"To Cut a Long Story Short"|The Spandau Ballet cover version
Fabio Fabbri remembers : "I heard from Keanan again shortly after our first encounter. His friend Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet composer and guitarist, gave himthe idea of rearranging the Spandau Ballet song ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’. So Keanan suggested I rearrange the song on an acoustic base.”
Ona hot July afternoon, this Spandau Ballet cover version of "To Cut a Long Story Short" was born. An acoustic guitar, a simple rhythmic sequence, and the voice of Keanan.
At the beginning the arrangement should have foreseen the participation of a violinist, to give the cover version something new.But things went differently.
Fabio Fabbri says “ I was looking for a good solowith my acoustic guitar but everything seemed too predictable or banal. At a certain moment I tried to insert a ‘reverse effect’ , that effectively reversed the guitar execution by making it sound like a real Tzigano Violin. Keanan loved this execution and we went ahead with arranging and singing the cover versiontrack: it was the first time we had workedtogether but we immediately understood that we enjoyed playing together without limits or preconceptions, only making the music we loved.”
In the end, the result seemed to be encouraging because it respected the original structure but at the same time it sounded new.
When the Spandau Ballet author Gary Kempl listened to this cover version of "To Cut a Long Story Short" and tweeted “ Good acoustic version of the Spandau’s To Cut a Long Story Short here sung by Keanan Duffty”, they thought they had created something really good!
Fabio Fabbri says: “ It was absolutely clearwhen Gary told me that originally, when he composed the song the first time, he would have arranged it in Flamenco style. But, according to the ‘80s trend, with the new Romantic style and the use of Synthesizers,the Flamenco arrangement was abandoned. “
This experience encouraged Fabio and Keanan to continue with composing and recording music together.
They spent two years processing what soundedgood to them: a mix of instrumental and electronic sound, where the guitars have an importantrole but, at the same time, are at the service of the track, both in the execution as in the timbre.
The result is a brand new album with 11 tracks that fully represents theSlinky Vagabond sound.
Along the way they met important musicians who have very much enjoyed playing their instruments with Slinky Vagabond
Fabio and Keanan say “ We are very grateful to them, and we hope that the music we love is also loved by those who listen to it”