Army of Lovers
|1987-2003, 2007-2009, 2013-present|
Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records (US)
Polydor Records (UK)
|Bodies Without Organs, Vacuum, Nouveau Riche, Alcazar, Happy Hoes, Gravitonas|
|Members||Alexander Bard (1987-2009, 2012-present)|
Jean-Pierre Barda (1987-2009, 2012-present)
Dominika Peczynski (1993-2009, 2013-present)
|Camilla Henemark (1987-1991, 1995-2001, 2012-2013)|
Michaela Dornonville de la Cour (1991-1995)
Army of Lovers is a Swedish dance music group which formed in 1987 and had a number of hits in Europe throughout the 1990s with songs such as "Crucified", which was number one on the Eurochart for eight consecutive weeks. It remains their best known song internationally.
The name of the band alludes to a documentary Armee der Liebenden oder Revolte der Perversen of the German gay rights activist Rosa von Praunheim, the title of which in turn alludes to the Sacred Band of Thebes.
Army of Lovers reformed with Alexander Bard, Camilla Henemark and Jean-Pierre Barda in late 2012 to enter the Melodifestivalen 2013 with the song "Rockin' the Ride" in hopes of representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö. They failed to progress to the final and a few days later issued a press release to announce that Henemark would be replaced by former member Dominika Peczynski for the remainder of their on-going reunion.
Army of Lovers had many Top 10 hits on the Eurochart, the biggest being "Crucified", which was one of the biggest selling European singles of 1991. Their total album sales were seven million copies worldwide.
While Alexander Bard was the brain behind the band, Jean-Pierre Barda was the lead vocalist on hits such as "Crucified" and "Israelism". Bard and Barda were the only two band members who were present throughout all of the band's various line-ups. When La Camilla left the band in 1991, she was replaced by Michaela Dornonville de la Cour. In 1993, Dominika Peczynski joined, making the band a four-piece. In 1995, Dornonville de la Cour left and Henemark returned.
Although both "Obsession" and "Ride the Bullet" reached the top spot of the European charts, their presence in the US and the UK was limited to club chart successes (though "Crucified" reached the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1992).
While they focused on experimenting with various club sounds and samples on their first album, Disco Extravaganza (later re-issued as Army of Lovers in the US), they released a proper pop/dance album with Massive Luxury Overdose (1991). The longplayer spawned their biggest hits ("Crucified", "Ride the Bullet" & "Obsession") and managed to sell 250,000 copies in Germany alone. Massive Luxury Overdose was later re-issued for the US market, featuring a new cover and four brand new tracks. Their fourth album, The Gods of Earth and Heaven was never released in the US. The first single from the album, "Israelism", received radio airplay in several European countries and topped the charts in Israel despite being subject to criticism. The fifth LP, Glory, Glamour And Gold (1994) was supported by a club tour across Germany, where the band promoted same-sex marriage. In 1995, Army of Lovers released their first best-of compilation entitled Les Greatest Hits, which included one new song called King Midas. It was written by Jonas Berggren from Ace of Base.
By this point, they had released five studio albums, made over twenty music videos, and they became successful across Eastern Europe before Bard disbanded the group to concentrate on his new group Vacuum in 1996.
The band reformed briefly in 2001 to celebrate the 10th anniversary since their breakthrough with the release of another best-of compilation called Le Grand Docu-Soap. The compilation contained three cover versions, including "Let The Sunshine In" and "Hands Up".
Two members of Army of Lovers (La Camilla and Dominika) reunited in June 2011 and appeared as guest vocalists on "Don't Try to Steal My Limelight", a single by Swedish drag artist and blogger Miss Inga. The three later formed the band Happy Hoes and released "We Rule the World", followed by a Christmas song entitled "Happy Ho Ho Ho". Happy Hoes performed at Pride 2012. Army of Lovers performed with Alexander Bard, Camilla Henemark and Jean-Pierre Barda in late 2012 to enter the Melodifestivalen 2013 with the song "Rockin' the Ride", in hopes of representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö. Their entry did not reach the finals of the Melodifestivalen. Just a few days after their performance, Alexander Bard explained to the press that Camilla Henemark had been kicked out once again and that Dominika Peczynski had returned. This was followed by a public fight between Alexander Bard and Dominika Peczynski against Camilla Henemark.
A new best-of compilation, with four new songs, called Big Battle of Egos was announced for release on March 27, 2013, to be followed by a single and video called Signed on My Tattoo, a duet between Army of Lovers and Alexander Bard with his other pop group Gravitonas.
In June 2013 an EP called 'Scandinavian Crime' was released, which included re-recorded versions of "Rockin' The Ride" and "Tragedy" originally from their CD Big Battle of Egos. These new versions featured new vocals by Dominika Peczynski and Jean-Pierre Barda, replacing all the parts sung Camilla Henemark. On July 1, 2013, the video clip for "Crucified 2013" premiered on Expressen TV. The song was a revamped version of the band's breakthrough hit from 1991 and was chosen as the official anthem for Copenhagen Pride 2013.
The band still does live performances on special occasions, although Alexander Bard has officially retired from the music business in 2015.