Because, in the 1980s, even Goth girls liked to smile at the discotheque, there existed a band called Book Of Love
. Hearing a Book of Love song like "I Touch Roses" or "Boy" after the blood curdling "Stigmata" or the macabre "Bela Lugosi's Dead" was like being smacked in the head with a sun beam. Music so fearlessly and effortlessly melodic and optimistic rarely ever parted the clouds of gloom on the dance floor, but somehow a synth band from Philadelphia did so repeatedly. Book of Love were formed in the early 80s by art students Ted and Susan Ottaviano. They are neither related or married. Susan was the lead singer and her sweet and expressionless vocals became the band's signature. Ted handled songwriting, programming and guitars. This Manhattan-based ambisexual group specialized in pure, love-it-or-loathe-it synthetic dance pop with a near-mathematical mélange of art house beats, smiley-faced hooks, Donovan-style lyricism, and female voices so droll and monotonous they made Nico sound like Judy Collins. They have influenced everyone from Adult. to Polyphonic Spree.