Love of Life Orchestra

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Love of Life Orchestra
GenresExperimental, disco[1][2]
Years active1977-
LabelsLust/Unlust Records, Infidelity, DFA Records
MembersPeter Gordon (sax, keyboards, composition)
David Van Tieghem (Percussion)

Love of Life Orchestra (LOLO) is an experimental music group formed by Peter Gordon in New York in April 1977.[3] The band is associated with the 1970s New York downtown music scene.[1]

A number of the players that would form the band came together in 1976, to perform Peter Gordon's Symphony in Four Movements at The Kitchen.[3][4] Gordon was then asked to perform at a benefit concert for the New York non-profit Performing Artservices in Spring 1977, and so formed the Love of Life Orchestra with Arthur Russell, Peter Zummo, Jill Kroesen, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, David Van Tieghem, Scott Johnson, Ernie Brooks, Ed Friedman, and Kathy Acker.[5] The group has had a widely varying lineup since,[6] and other notable past members include Laurie Anderson, Rhys Chatham,[7] and Ned Sublette.[8]

In 2007, two tracks by the group — "Another Heartbreak" and "Don't Don't Redux" — were prominently featured on the FabricLive.36 compilation curated by James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, generating a resurgence of interest in the band.[9][8]

Partial discography[edit]

  • Star Jaws (Lovely Music) 1978, reissued on CD 2008[10]
  • Extended Niceties EP (Infidelity) 1980[11]
  • Geneva (Infidelity) 1980[2]
  • Casino EP (Expanded Music/Antarctica) 1982
  • Love of Life (DFA Records) 2010, retrospective.[4]


  1. ^ a b Glazebrook, James (29 October 2010). "Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra - Love of Life Orchestra · Album Review ⟋ RA". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2022-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Fleischman, Mark. "Love of Life Orchestra". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2022-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "Peter Gordon: Symphony 5". Tower Records. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  4. ^ a b "Jazz news: Composer/Musician Peter Gordon & His Love Of Life Orchestra Present Symphony No. 5". All About Jazz. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 2022-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Lawrence, Tim (2009). Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992. Duke University Press. p. 113. ISBN 978-0822344858.
  6. ^ Sublette, Ned (21 April 2019). ""Trust in Rock", An Interview with "Blue" Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon". Unseen Worlds. Retrieved 2022-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2010-05-06). ""Another Heartbreak"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b Dayal, Geeta (23 June 2014). "Peter Gordon: The Love of Life Orchestra Founder's Formative Years". Retrieved 2022-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "more heartbreaks". DFA Records. 28 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010.
  10. ^ Peter Gordon biography at Lovely Music
  11. ^ Extended Niceties at AllMusic