There is a sense that they were asking for it, now that I actually see the cover.
This reached the lofty position of no. 39 in the UK singles chart, which was a major flop seeing as only the Top 30 got attention back then. And this was ABC's first single to miss the Top 30. Ooops. Apparently, Martin Fry felt uncomfortable with their Lexicon Of Love success, flushed his gold lamé suit down a toilet in Japan and decided to go a bit 'rawk' on Beauty Stab.
Which is why the lack of success is somewhat of a pity as the track is, like the Lexicon stuff, still wonderfully produced (Gary Langan instead of Trevor Horn, although both men were to become the Art of Noise along with Anne Dudley). It has unclear lyrics (fine), but still manages some glamour (something about millionaires and caresses). It all sounds darkly romantic and conspiratorial and urgent. As all good misunderstood pop should.
And THEN they decided to become cartoon characters and recruited Shannon's producers and a little bald guy and a lady in a wig . Commercial suicide complete – yay!
But executed in style…..
Like this? Buy the album Beauty Stab.