Lolita (The Veronicas song)

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Single by The Veronicas
Released 27 July 2012 (2012-07-27)
Format Digital download
Genre Eurodance, techno, dubstep
Length 3:25
Label Sire Records
Writer(s) Lisa Origliasso, Jessica Origliasso, Toby Gad, Laura Pergolizzi[1]
Producer(s) Toby Gad
The Veronicas singles chronology
"You Ruin Me"

"Lolita" is a song recorded by Australian duo The Veronicas, released on 27 July 2012. It was written by The Veronicas' Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso, together with Laura Pergolizzi and Toby Gad, while production was handled by Gad. Intended as the lead single to the shelved third studio album Life on Mars, "Lolita" was not included on The Veronicas' re-titled third studio album The Veronicas released in November 2014 through Sony after the duo left Warner in late 2013. The song charted at number twenty three on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Background and inspiration[edit]

In 2009, after concluding the Revenge Is Sweeter Tour for their second studio album Hook Me Up (2007), Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso, wanting to seek creativity separately, took time off from working together.[2] "Lolita" was co-written by Lisa Origliasso, Jessica Origliasso, Toby Gad and Laura Pergolizzi during 2010.[3]

Taking its name and inspiration from the 1955 novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov, the song draws on the experiences by Lisa and Jessica, of ex-boyfriends and male music executives who would try to manipulate them.[4] In an interview with Noise11, "Lolita" was described by Lisa as, "kind of dark – it's a little bit mysterious and a little bit provoking in a sense."[5] Explaining the theme of the song in the same interview, Jessica stated: “To us, Lolita, is about power play... It’s the power play between genders and age groups, as well as people’s perception of taboo, boundaries, what is acceptable and what a Lolita is: She’s a bad-ass and she’s on a mission. She wants to destroy something, either her own perception of what’s right and wrong or everyone elses. She wants to prove something to herself.”[5]

Artwork and release[edit]

The artwork features a photograph of Jessica and Lisa's mother, Colleen, in her late twenties.[6][7] After coming across old photos of her, they found there was "something haunting about that particular shot".[7] The sepia toned picture has a curved white border surrounding the edge; in the photo, Colleen is seen standing against a blank wall with both hands behind her back; her hair is parted in the centre and sits on her shoulders and her eyes are directed to her left; she is wearing a buttoned down, long sleeve pleated shirt, underneath a short black dress; the loudspeaker to her bottom-left has a torn white patch on the grille. Above the speaker are the words "The Veronicas" apexing "Lolita", written in black and red capital letters, respectively in impact font.

On 5 July 2012, the title of the single was revealed through an eight second YouTube video.[8] The first lines of the chorus and second verse was leaked on their Twitter account on 12 July and 21 July, respectively. "Lolita" was premiered on 2day FM on the Kyle and Jackie O show on 26 July, and the digital single and lyrics video was released the following day.[9] The first remix by DJ Connor Cruise was published on SoundCloud on 31 July.[10][11]


PopBytes' Alex Nagorski compared "Lolita" to the grungy sound of Life on Mars and said it "...remains a master class in contemporary pop." He also added "It manages to not feel out of place for mainstream radio while simultaneously being completely unique and challenges the conventions of the genre."[12]

"Lolita" debuted at number twenty nine on the ARIA Singles Chart on 5 August 2012 and peaked at twenty three.[13]


Music video[edit]

The music video for "Lolita" was directed by Spencer Susser of Blue-Tongue Films.[14] The Veronicas worked on the concept with Susser, wanting to visually explore the "darker side of love through fantasy and science-fiction".[15] Jessica commented on Susser's work, saying: "His cinematic presence brought to life the visual symbolism prevalent in our story of star-crossed love -- and the revenge that follows."[15]

The Veronicas encountered problems with their record label who were concerned about the public response to the videos concept. In an interview with James Wigney of the Herald Sun, Jessica explained: "They were questioning a few things of the video content of Lolita... And someone piped up saying 'girls, what's your demographic? Do you think you might upset a few people?... I said, 'The song's called Lolita; - this is our personal lives, we are living this. We are not making this s--- up; we are writing about things that are close to home and you might want to rethink the single if you are rethinking the concept of the video'."[2]

The video made its premiere on on 30 August 2012.[15]

Live performances[edit]

The first televised performance of "Lolita" was on The X Factor (Australia) elimination show on 2 October 2012. Sung as a medley with their past hits "Untouched" and "4ever", The Veronicas performed together with the top ten contestants.[16] The following day they performed the track on Sunrise.[17] They also performed "Lolita" as a surprise gig, on the Pepsi Next Stage Tour bus on 1 October 2012, in Melbourne.[18] The song has been sung acoustically on radio for Nova 96.9 with Michael Paynter playing guitar. Performed as a medley with "As Long as You Love Me" by Justin Bieber, the chorus of the track is sung instead of the bridge in "Lolita".[19]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[9]
  1. "Lolita" – 3:25

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[9] 27 July 2012 Digital download Sire Records
New Zealand[22]
United States[23]


  1. ^ ""Lolita" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wigney, James (26 July 2012). "Lolitas, pumpkins and Veronicas". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times (News Corporation)). Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Lansky, Sam (26 July 2012). "New Song: The Veronicas, 'Lolita'". MTV (MTV Networks). Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ McCabe, Kathy (30 July 2012). "Lolita takes sisters to a different place". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times (News Corporation)). Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Cashmere, Paul (26 July 2012). "LISTEN: The Veronicas Release Preview of Lolita". Noise11. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "The return of the Veronicas". Sunrise. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Video: Why Are The Veronicas Dateless?". B105 FM (Southern Cross Austereo). 31 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Daniels, Colin (5 July 2012). "The Veronicas announce new single, album". Digital Spy (National Magazine Company Ltd.). Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "'Lolita' – Single by The Veronicas". iTunes Store (AU) (Apple, Inc.). Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Veronicas "Lolita" Remix by Connor Cruise on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (31 July 2012). "Strike! Connor Cruise Goes On Bowling Date With Girlfriend". Radar Online (American Media, Inc.). Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Nagorski, Alex (26 July 2012). "Review: The Veronicas’ "Lolita"". PopBytes. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  13. ^ a b " – The Veronicas – Lolita". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  14. ^ "The Veronicas - "Lolita" (Directed by Blue Tongue Film's Spencer Susser) - Music Videos - Pedestrian TV". Pedestrian TV (Pedestrian Group Pty Ltd,). Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c Press (6 September 2012). "The Veronicas Release New Single "Lolita" on iTunes and Premiere Video on". MarketWatch (Dow Jones & Company (News Corporation)). Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Top 10 Result Show: Special Guests". The X Factor (Australia). Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Veronicas perform 'Lolita'". Sunrise. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Staff (1 October 2012). "The Veronicas team with Pepsi to surprise Melbourne fans with Next Stage Tour". Spice News (The Intermedia Group). Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Nova Acoustic: The Veronicas "Lolita" feat. Michael Paynter". Nova 96.9 (DMG Radio Australia). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "'Lolita' – Single by The Veronicas". iTunes (CA) (Apple, Inc.). Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "'Lolita' – Single by The Veronicas". iTunes (NZ) (Apple, Inc.). Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "'Lolita' – Single by The Veronicas". iTunes (US) (Apple, Inc.). Retrieved 15 September 2012.