Moving away from the guitar histrionics of Beauty Stab
, Martin Fry
to a duo of himself and Mark White
for 1985's danceable How to Be a...Zillionaire!
Incorporating light hip-hop rhythms, ABC
made sure Zillionaire
sounded contemporary for mid-'80s dance clubs, and as a result, some of the record sounds stiff and dated. Still, when Fry
's sense of melody is on, as on the catchy single "Be Near Me," or when he works in his vicious, cynical wit, as on "How to Be a Millionaire" and "So Hip It Hurts," the record rivals the peaks of Lexicon of Love