Inger Lorre (born Lori Ann Wening) is an American singer who is best known for her bands The Nymphs and Motel Shootout.
The Nymphs spent the mid-to-late 80's honing their craft in New Jersey, but soon decided to try to make it big in California. They hadn't been there more than a few months before only Inger and guitarist Geoff Siegel were left, and replaced the other two with guitarist Sam Merrick, drummer Alex Kirst and bassist Cliff D. (Cliff Jones)
The band's distinctive sound, a mixture of punk rock and goth, glam and grunge, and image began to attract the attention of major record labels. At the time, the band simply wanted to sign to an Indie label, as most grunge and punk bands did before the 1991 success of Nirvana's Nevermind, but by 1989 the Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records with a nearly million-dollar recording contract. The band even made a brief appearance in the film Bad Influence performing "The Highway", a song Lorre wrote about a young girl infatuated by serial killer Richard Ramirez.
It was at about this time that the Nymphs began to have problems with their label. Almost 2 years had passed since the Nymphs had completed their album. Lorre was losing her battle with heroin and in an alcohol induced fit she urinated on the desk of A&R man Tom Zutaut. "Rolling Stone quipped, 'Talk about being pissed at your record label.'" The band fired Lorre when she refused to go on stage in Miami opening for Peter Murphy. An EP called The Practical Guide to Astral Projection was released the same year but it failed to chart.
Lorre returned to New Jersey for several years. A few spots here and there over time, where Lorre popped up in various places, never evolved into a Nymphs reunion or second album. In 1995, she teamed up with Motel Shootout and released the single Burn, on old friend Long Gone John's label, Sympathy for the Record Industry. She entered rehab and worked toward permanent recovery.
She befriended singer Jeff Buckley and they began collaborating on music. Lorre's vocals are featured on "Angel Mine" while Jeff played guitar, sitar, and mouth sax on the track, released on the Jack Kerouac tribute album Kicks Joy Darkness. Jeff and Lorre duetted again on the track "Thief Without The Take" contained on Lorre's album Transcendental Medication. Buckley also covered "Yard of Blonde Girls" co-written by Lorre, which appeared on Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. Sadly, at the height of his popularity, Buckley drowned during an evening swim on May 29, 1997, before the album's release. Lorre reemerged from New Jersey with her solo album, Transcendental Medication released on Triple X Records in 1999.
In 2000, Lorre moved back to Los Angeles, where she painted and appeared in group shows around the city. She made a cameo appearance in the 2001 indie film Down and Out with the Dolls, a raunchy, wry and in-your-face tale of the fast rise and fall of an all-girl, four-piece Portland rock band. She performed a cover of Black Flag's "Slip It In" with Henry Rollins on the 2002 album Rise Above.
On July 17, 2004, Lorre played an acoustic show at Hollywood's The Knitting Factory, performing Nymphs songs, new songs and covers. In 2006, a version of The Nymphs popped up in a few places. There were plans to have a reunion with all original members, but with the death of original drummer Alex Kirst, it seems unlikely.
Inger Lorre and The Chiefs of Infinity:
INGER LORRE is making her long overdue return to the music scene with a 7" single from Inger Lorre & the Chiefs of Infinity - 'SNOWFLAKE / HATE IN MY HEART'. The 7" is strictly limited edition, on white vinyl and with front cover artwork by Inger Lorre due for release by Cargo Records on April 19th - to celebrate Record Store Day. It will also be available as a digital download. Inger is currently working on a new album, but welcomes the opportunity to be involved in Record Store Day: "I want to really celebrate the spirit of independence - record stores ran by music fans for music fans. These are the people I want to make great music for!" Inger admits her return to the music scene has been a long journey: "The music I hear on commercial radio stations is mostly uninspiring. It makes me think how lucky I was to be part of that 'grunge' / art-rock scene and to witness the success of bands like Sonic Youth, the Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction and even the Nymphs! So I've been gathering my energy. For me making music is the easy part, dealing with people at major labels - that was always hard. So why the return to the music scene now? "Having good people around me such as Henry Rollins and my long-time publicist and friend Faye has helped me feel strong and safe enough to create new music. I'm glad to step back into the music industry, independently and on my own terms - I feel empowered. I also have a new band - they are young, talented and full of enthusiasm!
Inger Lorre : Vocals /Organ,
Steve Geiger : Rhythm Guitar,
Gil T. Serrano : Lead Guitar,
Eric James Contreras : Drums,
Gabe Hammond : Bass
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