Hidden 'Gems' On My MP3 Player: #4 - Lene Lovich
CHEESE FACTOR: 9/10
Oh dear. Oh Lord, save us all!! Yet another Stiff on show. Originally a B-Side to the mail-order only single I Think We're Alone Now (just imagine Debbie Gibson looking like that!!), this song was recorded in a variety of languages with a Japanese version being just mind blowing. The video for this used to give me nightmares, but at least Lene wasn't as freakish as say Nina Hagen, whose appearance would be enough to turn a man, if you get my drift.
In her defence, and in defence of the song...it's a quirky little number, highly infectious (much like say Ebola), boppy and easy to dance to. The high pitched squeals get me every time and more than once I've burst a blood vessel in my throat trying to do them right. God love Lene, she had to contend with the likes of Hazell O'Conner (Eight Day was a stunner and a future Hidden Gems, but let's face it, she was a one hit wonder) and Toyah, who also had a freakish appearance. Poor Lene never quite broke the market but she did leave us with one brilliant pop song and that's more than a lot of other people can claim.
Lene also had the one saving grace that allows me to watch and enjoy her videos with any girl I've ever known - her hair. You see it appears that girls love her hair. On small islands great nations are born...