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The sweetest melody is an unheard refrain


I was going to blog about how it is the 1st anniversary of The Killers Live from the Royal Albert Hall DVD coming out – and reminisce about how ridiculous I became when Amazon pre-order didn’t work and I had to wait a day and then couldn’t stand it – and went out and bought a copy so I ended up with two in hand because I was such an impatient fangirlie. And this was after having gone to NYC for 5 hours to see it on the big screen the week before!

BUT – in pondering where I had seen Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump before, I IMDB’d her to find that she looked familiar because she was only in one of MY FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME ABC’s Poison Arrow!!!

Poison Arrow is from this album which I love – to this day – beyond all reason:

How much do I love it? I still listen to it. Frequently. In fact I listened to Date Stamp just this evening. The Lexicon of Love is one of my All-Time-Favorite-Albums-Ever. I love the album art work (on the inside was the rest of the band “behind the curtain” as if it were a show), the theatricality, I love how they wore suits and hats and were very debonair and classy, I love how the entire album had a theme of glossy romance and heartbreak and femme fatales telling lies and breaking hearts. It really is a concept album I’d say. Even as a kid I didn’t have the language to say what that concept was, exactly – but I knew it seemed exotic, clever, glamorous, sexy and so very dramatic. And it still does upon the thousandth listen. I wore out the cassette I got in 1982 and had to buy it on CD when I was in college, it’s timeless.

This discovery led me to YouTube to watch the video (where it is impossible to find, hence the link above), but instead saw that in 2009 ABC had performed The Lexicon of Love in it’s entirety at Royal Albert Hall. To that I say OMFG ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?? Do you know that since I got this album when I was 10 damn years old I’ve wanted to see a big stage production of it?? I just lends itself so well with orchestration and big posh spaces for Martin Fry’s fabulously dramatic voice.

I have listened to this album so much – but I have never heard any of it performed live! Martin is still so dapper and his voice sounds great. I’m always surprised that ABC isn’t cited as an influence by Brandon Flowers. Sleek catchy 80’s English Pop by well-tailored men singing about jealousy and betrayal?? I mean, isn’t that Hot Fuss??

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

2 thoughts on “The sweetest melody is an unheard refrain

  1. Aww how amazing would it have been to see this – and at the Albert Hall as well!

    I will put Lexicon of Love on my list of things I should listen to at some point ;-0

  2. I can’t believe a Real Housewife inspired this blog post!! Yet another reason why I love being friends with you 😉

    And I’m glad it was Lisa and not Camille!!!!

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