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Army Of Lovers

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-09-07

Army of Lovers

Army of Lovers

This flamboyant Swedish dance act (think Abba with really over-the-top costumes and even more outrageous music) were one-hit wonders in the UK (their track Crucified reached number 31 in 1992). However, they deserve a mention not only for having two Jewish members (Dominka Peczynski and former hairdresser Jean-Pierre Barda) among their ranks but also for their later song Israelism, which added a disco beat and Jewish-themed rap to the tune of Havenu Shalom Aleichem (it went on to top the charts in Israel).

The band broke up in 1997 but reformed in 2000 with Peczynski and Barda still on board. Peczynski has moved into TV, presenting the Swedish version of reality TV hit Temptation Island (while also finding the time to give birth to a daughter in 2000). Barda, meanwhile, has divided his time between TV presenting in his native Sweden, doing a spot of acting and, most recently, becoming the host of a new programme to run on , the 3G mobile programme system. “All of my wrinkles, which you can see on big TV sets, fade away on the small screen of a mobile phone!” he says.

For more info, check out the website www.army-of-lovers.com. Israelism, meanwhile, is featured on the album The Gods Of Earth And Heaven, as well as Les Greatest Hits, which is available on import.