I had something previously planned out for today’s post but that all went by the wayside when my wife emailed me a photo this morning with the subject line: “Lene Lovich with an eye patch.” I opened up the email only to find I’d been Rickrolled by my wife. The photo was actually a recent pic of Madonna! I hope it’s the only time you will ever see her grim visage on PPM as shown below.
My sweetheart wrote: “Ha, ha, ha!!!! Tricked you! It’s really Madonna trying to stay relevant…….” At which point I had to send this to chasinvictoria, and before you knew it, we went down the Lene Lovich rabbit hole… and the weather’s just fine! I posited to chasinvictoria, that I one day needed to collect all of the weird, wild Lene Lovich material that scampered out of the Balkans before her proper solo career began with a bang at Stiff Records in 1978. That leaves us the following records of interest.In 1975, Lene Lovich had already hooked up with her beau/co-writer/confidante Les Chappell and they were a part of The Diversions; Chris Judge-Smith’s post-Van Der Graf Generator disco-funk-reggae [?] band. Les on guitar and Lene on sax and vocals. But not lead vocals. Lene got a writing credit on the B-side and Chris Judge-Smith would write for LL with “You Can’t Kill Me” getting the nod on “Flex” in 1980.
The Diversions: Fatty Bum-Bum GER 7″ 
- Fatty Bum-Bum
The Diversions: But Is It Funky GER 7″ 
- But Is It Funky
- To Make Us Happy
Once again, the B-side was written by Judge with Lovich + Chappell. She’s probably not singing lead on it.
The Diversions: Raincheck UK 7″ 
- Disco Limbo
This last single had no Lovich writing credits. Who knows if she’s even on this one, but notice that the band had made the leap from Gull/Intercord to Polydor UK. Major time.
The Commandos: The Bump UK 7″ 
- The Bump
- Drop In Some Time
Finally, the fourth Diversions single was not a Diversions single at all. But the band recording under the nom-du-disque of Commandos. This may have gotten released before the single above as I can smell the band operating incognito until they could extricate themselves from their Gull contract for a chance with Polydor. But that’s just my theory.
Lene Lovich: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus UK 7″ 
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- The Christmas song [Merry Christmas To You]
- Happy Christmas
Finally, now signed to Polydor UK, Lene got a chance at her first solo single. This Christmas themed EP will set you back a pretty penny, but in addition to Lene covering two standards, she and Les wrote the original B-side, “Happy Christmas.” Even then they knew it pays to have an original B-side for a cover single for maximizing royalties. For years, that’s all I knew of for primordial Lene Lovich, but today I discovered the next single was released in Switzerland in 1978, probably recorded just before she got her solo deal with Stiff.
Roy Taylor’s Bad Taste: S.E.X. As Advertised SWITZERLAND 7″ 
- S.E.X. As Advertised
- 4 O’Clock In The Morning
More than this about this record, I can’t say. Has anyone heard this? It had a 1978 release date, but I can’t help thinking that it could have been recorded earlier. This doesn’t take into account all of LL’s lyric writing for mostly French and even American disco bands of the late 70s. Everyone should know Cerrone’s “Supernature,” but there are other [weird] nooks and crannies for that “Lene Lovich Disco” post one day.
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