Today, 41 years ago, Lene Lovich re-released “Lucky Number”.
Originally released as a B-side for Lovich’s cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now”, the song was re-released on 26 January 1979 as an A-side and became the lead single of her debut studio album Stateless. The song was written by Lovich.
Produced by Les Chappell, “Lucky Number” received very positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success, peaking at Nos 5-2 in Europe and Australasia.
The hit single became a defining song and made her a leading figure of the new wave genre.
Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in Detroit, US, in 1949. She moved to England at the age of 13 where met guitarist and songwriter Les Chappell who later became her long-time music collaborator and life partner.
In autumn 1968 Lovich and Chappell went to London to attend Central School of Art and Design. It was there that Lovich first tied her hair into the plaits that later became a visual trademark.
Lovich released three albums on Stiff Records: Stateless (1978), Flex (1979), and No Man’s Land (1982). In 1989, she independently released the album March, before her 15-year hiatus to focus more on her family.
Lovich’s first album since March, Shadows and Dust, received a limited release on the Stereo Society label on 13 September 2005. She played for the first time in many years with a full band at the Drop Dead Festival in 2006.
From 2015 to date, she’s been touring as Lene Lovich Band.