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Book of Love to play Coyote Wells on Friday


June 22, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

Opening shows for Depeche Mode, among others, Book of Love's synthesizer-driven dance singles such as "Boy" became staples of the club scene during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Come Friday, the self-described post-punk band will take the stage at Coyote Wells in El Centro as it tours in support of its most recent CD, "I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love," a greatest hits collection on Reprise/Warner Brothers Records.

Book of Love has had its songs featured on numerous films, including "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "Silence of the Lambs," "Naked in New York," and most recently, "American Psycho."

The group came about in the early 1980s after high school friends Ted Ottaviano and Susan Ottaviano (no relation) met with Jade Lee at Philadelphia College of Art. In 1984, Ted recruited friend Lauren Roselli to round out the quartet.


After recording the band's first single, "Boy," Roselli got a copy to DJ Ivan Ivan, who passed it along to Sire Records head Seymour Stein, and the rest is history.

"Boy" became an instant underground smash in New York City and introduced Book of Love to listeners throughout the United States.

Book of Love went on to release four albums: "I Touch Roses," "You Make Me Feel So Good," "Alice Everyday" and "Lovebubble."

Group members went their separate ways in 1993 after grunge and alternative music became the norm.

On Friday, Book of Love will not only play songs from its collection but also play new material, including a new remix of "Boy," which in recent months topped the Billboard dance charts.

Friday's show will be opened by Goodbye July, featuring Paul G. of AnythingBox. A pair of DJs will spin music between sets.

Doors open at 9 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are $20 and available at Coyote Wells, 601 W. Main St.; Clark Baker Music, 534 W. Main St., El Centro; Mando's Stereo, 1360 N. Imperial Ave., El Centro; Lou Lange's Music Bar, 541 Main, Brawley; and Be-Bop Records, 3250 S. 4th St., Yuma.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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