Book of Love was, from 1984 to 1993, a popular synthpop and dance music band, alongside Sire Records labelmates Depeche Mode and Erasure. Led by vocalist Susan Ottaviano, the band also included Ted Ottaviano (no relation to Susan), Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee. The group has been described by the Houston Press as “forward thinking” for lyrics dealing with sexual orientation and gender roles.
The band was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later based out of New York City. The band gained its first exposure as the opening act on Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration tour.
“Lullaby” was the sixth single released by Book of Love. The song was the second single released from the band’s second album Lullaby in 1988.
Although “Lullaby” failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it became a top 30 dance club hit. The song peaked at no. 27 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and spent seven weeks on the chart. The song has become one of Book of Love’s signature songs, achieving classic status in their catalogue.
The band utilized an orchestra, conducted by Michelle DiBucci, to record strings for the track, as well as bagpipes, played by a kilt wearing Roger Parsons. For the 12″ single, the track was remixed into five different remixes by Justin Strauss.
Lullaby (Pleasant Dream Mix) 6:56
Lullaby (Dream Dub) 6:59
Lullaby (7″ Remix) 4:15
Lullaby (Insomnia Mix) 6:47
Lullaby (Dub Somnia) 5:41
Oranges And Lemons 3:32