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Book Of Love are a group that was formed in Philadelphia in 1984 by art school students Ted Ottaviano, Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee, and Lauren Roselli. Although Ted and Susan share the same last name, they are not related to each another. The group is best known for its songs “Boy” and “I Touch Roses”, both of which were Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charting hits, as well as “Sunny Day”, which prominently appeared in the horror/thriller film ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (band member Lauren Roselli also appeared in the movie).

They additionally have had several other -inspired tunes throughout the and early that gained underground popularity. Other examples of their songs include 1986’s “You Make Me Feel So Good” and “Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)” as well as 1991’s “Alice Everyday” and 1992’s “Flower in My Hand”. The group’s sound has showed a debt to eccentric as well as music artists of the early . For example, their remix of Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells (Theme From the Exorcist)” was another number one smash for them.

Book of Love came to an end in 1993, with the group being dormant for some time. A best-of collection titled ‘I Touch Roses: The Best of Book Of Love’ came out in 2001. Receiving some critical praise, with Allmusic’s Michael Gallucci labeling it as having “spare synth-pop and sunny melodies”, a new Peter Rauhofer remix of “Boy” successfully hit the dance charts and brought the group back into the spotlight.


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  • jrs1991

    Such a great band

    23 May 3:30am Reply
  • AttackingToms

    I just found these guys yesterday. I can't believe they aren't more well known, they're fantastic.

    28 Feb 4:17pm Reply
  • Onelonelystar

    They're playing a show at Numbers in Houston in February. Weird. Wish I could go.

    8 Jan 8:41pm Reply
  • BritnMusic

    Just discovered them now - the name intrigued me. Certainly a sound I haven't herald very often. I say the jury is out, yet I carry on listening to the next song, ha!

    8 Jan 1:46pm Reply
  • Shuuum

    Oh "Boy" is a great song. Just discovered them. Looking forward to dance to Book Of Love at our New Year's party!

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Just listening to this band after they came up in my recommendations, never heard of them before. Not bad sound.

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Kornelie

    "Although Ted & Susan share the same last name they are not related to each another." So cool they met in the same school - don't think Ottaviano is a common name :)

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • letsbolt

    Amazing always.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    I have this prematurely pegged as the best reunion tour just short of The Cars and just above The Pixies. Also: get off my lawn.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • chamberofhellos

    2013 Tour Dates:

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MushroomCap

    The Dead Milkmen hate me because I'll dance to anything by Book of Love.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    Oh come on me, Lighten up!

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    I found out about this band after hearing what I thought was the intro to M.I.A.'s Vicki Leekx mixtape at Chipotle. After 15-20 seconds I yanked out my phone and soundhounded it. I guess I could say Vicki Leekx brought me here.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    I just started listening to "Boy" in Shriekback Radio, I'm interested in this band. Why I had to announce that, the Lord only knows...

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Wiesel377

    Saw them on DM's Black Celebration tour and they are still one of the few really great bands i discovered as a support act somewhere.

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JameGumb1986

    I love this band so much! This is the best new wave/synth dance band.

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • johnHAUTwayne

    counting the rosaries is a song

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
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    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • adrianomozzo

    I love Butterflys!!!!

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • sian_emily

    Oh my God. This is true love

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
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