Their music incorporated elements from No Wave, Synthpop, Bossa Nova, Post-punk, Soul Music, P-Funk and Art rock. Despite strong reviews from critics for their three albums, Ambitious Lovers found little success with mainstream audiences.
Envy (1984) was the first of a projected series of albums inspired by the seven deadly sins, though Ambitious Lovers recorded only Greed (1988) and Lust (1991). Most of their albums featured appearances from many prominent musicians, including guitarists Marc Ribot, Vernon Reid and Bill Frisell; Brazilian music legend Caetano Veloso; percussionists Nana Vasconcelos and Joey Baron; bassist Melvin Gibbs; and Nile Rodgers, who came to fame with '70's funk icons Chic..
Their legacy helped promote the modernization and globalization of world music under a singular brand and helped forward careers of many performers, who have since recorded for record labels like Nonesuch Records and Luaka Bop.
Their song "It Only Has to Happen Once" was featured in the 1990 film Wild Orchid.
Pop: The Art of Being Arto Mix Electronic Beats, Jazzy Funky Ambient Vibes and Bossa Nova and You' Ve Got Pure Arto Lindsay
Apr 30, 1999; Arto Lindsay is so hip, it hurts. Even his postcodes, like his address book, sound hip: he rents an apartment in New York,...