Damien Lovelock

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Damien Lovelock
Damien Richard Lovelock

(1954-05-21) 21 May 1954 (age 64)
OccupationMusician, sports broadcaster, writer
Years active1980–present
Musical career
GenresHard rock
Years active1980–1992
Associated acts
Damien Lovelock
GenreSports and hobbies
  • Football
  • cookery
Notable worksSoccer: Great Moments, Great Players in World Football

Damien "Damo" Lovelock is an Australian musician, sports broadcaster and writer. He fronted the hard rock band, The Celibate Rifles, since 1980 as their lead singer-songwriter and they have released nine studio albums. He has also issued two solo albums, It's a Wig Wig Wig World, in June 1988; and Fishgrass in December 1991. As a sports broadcaster he has worked on the SBS show The World Game covering football.

Music career[edit]

Lovelock first came to fame as the lead singer and songwriter for the Sydney hard rock band The Celibate Rifles.[1][2]

Lovelock recorded his debut solo LP, It's A Wig Wig Wig Wig World.[3] In June 1988 Lovelock issued the album followed by a single, "Disco Inferno" in April 1990. Lovelock's studio band included Peter Koppes (guitar; from The Church), Rick Grossman (bass; from Hoodoo Gurus), Joe Latty (guitar; ex-Itchy Rat) and Richard Ploog (drums; from The Church). Guitarist Reeves Gabrels, from David Bowie's band Tin Machine, also appeared on "Disco Inferno". Lovelock formed a touring line-up of Damien Lovelock's Wigworld which comprised Joe Latty, Clyde Bramley (bass; ex-Hoodoo Gurus), Patrick Pollnow (guitar) and Hamish Stuart (drums). During 1991, Lovelock issued the single "The Dalai Lama" (October 1991) and album Fishgrass (December 1991) on Festival Records.[4]


Lovelock was for many years a contributor to the SBS show The World Game.[5]

He also co-hosted ABC Radio Grandstand for a brief period.

Until recently he co-hosted Football Fever, a weekly football radio show on Sky Sports Radio, created by Paul Williams, alongside Les Murray and other football journalists, such as Francis Awaratife. The show was axed by the station, which decided to provide more airtime to its coverage of horse racing. Lovelock claimed in final episodes during March 2010 to be searching for another station for the program to be revived on.

He is also a yoga instructor in Newport on Sydney's Northern Beaches, and can be seen on Sky News alongside former Socceroo Paul Wade on Monday evenings. He is a known Southampton, Cagliari and New York Jets supporter.


  1. ^ "Sunday Brunch - Damien Lovelock". ABC Online. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. ^ "The Celibate Rifles defy 'unsaleability'". Sydney Morning Herald. Google News Archive. 6 September 1985. Retrieved 28 January 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Damien-Lovelock-Its-A-Wig-Wig-Wig-Wig-World/release/2548225
  4. ^ McFarlane, 'The Celibate Rifles' entry. Archived from the original on 7 August 2004. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Author - Damien Lovelock". Scribe Publications. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.