“Ocean Blue” is a song by ABC released as the fourth single from their album How to Be a…Zillionaire!.
The song’s music video, shot in black-and-white, features lead singer Martin Fry singing the song, intercut with scenes of violinists and the remaining members of the band.
The song peaked at #51 on the UK Singles Chart; the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was the only single from the album not to chart on the Hot 100; their next single to chart there would be “When Smokey Sings” the following year.
The single version was re-recorded with drummer David Palmer after the release of the album, also referred to as the “Pacific Mix”.
Following a hiatus while Martin Fry was treated for Hodgkin’s disease, ABC returned to the studio to record Alphabet City, which they thought might be their final album. The album was released in 1987 and was best known for “When Smokey Sings”, a tribute to Smokey Robinson, the album also spawned “The Night You Murdered Love” and “King Without a Crown” as singles. Many critics lauded Alphabet City as a return to form for the group, noting its polished production by Fry and White in conjunction with Bernard Edwards, best known for his work with Chic. The album’s title and the names of several songs were inspired by the Alphabet City section of Manhattan, New York, where Fry and White lived for a time prior to the album’s release.
“King Without A Crown” reached #44 on the UK singles chart and the US 12″ single included remixes by Julian Mendelsohn and Mixmaster Pete Hammond on the A side with three live tracks recorded at the Boston Metro in 1982 on the B Side.
One of the most popular new wave bands of the early ’80s, the British group ABC built upon the detached, synthesized R&B pop of David Bowie and Roxy Music, adding a self-conscious, campy sense of theatrics and style. Under the direction of vocalist Martin Fry, the group scored several catchy, synth-driven dance-pop hits in the early ’80s, including “Poison Arrow,” “Look of Love,” and “Be Near Me.”
After the poor reception to the band’s second album “Beauty Stab”, Martin Fry and Mark White then enlisted Fiona Russell-Powell (known as Eden) and David Yarritu. This lineup recorded the 1985 album How To Be A…Zillionaire!,which had a cartoon-type theme. ABC’s chart fortunes in the UK dwindled further with this album, but the group did score its first US Top 10 hit with “Be Near Me”, which also made the UK Top 30. The album also featured the singles “(How to Be a) Millionaire”, “Vanity Kills” and “Ocean Blue”.Keith LeBlanc from Tackhead programmed much of the beatbox work for the album. ABC was one of the first bands to do video scratching for several videos from the How to Be a… Zillionaire album, including the video for “Be Near Me”.
The single “How To Be A Millionaire” was retitled for the 12″ single releases and on this US Edition, the Nickel & Dime Mix & Tower Of London Extended Version are by Julian Mendelsohn