Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
You can’t really do the album of your life, have a tremendous impact on 80s music, signing your name forever in 80s fans’ memories, and when the new year comes, no, you can’t fade away! So, after the three great songs of 1987, Terence Trent D’Arby, or Sananda Francesco Maitreya in today’s life, has another fantastic gift for us to start with 1988. Sign Your Name was the fourth single from an album that, in all probability, was the most beautiful and important of the second half of the 80s, with a mile long title: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby.
This song followed the success of If you let me stay, Wishing well and Dance little sister and all the videos taken from this album were part of a unique concept, just like the episodes of a story between two lovers! Terence proved to be an unprecedented genius also form this point of view, but I think that some credits are due also to the actress of the videos, the extremely beautiful model Kelly Brennan, who acted in all videos, yet nobody really knew her name at the times!
Sign your name was perhaps the most beautiful song of the entire album, certainly the most intimate, sweet and sensitive, after the wild ballads of the first three singles. Compared to the lyrics of the song, which is more of a wish and a request to start a love story, the video actually shows the moments after the story ends. Indeed, the video begins with the female voice saying “Au revoir, Terence”, goodbye Terence, followed by her eye seen through a lock. Terence is still sleeping in the room, but from that moment the memory of their story will follow him throughout the video.
Actually the story of this song was born some time before, according to Terence\Sananda himself. In fact, it seems that the inspiration came from a dream where the great Sade, who had gifted us with absolute pearls of the 80s as Smooth Operator, Your Love is King (also interpreted at Live Aid), The Sweetest Taboo and Paradise, asked Terence to write something for her. Terence certainly could not remain indifferent to this request from Queen Sade, even though it was just a dream, and therefore he found a solution by composing this song.
The theme of the dream is recurrent in the life of Terence Trent D’Arby, but at this point it is correct to say Sananda Francesco Maitreya, the identity that he assumed starting from 2001 precisely following a series of dreams and a spiritual path of renewal and rebirth which lasted for years. From the musical point of view, in addition to the four albums recorded as Terence Trent D’Arby, Sananda recorded nine more studio albums and four live albums, with music sometimes far from the commercial pop, but which often recalled acquaintances and friendships that had influenced him, such as David Bowie, George Michael, and Prince.
Terence Trent D’Arby was the most disruptive and brilliant character of the second half of the 80s. Sign your name, which reached the very first positions of the charts practically all over the world, was the song that definitively certified the greatness and completeness of this immense artist.
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