Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Martin Fry Interivew ABC…..
80’s legend Martin Fry is the man behind some of the biggest songs in pop!
Enjoy a rare insight into the new wave band ABC.
Martin first met up with future bandmates Mark White and Stephen Singleton while interviewing them for a fanzine that he edited called Modern Drugs.
White and Singleton, then fronting a rock band called Vice Versa, invited Fry to join their band to play the keyboards.
The group changed its name to ABC and changed its sound to a synthpop style that at that time led them to be categorized with bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and The Human League.
Alex Belfield spoke to Martin to talk about his life and career in 2010:
ABC split up in 1992, with White leaving the music business to pursue an interest in Reiki therapy. Martin Fry continued to work with EMI in the months thereafter but was axed from the label before his solo material was ever released.
Fry resurrected the ABC name in 1997 for the album Skyscraping, a homage to several of his musical heroes, including David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Sex Pistols. The album was a collaboration with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 and Honeyroot’s Keith Lowndes.
The band has toured extensively and performed live at events such as the 2001 Night of the Proms, where Fry was supported by a 72-piece orchestra and 50-piece choir.
In 2008, Fry released a new ABC album called Traffic.
In April 2009, Fry and original drummer David Palmer performed the Lexicon Of Love album at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The band was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Anne Dudley of Art of Noise fame, who arranged and played keyboards on the original record, conducted the Royal Albert Hall performance.
Fry and Palmer (as ABC) toured the U.S. as part of the 2009 ‘Regeneration Tour’, which also featured Terri Nunn of Berlin, Wang Chung, and the Cutting Crew.
Recorded by Alex Belfield 2010 for BBC and Celebrity Radio by Alex Belfield