That Was Then but This Is Now

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This article is about the ABC song. For other uses with similar names, see That Was Then This Is Now (disambiguation).
"That Was Then but This Is Now"
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Single by ABC
from the album Beauty Stab
B-side "Vertigo"
Released October 1983
Genre Pop rock
ABC singles chronology
"All of My Heart"
"That Was Then but This Is Now"
Beauty Stab track listing
"That Was Then but This Is Now"
"Love's a Dangerous Language"
Music video
"That Was Then but This Is Now" on YouTube

"That Was Then but This Is Now" is a song by the English new wave band ABC. It was released in late 1983 as the lead single from their second studio album, Beauty Stab. It was the band's third entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 89.

Music video[edit]

The music video shows them playing on a stage behind a huge Risk-style world map gameboard; scenes of the band playing, accompanied by various flags, are interspersed with scenes of a helicopter taking off and then exploding.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That Was Then but This Is Now" – 3:33
  2. "Vertigo" – 1:53

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 63
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 26
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 38
UK Singles Chart[4] 18
US Billboard Hot 100 89


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 10. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – That Was Then but This Is Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – ABC - That Was Then but This Is Now search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 11. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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