I’ve already looked into the early pre-history of the iconic Lene Lovich. There’s a lot more where that came from if we instead turn our attention to, let’s say, the year 1978 when she was signed to Stiff Records. She’s got a lot of backing and guest lead vocals to keep us busy for years trying to track it all down. We have a lot of ground to cover so let’s get to it.
Rachel Sweet: Fool Around • Stiff Records | UK | LP | SEEZ 12
Sure, sure. We all knew that Lene did star turn backing vocals [as well as her famed blood-curdling screams] on the bizarre “Cuckoo Clock” but did you know that she also did much more calm BVs on “Just My Style?”
The Residents: Commercial Album • Ralph Records | US | LP | 1980 | RZ-8052-L
This one is a buried treasure treat as an uncredited Lene Lovich sings lead on the song “Picnic Boy!”
Thomas Dolby: The Golden Age Of Wireless • Venice In Peril | UK | LP | 1982 | VIP1001
Here’s a famous turn of her BVs. I hope that most anyone reading this has a copy in your own private Record Cell. Lene [and Les Chappell] sing in the chorus on “Weightless” and carry the conclusion to “Cloudburst On Shingle Street” all on their own.
Tom Verlaine: Postcard From Waterloo • Virgin | UK | 7″ | 1982 | VS 501
Lene had uncredited BVs for Tom Verlaine’s single A-side from 1982. Strangely enough, I have heard none of Tom’s solo material, though I have four Television albums.
Various: Tuff Turf Soundtrack • Rhino Records | US | LP | 1985 | 838 505-2
Here’s one I was blissfully unaware of until today. Did you know that Lene sings “Breakin’ The Rules (What Do You Do When Opposites Attract)” on the OST of the James Spader bad teens on rampage movie? Neither did I!
Nina Hagen: Nina Hagen • Mercury Records | GER | CD | 1989 | 838 505-2
Lene also sang on her buddy Nina Hagen’s 1989 album as produced by Zeus B. Held on “Where’s The Party.” A raucous number where Nina, Lene and Mr. Lemmy Kilmister all shared the mic! Now, how much would you pay?
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