ABC

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ABC is a British pop band from Sheffield, UK, formed in 1980, best known for songs like The Look of Love and When Smokey Sings in the 1980s. Since 1997, ABC has been the solo project of singer and founder Martin Fry, who works with a variety of musicians.

White and Singleton started out as Vice Versa (4), who released an EP "Music 4" in 1979 and contributed the track "Genetic Warfare" to a compilation, "1980: The First Fifteen Minutes" before adding Fry to the lineup and mutating into ABC.

During the late '70s, Fry ran his own fanzine, Modern Drugs, while he attended Sheffield University. ABC formed in 1980, after Fry interviewed Vice Versa members Mark White (guitar) and Stephen Singleton (saxophone) for his fanzine. The two musicians asked Fry to join their band as a vocalist, and he soon became part of the group; the lineup also featured drummer David Robinson and bassist Mark Lickley.

Soon, Fry had taken control of the electronic band, he recruited Trevor Horn as producer to steer them in a more pop-oriented direction and renamed the group ABC. By the fall of 1981, the band had signed a record contract with Phonogram Records, which agreed to distribute ABC's own label, Neutron. ABC released their first single, "Tears Are Not Enough," in November; it peaked at number 19 on the U.K. charts.
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7150 099 The Lexicon Of Love — ABC ABC The Lexicon Of Love (Album, Comp) Neutron Records 7150 099 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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RL 40-2 The Who / ABC The Who / ABC - It's Hard / The Lexicon Of Love(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 40-2 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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STAR 5340 Beauty Stab — ABC ABC Beauty Stab (Album) Neutron Records, Phonogram STAR 5340 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour — ABC Ultravox / ABC Ultravox / ABC - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour none US 1983 Sell This Version
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824904-1 How To Be A Zillionaire! — ABC ABC How To Be A Zillionaire! (Album) Neutron Records 824904-1 Hong Kong 1985 Sell This Version
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832 391-2 Alphabet City — ABC ABC Alphabet City (Album) Neutron Records 832 391-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
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838 646-2 Up — ABC ABC Up (Album) Neutron Records 838 646-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
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CDPCS 7355, CDP 7968212, CDP7968212 Abracadabra — ABC ABC Abracadabra (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone CDPCS 7355, CDP 7968212, CDP7968212 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
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none 5 Selections From Abracadabra — ABC ABC 5 Selections From Abracadabra(Cass, Advance, Smplr) EMI none UK 1991 Sell This Version
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74321 45653 4 Skyscraping — ABC ABC Skyscraping (Album) Blatant 74321 45653 4 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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ABC3 ABC — ABC ABC ABC(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Blatant ABC3 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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BLATCD 01 Lexicon Of Live — ABC ABC Lexicon Of Live (Album) Blatant BLATCD 01 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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VIBECD002 Traffic — ABC ABC Traffic (Album) Borough Music VIBECD002 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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V 3150, 00602547882325 The Lexicon Of Love II — ABC ABC The Lexicon Of Love II (Album) Virgin EMI Records, Virgin EMI Records V 3150, 00602547882325 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

6059 473 Tears Are Not Enough — ABC ABC Tears Are Not Enough (Single, Maxi) Neutron Records 6059 473 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
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7PP-85 Valentine's Day — ABC ABC Valentine's Day (Single) Mercury 7PP-85 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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45-70063 All Of My Heart / Overture (From The Lexicon Of Love) — ABC ABC All Of My Heart / Overture (From The Lexicon Of Love) (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records 45-70063 Ecuador 1982 Sell This Version
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NT 102, NT102 Poison Arrow — ABC ABC Poison Arrow (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records NT 102, NT102 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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7PP 72 The Look Of Love (Parts One And Two) — ABC ABC The Look Of Love (Parts One And Two) (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records 7PP 72 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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AS 5000 630, 6059 534 1 The Look Of Love / Avalon — ABC ABC / Roxy Music ABC / Roxy Music - The Look Of Love / Avalon(7", Promo) Mercury, Mercury, EG AS 5000 630, 6059 534 1 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
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6400604 ABC The Look Of Love(12", Maxi) Phonogram Ltd. 6400604 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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MADDOX 1 Selections From The Magnificent New ABC Long Player ABC Selections From The Magnificent New ABC Long Player "Beauty Stab" Neutron Records MADDOX 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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814 876-7 The Look Of Love — ABC ABC The Look Of Love (Single) Mercury 814 876-7 US 1983 Sell This Version
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NT 106 S.O.S. — ABC ABC S.O.S. (Single) Neutron Records, Neutron Records NT 106 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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NT 105 That Was Then But This Is Now — ABC ABC That Was Then But This Is Now (Single) Neutron Records, Neutron Records NT 105 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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junkmale

junkmale

September 17, 2014
thanks your note Crijevo, I was unaware of their previous incarnation of Vice Versa, I shall go hunting for some of that now!
not sure if the state of perfection can ever be achieved, but I think it's fair to say that ABC come very close with not just one but many of their beautifully crafted creations.
a quality act indeed!
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Crijevo

Crijevo

January 30, 2003
ABC is a perfectly simple name for a group who swore to write perfect pop songs ever since... However, it is a less known their origin in Sheffield avantgarde scene called Vice Versa (one of the most perfect all-time names to call a band), which only points out to their perfectionist stance as truly embraced (and eventually disappointed) by punk and its cyclical fashions (their own anti-consumerist anthem 'Artists at War')... The way The Human League sold their soul, Vice Versa were their dark twin brother; the way 'Dare' collided down the mainstream corridor with Philip Oakey unable to repeat it again ever after, Vice Versa turned from the incredibly chaotic minimalist electronic noise-some into a more soulful fraction ABC that immediately striked against the tide with their own organised sound structure intended to a wider pop-market. Some called it pretentious and cynical. But it's not really. It's a perfect product. 'The Lexicon of Love' might remain a curse of momentary trends that fitted in perfectly at the time for the group, as their sound heavily progressed throughout the past twenty years in various directions, still they make it all quite timeless and appearently memorable experience.

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