ABC (band)

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ABC are an influential New Romantic / Synth Pop / New Wave band from Sheffield, UK. They are most famous for their debut album, The Lexicon Of Love, which was very highly acclaimed and a commercial smash. Their later albums were not so well received, and they split up in the early 1990s. But they made a comeback soon enough, and from then on have had a lucrative career on the 80s revival circuit.


  • The Lexicon of Love (1982)
  • Beauty Stab (1983)
  • How to be a...Zillionaire! (1985)
  • Alphabet City (1987)
  • Up (1989)
  • Abracadabra (1991)
  • Skyscraping (1997)
  • Traffic (2008)
ABC (band) provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Breakup Album: The Lexicon of Love, arguably.
  • Face of the Band: Lead singer Martin Fry, and how!
  • Painful Rhyme: Famously, "Can't complain, mustn't grumble/help yourself to another piece of apple crumble" in "That Was Then But This Is Now"
  • Record Producer: Trevor Horn, for their first album.