Personalities | ABC | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1980–91, 1996–present)

Sheffield’s ABC essentially rewrote classic 1960s soul and pop for the new romantic 1980s. Their golden era began in 1981 with ‘Tears Are Not Enough’. ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘The Look Of Love’ and ‘All Of My Heart’ followed. The perfect pop of Trevor Horn-produced debut The Lexicon Of Love (1982) was a UK No. 1. ‘When Smokey Sings’ was the band’s last big-seller. Singer Martin Fry still flies the ABC flag, but their well-crafted chartbusters of the 1980s mark their zenith.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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