Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How to Be a Millionaire by ABC

One of the earliest smart, slick, synthpop bands to break in the 80s was ABC, who had a string of early hits including "The Look of Love", "Poison Arrow", "Be Near Me" and, of course, this song.

Although the music press in the UK in particular often lumped ABC with the New Romantics, properly speaking, they sound much more like the undifferentiated synthpop of the earliest 80s, and therefore are probably more similar to Dare-era Human League or Heaven 17 than they are to Visage or Spandau Ballet.

Although the video below is cartoonized, it does, actually, pretty accurately reflect the actual look of the band members of ABC, cementing them in place as one of the most ridiculous looking groups to come out of the 80s, perhaps needing to share that "honor" with A Flock of Seagulls and some of the more ridiculous of the New Romantic styles.

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