The sweet dreams of 2 extraordinary tourists...
Eurythmics is an English duo formed in 1980 by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart and which has sold around 75 million records worldwide.
Originally, the 2 were part of a band called "The Catch", a group with a punko-rock lean. Group which will produce only one title before becoming "The Tourists". Which in turn will not produce much.
The first album "In the garden" was released in 1981, from which the single "Never gonna cry again" was extracted. And who will come out in general indifference.
In 1982, a radical change in tone and working methods, but without really positive results. The atmosphere is more than gloomy to the point that Lennox is depressed and Stewart has a serious lung problem.
They had to wait until 1983 to see all their efforts finally rewarded with the release of the album "Sweet dreams", an enormous album that produced the single of the same name.
Single with a bewitching sound and carried by a clip where the orange color of the singer's hair makes the buzz all by itself. It’s a huge success. Annie Lennox’s notoriety literally exploded and she became the new icon of the moment.
The album "Touch" was released the same year and produced no less than 3 major hits : "Who's that girl", "Right by your side" and "Here comes the rain again". The album is the Charts' first No.1 album for the duo who have now succeeded in everything.
In 1984, new mega hit with the single "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)", taken from the soundtrack of the film "1984 (For the love of Big Brother)".
1985 is the year of the consecration with the release of the album "Be yourself tonight", produced in 1 weekend in Paris and in which will participate big names in musicians.
Album which gives a rain of single hits including "Would I lie to you", "It's alright (baby's coming back)" but also and especially the magnificent "There must be an angel (playing with my heart)" which becomes their first N°1 at the English Top Singles level.
A year later in 1986, the album "Revenge" was released, an album that marked a breaking point in terms of sales and the group's room for improvement. And this despite the presence of two flagship singles that are "Missionary man" and the enormous "The miracle of love".
In 1987 the album "Savage" was released which marked a new turning point in the sound side and a dark and oppressive side in the lyrics of certain songs. On the sales side, it will mainly market across the Channel but little across the Atlantic.
The same came out in 1989 for the album "We too are one". Which will result in the separation of the duo the following year, thus ending the extraordinary adventure of an extraordinary group.
And who will have been one of the most iconic and prolific groups of the 1980s.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Never gonna cry again 1981
The walk 1982
Love is a stranger 1982
Sweet dreams 1983
Who’s that girl ? 1983
Right by your side 1983
Here comes the rain again 1984
Would I lie to you ? 1985
There must be an angel ? 1985
Sisters are doin’t it for themselves 1985
It’s alright (Baby’s coming back) 1986
When tomorrow comes 1986
Thorn in my side 1986
The miracle of love 1986
Missionary man 1987
Beethoven (I love to listen to) 1987
I need a man 1988
You have placed a child in my heart 1988
Don’t ask me why 1989
The king and queen of America 1990
I saved the world today 1999
1981 ... the completely barred beginnings of 2 gifted people who will become one of the biggest phenomena of this decade and of the twentieth century altogether
1982 ... still so aware. The group is looking for himself, both in terms of style and sound. But he will soon find himself ...
1982 ... the title of the revelation. This time around, the sound is found and will remain their hallmark for many years to come. On the Annie Lennox side, however, things are still fluctuating ...
1983 ... and suddenly everything speeds up. Acceleration close to the speed of light. They sign one of their biggest hits here and are propelled to the rank of One Shot planetary stars. A title that will undoubtedly remain as one of the emblematic titles of the 1980s and the end of the twentieth century period. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... an absolutely exceptional year 1983 which saw them succeed in everything they did. It's a flood of hits that hit the whole world. Still one of their most iconic titles
1983 ... a year which ends in beauty and above all in delirious mode against a background of Afro-Caribbean rhythm and Steel-Drum. Not really their goodwill but the result is once again up to the task !
1984 ... a year 1984 which starts again on the same huge bases as the previous one and which will generate 2 new legendary hits. Starting with this one. A sumptuous title that will undeniably remain as one of their most inspired ...
1984 ... their biggest hit Dance. A BIG title that will set fire to all the Dancefloor on the planet and show all their versatility. As good in the Intimist as in the dancing. The mark of the Great !
1984 ... an Annie Lennox with hallucinating androgynous beauty who sublimates a title with extraordinary lyricism. Perfect osmosis !
1985 ... new year with 4 hits after 1983. This time with a much more rock rhythm. It works again but it is borderline irrelevant concerning them ...
1985 ... the ultimate consecration. They signed here the biggest hit of their career and at the same time obtained the status of 'Major Group' of the decade. An indisputable and undisputed reward. MAG-NI-FI-CENT !
1985 ... when 2 of the divas of the moment meet, the result is necessarily up to the task. A shocking but above all charming duo !
1986 ... and it started again for a new year with 4 hits. It is a mania with them. No, it is above all a breathtaking talent that outclasses most other groups !
1986 ... the number of hits that they chain commands respect. At this precise moment of the decade they are truly Masters of the world !
1986 ... an Annie Lennox with cleats and who almost comes to frightening. But that's what makes all the difference between her and the others ...
1986 ... the WONDER ! And as paradoxical as it may seem, this title with extraordinary lyricism will only offer them a classic success. It just goes to show that genius is not always rewarded at its fair value ...
1987 ... a year 1987 somewhat behind and moderately inspired compared to the 3 previous years which can easily be qualified as exceptional. A pivotal year that will begin the decline of the group in a very subtle way but also in an irremediable way ...
1987 ... the inspiration of the group now becomes very random and produces excellent songs, as well as less good ones ... In which category should we classify this one ... hum, hum ??
1987 ... a year 1987 which ended in a fishtail despite a title of more than certain quality. The group can no longer create the event ...
1988 ... change of vintage and we find an Annie Lennox this time in a femme fatale version. She will have done everything for us, all the looks, all the styles, all the postures. Undeniably one of the most beautiful chameleon women of the decade !
1988 ... a dazzling return of inspiration which shows that the group still has a hell of a lot under the pedal !
1989 ... the end of the decade which rhymes with a return to success. But the group no longer has that touch of madness, nor that stroke of genius that made them so unique ...
1989 ... the quality of the titles fluctuates more and more but it is clear that 1989 will remain as one of their best vintages ...
1990 ... a new decade that starts in the best possible way with a first major success. Unfortunately, it will be one of the last as well ...
1990 ... the beginning of the end. On a title full of finesse but which will not be enough to save the house ...
1999 ... their last notorious hit. The end of an extraordinary adventure for one of the most emblematic groups of the end of the 20th century. An exceptional career for a legendary duo who brought to contemporary music several gems of which they can be particularly proud ...
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