Label: RCA Records
On their fifth album, Eurythmics moved away from the austere synth-pop of their previous work and toward more of a neo-’60s pop/rock stance. “Missionary Man” (which went Top 40 as a single in the U.S. and charted in the U.K.) featured a prominent harmonica solo, while “Thorn in My Side” had a chiming guitar riff reminiscent of the Searchers and a fat sax solo. Of course, the primary element in the group’s sound remained Annie Lennox‘s distinctive alto voice, which was still impressive even if the material was slightly less so. Revenge was a successful album, reaching the Top Ten in the U.K. and going gold in the U.S., but it was a disappointment compared to their last three albums. And creatively, it was a step down as well — there was nothing here that they hadn’t done a little better before.
1. Missionary Man (4:40)
2. Thorn In My Side (4:45)
3. When Tomorrow Comes (4:28)
4. The Last Time (4:10)
5. The Miracle Of Love (5:04)
1. Let’s Go (4:08)
2. Take Your Pain Away (4:30)
3. A Little Of You (3:53)
4. In This Town (3:44)
5. I Remember You (5:00)
Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists (originally known as The Catch), who split up in 1980; Eurythmics were formed that year in London.
Title: 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)
Label: Virgin Records
1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) is a soundtrack album by Eurythmics, their fourth studio album overall, containing music recorded by the duo for director Michael Radford‘s 1984 film Nineteen Eighty-Four, based on George Orwell‘s dystopian novel of the same name. Virgin Films produced the film for release in its namesake year, and commissioned Eurythmics to write a soundtrack.
While it is not billed as an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, this album does contain, as a jacket note indicates, “music derived from Eurythmics.” The original score of the motion picture 1984, it was treated as a side project for marketing purposes, not as Eurythmics‘ full-fledged fourth new studio album. Fair enough. Much of the album is instrumental, and the closest thing to a pop song, “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)” (which was a Top Ten hit in the U.K.), like the other vocal numbers, relates to the movie’s future fiction theme. As such, the album is substandard if judged as an independent Eurythmics album, adequate if judged as a soundtrack.
1. I Did It Just the Same (3:28)
2. Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) (3:58)
3. For the Love of Big Brother (5:05)
4. Winston’s Diary (1:22)
5. Greetings from a Dead Man (6:13)
1. Julia (6:40)
2. Doubleplusgood (4:40)
3. Ministry of Love (3:47)
4. Room 101 (3:50)