Rockers’ Block Is as Easy as ABC for Martin Fry

Hear the New Wave icon remember his past with aplomb in this new edition



Some music artists have released literally hundreds of songs over the years, to say nothing of the ones deemed too garbage-y to release. BlastEcho wondered if those involved in recording so many songs could remember them all. Enter Rockers’ Block.

For each Rockers’ Block contestant, we play five random songs from their catalog each song from the beginning to see how long it takes for them to guess (well, maybe guess isn’t the right word) the correct song. Then once they do (hopefully), they talk a bit about the song.

If you watched MTV any time between 1982 and 1984, ABC was impossible to miss. Classic songs like “The Look of Love (Part 1)” and “Poison Arrow” from the New Wave troupe’s stellar debut album, The Lexicon of Love, were in heavy rotation, and success followed the group for many years before inevitable line-up changes and taste changes from its legion of fans.

Today, ABC is Martin Fry, the band’s charismatic frontman, who’s still releasing new music under the ABC name, and now on tour with other ’80s acts like Belinda Carlisle, Modern English and Tony Lewis of The Outfield, on this summer’s version of the Retro Futura tour.

Fry was nice enough to indulge us in a game of Rockers’ Block, where he was served up songs dating back to ABC’s 1983 sophomore album, Beauty Stab. Let’s just say he made alphabet soup of the game, and made us never want to play it again. Yes, kidding.

Here goes:

P.S. The full songs are below, if you think you can do better than Fry did…

Song #1:

Song #2:

Song #3:

Song #4:

Song #5:

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