The Lover Speaks

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The Lover Speaks
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Background information
Origin England, UK
Genres New wave
Years active 1986–1988
Labels A&M Records
Associated acts The Flys
Members David Freeman
Joseph Hughes
Past members Barry Gilbert

The Lover Speaks was a new wave duo consisting of David Freeman (vocals) and Joseph Hughes (arranger, composer). They wrote and sang the original version of the song "No More "I Love You's"", covered by Annie Lennox in 1995 on her Medusa album, which she took to No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.


Freeman and Hughes formed The Lover Speaks in 1985, having previously worked together in the punk outfit The Flys. Deriving their name from the Roland Barthes' book A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, the duo began writing material and also recruited keyboard player Barry Gilbert after advertising for a keyboardist. Although Gilbert was not an official member of the group, he would record and tour with the duo. Later in 1985, the band sent a demo tape to Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and soon signed with Stewart's Anxious Music Publishing. Meanwhile, Stewart had forwarded the demo tape to Chryssie Hynde, who sent it to producer Jimmy Iovine. Iovine was successful in getting the band a recording contract with A&M Records in early 1986.[1][2]

In July 1986, the band released their debut single, "No More "I Love You's"",[3] which peaked at No. 58 in the UK.[4] In August, the band's self-titled debut album was released. Produced by Iovine, and featuring contributions from Stewart, June Miles-Kingston and Nils Lofgren among others, the album was a commercial failure. A book of Freeman's poetry, Voices of Passion, was released to coincide with the album.[2] In September, the album's second single, "Tremble Dancing", also failed to enter the charts.[5] The third and final single, "Every Lover's Sign", was released in October,[6] and in December peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart.[7] Following the release of the album, the band opened for Eurythmics during their Revenge World Tour.[8][9]

In February 1987, the band released a cover of Dusty Springfield's I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten as a non-album single. The song failed to chart.[10] The duo, with their live band, had played the song on tour,[11] and although Stewart advised against recording it, he produced the song with the duo.[9] In the spring and summer of 1987, the band returned to the studio to record their second album, The Big Lie.[12] By this time Gilbert had left the band. Iovine, Stewart and Daniel Lanois shared production, however upon completion A&M Records declined to release it. It was later unofficially released in 1997 as a limited promotional factory-pressed CD.[12] "No More "I Love You's" was re-issued in March 1988, but failed to chart, and the duo split during the same year. Freeman went on to release a few solo albums in the 1990s.[13]


In late 1986, the band worked with Alison Moyet during sessions for her second studio album. The UK No. 2 album Raindancing was released in 1987 and largely produced by Iovine. Moyet and band had worked on three songs together,[9] although the Freeman/Hughes-penned "Sleep Like Breathing" was the only song to make the album. In September 1987, it was released as the fourth and final single from the album.[14] A duet between Moyet and Freeman, the song reached No. 80 in the UK.[15] The song "Take My Imagination to Bed", also written by the duo, was released as a B-Side on the 12" version of the UK Top 10 single "Weak in the Presence of Beauty" several months earlier.[16]

During the same period, the duo, along with Gilbert, also wrote the song "I Fall in Love Too Easily" for Kiki Dee. It was released on her 1987 album Angel Eyes, and released as a single in March 1987.[17][18]



  • The Lover Speaks (1986)
  • The Big Lie (1987)



  1. ^ Biography by Michael Sutton. "Lover Speaks | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Seriously Purple Prose - The Official David Freeman and The Lover Speaks Site Updates". 1957-09-25. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  3. ^ "The Lover Speaks - No More "I Love You's" / This Can't Go On - A&M - UK - AM 326". 45cat. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  4. ^ "LOVER SPEAKS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  5. ^ "The Lover Speaks - Tremble Dancing / Still Faking This Art Of Love - A&M - UK - AM 347". 45cat. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  6. ^ "The Lover Speaks - Every Lover's Sign / Every Lover's Sign (Dub Mix Edit) - A&M - UK - AM 361". 45cat. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Lover Speaks - Chart history". Billboard. 1986-12-13. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  8. ^ Eurythmics – Revenge Tour. "Eurythmics - Revenge Tour - Ultimate Eurythmics:". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  9. ^ a b c "The Lover Speaks album is re-issued with extensive liner notes talking about Eurythmics, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart - Ultimate Eurythmics:". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  10. ^ "The Lover Speaks - I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten / Never To Forget You - A&M - UK - AM 378". 45cat. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
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  12. ^ a b "The Lover Speaks - The Big Lie (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  13. ^ "Seriously Purple Prose - The Official David Freeman and The Lover Speaks Site". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  14. ^ "Alison Moyet - Sleep Like Breathing / Love Resurrection (Live) - CBS - UK - MOYET 4". 45cat. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  15. ^ "ALISON MOYET | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  16. ^ "Alison Moyet - Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (Vinyl) at Discogs". 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
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  18. ^ "Kiki Dee - Angel Eyes (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  19. ^ Roberts, David (1986). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 332. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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