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Army of Lovers

Army of Lovers, 1991. L-R: Jean-Pierre Barda, Camilla Henemark, and Alexander Bard
Background information
Origin Sweden
Genres Pop, Dance
Years active 1987 – 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009
Labels Stockholm Records
Giant Records (US)
Reprise Records (US)
Associated acts Bodies Without Organs, Vacuum, Nouveau Riche, Alcazar
Members
Alexander Bard (1987-2009)
Jean-Pierre Barda (1987-2009)
Dominika Peczynski (1992-2009)
Camilla Henemark (1987-1991, 1995-2001)
Michaela Dornonville de la Cour (1991-1995)

Army of Lovers was a Swedish dance music group formed in 1987.

The name of the band alludes to a documentary Armee der Liebenden oder Revolte der Perversen[1] about the German gay rights activist Rosa von Praunheim, the title of which in turn alludes to the Theban Band.

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History

The founding members, who had all worked together in a band called Barbie, were Alexander Bard, Jean-Pierre Barda and Camilla Henemark (aka "La Camilla").

Army of Lovers had many Top-10 hits on the Eurochart, the biggest being "Crucified", which was one of the biggest selling European singles of 1991 and stayed at #1 on the Eurochart for eight consecutive weeks.

While Alexander Bard was the "brain" behind the band, Jean-Pierre Barda was the flamboyant lead vocalist on hits such as "Crucified" and "Israelism". Bard and Barda were the only two bandmembers who were present throughout all of the band's various line-ups. When La Camilla left the band in 1991, she was replaced by Michaela Dornonville de la Cour. In 1993, Dominika Peczynski joined, making the band a four-piece. In 1995, Michaela left and Camilla returned.

Although both "Obsession" and "Sexual Revolution" reached the top spot of the Eurocharts, their presence in the US and the UK was limited to club chart successes (though "Crucified" reached the UK top 40 in early 1992). They released five studio albums, made over 20 music videos, and became very successful across Eastern Europe before Bard disbanded the group to concentrate on his new group Vacuum in 1996. The band reformed briefly in 2001.

They also joined forces again in 2007 for two shows, one at G-A-Y in London and one in Moscow. Alexander, Dominika and Jean-Pierre were present but La Camilla was replaced by an inflatable doll. Jean-Pierre, when asked after the show about a possible reunion, stated that there were no plans in the foreseeable future and that their work is a "jewel in time" that won't be repeated.

During their time together, Army Of Lovers became famous for their outlandish visual appearance (many of their costumes were created by Camilla Thulin), and their high camp music videos directed by Fredrik Boklund (some of which were banned by MTV).

Members

Discography

Singles

Year Title Chart-Position Album
DE AT CH FR SE FI UK Billboard
1988 "When the Night is cold" - - - - - - - - Non-Album-Track, later released on "Master Series"
"Love Me Like A Loaded Gun" - - - - - - - - Disco Extravaganza
1989 "Baby's got a Neutron bomb" - - - - - - - -
1990 "Ride the Bullet (Remix)" - - - - - - - -
"My Army of Lovers" - - - 41 9 12 - 125
"Supernatural (Re-recorded Version)" - - - - 10 - - -
1991 "Crucified" 5 9 6 22 8 1 37 6 Massive Luxury Overdose
"Obsession" 7 12 5 24 2 1 67 11
"Candyman Messiah (Remix)" - - - - 22 19 128 -
1992 "Crucified" (re-issue) - - - - - - 21 -
"Ride The Bullet" - - - - 22 - 67 -
"Crucified / Ride The Bullet (Re-recorded Version)" - - - - - - - -
"Ride the Bullet (Re-recorded Version) / Love Me Like a Loaded Gun (Re-recorded Version)" 23 4 48 35 32 2 56 105
"Judgment Day" 85 - - - - - 160 -
1993 "Israelism" 35 - 36 - 10 1 185 - The Gods of Earth and Heaven
"La Plage De Saint Tropez" 86 - - 1 - 6 112 -
"I am" - - - 10 - 15 148 144
1994 "Lit de Parade (Remix)" 85 - - 5 13 15 41 114 Glory, Glamour and Gold
"Sexual Revolution (Remix)" - - - 7 - 18 52 114
1995 "Life is Fantastic (Remix)" - - - 46 - - - 128
"Give my Life" - - - 3 6 8 22 102 Les Greatest Hits
1996 "Venus and Mars / Megamix" - - - 44 30 - - -
"King Midas" - - - 18 31 - - 131
2001 "Let The Sunshine In" - - - 52 24 - - - Le Grand Docu-Soap
"Hands Up" - - - 33 44 - - -

Albums

Official band releases
Other compilations
Other Recordings
  • 1992 - "Hasta Mañana" - From the 1992 Swedish compilation "ABBA - The Tribute". This cover was also included on the 1999 album "ABBA: A Tribute - The 25th Anniversary Celebration".

VHS & DVD

Promotional videos

  • 1988 - When The Night Is Cold
  • 1990 - Ride the Bullet (with La Camilla)
  • 1990 - My Army Of Lovers
  • 1991 - Crucified (with La Camilla)
  • 1991 - Obsession (with La Camilla)
  • 1991 - Candyman Messiah
  • 1991 - Crucified (with Michaela)
  • 1992 - Ride The Bullet (with Michaela)
  • 1992 - Obsession (with Michaela)
  • 1992 - Judgment Day
  • 1993 - Israelism
  • 1993 - La Plage De Saint Tropez
  • 1993 - Sons Of Lucy
  • 1993 - I Am
  • 1994 - Lit De Parade
  • 1994 - Sexual Revolution
  • 1995 - Give My Life
  • 1996 - King Midas
  • 2001 - Let The Sunshine In
  • 2001 - Hands Up

See also

References








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