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Tag: ABC

A Beginner’s Guide To ARTHUR BAKER

Boston-born Arthur Baker began as a DJ, but aspired to be a producer following taking an engineering course at Intermedia Studios. But his breakthrough as a producer came after he moved to New York in 1981 with ‘Planet Rock’. With such a varied career, The Electricity Club presents a Beginner’s Guide to Arthur Baker featuring 18 tracks that cover the breadth of his influential music portfolio. Continue Reading ›

Missing In Action: ROB DEAN

ROB DEAN is best known as a member of the classic quintet line-up of JAPAN with David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri which acted as the blueprint for DURAN DURAN. After JAPAN, Dean worked with GARY NUMAN, SINÉAD O’CONNOR and ABC. Now resident in Costa Rica, the guitarist kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his time in JAPAN and his return to music with a brand new project LIGHT OF DAY… Continue Reading ›

Missing In Action: MARK WHITE & STEPHEN SINGLETON

While ABC continues today as a live entity under the captaincy of Martin Fry, that longevity might not have been possible without the band’s co-founders Mark White and Stephen Singleton. White and Singleton had been members of the Sheffield experimental electronic act VICE VERSA who Fry joined. The Electricity Club were extremely thrilled when Mark White and Stephen Singleton agreed to chat about their ABC days to give another perspective to the story… Continue Reading ›

A Beginner’s Guide To TREVOR HORN

TREVOR HORNTrevor Horn is a producer who can be said to have shaped modern pop music. In 1981, Horn started a run of producing and co-writing four singles for pop duo DOLLAR; this attracted the attention of NME journalist Paul Morley and they would later establish the ZTT label Listing some of his more interesting adventures in modern recording, The Electricity Club chooses eighteen works from Trevor Horn that fit closest to its ethos. Continue Reading ›

VICE VERSA Interview

VICE VERSA pic1- Pete HillFor many, ABC arrived fully formed out of the middle of nowhere in 1981. It was with the release of Eve Wood’s excellent ‘Made In Sheffield’ DVD in 2001 which gave context to a scene. Most intriguing out of all the lesser-known bands featured were VICE VERSA. Both Stephen Singleton and Mark White kindly spoke to The Electricity Club in-depth about their time in VICE VERSA and the rarely documented metamorphosis into ABC. Continue Reading ›