- Lene Lovich
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Lene Lovich
Img_capt = "Angels" single sleeve, 1979. Lovich is with collaborator
Img_size = 230
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Lili-Marlene Premilovich
Born = birth date and age|1949|3|30
Years_active = 1975-present
Lene Lovich (born
March 30, 1949) is an American born British singer who first gained attention as part of the New Wave musicscene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, mostly due to her high-pitched voice, and quirky style and appearance. She was one of the pioneers of female punk rock whose most popular hit single was "Lucky Number", first released in 1978.
Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in
Detroit, Michiganon 30 March 1949 to an English mother and a Serbian father. After her father had health problems, her mother took her and her three siblings to live in Hull, England. Lene was 13 years old at the time.Lovich met the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappellwhen they were teenagers, and he became her longtime collaborator and life partner. In autumn 1968, they went to London, Englandto attend art school. It was there that Lovich first tied her hair into the plaits that later became a visual trademark, though at first she did it to keep her hair out of the clay when studying sculpture.
Over the following decade, Lovich attended several art schools, busked around the
London Undergroundand appeared in cabaret clubs as an " Oriental" dancer. She also travelled to Spain, where she visited Salvador Dalíin his home. She played acoustic rock music around London, sang in the mass choir of a show called "Quintessence" at the Royal Albert Hall, played a soldier in Arthur Brown's show, worked as a "go-go" dancer with the Radio One Roadshow, toured Italywith a West Indian soul band, and played saxophonefor Bob Flag's Balloon and Banana Bandand for an all-girl cabaret trio, The Sensations. She recorded screams for horror films, wrote lyrics for French disco star Cerrone(including the sci-fi dance smash "Supernature," later recorded by Lovich in her own version and by Erasure, as a B-side) and worked with various fringe theatre groups. She was also one of thousands of audience members invited to sing along at the 1972 Lanchester Arts Festivalwhen Chuck Berryrecorded the risqué " My Ding-a-Ling" for Chess Records.
In 1975, Lene joined "
The Diversions", a funkgroup that put out five singles and an album on Polydor Recordswithout success.
In 1977, Lovich, along with recording engineer
Alain Wisniak, provided lyrics for "Supernature," a song featuring music composed by French percussionist and discomusic performer Cerrone. The song, with its surreal lyrics describing a world in which nature has risen to fight against desecration and destruction by humanity, is indicative of Lovich's interest in animal rights issues.
In 1978, disc jockey and author
Charlie Gillettpresented her recording of " I Think We're Alone Now", a cover versionof a song originally performed by Tommy James and the Shondells, to Stiff Recordsboss, Dave Robinson. Robinson immediately proposed to release it as a single on Stiff, for which Lovich and Chappell had to write and record a B-side at short notice. They came up with "Lucky Number".
Invited by Robinson to participate in the forthcoming
Be Stiff Route 78 Tourin 1978, Lovich quickly recorded her first album for Stiff, "Stateless", which spawned the hit singles "Lucky Number" and "Say When." [Discogs.] Lovich's musical style combined her own quirky inventions with then current punk rockand new wave. Lovich recorded the albums "Flex" and "No-Man's-Land" for Stiff over the next few years, as well as an EP titled "New Toy", the title cut penned by touring band member Thomas Dolby. She also recorded vocals for 'Picnic Boy' by The Residentsas "Sandy Sandwich."
Lovich co-wrote with Les Chappell and Chris Judge Smith and performed "
Mata Hari", a play/musical at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, UK, Oct-Nov 1982. During this time she was having promotion disputes with Stiff. The success of the show and pressure from Epic, her US label, persuaded Stiff to release and promote "No Man's Land".
Following her departure from Stiff, Lovich released "Don't Kill The Animals," a single with
Nina Hagen, with whom she had previously appeared in "Cha Cha", a film that also starred Herman Brood; together, the three created the film's soundtrack.
In 1989, after an absence of several years due to raising a family, she recorded the album "March". It was only moderately successful and was not released until nearly a year after the album's single "Wonderland" had been issued and had become an American dance hit.
Lovich continues to perform in much the same style she did back in the 1970s and 1980s, with Les Chappell still at her side. In 2005 she appeared on Hawkwind's " Take Me to Your Leader" CD, as well as appearing occasionally on stage with them.
Lovich's first album since "March", entitled "Shadows and Dust" received a limited release on the
Stereo Societylabel on September 13, 2005.
Lene played for the first time in many years with a full band at the
Drop Dead Festivalin 2006. In 2007, MVD Visual released "Lene Lovich: Live from New York", a DVD featuring a performance Lovich gave at Studio 54in 1981.
In the late summer of 2006 Lene Lovich and Les Chappell co-produced a cover of their song Lucky Number, with London 3 Piece Rock/Punk band, Eastroad. The song is still played in the Eastroad set at most gigs, and was very well received in HMP Stocken, when the band played it during part of the Billy Bragg "Jail Guitar Doors project" in late 2007.
# "Stateless" (1978) #35 UK
# "Flex" (1979) #19 UK, #39 DE
# "1980 Global Assault - Recorded Live In London And Boston" (1980) Promo only
# "No Man's Land" (1982)
# "March" (1989)
Shadows and Dust" (2005)
The Best Of Lene Lovich" (1997)
The Very Best Of" (1997)
Lucky Number - The Best Of" (2004)
* "Lene Lovich: Live from New York" (2007)
* [http://www.stereosociety.com/lenelovich.html Lena Lovich] at
* [http://www.lenelovich.com/ Lene Lovich fan site]
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