Then, of course, the pandemic happened. The Lovely Eggs pushed ahead, and the album came out to critical-acclaim and indie chart-topping status, but their plans to tour it far and wide were clearly scuppered.
But in that time, they've made a new fan and friend in Iggy Pop, the Godfather of punk, and without doubt the coolest street walking cheetah to ever stalk the earth.
Throughout the pandemic Iggy has been playing The Lovely Eggs on his 6 Music show
which led to the new collaboration, I, Moron
via the bands on Egg Records label.
"The wonderful, wonderful Lovely Eggs," said Iggy in that unmistakable drawl.
"I like everything I hear by The Lovely Eggs."
"Being in The Lovely Eggs we're kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit," exclaims Eggs singer/guitarist Holly Ross.
"It's actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but "moron" over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly.
"He just got it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron."
The video for the I, Moron
single is suitably deranged, drawing you into The Lovely Eggs claymation world.
"We've made a couple of claymation videos ourselves before," continues Holly.
"But this time we roped in the amazing Sean McAnulty whose work we've admired for ages.
"He takes you on a weird journey into the moronic underworld, populated by monsters, robots, us and Iggy Pop."
In a further homage to Iggy, the B-side features The Lovely Eggs own take on Dum Dum Boys from Iggy's defining 1977 album The Idiot.
"For the B side it made real sense to us to cover one of Iggy's songs off "The Idiot", says drummer David Blackwell.
"There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette, and it was one of the first albums that I got really into.
"Dum Dum Boys struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with."
Physical copies sold out on the band's website
overnight, with shops scrabbling to get their hands on copies, which had sold out on pre-order.
The band are now re-pressing a limited-edition red vinyl version for record stores which are available to pre-order now.
Catch The Lovely Eggs live at Concorde 2, Brighton (venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid) on Tuesday 3rd August 2021. CLICK HERE for tickets.