Confession time — continuing my trend of childhood crushes on dudes who appear way more effeminate now than I remembered them in my rose-colored teenage haze (hello, El De Barge and Al B Sure), I gotta tell you all about my all-consuming adoration of Terence Trent D’Arby. I thought he was so hot when he hit the scene in 1987. Now that I look back at the video for Sign Your Name, Terence looks more so much more pretty than gangsta in his tough leather jacket scenes.
Oh, how I love Eighties music videos! And I still love that song.
Terence Trent D’arby’s music has held up well. It’s been twenty years (OMG), but Wishing Well still grooves. His voice has often been compared to Sam Cooke’s, and his cover of Wonderful World is sweet and powerful. His reinterpretation of John Lennon’s You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away might initially bother the Beatles purists I know, but I think it grows on you the more you hear it. I’m very loathe to like a Beatles cover (the originals are so perfect and timeless), but I gotta say, he sang the bejesus out of that song.
I lost track of D’arby after 1993’s duet with Des’ree, Delicate, which I really like still. So what’s Terence Trent D’arby up to, you wonder? He changed his name to Sananda Maitreya and now lives in Milan, Italy. He still records music — his latest album is available through his website. And he’s still kinda hot if you ask me!