I’m a huge Ute Lemper fan. I actually didn’t so much “discover” her as I “realized” who she was. When I was in college, I bought the Threepenny Opera on CD. A couple of years later, I saw Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, fell in love with Michael Nyman’s music for the film and picked up the soundtrack now sadly out of print). After a bit, I realized that someone named Ute Lemper sang on both of these. After I discovered another Nyman album, Michael Nyman: Songbook (also sadly out of print), with her singing, I was hooked and have been avidly following her ever since.
I’m proud to say I have every album of hers I’ve been able to lay hands on (the Ute Lemper playlist has 196 items right now) and she’s easily one of the main people I want to see perform live in my lifetime.
Of course, this Ute Lemper online moment is made a true social networking Trifecta because I found out about these through her Facebook page.