ABC How to Be a... Zillionaire!
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- by ABC ~ The Lexicon of Love ~ $8.84
- Released: November 14, 2005
- Label: Universal UK
- 1.Fear of the World
- 2.Be Near Me
- 3.Vanity Kills
- 4.Ocean Blue
- 5.15 Storey Halo
- 6.A to Z
- 7.(How to Be A) Millionaire
- 8.Tower of London
- 9.So Hip It Hurts
- 10.Between You & Me
- 11.(How to Be A) Trillionaire - (Harajuku Mix)
- 12.What's Your Destination
- 13.Vanity Kills - (USA Remix)
- 14.Vanity Kills - (Abigails Party Mix)
- 15.Ocean Blue - (Single Mix)
- 16.Judy's Jewels
- 17.Fear of the World (In Cinemascope)
- 18.Tower of London
ABC: Martin Fry (vocals); Mark White (sythesizer, samples); Don Snow (keyboards); Keith Leblanc (drums, programming); Gary Moberly (samples).
Additional personnel: Skip McDonald, David Williams (guitar); Guy Barker (trumpet); Brad Lang (bass); Chris Whitten (drums); David Palmer (hi-hat); Jackie Challenor, Maye Mackenna, Lorenza Johnson and Alan Carvell (background vocals).
Personnel: Martin Fry (vocals); Skip McDonald, David E. Williams (guitar); Guy Barker (trumpet); Don Snow (piano, synthesizer); Brad Lang (bass guitar); Chris Whitten, Keith LeBlanc (drums); Jackie Challenor, Lorenza Johnson, Alan Carvell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Julian Mendelsohn; Martyn Webster.
Liner Note Author: Martin Fry.
Recording information: Jacobs Studios, Surrey, England.
Photographers: David Levine ; Nick Knight.
ABC had already transformed once, from the gold-lame-suited romanticists of 1982's THE LEXICON OF LOVE to the politicized Roxy Music-styled rockers of the following year's BEAUTY STAB. But everything about 1985's HOW TO BE A ZILLIONAIRE! was a shock, from the garish sleeve to the human cartoon characters in the band photos, where singer Martin Fry and guitarist Mark White were newly joined by statuesque blonde Eden and bald, diminutive David Yarritu.
Neither Eden nor Yarritu made any apparent contribution to the album beyond spoken bits in the Gary Glitter-esque "A To Z." (Collectors may be interested that Eden's contribution to that song was truncated in deference to delicacy after the album's initial pressing.) Lyrically, ZILLIONAIRE oozes irony and vitriol, most especially on the title track and "Vanity Kills," but the music and production are exemplary state-of-1985 dance pop and the hit "Be Near Me" is one of the band's best.
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