Thursday, February 14, 2013

ABC Shows Us the ABCs of Love on Valentine's Day

Anyone under the age of 40 or so will be forgiven for not remembering "Valentine's Day" by ABC, which is a shame, because its a melodramatic slice of Roxy Music-styled pop that is well worth knowing, a masterpiece of self-loathing that no doubt made young Morrissey's songwriting world view bloom.

When the postman don't call on Valentine's Day  
And Santa Claus don't come on a Christmas Day  
That umbrella won't work on a rainy day  
Don't ask me, I already know

ABC, led by the Bryan Ferry-ish Martin Frye, took their heavily orchestrated sound and worldview to the top on 1981's The Lexicon of Love, a Whitman's Sampler of romantic melodrama that also featured "Poison Arrow" and "The Look of Love." 

Any one of these tunes wold make an excellent Valentine's Day theme, but the troika of them together is enough to make even the toughest type-A curl up on their couch and wallow in self pity with a pint of Chunky Monkey.

"Poison Arrow"

"The Look of Love"

Buy ABC's The Lexicon of Love on iTunes here.


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