Exclusive Video Premiere
Anni Hogan (feat. Lydia Lunch) ‘Blue Contempt’ – single (available on 23rd November) from forthcoming album ‘Lost In Blue’ due for release in March 2019
Anni Hogan was Marc Almonds key collaborator after Soft Cell and during the Marc & the Mambas, the Willing Sinners and La Magia years. To my mind she seemed to have always been there when Almond was at his absolute best; his most extreme and passionate, making the “attempted suicide put on vinyl” of Torment and Toreros for example.
Hogan, who dropped the ‘e’ on her first name to avoid confusion with another conceptual artist called Annie, is something of an unsung heroine of Torch Song and Dark Art-pop. She also worked with The The’s Matt Johnson and Barry Adamson as well as bringing out music as Cactus Rain. Her back-catalogue contains some real gems including rare collaborations with Nick Cave and Marc Almond on the Kickabye album from 1985.
She could no doubt tell us some great stories about the debauchery of the Batcave era I imagine (but chooses to do it in-song) ….. but if ever a picture paints a thousand words then it is the photo portrait of her by Mike L Morton taken in the Eighties (above) . A classic shot, taken in daylight, but drained of colour, riverside, probably nursing a hangover from the previous night and sucking hard on a what is possibly a cigarette. She has the definitive look of a 1983, cool, young gothic-punk outsider; black t-shirt, peroxide hair, panda eyes and cigarette. (She had momentarily mislaid her sunglasses.) Not for her the regulation raven-haired Siouxsie look of the time, but Born-Blonde downbeat-glamour. I just love that picture.
That was then and this is now. Anni is a respected composer, musician, producer and multi-media artist and about to release a career-topping album with a little help from some friends.
“Her forthcoming solo album on Cold Spring Records, is called ‘Lost In Blue’ and is set to arrive in March 2019 and features guest appearances from the likes of Wolfgang Flür (ex Kraftwerk), Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Kid Congo (Gun Club, Cramps, Bad Seeds), Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness) and New York No wave icon Lydia Lunch.”
An all-star cast of talented reprobates indeed.
Here is the first taste of what to expect, released on the 23rd of November 2018, Lydia Lunch on ‘Blue Contempt’, produced by Dave Ball (Soft Cell) and Riccardo Mulhall, and is accompanied by a stunning video directed by Jasmine Hirst. Lydia is at her most sensual and sounds almost uncharacteristically vulnerable and loaded down by ennui. Her creaking vocal is set against a beautiful piano background and it could almost be an update of the Queen of Siam’s Gloomy Sunday.
The album is …”an astounding and attentive piece of work, ‘Lost In Blue’ has elements of orchestral delight, dark cabaret and beautifully crafted modern vaudeville. Anni’s trademark torch songs evoke the darkest corners of London’s Soho and recall the sordid torment of her earlier and celebrated Marc & The Mambas days. A poignant and bleak collection of songs for these troubled times.” … (Purrs the press release…)
Special limited signed copies of the album will be available to order here:
Anni Hogan Website
Bandcamp – back-catalogue
And for old times sake, and for a look back at Marc in his Johnny Thunders phase sartorially and Anni’s fabulous big hair… here is an old favourite. Wallow deep gutterhearts!
All words by Ged Babey.
Top photo by Mike L Morton
Anni with mouth organ photo by Peter Ashworth