Synopsis of Pop Music
"Sweet dreams are made of this,
Who am I to disagree?"
The rise of MTV in the early 1980’s opened up a new venue for musical groups who could translate their musical vision into intriguing visuals. This wasn’t an easy task, but many memorable groups rose to the occasion to produce a combination of eye-catching imagery and stimulating sounds. One of the best and most successful groups to rise up in this era was Eurythmics, who racked up an impressive array of hits that bridged the gap between electronica and soul music during the early 1980’s. These hits were doubly memorable thanks to their popular videos, which put the colorful performance skills of frontwoman Annie Lennox to good use.
The seeds of Eurythmics were sown when vet 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 1980’s. 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 the their sound. The result was a major hit in “Missionary Man,” a rocking-yet-soulful song with some killer harmonica solos. 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. It is not known whether they will continue together or resume their solo careers, but in any event, the members of Eurythmics will always be fondly remembered for their ability to be stylish on both record and film.
Artist Release History1981 - In The Garden
1982 - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
1983 - Touch
1984 - 1984 Soundtrack
1985 - Be Yourself Tonight
1986 - Revenge
1987 - Savage
1989 - We Too Are One
1991 - Greatest Hits
1993 - Live: 1983-1989
1998 - Touch Dance
1999 - Peace
Pop Sub Categoriesrock
Essential Music AlbumsGreatest Hits (Arista)
Band MembersAnnie Lennox lead vocals
Dave Stewart keyboards, multiple instruments