ARE 38399 No-Man's-Land
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Released on 1982
US CHART POSITION #188
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K ronomyth 3.0: STAY-SESS. This was the end of the line for Lene, leaving Nina Hagen as the lone yodeling witch in the woods for a while. Nunsexmonkrock, Fearless, those were revolutionary albums. No-Man’s-Land is a creative standing in place since Flex. It does contain the likeable “It’s You, Only You (Mein Schmerz),” which only succeeds at adding another chirpy and strange cover song to her canon. The rest of the album features original material (although, in fairness, the covers were always very original too), some of it good (“Faces,” “Rocky Road”), much of it merely okay. When Lene Lovich arrived on the scene in the late 70s, women in new wave were a novelty. Since then, however, there had been the crowning of the faerie queen (Kate Bush), the goth queen (Siouxsie Sioux) and a host of alternative leading ladies who crowded Lene out of the picture. A lot of new wave pioneers never made it to the promised land (Adam & The Ants, Polyrock, Romeo Void, Suburban Lawns) and Lovich at least made it further than some. The interesting costume changes (National Party pin-up girl, Bride of Flexenstein, Tusken Raiderette) and quirky vocals would be missed, but in their place were new female artists who had been watching and listening to Lene ever since “Lucky Number.” Of her original albums, No-Man’s-Land is the least interesting destination, although she probably could have milked the formula for another album or two. That she didn’t is one reason why she’s still fondly remembered today.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IT'S YOU, ONLY YOU (MEIN SCHMERZ)    (Hugo Sinzheimer/Ferdinand Bakker/Ake Danielson/John Voster/Job Tarenskeen/Erik DeZwaan)    3:54
  2. BLUE HOTEL    (Mauro Goldsand/Lene Lovich/Les Chappell)    3:42
  3. FACES    3:32
  4. WALKING LOW    3:20
  5. SPECIAL STAR    4:39
  6. SISTER VIDEO    (Jimmie O'Neil)    4:49
  7. MARIA    3:03
  8. SAVAGES    3:41
  9. ROCKY ROAD    6:37

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. NEW TOY
  11. CATS AWAY
  12. DETAILS
  13. BLUE HOTEL (VERSION)
  14. NEVER NEVER LAND

    All songs written by Lene Lovich/Les Chappell unless noted

CREDITS

LENE LOVICH -- voices, saxophone, trumpet, remix
LES CHAPPELL -- voices, guitar, synthesizer, remix, photography
MARK HAYWARD-CHAPLIN -- bass
JUSTIN HILDRETH -- drums
DEAN KLEVATT -- piano
JEFF SMITH -- synthesizer
BOGDAN WICZLING -- drums
Thomas Dolby -- synthesizer (9)
Jimmie O'Neil -- rhythm synthesizer, vocals (6)
Damian Korner, John Walls, Bryan Evans, Alvin Clark, Peter Rackham, Gordon Fordyce, Martin Rushent, Steve Nye -- engineers
Bob Clearmountain -- remix
Dick Wingate -- remix

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NZ 1982 Stiff LP SEEZ-44 avail. in clear vinyl
US 1982 Stiff/Epic LP/CS ARE 38399  
GER 1982 Stiff LP 6.25421  
ITA 1982 Ariston LP STLP-1003  
JPN 1982 Stiff LP VIL-6020  
YUG 1982 RTB/Ljubljana LP LL-0862  
GER 1991 Line CDX 9.01074 0 w. bonus tracks

 

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