Reel Throwback | Sade


While checking out TCM late tonight, we stumbled onto a sultry performance by, none other than, Sade who was featured in the 1986 Julian Temple British rock musical, Absolute Beginners.

The film takes place in 1958, a time in which pop culture is transforming from 1950s jazz and early rock to a new generation on the verge of the 1960s. London is post-World War II, but pre-Beatles/Stones. The storyline incorporates elements of the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Young photographer Colin (Eddie O’ Connell) falls in love with aspiring fashion designer Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit), but she’s only interested in her career. Colin tries to win her affections by taking a crack at the big time himself; meanwhile racial tensions heat up in Colin’s neighbourhood of London.

The film was adapted from the Colin MacInnes book of the same name about life in late 1950s London and in addition to Sade (billed by her given name Sade Adu), it also featured David Bowie.

Check out Sade’s performance from Absolute Beginners below: