Music: ABC

The Look of Love...

Well I hope and I pray, that maybe someday, you'll walk in the room with my heart.
Add and subtract, but as a matter of fact, now that you're gone I still want you back.
Remembering, surrendering, remembering that part.
All of my heart.
"All of my Heart"

ABC are an influential New Romantic/Synth Pop/New Wave band from Sheffield, UK. They are most famous for their debut album, The Lexicon of Love, which was very highly acclaimed and a commercial smash. Their later albums were not so well received, and they split up in the early 1990s. But they made a comeback soon enough, and from then on have had a lucrative career on the 80s revival circuit.

Not to be confused with The Jackson Five album ABC and its title song, nor the American television network ABC.

  • The Lexicon of Love (1982)
  • Beauty Stab (1983)
  • How to be a...Zillionaire! (1985)
  • Alphabet City (1987)
  • Up (1989)
  • Abracadabra (1991)
  • Skyscraping (1997)
  • Traffic (2008)

ABC's work contains examples of:

  • Breakup Album: The Lexicon of Love, arguably.
  • Face of the Band: Lead singer Martin Fry, and how!
  • Record Producer: Trevor Horn, for their first album.
  • Sexy Sax Man: Their sax player Stephen Singleton is said to be this in the introducing-the-band song "Alphabet Soup": "Now sax equals sex, equals sax / Which makes Stephen pornographic..."
  • Singer Namedrop: "The Look of Love (Part 1)" has this, along with Spoken Word in Music:
    And though my friends just might ask me
    They say "Martin, maybe one day you'll find true love"
    I say "Maybe, there must be a solution
    To the one thing, the one thing, we can't find"