Saturday, March 15, 2008

Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff

Over the space of a year or so in the late Eighties, Terence Trent D'Arby, in rough order, released a handful of killer singles, proclaimed himself the greatest rock star in the universe, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, and more or less disappeared from sight. (As these things happen, the singles were hits in inverse order of their quality: "Wishing Well" went to Number One, but "Sign Your Name" was even better and peaked at Number Four, while "If You Let Me Stay," the best of the bunch, didn't even make the Top Forty in the U.S.)

On October 4, 2001, at a time when, to be perfectly honest, few people in America were thinking about Terence Trent D'Arby, he changed his name to Sananda Maitreya, which supposedly came to him in a dream. Interestingly enough, he was born Terence Howard, which wouldn't really work after Hustle & Flow. He now lives in Milan, Italy; when he first came to prominence, he had been living in Germany after serving in the army there.

Terence Trent Howard, later Terence Trent D'Arby and even later Sananda Maitreya, was born on this date 46 years ago. We wish you all the best, Terry. Here he is even managing to make some Eighties fashion look decent in the great "If You Let Me Stay":

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