Sinéad Lohan is one of music’s enigmatic figures. She appeared on the international scene with her second album, No Mermaid, had a couple of minor hits, had a baby, and then vanished.
Lohan is Irish. Her first album, Who Do You Think I Am (1995), was a hit in her native Ireland. No Mermaid was released in 1998 and garnered some critical acclaim, as well as producing a couple of minor hits. The title track from No Mermaid was used in the movie Message In a Bottle.
“Nobody knows what I write about exactly. Nobody knows why I write and nobody ever sees me write. If I lived in a different century, they might have burned me as a witch for expressing myself the way I do. The funny thing is, I don’t understand most of the songs when I write them and then they become obviously relevant to what I’m going through a few months or a year later. They’re like predictions and then like comforts.”
Lohan had a baby in 2001 and stopped recording. A new album that was supposed to have been released in 2007 has never materialized. Lohan’s website hasn’t been updated since 2001.
Whatever It Takes comes from the album No Mermaid. Listen to how good this song is. It’s catchy and poppy without being treacly, and you can hear a Celtic influence.
The Stranglers started out in the mid-1970’s as a pub-rock band, evolved into a not-quite-punk band, and then refined their sound until they produced “respectable” pop music. Along the way, they pushed the boundaries of rock music (listen to Outside Tokyo or Threatened off Black and White, The Raven,Dead Loss Angeles or Ice off The Raven, or just about anything off The Gospel According to the Meninblack.
Singer/guitarist Hugh Cornwell left the band in 1990 to embark on a solo career. Like Genesis without Peter Garbriel or Ultravox without John Foxx, this is one of those instances where a band suffers from the departure of a member and never approaches it’s former glory.
Although The Stranglers were very popular in the UK, Dreamtime was the only album to chart in the U.S., largely due to the song Always the Sun. Even though this song is from the band’s more commercial pop period, if you listen closely, you can hear elements from the experimental period, such as Hugh Cornwell’s use of the guitar.
Cornwell was involved in the making of the video for Always the Sun. Unfortunately, the rest of the band didn’t like the video, and this caused discord in the group.