Loren has joined up with producer Peter Asher to create a new
album celebrating the music of the 80s. To be released on May
31, 2011, “The Naked ‘80s” features 11
covers of 80s songs and
two original songs. The covers represent a wide range of music
from the early 80s art/alternative rock of Nik Kershaw
(“Wouldn’t It Be Good” off the “Pretty in Pink” soundtrack),
Music and Alison Moyet to mainstream hits of
the late 80s like Def Leppard’s “Love Bites.” Nadine brings an
ethereal, opera-trained voice and stripped down musical
production to these timeless songs. We’re big fans of the
original song “I Wanna Be a Smurf” (listen to the single using
the link below), and can’t help wondering if the double entendre
related to Smurffette was intended “the only girl for you. . . I
won’t leave you blue.” We hope so. We are pleased to have had a
chance to talk with Nadine about her new album – enjoy!
I read that you are not only a trained opera singer, but a lawyer as
well. What a diverse background! Did you ever practice law?
Actually yes! I was a Corporate &
International Trade Lawyer in NZ. My true love is in entertainment
though (Singing and Acting), the law was more of a safety net.
Can you tell us a little about the
idea for this album and how it came about?
I am a child of the 80’s, so this is the music I grew up to - there are
nothing but good memories there! Peter Asher (my fabulous producer)
luckily shared my enthusiasm, so when we tossed around some album ideas,
the 80’s remakes concept quickly stuck!
Your new CD, Naked 80s,
has 13 tracks – 11 are 80s covers and 2 are original songs along the 80s
theme. How did you go about selecting these 11 songs from all the
amazing music of the 80s? Was the selection process yours alone, or was
it a group decision? What were you looking for in the songs you
Well it was a group decision, with band
mates and all our near and dear contributing ideas but Peter and I
having final say! We literally played hundreds and hundreds of great
songs, but only kept the ones that could easily be broken down to just
voice and guitar - That’s a rule for me: all good songs should be able
to broken down to campfire mode and still sound great! After all that,
we ended up with the 8 songs that felt best in my voice. Peter then
persuaded me to include "Love Bites" and "Blame it On The Rain," while I
crusaded for "99 Luftballons" and "The Look!"
One of the new songs on the album,
“I Wanna be a Smurf” is truly infectious. It had me singing “I Could Be
Smurfette / The only girl for you!” the rest of the day. Can you talk a
little about the writing of that song?
Thank you! Well in writing a couple of
original tracks I obviously wanted to keep it within the 80’s theme.
Smurf’s TV Show ran from 1981 - 1989 so that fit the bill. The intention
was just to provide an upbeat, catchy song that makes people laugh.
Any chance that the new “Smurf”
song will be in the Smurfs reboot movie due out this Summer?
I wish!! But no, unfortunately they had already picked the music before
my song was ready, so I missed out.
I heard you say that “80s music inspires you to be yourself.” Can you
talk a little about that?
In my opinion the 80’s was all about excess and fun. Nobody took
themselves too seriously, it was about doing whatever you wanted to do
and not worrying about what other people thought of you!
What are your favorite fashions
from the 80s? You mention parachute pants and shoulder pads in your
original song “Stuck;” those may be the only two trends from the 80s not
to have made a comeback in recent years. Do you agree that they are
better off safely tucked away in the 80s?
It was actually acid wash and shoulder
pads referred to in the song Stuck. And while acid wash has made a bit
of a comeback, I totally agree that parachute pants and shoulder pads
should absolutely stay nothing more than a distant Polaroid memory! ;-)
Your version of “Eternal Flame”
adds in harmonica and steel guitar, giving it a
late-70s-Olivia-Newton-John-crossover-country feel. It works. What led
you in that direction for that song?
Because we started with just voice and
guitar it sort of went that direction all on it’s own. I was hearing the
harmonica from the very beginning as I wanted a street feel. The pedal
steel was Peter’s idea - I love the haunting quality it adds!!
Which is your favorite song off the album and why?
I love all of them, but
99 Luftballons probably holds the
most meaning for me as it’s the song I heard the most as a kid growing
up in Germany - It was sort of my anthem as 5 year old little rockstar!
What’s next for you?
I’m pretty busy promoting the album,
with lots of live shows (including a show at the House of Blues and at
the Indy 500!). I am also continually writing new music and
collaborating with other artists - I just can’t resist mixing it up to
see if there's 3 minutes of magic there somewhere!