Book of Love
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Background information
Origin Philadelphia, PA, USA
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Years active 19831994, 2001, 2009, 2013–present
Labels Sire, Reprise, Warner Bros. Records
Current members Susan Ottaviano
Ted Ottaviano
Lauren Roselli Johnson
Jade Lee

Book of Love are an American synthpop and electronic band, formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later based out of New York City.

The band were a support act for Duran Duran in 1984.

Background informationEdit

Led by vocalist Susan Ottaviano, the band also includes keyboardists Ted Ottaviano (no relation to Susan), Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee.

Their biggest success came on the US dance charts, placing seven singles in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart between 1985 and 1993. The group's largest exposure on pop radio was with the song "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls", one of the first songs to openly address the AIDS epidemic.

The song, from the album Lullaby, was originally the second half of a medley with the group's version of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells," the 1973 instrumental that served as the eerie theme music of the classic horror film The Exorcist. Edited down to single length, "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls" became Book of Love's only Hot 100 entry, peaking at number 90 in 1988.

Book of Love's music has been featured in various films and television over the years. The band's song "Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)" was featured in the 1987 John Hughes film Planes, Trains & Automobiles as well as in the Miami Vice episode, "God's Work". In 1991, the song "Sunny Day" was featured in the movie The Silence of the Lambs, in a scene in which band member Lauren Roselli also had a cameo with principal actor Jodie Foster.

Since their active years, Book of Love's songs "Boy" and "I Touch Roses" have been rediscovered by new audiences. Both their original versions and subsequent remixes are heard in both dance clubs and on alternative radio stations.

In 2013, the band reunited for a string of club tour dates and has been working on new material.

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