Anni Hogan by Peter Ashworth

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a prolific musical polymath, touchstone and indie collaborator in chief who is variously an artiste, record producer, writer, composer, nifty keyboardist and kickass club DJ. Perhaps best known as a co-conspirator with Marc Almond (including as part of Marc & The Mambas), she’s also famously worked with Matt Johnson of The The, Simon Fisher Turner, Barry Adamson, Jarboe from Swans, Yello, Nick Cave and Budgie from Siouxsie & the Banshees.

Anni has a new album called “Lost In Blue” coming out on 5th April on Cold Spring Records. It’s produced by old cohort Dave Ball (Soft Cell) along with Riccardo Mulhall and it features a similarly impressive roll call of ol’ muckers around the old Joanna with a smoky after hours basement vibe that’s part “I Was Dora Suarez” part Derek Jarman, including guest appearances from VS fav Kid Congo Powers (Gun Club/Cramps/Bad Seeds etc),Wolfgang Flür (ex of Kraftwerk), Gavin Friday (The Virgin Prunes), Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness) and fearless no wave force and long term pal Lydia Lunch. We’ve been trying to get Anni on these pages for a while so we’re mega chuffed the day is here where we can welcome the uber talented, unstoppable musical sirocco that is Anni Hogan!

Here’s “Blue Contempt” from “Lost In Blue” featuring the aforementioned Lydia Lunch…

As befits a post punk planet around which much of an erudite London scene orbitted, Anni has picked an enlightening and urbane tune, so without further ado, this is Anni’s “song for ewe”…

“Back in the early 80s Djing with my big hair and big record collection, my big love was the New York coolest ZE record label. Marc & Dave from Soft Cell brought me back a wonderful collection of white labels from Was Not Was, Cristina and more and Leeds Jumbo records only encouraged my obsession.

The late great Lizzy Mercier Descloux came into conversation with a friend very recently and we reminisced on all things ZE and so I have been searching out all my favourite hidden gems on youtube and this morning came across Lizzy’s delirious performance of Arthur Brown’s ‘Fire’ on French TV in 1979.

That fabulous monochrome suit, gorgeous wild hair and matter of fact placing the seat behind her before the full frenzy solo performance! With ‘Fire’ she permeated Mutant Disco and her own brand of loose Parisian fire mixed with New York groove & grit defined a remarkable poetic outpouring of crazy fantastic and of course so beautiful and French and cool. Lizzy Mercier Descloux sadly taken so young in 2004 but her influence reaches all the coolest cats to this day, think Christina & The Queens or La Roux for starters! AMH”


Anni Hogan “Lost In Blue” is out on 5th April on Cold Spring and is available to order here…

Here’s more of a taste…

and here’s all the pre-requisite socials: