ABC’s Martin Fry is a revelation, a soul man supreme, belting out pristine Vegas glitter pop and uptown House in his electric blue lounge suit. An ageless performer, Fry is the missing link between Bryan Ferry and Jarvis Cocker. For the inevitable encore of “The Look of Love” he returns dipped in sparkly gold lame, a self-ironising pop genius on top form. Stephen Dalton NME ABC has enjoyed a glittering career to date.
Very definitely one of a number of groups who came along and kick-started the Eighties with their own brand of pop for a “new decade”. On it’s release in May 1982 their debut album “The Lexicon of Love” crashed straight into the UK album charts at number one. Showcasing the hits songs “Tears Are Not Enough” , “Poison Arrow” ‚ “The Look Of Love” and “All Of My Heart”. A ground-breaking collection of modern love songs.
With a majestic production from the legendary Trevor Horn it remains a classic to this day. Voted by many as the best British album of the decade. ABC’s second album “Beauty Stab” was a very different proposition to the polished beauty of “The Lexicon of Love” and spawned the hits “That Was Then But This Is Now” and “SOS”. It developed a much rawer hard-edged sound. These were protest songs from a band that was constantly evolving. This was followed in 1984 by the album “How To Be A Zillionaire”.
It may be twenty seven years since “The Lexicon Of Love” , but ABC audiences and the press all say that the energy and the vocals of the band today easily match what they put out back in the 80′s , giving audiences worldwide a great night of music and entertainment. Whether performing as a band, or performing with an Orchestra Martin Fry is the consummate show man.