Eurythmics

Eurythmics

“Sweet dreams are made of this,
Who am I to disagree?”

The rise of MTV in the early 80s opened up a new venue for artists who could translate their musical vision into intriguing visuals. One of the best and most successful groups to rise to the challenge was Eurythmics, who racked up an impressive array of hits bridging the gap between electronica and soul, thanks to the pristine voice and colorful persona of frontwoman Annie Lennox.

The seeds of Eurythmics were sown when musician Dave Stewart met waitress and aspiring singer Annie Lennox in 1977. They formed the new wave group called the Tourists, who released a trio of albums before splitting up at the dawn on the 80s. Stewart and Lennox decided to continue together as a duo after the Tourists disbanded and formed Eurythmics in 1981. Their fortunes took off in 1982 when they released “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” a moody, pulsating slice of electronic pop whose sarcastic lyrics about greed were given a stylish yet soulful delivery by Lennox.

“Sweet Dreams” also boasted a surreal video that became a staple of early MTV. The striking image of Lennox in a business suit and a fiery-red buzzcut hairdo made her an icon of the music video era overnight. The Sweet Dreams album became one of 1983’s biggest hits and was followed that year by Touch, an album full of impressive singles like “Who’s That Girl?” and “Here Comes the Rain Again.”

These lush, electronic epics were supported by impressive self-produced videos, each one boasting a new alluring guise for Annie Lennox to assume. Her combination of vocal prowess and acting skill made Eurythmics both a visual and sonic delight. Eurythmics also did the score for the film 1984 that year.

In 1985, Eurythmics released Be Yourself Tonight. This exciting album broadened the group’s sound by working in soul-music elements like a horn section and guest artists like Stevie Wonder. The result was a plethora of exuberant, r&b-styled hits like “Would I Lie To You?” and “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart).”

Annie Lennox rose to the challenge of the new sound by playing up the soulful edge in her vocal style. The best example of this was the duet hit “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves,” where Lennox matched the legendary diva Aretha Franklin note for note.

Eurythmics continued in their new neo-soulful vein in 1986 with Revenge, an album that also pumped the rock element of their sound. The result was a major hit in “Missionary Man,” a rocking-yet-soulful song that earned the duo a Grammy in 1987.

By this point, both members of Eurythmics were superstars: Annie Lennox was a sought-after duet partner for the likes of Al Green, and Dave Stewart became an in-demand producer for superstars like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Meanwhile, Eurythmics continued to release albums like Savage and We Too Are One.

In 1990, Eurythmics split up to pursue other interests. Dave Stewart formed the group the Spiritual Cowboys and continued to produce music for other artists while Annie Lennox became an acclaimed solo artist through albums like Diva and Medusa. In 1998, Lennox and Stewart gave pop fans around the world a major thrill when they decided to reform Eurythmics. The next year, they released the well-received Peace album, followed by an extensive world tour.

Since then, there have been sporadic sightings, with the duo popping up every few years to help soothe the cravings of their loyal and formidable fan base around the world. Most recently the pair performed together in 2014 for The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles. With any luck, we haven’t heard the last of the Eurythmics.

If you are a fan of this 80s duo, we hope you’ll take a moment to share your favorite Eurythmics memories with us in our comments section below.

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