1986 The Lover Speaks – The Lover Speaks

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.

In July 1986, the band released their debut single, “No More “I Love You’s””, which peaked at No. 58 in the UK. 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. A book of Freeman’s poetry, Voices of Passion, was released to coincide with the album. In September, the album’s second single, “Tremble Dancing”, also failed to enter the charts.  The third and final single, “Every Lover’s Sign”, was released in October, and in December peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart. Following the release of the album, the band opened for Eurythmics during their Revenge World Tour.


1  Every Lover\’s Sign (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:39
2  No More I Love You\’s (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:04
3  Never To Forget You (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:23
4  Face Me And Smile (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:19
5  Absent One (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:17
6  Love Is: I Gave You Everything (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:28
7  This Can\’t Go On! (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 3:52
8  Still Faking This Art Of Love (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:22
9  Tremble Dancing (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 4:16
10  Of Tears (David Freeman, Joseph Hughes ) 3:38



BassMike Finesilver
DrumsSteve Jordan
DrumsTommy Price
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarNils Lofgren
GuitarDavid A Stewart
PianoRoy Bittan
SynthesizerCharles Judge
SaxPeter King
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionBobbye Hall
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsCarolyn Davies
Background VocalsJune Miles-Kingston

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Iovine, The Lover Speaks
Arranged By – David Freeman, Joseph Hughes
Engineer – Fred Defaye
Mixed By – Joe Chiccarelli
Mixed By (Assistant) – Craig Engel

Art Direction, Design – John Warwicker
Artwork, Design – Johan Mauritzson
Photography By – Matt Mahurin

Licensed From – Universal Music Group Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records
Copyright (c) – Cherry Pop
Recorded At – The Church, London
Mixed At – Marcus Recording Studios