Say It’s Your Birthday: ABC’s Martin Fry

Today is the birthday of Martin Fry of ABC, one of the
leaders of the New Romantics movement in the UK in the mid-80s. The band was
formed in 1980 when singer Fry teamed up with Stephen Singleton and Mark White,
who were members of the group Vice Versa. Their stylish debut made a big splash
in America, partially due to their high-profile videos that were shown on the
then infant-MTV. They moved from new wave to dance pop with their second LP,
Beauty Stab, which owed much to Roxy Music. It was almost a toss-up for
style over substance, but they did deliver with “The Look Of Love (Part One)”
and “Poison Arrow.” Today is also the birthday of Lloyd Price, Trevor Burton of
The Move, Robin Trower of Procol Harum, Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann’s Earth
Band, and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.