The Lover Speaks was the new wave duo of David Freeman (vocals), and Joseph Hughes (arranger, composer) and Keyboard player Barry Gilbert. They 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.
Freeman and Hughes formed The Lover Speaks (deriving the name from Roland Barthes’ book A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments) in 1985, after working together in the punk outfit the Flys. They met keyboard player Barry Gilbert and began writing an album which included the song “No More “I Love You’s””. Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics got the band a recording contract with A&M Records and their self-titled debut including contributions from among others Stewart, June Miles-Kingston, Nils Lofgren and production by Jimmy Iovine was released the following year. Freeman’s vocals received praise, but the album never took off. “No More “I Love You’s””, the first single, fell off the UK chart after rising to No. 58. The band opened for the Eurythmics during the 1986 Revenge world tour and the following year Freeman and Hughes and Gilbert wrote and produced the duet “Sleep Like Breathing” with Alison Moyet, included on her album Raindancing and ‘I Fall In Love Too Easily’ for Kiki Dee.
They returned to the studio in 1987 and recorded another album, The Big Lie with Iovine, Stewart and Daniel Lanois sharing production – only to face A&M Records who declined to release it. The duo then split; Freeman went on to release a few solo albums in the 2000’s.
The “Every Lover’s Sign” 12″ was edited by The Latin Rascals and remixed by Andy Wallace and Bruce Forest.
Every Lover’s Sign (New York Mix) 5:57
Every Lover’s Sign (Dub Mix) 6:37