I know, I know. ABC was a Brit synth-pop band, famous for their haircuts and their beeping/squawking genre.
Worse? It was part of the generation of “British Soul” that gave us a few useful apeings of sixties and seventies American soul music (Simply Red, Allison Moyet, Eurhythmics) and a whole lot of dreck.
And ABC, over the course of three major US albums (and many more in the UK) a bunch of the eighties music I’ve filed under the “I’d just as soon forget” file; The Look Of Love, Poison Arrow, When Smokey Sings, and on and on.
ABC – it’s really mostly singer Martin Fry, honestly – could largely be forgotten with no great loss…
…except for “All Of My Heart”, the third and least-known single off of their US platinum-seller Lexicon of Love…
…which is a song Smokey Robinson and the Miracles or the Four Tops (or, in the deeper recesses of my imagination, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) could have done with a straight face. Of the whole mediocre raft of eighties Brit synth-“soul” singers, Fry was one of precious few that could carry Smokey’s gig bag (in the same way that Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall could at least hint toward the Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs’ vocal chops).
And it doesn’t get much better than that – among eighties Brit “soul” haircut pop.