Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Eurythmics


Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Eurythmics are a British musical duo formed in 1980 by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.
They are noted for their pop songs, which showcase Lennox's powerful and expressive voice, and Stewart's innovative production techniques. They are also acclaimed for their promotional videos and visual presentation.

The above video was Eurythmics' commercial breakthrough came with Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) in 1983, whose hit video featured a dark, powerfully sequenced synth bass line and a striking visuals that introduced the orange crew cut Lennox sported to fame. The band's fortunes changed immensely from this moment on. The album became a huge British hit due to the title track, which quickly topped the American charts as well. Lennox was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Stewart recently revealed that the famous synth bass line in the song was discovered by accident when he inadvertently played a track backwards.

Touch, the follow-up to Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), was released in late 1983 and spawned three major hits. Here Comes the Rain Again (number four in the U.S.) was a haunting orchestral/synth ballad (with orchestrations by the late Michael Kamen) that led the album. The video went into heavy rotation on MTV. "Who's That Girl" was also a massive hit. The upbeat, calypso-flavored "Right By Your Side" showed a different side of Eurythmics altogether, and Touch solidified the duo's reputation as being major talents and cutting edge musicians.

In 1984, RCA released Touch Dance, a mini-album of remixes of four tracks from Touch, aimed at the 'club market'. The remixes were by prominent New York name producers Fran├žois Kervorkian and John "Jellybean" Benitez.

Later in 1984, Virgin Records released the Eurythmics album 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother). Virgin Films had contracted the band to provide a soundtrack for Michael Radford's modern film adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Radford would later say that the music had been "foisted" on his film against his wishes, and that Virgin had replaced most of Dominic Muldowney's original orchestral score with the Eurythmics soundtrack (including the song "Julia", which was heard during the end credits). However, the record was presented as "music derived from the original score of Eurythmics for the Michael Radford film version of Orwell's 1984". Eurythmics charged that they had been misled by the film's producers as well, and the album was withdrawn from the market for a period while matters were litigated. The album's hit single, "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)", was huge in the UK and a major dance hit in America, but its supposedly suggestive title (actually taken from the "Newspeak" phrase used in Orwell's book) resulted in many U.S. pop radio stations refusing to play the track.

After breaking up, Anni had a successful solo career. The Eurythmics did reunite in 1999.

Discography
For a detailed listing of albums, singles and videos, see Eurythmics discography.

Eurythmics.com official site

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