The Truth (British band)

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The Truth
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresRock, AOR, Pop rock, New wave
Years active1982–1989, 2012–present
LabelsIRS Records
MembersDennis Greaves
Mick Lister
Chris Skornia
Brian Bethell
Steve Phypers
Past membersRussell McKenzie
Richard Parfitt
Gary Wallis
Allan Fielder
Dennis Smith
Billy Alford

The Truth is a British rock band, active from 1982 to 1989. They reformed in 2012 for occasional live performances.


The group was formed by Dennis Greaves, formerly of Nine Below Zero, and Mick Lister in early 1982. They went through several line-up changes, but Greaves and Lister remained members throughout the group's run.[1] They released several singles before their first album, Playground, was issued in 1985. The 1987 release Weapons of Love marked a stylistic change, and was their most commercially successful release in the United States. The title track was a hit single in the U.S., reaching #7 on the rock charts and #65 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Several songs from the album were also used in the 1987 cult sci-fi film The Hidden. After 1989's Jump, they disbanded.

In 2012, Greaves reformed The Truth and played at London's Borderline on 26 October 2012.[3] More shows were planned for 2013. The line-up is the original 1983 line-up of Dennis Greaves, Mick Lister, Chris Skornia and Brian Bethell, with Steve Phypers.


  • Dennis Greaves - guitar, vocals
  • Mick Lister - guitar, vocals
  • Chris Skornia - keyboards, vocals
  • Russell McKenzie - bass
  • Brian Bethell - bass (later Blow Monkeys member)
  • Richard Parfitt - bass (later 60 Ft. Dolls and solo)
  • Gary Wallis - drums
  • Allan Fielder - drums
  • Dennis Smith - drums
  • Steve Phypers - drums





Year Single Peak chart positions Album
RPM 100
Hot 100
1983 "Confusion (Hits Us Every Time)" 22 Non-LP singles
"A Step in the Right Direction" 32
1984 "No Stone Unturned" 66
"Playground" Playground
"Exception of Love" 92 69
1987 "Weapons of Love" 61 65 Weapons of Love
"It's Hidden" From film The Hidden, not included on album
1989 "God Gave Rock 'n Roll to You" Jump
"Throwing It All Away"


  • A Step in the Right Direction - Singles ● Demos ● BBC Live ● 1983-1984 (Cherry Red Records, 3 × CD, 2016)


  1. ^ The Truth at Allmusic
  2. ^ Singles, Allmusic
  3. ^ website. "Truth reform and appear at London's Borderline Club". Retrieved on 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ Charts, Allmusic

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