Mischievous, charismatic, quirky, there’s no one quite like Lene Lovich, and with a magic number connection from yesterday’s De La Soul her lucky number is very much this one. Part of the postpunk scene in 1979, prominent among other key female goth/punk singers such as Siouxsie Sioux and Hazel O’Connor, Lovich actually came over from Detroit aged 13 in the early 60s and her family mix is also English and Serbian. She went to Central School of Art and Design in London, learned saxophone, and her very distinctive singing style has something of that instrument about it, with her adding those definitively cheeky high ‘ooh’ notes.
Signed to Stiff Records for her first two albums in the 1970s, she then went independent with her third in the late 80s, then took a long break for family. However, she’s still very much going strong, and the Song Bar Landlord caught her recently at a fundraising event at the legendary Lexington in King’s Cross. Older but not less superb as a performer, the voice is just good as ever, high notes coming clean and sharp, always grinning madly as her eyes dart from side to side under those long pigtail locks and headdress.
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