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Book of Love: Open Book

Synth-pop band Book of Love's sunny '80s sound is suddenly back in vogue.

"You can really throw back to our genre and hear it in so much of the music that's out now — it's just amazing," says Ted. "Everything is generated electronically, even if it sounds like traditional instruments.

"There are all of these adventurous soundscapes now. I remember when we started, having so many sounds to choose from, it became almost superfluous," he continues. "Now songs have layer upon layer of sounds and hooks, something synth-pop was doing in the '80s that a lot of people didn't like. You hear it now even in the most mainstream records."

A forgotten aspect of Book of Love's music is how forward-thinking the band was lyrically. Long before Erasure and Pet Shop Boys worked up the nerve to address such issues, BOL sang about sexual orientation and gender roles ("Boy"), and AIDS ("Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls"), while still finding time to embrace faith and spirituality ("Counting the Rosaries"). In some ways, one could argue that their return is long overdue and that they should be encouraged to blaze new trails in the 21st century.

Book of Love became one of the most popular American synth-pop groups after a member handed their song "Boy" to an influential New York DJ.
Frank Ockenfels
Book of Love became one of the most popular American synth-pop groups after a member handed their song "Boy" to an influential New York DJ.

Of course, schedules and prior commitments will need to be sorted out should the band opt to begin recording and touring again. Though nothing is set in stone, if all goes well, Ted and Lauren could find themselves splitting time between The Myrmidons and Book of Love's new chapter.

Book of Love performs Saturday, April 27, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551 or numbersnightclub.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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