Formed 1980, Sheffield, UK

Fry, White and Singleton had been members of Vice Versa (4), who released an EP "Music 4" in 1979 and
contributed the track "Genetic Warfare" to a compilation EP "1980: The First Fifteen Minutes" before 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, steering them in a more pop-oriented direction and renaming 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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ABC Discography Tracks


ABC The Lexicon Of Love (Album, Comp) Neutron Records Germany 1982 Sell This Version
ABC Beauty Stab (Album) Neutron Records, Phonogram South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
ABC How To Be A Zillionaire! (Album) Neutron Records Colombia 1985 Sell This Version
ABC Alphabet City (Album) Mercury, Phonogram Europe 1987 Sell This Version
ABC Up (Album) Neutron Records Greece 1989 Sell This Version
ABC Abracadabra (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone Italy 1991 Sell This Version
ABC Skyscraping (Album) Deconstruction UK 1997 Sell This Version
ABC3 ABC ABC(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Blatant ABC3 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ABC Lexicon Of Live (Album) Blatant UK 1999 Sell This Version
ABC Traffic (Album) Borough Music UK 2008 Sell This Version
ABC The Lexicon Of Love II (Album) Virgin EMI Records, Virgin EMI Records UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ABC Tears Are Not Enough (Single, Maxi) Neutron Records, Neutron Records, Neutron Records Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
ABC All Of My Heart / Overture (From The Lexicon Of Love) (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
ABC バレンタイン・デイ = Valentine's Day (Single) Mercury Japan 1982 Sell This Version
ABC Poison Arrow / Tears Are Not Enough (Single) Mercury US 1982 Sell This Version
ABC Poison Arrow (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records US 1982 Sell This Version
ABC The Look Of Love (Parts One And Two) (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records Japan 1982 Sell This Version
AS 5000 630, 6059 534 1 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
ABC That Was Then But This Is Now (Single) Mercury UK 1983 Sell This Version
ABC S.O.S. (Single) Neutron Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
SNP-124 Melissa Manchester / ABC Melissa Manchester / ABC - City Nights / That Was Then But This Is Now(12", Promo) Arista, Mercury SNP-124 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
MADDOX 1 ABC Selections From The Magnificent New ABC Long Player "Beauty Stab"(Flexi, 7", Smplr, S/Sided, Promo, Yel) Neutron Records MADDOX 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
AS 5000 669 Genesis / ABC Genesis / ABC - Second Home By The Sea / That Was Then But This Is Now(7", Promo) Polygram AS 5000 669 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
ABC How To Be A Millionaire (Single, Maxi, EP) Neutron Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
ABC Ocean Blue (Single) Neutron Records UK 1985 Sell This Version

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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!


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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