ABC lead singer Martin Fry with a signed copy of his band ABC's album The Lexicon Of Love, which is 40 years old in June 2022
ABC lead singer Martin Fry with a signed copy of his band ABC's album The Lexicon Of Love, which is 40 years old in June 2022

ABC, The Human League, Heaven 17: A look back at Sheffield electronic music scene's 80s glory days

Sheffield band ABC are performing at Sheffield City Hall on the 40th anniversary of the release of their debut album, The Lexicon of Love, on June 21.

By Julia Armstrong
Thursday, 16th June 2022, 4:32 pm

That seemed as good an excuse as any for a rummage through the archives for pictures of the brilliant bands who came out of Sheffield’s thriving 1970s and 80s electronic music scene.

Bands like The Human League, Heaven 17 and Cabaret Voltaire really put the city on the music map. A look back at the time also shows how members moved from one band to the other, either firmly embracing the experimental or aiming for the pop charts.

The Human League packed dancefloors with songs such as Don’t You Want Me, Baby? and Love Action. Heaven 17 hit the ground running with debut single (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, following up with greats like Temptation.

ABC’s big songs include The Look of Love, Poison Arrow and All of My Heart.

Other notable city bands from the time include Clock DVA and Vice Versa – Stephen Singleton and Mark White from the latter also went on to form ABC with sharp-suited lead singer Martin Fry.

City Hall box office: www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

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