Yep, it’s about to get weird. I recently discovered New Wave singer Lene Lovich and fell in love instantly. How could anyone not love that face? lol
Lene was born in 1949 and raised in Detroit, but moved to England as a teenager due to family problems. She had a rough childhood and music comforted her. Lene started to use her voice to escape her reality and through practice she was able to hone it into something otherworldly. She also learned how to play the saxophone and it became her favorite instrument alongside her own voice.
Strangely enough, Lene got a record deal in 1978 with her version of the song “I Think We’re Alone Now”. Teen icon Tiffany re-made the song in the 80s and most people are familiar with her version, but the song actually dates back to the 60s. Song recycling at its finest!
Lene’s biggest hit was “Lucky Number” and some consider her a one-hit wonder. Her music is definitely Pop, but it’s quirky and odd, too. Lene was a part of the New Wave music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. New Wave was all about eccentricity, deep lyrics, and strange rhythms incorporating synths. And Lene’s voice is like no other. A lot of her songs contain vocal noises mixed with actual words. This is clear on Lene’s “Bird Song”. She literally sounds like a bird. I seriously want to learn how to make my voice sound like hers.
Along with her strange music, Lene’s appearance is also odd. Her signature long hair braids, head scarves, and striking eyes certainly grab your attention. Lene’s style was ahead of its time and pretty dark and mysterious. I don’t think she tries to be different, though. Lene is just naturally unique and everything about her seems very organic.
I can’t believe Lene isn’t more well-known. She’s one of the most original musicians I’ve ever come across and she has both mainstream and underground appeal. I know I would have absolutely adored her if I was alive at the time she was popular. It’s sad that talented musicians from the past fade away when they should be cherished and remembered in the present. A Lene Lovich revival is vital!