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Book Of Love

The synth pop group Book of Love were dance club staples in the '80s. Book of Love formed in Philadelphia, PA, by former art school students Susan Ottaviano (vocals), Ted Ottaviano (keyboards, vocals), Jade Lee (keyboards, vocals), and Lauren Roselli (keyboards, vocals) in 1984. (Although they share the same last name, Susan and Ted are not related nor are they married to one another.) Susan, Ted, and Lee had initially collaborated in a band called Head Cheese. In 1985, Book of Love recorded "Boy," a toe-tapping tale of teen-girl angst. The song was given to DJ Ivan Ivan, who then forwarded it to Sire Records president Seymour Stein. Impressed, Stein signed Book of Love to the label. "Boy" became a hit on the college and dance charts, with "I Touch Roses" subsequently hitting number one on the latter. Book of Love's self-titled debut LP was released in 1986, and the uplifting "You Make Me Feel So Good" crossed over onto Top 40 radio. Most of the electronic groups in the mid-'80s were led by men; Book of Love brought a feminine perspective that was lacking in synthesizer-based music. The band toured with Depeche Mode and Lullaby appeared afterward in 1988. A remix of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells (Theme From the Exorcist)" was another number one smash on the dance charts, while "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls" courageously addressed the then-taboo subject of AIDS. The group recorded two more albums before splitting up in 1993. A retrospective, I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love, was released in 2001. ~ Michael Sutton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Love Bubble

1. Sunday A.M.

2. Happily Ever After

3. Sound And Vision

4. Hunny Hunny

5. Trouble In A Bubble

6. Chatterbox (Pt. 1)

7. Salve My Soul

8. Woyaya

9. Boy Pop

10. Flower In My Hand

11. Enchanted

12. Tambourine

13. Leap Of Faith

14. Chatterbox (Pt. 2)

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Track List: Candy Carol

1. Intro

2. Turn The World

3. Quiver

4. Butterfly

5. Sunny Day

6. Flower Parade

7. Wall Song

8. Alice Everyday

9. Counting The Rosaries

10. Miss Melancholy

11. Orange Flip

12. Candy Carol

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Track List: Lullaby

1. Tubular Bells

2. Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls

3. Sea Of Tranquility

4. Melt My Heart

5. With A Little Love

6. Witchcraft

7. You Look Through Me

8. Champagne Wishes

9. Oranges And Lemons

10. Lullaby

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Track List: Book Of Love

1. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)

2. You Make Me Feel So Good

3. Still Angry

4. White Lies

5. Lost Souls

6. Late Show

7. I Touch Roses

8. Yellow Sky

9. Boy

10. Happy Day

11. Die Matrosen

12. Book Of Love

13. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (I Dream Of Jeanne Mix)

14. Modigliani (Requiem Mass)

15. You Make Me Feel So Good (Flutter Mix)

16. I Touch Roses (Long Stemmed Version)

17. Boy (Extended Mix)

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laoriginalro d
I only saw them once at Club 101 in El Paso Texas! It was a great show and a great night club! ������������
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arnold.leal
One of the best 80's bands....... m i s s the 80's
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Love em!
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Reminds me so much of high school.
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I was listening to Book of Love from the very beginning. Their first album has several of Book of Love's best songs. I have since bought all the Book of Love albums on CD. Every album has very listenable catchy songs that are fun to listen to, Even now in 2015 I still can be found rotating at least one Book of Love FLAC album in my system for casual listening. Great 80s Band that had a good run. We have 4 studio albums and a best of CD with 2 new songs from Book of Love! Thank You BOL!
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What's up with their shows limited to Texas only? Lol I'm not complaining, but I wish they would tour more often around the U.S. They were recently in Houston Texas on Valentine's and I missed them. :(
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sotxfixmypc
Love Book of Love! Reminds me of the clubbing days!
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lavodnas2272
They did a one night performance at club Industry in San Antonio on February 13th, 2015. They were great but wish Jade and Lauren had also performed.
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Book of Love is timeless!!!! !
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Love making out to this song.
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ghelman55
Short lived but worthwhile career.
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I love this group. Such good harmonies. Snd their from the 80's too.
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They just did a 1 night 1 off show in Houston Texas on 4/27/2013 I was there! Was nice to see them again after so many years. Last time i saw them was in 1989 in Beaumont Texas. Numbers Club in Houston was PACKED!! Almost 500 people!!!
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Brings back tons of memories of high school and college
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Gay song
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amyporkey
Candy Carol is one of their best, in my opinion
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A disappointin g l y limited discography. . where are their other albums?
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mjcastmart
This song brings back so many wonderful memories and it still great to listen to.
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If one can get past the Ottaviano non-twins and their bratty indulgent excesses, a very enjoyable group indeed. Many great and catchy tunes!

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