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Eurythmics were a music duo based in the London
, England area who were popular in the 1980s. The duo consisted of Aberdeen, Scotland
native Annie Lennox
and Dave Stewart, who was born and raised in the northern England city of Sunderland. They were both formerly in a band called The Tourists in the late 1970s, and were also romantically involved with each other for a few years, but that relationship ended around the same time The Tourists broke up. Lennox sang lead vocals on Eurythmics' songs, while Stewart played several instruments, including guitar and keyboards. On all of their albums, the pair used guest musicians to fill out the sound. Eurythmics are often considered to be one of the greatest musical acts of the '80s. They are most famous for their 1983 song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" from their album of the same name, which was their commercial breakthrough.
Eurythmics recorded eight studio albums during their original run, which lasted from 1980 until 1990. In 1999, the duo reunited and released a ninth studio album, Peace
. In 2005, Eurythmics released a compilation album, a box set and reissues of seven of their first eight albums, but they have been inactive again since then barring a single appearance for one song at a Beatles tribute concert in early 2014. Lennox and Stewart both also have solo careers.
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
- Who's That Girl?
- Here Comes the Rain Again
- There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)
- Sisters are Doing It for Themselves (with Aretha Franklin)
- Missionary Man
- I Need a Man
- In the Garden (1981)
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)
- Touch (1983)
- 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)
- Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
- Revenge (1986)
- Savage (1987)
- We Too Are One (1989)
- Peace (1999)
This band has the following tropes
- Bastard Boyfriend: The scooter-riding Jerk Ass in the video for "Would I Lie To You." He gets his in the end...
- ...as does the stage-crasher who gets a Soft Glass KO from one of the backup singers.
- Bifauxnen: Annie Lennox, especially in the early '80s. U.S. customs officials wanted proof that she was actually a woman when first entering the country.
- Some people would also insinuate that her habit of stripping off her shirt during concerts was to prove her gender.
- Creepy Doll/Perverse Puppet: Pops up in the "Love is a Stranger" video.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Their work has this in spades.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Over the course of their career, they went from post-punk to synth-pop to blue-eyed soul to straightahead rock.
- New Sound Album: Eurythmics have a few of these. Their first two albums, In the Garden and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), are both mostly New Wave sounding, but In the Garden is more guitar-based New Wave and post-punk, while Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is more synthesizer-based, especially the title track. Their fifth album, Be Yourself Tonight, marked a change to a punk-influenced pop rock sound. Savage, the duo's seventh album, was more or less a blend of their synthpop and pop rock styles, while their next album after that, We Too Are One, contains blues and folk influences. Finally, their 1999 reunion album Peace has some orchestral arrangements.
- Record Producer: Dave Stewart.
- Single Stanza Song: "Sweet Dreams" is made up of one verse and chorus repeated several times (exactly which bit is the verse and which is the chorus is a moot point, but not really important) plus a middle eight refrain.
- Spoken Word in Music: "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)"
- Stop Motion/Undercrank: The video for "Missionary Man." It's...disturbing.
- Twist Ending: "Love Is A Stranger"'s video depicts Annie as a High-Class Call Girl and Dave her chauffeur cruising the streets. Turns out she's a Ridiculously Human Robot with the chauffeur her creator.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Who's That Girl?"