Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby

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Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby
Released July 13, 1987
Genre R&B, soul, funk, rock
Length 47:11
Label Columbia
Producer Martyn Ware, Terence Trent D'Arby and Howard Grey
Terence Trent D'Arby chronology
Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Neither Fish Nor Flesh
Singles from Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
  1. "If You Let Me Stay"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Wishing Well"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Dance Little Sister"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Sign Your Name"
    Released: 1988
  5. "Rain"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (favourable)[2]
Billboard (favourable)[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby is Terence Trent D'Arby's debut album. It was released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, and became an instant number-one smash in the UK and spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Album Chart and eventually being certified 5x Platinum there (for sales of 1.5 million copies). Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale.[6] The album's success was slower in the U.S. It was released there in October 1987, eventually peaking at number four on May 7, 1988[7] - the same week that the single "Wishing Well" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It did peak higher on the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1 around the same time.

Other singles from the album included "If You Let Me Stay", which was a top ten hit in the UK, and "Sign Your Name", which reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the UK. A fourth single, "Dance, Little Sister", reached the UK Top 20 as well.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by D'Arby, except where noted.

  1. "If You All Get to Heaven" – 5:17
  2. "If You Let Me Stay" – 3:14
  3. "Wishing Well" (lyrics: D'Arby; music: D'Arby, Sean Oliver) – 3:30
  4. "I'll Never Turn My Back on You (Father's Words)" – 3:37
  5. "Dance, Little Sister" – 3:55
  6. "Seven More Days" – 4:32
  7. "Let's Go Forward" – 5:32
  8. "Rain" – 2:58
  9. "Sign Your Name" – 4:37
  10. "As Yet Untitled" – 5:33
  11. "Who's Lovin' You" (William "Smokey" Robinson) – 4:24


  • Terence Trent D'Arby: Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Baritone Saxophone, All Instruments on "Sign Your Name" and "As Yet Untitled"
  • Bruce Smith, Preston Heyman, Clive Mngaza: Drums, Percussion
  • Sean Oliver, Phil Spalding, Cass Lewis: Bass
  • Nick Plytas, Andy Whitmore: Keyboards
  • Pete Glenister, "Blast" Murray, Tim Cansfield: Guitars
  • Christian Marsac: Guitars, Saxophone
  • Ivar Ybrad: Sinubla
  • Frank Ricotti - percussion
  • Mel Collins - saxophone
  • Glenn Gregory, Tony Jackson, Frank Collins, Ebo Ross, Lance Ellington: Backing vocals
  • Strings on "Sign Your Name" scored by Chris Cameron

Awards and nominations[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 5
US Billboard 200 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ Billboard review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Q review
  6. ^ Whaley, Christopher (September 2007). "Sananda Maitreya Speaks! (interview)". Sobo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent d'Arby". Billboard.  Peaked #4 on 7 May 1988.

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Preceded by
Whitney by Whitney Houston
Turn Back the Clock by Johnny Hates Jazz
UK number one album
July 25, 1987 – July 31, 1987
January 30, 1988 – March 25, 1988
Succeeded by
Hits 6 by Various artists
Viva Hate by Morrissey
Preceded by
Hit Pix '88 by Various artists
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
May 2, 1988 – June 5, 1988
Succeeded by
Good Morning, Vietnam (soundtrack)
by Various artists