Lene Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in Detroit to an English mother and a Yugoslavian father. She moved to Hull, England when she was 13 and met there the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappell, who became her longtime collaborator and longtime partner.
Before signing to Stiff Records in 1978, Lovich was an art student, worked as a go-go dancer, busked around the London Underground and overdubbed screams for horror films. In 1975, Lovich joined The Diversions, a funk group that put out three singles and an album without success. She enjoyed her first chart success three years later when she penned the lyrics for French disco singer Cerrone's sci-fi dance hit "Supernature," which peaked at #8 in the UK.
In 1978, Stiff Records agreed on short notice to release Lovich's cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now
." Lovich and Les Chappell had to quickly write and record a B-side. The song they came up with was "Lucky Number."