|Genres:||Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||80s new wave new romantic pop synth pop synthpop british|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Purveyors of perfect pop in the early 80s, ABCs sound has always been dominated by the stunning vocal range and lyrical songwriting skills of lead singer Martin Fry (9 March 1958, Manchester, England). The band was formed after Fry had interviewed Mark White (b. 1 April 1961, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; guitar) and Stephen Singleton (b. 17 April 1959, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; saxophone), two members of Sheffield-based electronic outfit Vice Versa, for his fanzine Modern Drugs. Accepting the invitation to join as vocalist, Fry took artistic control of the act, changing the name to ABC, as well as altering the musical direction towards a more pop-orientated course. The band was completed by the arrival of temporary bass player Mark Lickley and drummer David Robinson, although the latter was soon replaced by David Palmer (b. 29 May 1961, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England).
ABCs debut single Tears Are Not...