The Lover Speaks

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The Lover Speaks
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LP cover
Background information
GenresNew wave
Years active1985–1988
LabelsA&M Records
Associated actsThe Flys
Past membersDavid Freeman
Joseph Hughes
Barry Gilbert

The Lover Speaks were an English 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, The Lover Speaks, was released. Produced by Iovine, and featuring contributions from Stewart, June Miles-Kingston and Nils Lofgren among others, the album was a commercial failure. 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 No. 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. In July that year, the band played at the Marquee Club in London, and also performed at the Reading Festival in August.[13][14] The duo split by the end of the year. Freeman went on to release a few solo albums in the 1990s.[15]


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.[16] A duet between Moyet and Freeman, the song reached No. 80 in the UK.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19][20]





  1. ^ Biography by Michael Sutton. "Lover Speaks | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Seriously Purple Prose – The Official David Freeman and The Lover Speaks Site Updates". 25 September 1957. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "The Lover Speaks – No More "I Love You's" / This Can't Go On – A&M – UK – AM 326". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ "LOVER SPEAKS | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ "The Lover Speaks – Tremble Dancing / Still Faking This Art of Love – A&M – UK – AM 347". 7 July 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  6. ^ "The Lover Speaks – Every Lover's Sign / Every Lover's Sign (Dub Mix Edit) – A&M – UK – AM 361". 31 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Lover Speaks – Chart history". 13 December 1986. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  8. ^ Eurythmics – Revenge Tour. "Eurythmics – Revenge Tour – Ultimate Eurythmics:". Retrieved 1 January 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  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 1 January 2017.
  10. ^ "The Lover Speaks – I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten / Never To Forget You – A&M – UK – AM 378". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Images for The Lover Speaks - The Lover Speaks". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  12. ^ a b "The Lover Speaks – The Big Lie (CD, Album) at Discogs". 28 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Reading Rock Festival 1988". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  14. ^ "The Lover Speaks Tour Announcements 2020 & 2021, Notifications, Dates, Concerts & Tickets – Songkick". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Seriously Purple Prose – The Official David Freeman and The Lover Speaks Site". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Alison Moyet – Sleep Like Breathing / Love Resurrection (Live) – CBS – UK – MOYET 4". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  17. ^ "ALISON MOYET | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Alison Moyet – Weak in the Presence of Beauty (Vinyl) at Discogs". 28 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Kiki Dee - I Fall In Love Too Easily".
  20. ^ "Kiki Dee – Angel Eyes (CD, Album) at Discogs". 28 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  21. ^ 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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