Produced: ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Seal

Fresh from the Buggles – and an alarming stint in Yes – Trevor Horn established himself as the 80s producer nonpareil with his opulent pop efforts on ABC’s 1982 debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’. The Sheffield new romantics torpedoed themselves but Horn moved on to make Malcolm McLaren an unexpected hip-hop pioneer on ‘Duck Rock’ and set the chart goalposts aflame with mid-80s situationist phenomenon Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Classy pop with Grace Jones and Seal followed before Horn turned up as surprise producer of Belle and Sebastian’s 2003 album Dear Catastrophe Waitress, adding bite to their fey jaws. MH

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