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ABC - The Look Of Love (1982)

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“The Look of Love” is a song by English band ABC, released as a single in 1982. It was the band’s highest ...

“The Look of Love” is a song by English band ABC, released as a single in 1982. It was the band’s highest charting hit in the UK, peaking at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. It was included on their debut studio album, The Lexicon of Love.


Released as a single and as a 12″ remix, it went to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Disco chart as well as the Canadian Singles Chart. It was their biggest hit in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 4. On the American Cash Box Top 100, it got as high as No. 9, and on the Billboard Hot 100 it peaked at No. 18.

Through the 1980s, BBC Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies used the last crescendo on Part 4 of the song as a closing theme to his daily lunchtime programme called The Bit in the Middle, only changing it in 1991 when his show was rebranded as Let’s Do Lunch and given fresh music beds and themes.

The US B-side, entitled “Theme from Mantrap”, was an alternate version of “Poison Arrow”.

The lyrics of the song, as well as others on The Lexicon of Love, were inspired by a break-up lead singer Martin Fry had experienced. In the second verse, during the phrase “When your girl has left you out on the pavement”, the “Goodbye” background vocal is spoken by the actual woman in the relationship who had jilted him.

Music video

The music video for the song, taped on a soundstage, was influenced by old British music hall, the chalk pavement sequence in the film Mary Poppins, carnival sideshows, and Punch and Judy puppet shows; the four band members were featured wearing Edwardian-style light suits with vertical pastel stripes, accompanied by many colourful extras, including a Charlie Chaplin impersonator and cameos from producer Trevor Horn and music promoter and journalist Paul Morley. The video vaguely pays homage to the ballet sequence from An American in Paris.

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