Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby

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Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 13, 1987
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
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Philadelphia Inquirer3/4 stars[4]
Q3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceB+[7]

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby is the debut studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby. It was released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, and became an instant number one smash in the UK, spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Albums Chart. It was eventually certified 5x Platinum (for sales of 1.5 million copies). Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale.[8] 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[9] – the same week that the single "Wishing Well" hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It did peak higher on the Billboard R&B Albums chart at number one 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 number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK. A fourth single, "Dance, Little Sister", reached the UK top 20 as well. As was common for big-selling artists at that time, the singles were released in a plethora of limited editions in multiple formats. These were bolstered by a multitude of non-album studio and live tracks.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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 Loving 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 – guitar, saxophone
  • Ivar Ybrad – sinubla
  • Frank Ricotti – percussion
  • Mel Collins – saxophone
  • Glenn Gregory, Tony Jackson, Frank Collins, Ebo Ross, Lance Ellington, Michele Oldland – backing vocals
  • Strings on "Sign Your Name" scored by Chris Cameron

Awards and nominations[edit]


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


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[11] In 2012, the BBC said the album was crystallized "as his moment, a soundtrack to the turning point when the 80s turned from austerity to prosperity. It's as central to that decade as the much-seen image of the city trader waving his wad of banknotes to the camera. It remains one big, infectiously glorious record."[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock (3rd ed.). Rough Guides. p. 269. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.
  2. ^ Bowman, Rob. "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby – Terence Trent D'Arby". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (October 25, 1987). "Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  5. ^ "Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby". Q (107): 138. August 1995.
  6. ^ Gross, Joe (2004). "Terence Trent D'Arby". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 211–12. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 1, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Whaley, Christopher (September 2007). "Sananda Maitreya Speaks! (interview)". Sobo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  9. ^ "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent d'Arby". Billboard. Peaked #4 on 7 May 1988.
  10. ^ "Introducing the Hardline Non-Album Tracks for That Expanded Reissue". Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  11. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  12. ^ "Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby Review". Retrieved 2016-01-26.

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