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third year and we did exactly what we wanted to do, which was great fun. I just saw clothes and making music and art all part of the whole way of expression. It's very important and it's not hurting anyone, so why not?





me. Completely alien to everybody else, maybe because of my accent. But I was different and I thought, 'I've got to get to a bigger place where I won't be so unusual, where I can express my creative ideas.' But it was a fun place; I don't want to paint a picture that it was dismal because it was the start of rock music being a band thing.


I was thinking, it must have taken some balls to assert yourself in the music industry at the time, especially doing something that wasn't pre- prescribed by commercialism. I think it then took even bigger balls to make the decision to be a mother and take time to raise your family. Tey're two very distinct roles, aren't they? Yes, but for me it happened very naturally. I came to a point where I'd been to a lot of places in the world, I'd stayed up all night a lot of times, been to a lot of clubs, did loads of

Te individuality in the way that you expressed yourself, how you presented and styled yourself has been widely celebrated. Coming from an art school background, I imagine it was part of the whole package for you - - Well actually, art school… I went to do sculpture eventually in London at Central St Martins and I was actually extremely disappointed because there was a fashion in sculpture at the time, which was abstract, big, welded, sometimes colourful items and it was a disappointingly small world where you had to do work like the tutors in order to get on. I went along with it for a certain amount of time but then me and a few other people in my year rebelled in our

shows and you know, I think I was ready for a change. And for me, it was difficult because I wasn't mainstream and I didn't have records, apart from a couple, so it was hard to make a living. I just felt it was more important for me to be a mother and be there for my family, because maybe I didn't have such a good family life for myself as a child, so I wanted to make it a good time for everybody.

Te header of your press release says, "Retirement is over." And boy, are you going for it. It's been a really exciting time for you over the last couple of years, hasn't it? What was the turning point, the trigger for your revival? I was asked to do a free jazz version of Kurt Weill's music and Jude Rawlins was the other vocalist in the performance. Now the performance was a bit strange

to say the least; I don't think I'll repeat it! [LAUGHS] I love Kurt Weill's music but the combination of that and free jazz was, erm, not totally a happy one! I think it was a challenge. Both Jude and I bonded very closely in our efforts to make our voices heard. Afterwards he said, "you know, you really should be doing your own music," and I said, "well yes, I’m pretty much ready to do that now." And I was just amazed that that could be done and in a way, I was very excited because we decided we'd do it all independently, that we wouldn't be a part of the music business and we'd have a freedom to do what we want, when we want and that was all very exciting. It's amazing that the band's been together now over a year and we've already played abroad; we've got invitations to visit America next year…

It's been getting a great response too, I mean, the remastered 4-CD boxset sold out, didn't it? It sold out in two days; we've got some hungry fans out there so we might have to expand the issue of it. We were just testing the response and it's really good. And we've had a few plays on radio, which is really good. Mainly 'Lucky Number' of course, because that's the song most people know, and it sounds great.

Do you have an interest in writing new material now? Oh yes; I’m inspired because now our band is really solid and very, very uplifting in their enthusiasm and their musicianship as well. We have some very talented musicians in the band, all who have done things in the past and now who have come together to do this… as well as continuing their own projects. But this band is wonderful; it's given me the encouragement to want to write again. It's really not so much a comeback as starting over. I just feel that this is the way to be, that we have to be independent and closely connected to our audience. I just feel that's the right way for us to be. I loved doing the [Yoko Ono] 'Double Fantasy' show at the Festival Hall, but it really wasn't part of my world. It was great to be part of that established music business world, but discovering and finding your own way is… it's exciting.

Emma R. Garwood

Lene Lovich and her band come to the Norwich Arts Centre on 29th November. For tickets, go to Read the full interview on /November 2013/ 39

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