and songwriter Kirk Brandon and bassist Stan Stammers. It has had an ever-changing line-up through the years.
Brandon had previously been in The Pack, and from 1980 to 1982 in the post-punk Theatre of Hate with its album Westworld and single „Do You Believe In The Westworld?“, which was a UK Top 40 hit in 1982, whilst the album made the Top 20.

As had happened with Joy Division and New Order, the band were criticised for using the name Spear of Destiny, with its potential Nazi overtones. Any such links were fiercely denied, particularly since the band were politically left-leaning.

Spear of Destiny recorded one session for John Peel (recorded 22 November 1982, transmitted on BBC Radio 1 on 29 November 1982). Between 1980 and 1982, Theatre of Hate recorded three.[1]

„The band played a punk-influenced form of power rock, which often had an anthemic feel.“[2]

The critical consensus[who?] is that Spear of Destiny’s second album, One Eyed Jacks (1984), is their best album. (It reached number 22 in the UK Albums Chart[3] However, arguably, 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.




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