It's difficult to imagine Britain's most dapper blue-eyed soul man (still frighteningly comfortable in gold lamé) sleeping in caves on the grueling climb to Venezuela's fabled Lost World. But Martin Fry of ABC, who undertook the trek last February to raise money for medical research, says that crooning his back catalog helped him reach the summit of 9,200-foot Mount Roraima. "I did a bit of training beforehand, but I guess treading the boards, jumping around singing 'Poison Arrow' and 'The Look of Love' -- that's what got me ready," he jokes.
Those impeccably tailored MTV hits, from ABC's 1982 debut The Lexicon of Love, remain Fry's calling card. And the singer, now finishing the group's first new album in a decade, doesn't mind. "It's a great privilege to get onstage and sing those songs. 'The Look of Love' is so ridiculous and yet uplifting that everybody always smiles and looks at each other like 'Is it OK if we sing along?'" Fry says with a chuckle. "And they always do."