|Single by ABC|
|from the album The Lexicon of Love|
|B-side||"Theme from Mantrap" (UK)|
|Released||5 February 1982|
|Writer(s)||Martin Fry, Mark Lickley, David Palmer, Stephen Singleton, Mark White|
|ABC singles chronology|
The single was released in the UK on 5 February 1982 on 7" and 12", with the same mix appearing on both formats; however a subsequent U.S. 12" remix (also known as the "Jazz Remix") appears on several ABC compilations and as a bonus track on reissues of The Lexicon of Love. An alternate, lounge music-styled version of this song, entitled "Theme from Mantrap", was released as the B-side of "Poison Arrow" in the UK and "The Look of Love" in the US. The UK 12" single additionally included an instrumental version of "Theme from Mantrap" under the title "Mantrap (The Lounge Sequence)". The band's first UK hit "Tears Are Not Enough" was the B-side of "Poison Arrow" in the US.
The song reached number 6 on the UK Singles chart while also climbing to number 4 in Australia and serving as the group's first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, rising to number 25.
In the music video, ABC's frontman Martin Fry plays three roles — as a haughty upper-class opera patron, as a messenger boy at the opera, and as a bandleader at a 1960s-style swinging nightspot — and, in all three roles, unsuccessfully attempts to woo the leading lady, played by Lisa Vanderpump, later of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In popular culture
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||4|
|UK Singles Chart||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||25|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||39|
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- NME. London, England: IPC Media. 6 February 1982. p. 31. Missing or empty
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- "UK charts archive". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
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