Thursday, June 2, 2011
ABC or Vice Versa?
Before ABC crafted the slab of luxurious, glamorous pop funk known as 'Lexicon Of Love' there was the band Vice Versa. Vice Versa formed in 1977 in Sheffield and they founded their own label, Neutron Records, releasing the EP 1980: The First Fifteen Minutes'. Martin Fry, who wrote the fanzine Modern Drugs, interviewed the band, and shortly afterwards, they asked him to join as synthesizer player, and Fry accepted. 1980:The First Fifteen Minutes' still sounds great- Vice Versa's track 'Genetic Warfare' stands out as industrial pop. As that band evolved into ABC, Fry took over as lead crooner and their controversial move into mainstream pop was all the more startling.