Terence Trent D’Arby – To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly
Terence Trent D’Arby was definitely one of the icons and purest talents of the 80s. We have seen how he reached a sudden and worldwide success in 1987. In don’t say unexpected because I think he actually expected it, but it’s a fact that his debut album “Introducing the hardline according to Terence Trent D’Arby” left an undeletable mark in the 80s with hits like “If you let me stay“, “Wishing well“, “Dance little sister“, “Sign your name“, and more.
Therefore, after two years, Terence needs to go further, with his second album “Neither fish nor flesh”. It’s definitely a more intimate album, maybe more complicated, less driven by the goal of commercial success. No doubt that it contained pearls like this “To know someone deeply is to know someone softly”, but in some sense, the 80s are finishing also for good Terence. Moreover, just few weeks before releasing the album, German producer Frank Farian, the inventor of Boney M project but also the unclear figure behind Milli Vanilli‘s mess, releases a five-year-old album that Terence had recorded with a band, “the Touch”. Terence is surprised, there are two albums on the market and they are very different.
His public image is confused. His new album does not repeat the success of the debut album, and Terence feels it also at a personal level. As he stated later, this album was “the project that literally killed ‘TTD’, and from whose molten ashes, began the life of Sananda Maitreya”. Actually TTD survived until 2001, and we should remember when, in 1999, he performend as INXS’ lead voice at the opening of the Sidney Olympic Stadium, missing Michael Hutchence..
OK, Sananda, we love you because you really gifted us with fantastic music and great emotions, but we really liked also Terence Trent D’Arby!
Terence Trent D’Arby on Wikipedia