Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Eurythmics


“Here comes the rain again

Falling on my head like a memory

Falling on my head like a new emotion

I want to talk in the open wind

I want to talk like lovers do

I want to dive into your ocean

Is it raining with you?”


- “Here Comes the Rain Again” Eurythmics


I was around thirteen years old when this woman with the shockingly shorn, vibrant red hair was everywhere on the radio and MTV with the song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”:


Like most girls, I thought I needed to have long hair to be attractive. But Annie Lenox was beautiful with a crew cut. Although she was married, she was another example of musicians playing around with gender roles.


Sadly, her marriage didn’t last forever. This song is about moving on, and shows, all these years later in 1995 (on "Saturday Night Live"), she’s still amazing:


And this song would make a wonderful theme song to my first manuscript (if my first manuscript weren’t so awful). It came out in the 1980s, but wasn’t released as a single in the US:


While there were female singers in the 1980s capitalizing on their looks and/or bodies to sell records, Annie Lenox did her thing, singing well.


Honorble Mention: Erasure, Echo and the Bunnymen


45 comments:

  1. Love her. Seen her in concert a few times and she's always amazing.

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  2. Singing well, but also playing the image game just as much as anyone else, by deliberately going for a very different look to the rest.

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    1. Stu, I'm more talking about the fact that she doesn't have to show everything she's got. Musicians definitely care about image.

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  3. LOVE Annie! Also just got a flashback of Robert Palmer now. Addicted to Love. It was the era! :o)

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  4. I think Annie Lennox is thoroughly beautiful and with such a voice! I remember seeing her for the first time on Top of the Pops and got so blown away - her hair was cropped very short and bleach blonde and yet she was very feminine and strong!

    The Miracle of Love always brings a lump to my throat!!

    Yay for Eurythmics!!

    Take care
    x

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  5. I came home from a summer stint in London with Annie Lennox red hair. It was awesome! Though my mom about had a coronary when I got off the plain. Sweet Dreams are made of this.....

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  6. You're so right, Annie has always had character.

    Like old kitty, also adore Miracle of Love. Awww. And her cover of Don't Let It Bring You Down

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  7. What an amazing band and what an amazing singer is Annie Lennox. Love that song! Such poetry.

    Denise

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  8. Now these are some names I hadn't heard in a while! Fun choice for the letter E! :)

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  9. Love love love Annie Lennox and especially Sweet Dreams. She was definitely ahead of her time.
    Karen

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  10. Oh, wow, now that's a blast from the past. I was in high school when Sweet Dreams came out! :)

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  11. I've had Annie's haircut a number of times. It's fantastic. I have very long hair, right now, but I've been tempted lately ...

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  12. Before my time but definitely a woman with an incredible presence!

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  13. I did listen some to the Eurythmics in the 80s, as well as Erasure. Echo and the Bunnymen was more of a favorite for me. But I do agree with you about Annie Lenox's talent and role modeling.

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    1. Susan, oops, I forgot Echo and the Bunnymen. Thanks for the reminder!

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  14. Annie Lennox has got soul coming out her wazoo (and this is a very good thing). :-) Good choice for "E!"

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    1. PS: I got to see Erasure just this past September with my Sis! (I'm making up now for all the stuff my mom wouldn't let me do when I was a mere gal.) THEY WERE AWESOME!!!!!

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  15. I need to go download some songs now. Lol

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  16. I loved that song, Sweet Dreams! Sure brings back memories. :) Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)

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  17. You are rocking the challenge and bringing more music into my like!! (((hugs)))

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  18. Love the Eurhytmics! :) now I'll have that song in my head!

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  19. I wish I could pull of the short hair. It would make things so much easier!

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  20. Oh yes, great choice. I love her voice, so very distinctive.

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  21. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the Eurythmics and I ADORE Annie Lennox! Such a beautiful lady with the voice to match. My mind was also blown when I first saw the video and Annie looking so very different yet so gorgeous at the same time. It made me start redefining "beautiful".

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  22. I love Annie Lennox! Her voice is like, this weird thing you can't get enough of. Strange, but true.

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  23. I like your honorable mentions! I was hoping you'd choose one of them! And Ian McCulloch is still so hot!!

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  24. I was so intrigued and fascinated by Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics--love the song, loved her look. Still turn it up when it comes on.

    :)

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  25. I actually know who this is! Granted, I've only known about one of her songs for like two days or something, but I knew who this was!

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  26. I am loving this trip down memory lane! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to more A to Z goodness.

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  27. Love Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics! I pretty much wore out that CD - awesome tracks :)

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  28. As a kid I thought the Eurythmics made the most haunting music. I still love their stuff.

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  29. I'm pretty sure she never sang a song I didn't like :-)

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  30. She was something else, I loved when she wore the blond wig in Angel playling with my heart and then whipped it off. Telling the rest of us - gender is only a game, have fun:)

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  31. I loved the Eurythmics. Thank you for sharing some great songs!

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  32. Great video clips, Theresa. Thanks. I enjoy your theme a lot.

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  33. I like The Eurythmics...this is the group that sings that "Sweet Dreams" song, right? If so, that is the jam!

    ~Nicole
    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

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  34. I think you and I are the same age and oh my goodness did I love that song!!! (Still do) I also love her more recent Into the West.

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  35. I think maybe we lived parallel lives back then. The orange crew cut had a huge impact on me, too. I still love short hair on women. It doesn't have to be orange.

    And then Annie Lennox won an Oscar for "Into the West" from The Return of the King. Her best song since "Here Comes the Rain Again," if you ask me.

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  36. Whenever I hear the name Eurythmics I think "Sweet Dreams"!
    (When I looked down the list of your previous posts this month, this was the only band whose music (or one song, at least!) I know!)

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