The Look Of Love
Not the famous Bacharach song, far from it. I have already covered that one and this only shares its title. In 1980, a new band emerged on the scene. They were part of the trend know as the ‘New Romantics’, most famously represented by groups like Spandau Ballet, and Duran Duran. They were called ABC, and though thought to be in the same genre, they had a harder edge, and a sharper look than most of their contemporaries.
The lead singer, Martin Fry, had an obvious talent for singing, and a voice that had power and style. I liked them immediately, and bought their 1982 debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’. This went to number one on the UK charts, and produced four top-selling singles too. However, despite a few subsequent albums, they were destined never to enjoy such success again. Some members began to leave the band, and before long, Fry was all that was left.
He has since tried a couple of comeback tours, and even managed to sell out the Albert Hall, in 2017. But it is only die-hard fans who remember them now, and music has moved on. They are unlikely to ever hit the charts again, and their heyday is just a memory. But it’s a fond memory, at least for me.