Though they are often lumped in with the New Romantic movement that swept Great Britain in the early 1980's, ABC were really a pop entity unto themselves. Though they did share the New Romantics' taste for flashy clothes and synthesizers, ABC were more about combining influences from Iggy Pop and David Bowie to Motown and Northern Soul, and coming up with their own brand of polished post-punk pop.
ABC came together in 1980 in the Northern English industrial city of Sheffield. Martin Fry was a local scenester and part-time musical journalist who published his own fanzine called Modern Drugs. After he interviewed the local post-punk band Vice Versa, the members asked him to join the band as their lead vocalist. Vice Versa, which included... Read More