D’Arby’s debut solo album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, released in July 1987, is his best-known commercial work.The album produced hits including “If You Let Me Stay”, “Dance Little Sister”, “Sign Your Name”, and the number one hit “Wishing Well”.
D’Arby expressed a high opinion of his debut album, claiming that it was the most important album since the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper. After the comments leaked to US media outlets, he stated that most of what he said was exaggerated, but that it is sometimes necessary to “hit people over the head” to get their attention. The album earned him a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male (1989) and a BRIT Award for International Breakthrough Act, and he also received Grammy and Soul Train nominations for Best New Artist.
D’Arby’s follow-up album was Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989),which was not as successful as his debut had been.It took four more years and a move to Los Angeles until his next album, Symphony or Damn (1993), was released. The record contained the singles “Delicate” and “She Kissed Me”. It peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart.In 1995, D’Arby released Vibrator, which was followed by a world tour.