Lene Lovich ‘Lucky Number’
I don’t remember where or when I bought this, but I’m pretty sure it would have been snapped up when it released, probably from somewhere in York. We’d spend a fair bit of time in the motherland when I were a lad as both my mum and dad were born and bred there and we’d make regular visits to see our grandparents as we slowly migrating south following my dad’s work.
My great aunt had one of those whacking great big music centres, the big wooden sideboard things, so I was always keen to visit her when I’d got a new record. My little brother was beginning to catch the bug too and recall us sitting by the speakers listening to a Blondie single, ‘Heart Of Glass’ I think – we probably had it fairly quiet because of the word ‘ass’ in the lyrics – but it could well have been ‘Union City Blue’.
So anyway, Lene Lovich. Like most music I snaffled early on, I knew nothing about her. She was a bit kooky is as far as my knowledge went… and unsurprising to anyone who reads this guff it is still all I know. She is in fact an interesting character. Half English, half Serbian, she swapped Michigan for Hull when she was 13. Which must have been something of a shock. Read all about her here.
I am working on the basis that this is probably the second single I bought – don’t fret, I’m not working my way through every record I ever bought. The next trio are interesting though. Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ in December 1979, followed by Madness’ ‘Work, Rest & Play’ EP featuring ‘Night Boat To Cairo’, and Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ both in April 1980. The Beat’s first album was also bought around the same time… with a hard-won record voucher for my diary about the school holiday to Butlins in Minehead.