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An '80s band borrowing from the '50s? Boy, that's a first

Now that we have taken our spelling and math lessons the past two days on Lost and Found, '80s students now get rewarded with some class time for some book reading. While it might be a little dusty, there is one book worth perusing and that is the Book Of Love and their dance hit Boy.

Formed in Philadelphia, Book of Love adopted their band name from the '50s hit Book Of Love by the black doo-wop group, the Monotones. Many Book Of Love songs had themes about gender and sexual orientation.  The three woman-one man synth group never claimed a Top 40 pop hit, but they did have many dance chart hits including their Top 10 debut single Boy.

 With a penchant for chimes and tubular bells, the video for Boy features the stylish group laying down the grooves while the lyrics tackle gender issues that are prevalent today with lines like "I want to be where the boys are, but I'm not allowed... it's not my fault I'm not a boy." In 2001, a remix of Boy was released and reached No. 1 on the U.S. Dance Charts.

The Book Of Love had the odd distinction of having two unrelated members with the same last name of Ottaviano (Ted on keyboards and bells and lead singer Susan). When Book Of Love broke up for the first time in 1994, keyboardist Lauren Roselli (featured in slow-motion in the beginning of the video) went into acting and although her roles were minor, she appeared in two Oscar-winning movies in the '90s - Silence Of The Lambs and Philadelphia. Book Of Love's song Sunny Day was even featured in Silence Of The Lambs.  Other Book Of Love songs that made it into the movies include Modigliani in Planes, Trains and Automobiles and I Touch Roses in American Psycho.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:03am]


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