JE 36102 Stateless
No production credits listed
Released on 1978
UK CHART POSITION #35 . . . US CHART POSITION #137
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JE 36102 cover
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W itch or bitch? If a woman wanted to be taken seriously in rock, that was the choice she faced: to adopt the role of the seductive witch or the seductive bitch. Dates back to Grace Slick and Janis Joplin I suppose. As a cross between Pat Benatar and Eva Braun, Lene Lovich was a very good witch. Always reminded me of Nina Hagen’s smarter sister; the one who didn’t get in trouble so much. Evoking David Bowie’s Heroes on the cover, Lene Lovich was indeed an early alternative heroine. Stateless (in the American version I heard) was fresh and new and fun: “Telepathy,” “Lucky Number,” “Home,” “Say When.” Not as terrifying as Nina Hagen or as complicated as Kate Bush, Lene was guilty of only munchkin-sized mischief. To begin with, she didn’t have their pipes, instead evoking Bette Bright (Deaf School) with a little Betty Boop thrown in. And Lene lacked their peculiar genius. She plays pop music with vaguely sinister, Slavic overtones; new wave novelty music. But the novelty of it struck me in the 1980s and still does today. Stateless isn’t as revolutionary as Fearless, but it’s nearly as enjoyable. The songs stay with you years later, not as grand musical statements like “Wuthering Heights” but as concise, catchy pop songs powered by Lene’s bewitching presence. Hard to say how influential any of this was, since Nina Hagen did this better, longer. But I suspect a lot of people heard this album and didn’t forget it. I know I never did. Maybe someday female artists will band together and record Stateless as a tribute album.

TRACK LISTING

    UK track listing
  1. LUCKY NUMBER
  2. SLEEPING BEAUTY
  3. HOME
  4. TOO TENDER (TO TOUCH)
  5. SAY WHEN
  6. TONIGHT
  7. WRITING ON THE WALL
  8. TELEPATHY
  9. MOMENTARY BREAKDOWN
  10. ONE IN A 1,000,000
  11. I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW

    US track listing
  12. HOME    3:40
  13. SLEEPING BEAUTY    3:00
  14. LUCKY NUMBER    2:47
  15. TOO TENDER (TO TOUCH)    4:04
  16. SAY WHEN    (Jimme O'Neill)    2:49
  17. WRITING ON THE WALL    3:08
  18. TELEPATHY    (Jimme O'Neill)    2:45
  19. MOMENTARY BREAKDOWN    3:18
  20. I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW    (Ritchie Cordell)    2:45
  21. ONE IN A 1,000,000    2:48
  22. TONIGHT    (Nick Lowe)

    STATELESS... PLUS CD reissue
  23. BE STIFF
  24. ONE LONELY HEART
  25. BIG BIRD
  26. FALL
  27. BLUE
  28. I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW

    Tracks 1-11 written by Lene Lovich/Les Chapell unless noted

CREDITS

LENE LOVICH -- vocals, sax, tuned percussion
LES CHAPPELL -- fuitar, EMS, synthesiser, percussion, vocals
RON FRANCOIS -- bass, percussion, vocals
BOBBI IRWIN -- trap drums, percussion, vocals
NICK PLYTAS -- Hammond organ, piano
JEFF SMITH -- polyphonic synthesiser, solina
Don Snow -- piano (4)
Roger Bechirian -- engineer, mixing, remix
Aldo Bocca -- engineer
Pete Fox -- engineer
Brian Griffin -- cover photos
Chris Morton -- cover art

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1978 Stiff LP/LPRED SEEZ-7 picture sleeve, avail. in red vinyl
US/CAN 1979 Stiff/Epic LP JE 36102  
AUSL 1979 Stiff LP L36836  
YUG 1980 RTB/Ljubljana LP LL-0609  
US September 1991 Rhino CDX 70520 as STATELESS... PLUS

 

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