¡VIVA LOVE! THE BEST 80’s SONG OF ABC BAND AND MARTIN FRY. IN 2016?

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An 80s song, released in 2016? ABC band, the iconic bristish group led by Martin Fry, released a sequel of their first and best album, including this marvellous tune, Viva Love. Like good wine, it gets better in time.

Trembol | Why ABC band and Viva Love have aged so well?

Like good wine, affection and maturity are a blessing to some songs. The band ABC, is living proof (I know, the name is not very original, but their music is, you will see). Back in the 80s, they reached the Top 1 on British charts with their first album “The Lexicon of Love”.

In 2009, after a concert where they were commemorating the album, its singer and the only representative of the group today, Martin Fry, decided to develop a follow-up. He wanted to revisit the sound of the album that everyone loved.

Thus, in 2016, ABC released “The Lexicon of Love II“. As a single, they selected a song that had been published, almost hiddenly, in a digital reissue in 2005, of an album called “Abracadabra” from 1991. Moreover, the tune was released as a remix version called “Viva Love (Brother in Rhythm Edit)”. Very complicated, isn’t it?

Well, Martin Fry decided to give some loving to that already mature song and by that, he achieved what for Trembol is the best song of his career: “Viva Love”.

Class, optimism, James Bond style, catchy chorus, updated eighties deal and above all, dance to the fullest! It doesn’t lack anything, that’s why Viva Love has aged so well.

 

Martin Fry explains why ABC band return with The Lexicon of Love II:

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With ABC we never really did follow up The Lexicon of Love, we kind of went off in a different tangent for another album, Beauty Stan.

I have to say many years later I was playing at the Albert Hall with the full orchestra, with the band and I looked out into the audience, when we were singing ‘The Look Of Love’. I could feel the love and joy on that night and I thought to myself, what would a follow-up be like, but set in 2016.

I love sequels and this time I wanted to make a very big bold orchestral album and a romantic album.

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Con ABC en realidad nunca continuamos The Lexicon of Love, fuimos como en una dirección tangente con el álbum, Beauty Stan.

Debo decir que mucho años después estaba tocando en el Albert Hall con una gran orquesta, con la banda y miré hacia el público, cuando estábamos cantando ‘The Look Of Love’. Pude sentir el amor y júbilo esa noche, y pensé para mi mismo, cómo sería una continuación, pero actualizada a 2016.

Amo las secuelas y esta vez quería hacer un gran y audaz disco orquestal y un disco romántico.

You can’t miss ⭐️ The best parts of Viva Love

1. What a way to start the song! The orchestra playing a melody that i would be listening to for hours. Would you stay with me?


2.  Martin Fry’s class in the first verse: “You’ve got yourself a smile a mile wide”. I can’t help it, I love this song, don’t you? 


3. Pay attention to the background vocals, the one behind the choirs in the chorus. What an 80s deal!”.

 

This is what it says | Lyrics and Spanish Translation of ABC Viva Love

Letra en Inglés

LYRICS ABC | VIVA LOVE | ENGLISH

You think the world will melt if you whistle
There’s a certain spring in your stride
You face the future like a heat-seeking missile
You’ve got yourself a smile a mile

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

When lightning strikes you don’t look for shelter
You’re floating free, gravity defied
It’s hell for leather on a helter skelter
Just steel your nerves for a bright white knuckle ride

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

In the battle of the sexes
Victory’s denied
I’m charging your tanks
With slingshots and knives
My troops they retreat
And run for their lives
I’m facing defeat
But somehow love survives

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Viva love

Letra en Español

LYRICS ABC | VIVA LOVE | SPANISH

Crees que el mundo se derretirá si silbas
Hay una cierta primavera en tu andar
Enfrentas el futuro como un misil en búsqueda de calor
Te pones una sonrisa de oreja a oreja

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Cuando cae un rayo no buscas protección
Estás flotando libre, desafiando la gravedad
Es, tan rápido como puedas, apresuradamente,
Sólo mantén la calma que vienen curvas

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

En la batalla de los sexos
La victoria es imposible
Yo estoy cargando tus tanques
Con tirachinas y cuchillos
Mis tropas se retiran
Y corren por su vida
Afronto la derrota
Pero de alguna forma el amor sobrevive

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Viva love
Viva love, viva love, viva love
Viva love
Viva, viva
Viva love

Viva love

How does Trembol write the lyrics, translation and meaning or story behind?

Translations in Trembol are handmade with a lot of care and love, because we want to explain you the real meaning of the song and the story behind it, with the author words and in different languages. For this reason, we do not use automatic translators, which translate word by word, without understanding the background of the lyrics. In Trembol we believe in emotions and spreading music, that is why we also translate manually all lyrics to Spanish, like this Viva Love, the new thing by ABC band and Martin Fry. Click on the box of the language you want to see, and it will open. If your screen is large enough (typically a PC) you will be able to view the two lyrics in parallel, the original and the Spanish translation at the same time. Cool, isn’t it!

Songwriters: Martin David Fry / Charlie Mole / Marcus Vere | Viva Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC | Background Image: User:Archivey / CC BY-SA

❤ If you like the song as much as we do, and you want to help us buying it, these are the links to Amazon and iTunes.

Did you know...?

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Martin Fry, the lead singer and only remaining member of the original line-up, was famous for his gold suits and dinner jackets

Martin Fry commented about “Viva Love”:

It had been knocking round from way back and had never really been released

ABC was part of the “Second British Invasion”, which consisted of music bands from the United Kingdom, like Elton John or Duran Duran, that became popular in the United States during the early-to-mid 1980s, primarily due to MTV.

🤔 Google most searched questions about ABC

Where are the ABC band from?

The ABC band is from Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Who was lead singer of ABC and which are the rest of ABC band members?

By now, i’m sure you already know the name of ABC lead singer, Martin Fry. Along with him, Stephen Singleton (saxophone) and Mark White (guitar and keyboard) started in 1980 the group ABC.

David Palmer joined them in 1981 in the drums and percussion.

During their long career many musicians joined and left the band, but Martin Fry is the only current representative of the band.

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Much more | Reviews, ABC video-film…

  • If you want to learn further about ABC and Martin Fry, this is their Official Web Site.
  • To follow them on Social Media, these are their accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • We bring you a video-film with ABC songs and Martin Fry recorded in 1983: Mantrap.
  • I recommend you to read the complete The Lexicon of Love II review by PostPunkMonk.
  • Also the review by The Guardian.
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Technical Note about ABC band | Viva Love

  • The song is in Fm key, which, as you know, has 4 flat notes (♭) in its scale: F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭.
  • This is the melody we talked about in “You can’t miss” section: VI – VII – i (D♭ maj7 – E♭ – Fm – D♭ maj7 – E♭ – Fm – D♭ maj7 – E♭ – Fm – Fm7 – …).
  • Don’t miss the classical acoustic guitar filigree on the Outro (End of the song). It’s as marvellous as unexpected (you can listen to it on the video, i warn you, it’s very fast).
  • If you want to play the song, you will find the main chords in: Chordify.
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Best ABC band songs 🥇

1. Another gorgeous song from ‘The Lexicon of Love II’, Ten Below Zero. The video is worth as much as the song. Attentive to Martin’s shoes, some things stay with you to the grave.

2. The most famous tune by ABC, The Look Of Love. A young Martin Fry leads this eccentric and eighties video. Doesn’t the video remind you of Mary Poppins?

3. A final surprise, an instrumental and operatic tune with the unmistakable ABC style. A B-side released in a 1992 reissue of “The Lexicon of Love”: Overture.

Martin Fry and ABC band greatest hits

A fantastic Spotify playlist with ABC band greatest hits.

Their best tunes, including: Poison Arrow, When Smokey Sings, All of My Heart or King Without a Crown.

We’ve aded an instrumental version of ABC The Look of Love, we are sure you’ll enjoy it.

To listen to the complete playlist you need a free Spotify account.

ABC The Lexicon of Love | 2 Parts | 34 years apart | Which is better?

Release Date

1982

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Charts

  • Top 1 in UK Album Chart
  • 4 Top 20 UK Singles

Album Cover

The album cover had some lyrical excerpts: “a-z affectionately, 1 to 10 alphabetically, from here to eternity without in betweens. still asking for a custom fit in an off the rack world? sales talk from sales assistants when all i want to do is lower your resistance. no rhythm in cymbals no tempo in drums. love’s on arrival, she comes when she comes. right on the target but wide of the…”

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Review

The Lexicon of Love was a pretty disrupting ‘New Wave‘ album. A sophisticated mix of punk and disco. There was a romantic plot in every song and cinematographic aesthetics (You can check yourself here). If you can wait to have this jewel as part of your collection, here is the link to Amazon. I bought it, i couldn’t help it laughing.

Release Date

2016

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Charts

  • Top 5 in UK Album Chart

Album Cover

The album cover includes again some lyrics: “a-z affectionately, 1 to 10 alphabetically, the lexicon of a lost ideal, was it the cocktail in your kiss? your pretty little tyrannies? the sound of your laughter? the fragance in your hair? in the battle of the sexes victories denied, i’m charging your tanks with slingshots and knives, run in to the empty spaces of a love that we once shared…”

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Review

The Lexicon of Love II is an updated and mature sequel. Featuring orchestral sound that give it a halo of greatness. It also has a touch of cinematographic effects, like Martin Fry likes. I personally like it better than the first part, but it’s much less disruptive. If you want to have this great album and complete your collection, this is the Amazon link. I also bought it laughing.

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