Ready to get another great week started? No? Well, too bad! Because The Nest is gonna pump you up the only way we know how… with another awesome lost Monday earworm! This is the day we rummage through our tampon boxes full of imaginary 45’s to find another forgotten favorite from that jumpin’ jukebox we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! Nobody will be snoozing on DJ Scratchy’s watch….. well, except when it’s the Sponkies’ nap time.
In 1980, a British pop band by the name of Vice Versa changed its name to ABC. While that trick didn’t quite get their records sorted in the rack before ABBA and Aaliyah, the name change did coincide with their first breakout success… the 1982 album The Lexicon of Love. Lexicon was one of the biggest albums of the year in the UK, but not so much in the US where its two hits only did moderately well on the Hot 100. Luckily for us Yanks, there was MTV…
“The Look of Love” only hit #18 in the US despite a quirky and hilarious video that played a lot on MTV. And faring even worse was their other single from that landmark album, which also had a great video and is an even better song. If you were alive in the early 80’s, you have to remember this one….
“Poison Arrow” only made it to #25, but while it may have lacked in radio airplay, it made up for in this three minute theatrical masterpiece. That girl who’s crushing Martin Fry’s heart in the video is even a bonafide Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.
As the weird musical interplay between Britain and its former colonies often goes, ABC’s next big venture, the album How To Be A Zillionaire, was a relative failure over there. But it was their next big step to fame in America thanks to the single “Be Near Me,” which became their first US Top 10 hit.
Oh, and half of the band at that time had no musical talent at all….
The weird midget with the glasses is David Yarritu, and the girl next to him is Fiona Russell Powell. After everyone but Fry and keyboardist Mark White left the band after The Lexicon of Love, the remaining duo decided to bring Yarritu and Fiona along for the ride because it gave the band a unique look on stage. And that was about all either of them contributed to the Zillionaire era of ABC. Nice work if you can get it….
I’ll raise my aim for another awesome hit from the past next Monday!