Tuesday, February 7, 2012

NO MAN'S LAND - Lene Lovich

YEAR: 1982

LABEL: Stiff/Epic

TRACK LISTING: It's You Only You (Mein Schmerz), Blue Hotel, Faces, Walking Low, Special Star, Sister Video, Maria, Savages, Rocky Road

IMPRESSIONS: We begin 80s week with a vintage pool record. Now what that means is there was a time in the summers of 1982 and 1983 when we had an above-ground swimming pool in the backyard. We would face the stereo speakers out on the back porch and crank up the music so we could hear it in the pool. Several albums were constant spins at the time; Adam & the Ants' PRINCE CHARMING (posted elsewhere) was one and this was another major one. I had always been a Lene Lovich fan back in the "Lucky Number", "New Toy", "Angels", "Bird Song" days and, back when MTV actually played music videos, Lovich was shown all the time in the first couple years of the channel. This was the last album of her "glory years"; she would take off most of the 80s to raise a family and only returned with the disappointing "MARCH" in 1989. In 2005, Lene returned with a pretty good comeback album in "SHADOWS & DUST".

MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: It's You Only You (Mein Schmerz), Blue Hotel, Walking Low, Sister Video, Maria, Savages, Rocky Road

BONUS TRACKS: There is an untitled instrumental hidden track at the end of side two.

GUEST ARTISTS: Jimmie O'Neil (vocals on "Sister Video"), Thomas Dolby (synthesizer on "Rocky Road")

FACT SHEET: NO MAN'S LAND is Lene Lovich's fourth album.

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