Eurythmics: Classic or Dud?

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Okay, the last remaining band on the cover of Hits of the Eighties (well, apart from Shaking Stevens and Cliff Richard)who haven't been classic'd or dud'd (has David Bowie been judged? he's on the cover too)...I'm not a fan of them at all, I find them intensly boring and uninspiring...but, it's your opinion that really matters...

james e l, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Well, I've got to say dud - though I quite liked the first few songs and Dave Stewart's hangdog,just woken up do i have to do a video ? demeanour

Geordie Racer, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Dud - they bring back unhappy memories of school discos and eighties fashion crimes.

Eamonn, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hideously dud. The fishwife Lennox has a horrible voice, and Dave Stewart brings to mind someone who hangs around outside school playgrounds with a grubby mac.

Dr. C, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Poor Dave flashing his 'puter to unsuspecting schoolkids - you're making me like him..

I hated them at the time but to my ears they are starting to sound good again - could go classic, though I own nothing and have no plans to do anything about that.

'Sisters are doin' it for themselves' was Aretha's best for 10 years...

Guy, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The Eurythmics were vile -- boring coffee table fodder for Reagan/Thatcherite yuppies who found Flock of Seagulls too edgy.

Nicole, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

[Stands up red-faced, coughs and mumbles:] Classic, if only for 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Here Comes the Rain'. C'mon classic electro-pop, can't say I like the songs nowadays but I have fond memories. The rest is dud of course.

Omar, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

It occurred to me recently that Eurythmics are now quite possibly the least cool band in the world, and are on their way to becoming a lazy byword for all that's bad about a certain era's music, much as Yes or Ocean Colour Scene are.

Are Eurythmics the unacceptable face of the 80s?

Were they really so bad? Isn't 'There Must Be Angel (Playing With My Heart)' are joyous pop song?

I think a lot of those famous 12 CD owners we all (sorry pinefox) love owned a Eurythmics album.

Good for them.


Sticking up for the middlebrow in a patronising way since 1973 (or is it 5 minutes ago?),

Nick x

Nick, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Started well - first handful of singles funny dominatrix-electropop. Then they suddenly went rock - if they'd broken up before "Revenge" they'd be seen as a lot cooler than they are, but stuff like "Missionary Man" and "Thorn In My Side" are just clodhopping.

Then they released the extraordinary "Beethoven" single. After that final flare of not-quite-successful-but-very-odd imagination it was plod all the way to the solo career.

I sympathise with Nick but, ultimately, Dud.

Tom, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Classic if only cause of Dave's directorial effort, ie Honest. Nick, you are right: my mum has one of their records. The other eleven are mostly Japanese pop records.

Stevie Nixed, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

They're a great pop paradox, the 'rythmics: a couple of hippy chancers nick some half-digested New Pop theory about the 'language of love' etc, make a rip-off electro pop record and despite *everything*, 'Sweet Dreams' is a peerless, classic single. Later career notable for one S.Reynolds rhapsodizing over the Keef stylings of 'I Need a Man'.

stevie, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I totally forgot about 'Beethoven'. Now that it all comes back I remember quite distinctly being blown away by it. Wasn't it presented at the time as the biggest avant-garde popsong since 'I am the walrus?'. Where's me Napster?

Omar, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Well, neither classic nor dud - I'm not impressed with most of their stuff, but there have been a couple of great moments, both picked out already.

I think Angel *is* a brilliant pop song which really shows off the range of her voice - those la-la-di-da bits are a bit high, aren't they? Then, there's the added bonus of the blonde wig in the video, covering up Annie's ginger crop, which made her angular features look rather harsh (I know she must have done that on purpose, but it always put me off her a bit).

Sweet Dreams is even better, I think. The beginning still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I find it quite unsettling, almost threatening and it didn't surprise me that Marilyn Manson picked up on that too (although I don't like what he did with it).

I haven't been at all impressed with what she's done since the Eurythmics - it's been more stuff for the 12 CD brigade - and didn't she win the best female solo artist Brit Award several years in a row? Shocking. Still, better than Eddie Reader...

Madchen, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I think that both Nick D and Tom E are about right here - yet one says classic, one says dud. Tom mentions 'Beethoven', but not the rest of the Savage LP, which I think is a bit of a masterpiece. In fact, if I had to do one of those 'the record that sums up the late 80s' nomination thingies, Savage might be the one, though probably only for excessively personal reasons.

I think they did enough to be - as Nick D says - classic, though Nick's reasoning seems, as far as I can make it out, to veer too much into the realm of inverted snobbery. Put like that, that sounds very harsh, much harsher than I intend. I just mean that I don't think something's necessarily good cos lots of "office workers" like it, any more than I think it's bad because ditto. Perhaps Nick doesn't either, and I'm taking him the wrong way. Despite classic nomination, I liked Dr C's phrase 'the fishwife Lennox'.

the pinefox, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

You're right, pf. I was just being flippant really. What I was afraid to admit more openly is that I actually do think quite a lot of their stuff is genuinely good. I agree with Tom that the ugly, rockist Revenge spoiled things quite a lot and with you that Savage was great. I haven't heard it in years though.

Nick, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Pretty much all of their singles are fantatic. Yes, even "Missionary Man". Why are you all looking at me like that?

Dan Perry, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I would like to point out that "fantatic" is a great cross between "fantastic" and "fanatic" which I will be employing in all further references to Tanya.

I actually hated Eurythmics until I was on vacation with my family and had only brought my copy of Nevermind, so I was forced to borrow my sister's copy of Eurythmics' Greatest Hits. Granted, there are some clunkers, but I think "Who's That Girl" and "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" are still pretty decent singles. I don't know if I'd say classic exactly. How about Not Bad I Guess.

Dave M., Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I need you to pin me down just for one frozen moment I need you to pin me down so I can live in torment

I need you to really feel the twist of my back breaking I need someone to listen to the ecstasy I'm faking...

I need you, you, you, etc.

on Savage... Annie Lennox w/acoustic guitar, pulling a Madonna 15 years early....

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

ewww... Annie Lennox is all too often just another half baked Sylvia Plath imitator. I liked the way Demi Moore would only strip in "Striptease" to Annies' music because that made it a feminist, rather than exploitative act. What fetid monkey of a studio exec thought that up?

Peter, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Just `cos I saw the vid for "Love is a Stranger" on VH1 Classic not too long ago. They were kinda damn cool for a little bit. Then they had to go all crap and clutter everything up with guitars and horns and fucking Aretha Franklin whatnot. Why couldn't they have stayed cool, icy and electronic? (ala Eurythmics - 1984For the Love of Big Brother ), Dammit!

That all said, I did quite like "Missionary Man". Too bad about that reunion record, though. Also, could Annie Lennox possibly have picked a less flattering album cover to return after six or so years with? I think not.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 22:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Um. Hasn't anybody here heard "In The Garden"(their first album, pre-"Sweet Dreams")? Absolutely CLASSIC for ITG alone, though their early videos would put them in that category, also.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 01:40 (sixteen years ago) link

in the garden yes, sweet dreams, bits of, after that head for 1984 then switch off

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 06:01 (sixteen years ago) link

aren't they sort of the Steve Forbert of synth-pop?

i agree w/ Alex ... "sexcrime" was a cool song!

Tad (llamasfur), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 06:04 (sixteen years ago) link

are you all mad???/ eurythymics are totally classic!

well, all their later stuff was a bit shit. apart from 'shame' off savage is amazing. the old stuff is just too good!
love is a stranger and sweet dreams, sexcrime, here comes the rain again, whos that girl: all remind me of that disco scene in 'terminator'.

anyway its all for totally personal reasons. ie i listened to them solidly until about 1990 (when the arrested development love was about to hit)

ambrose (ambrose), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 08:27 (sixteen years ago) link

'Savage' was pretty good but I feel stupid saying that because it's the biggest used-bin record of all time, does everybody else know something I don't?

dave q, Wednesday, 9 July 2003 08:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Judged by album...
  • "Sweet Dreams...", "Touch", "Savage", "1984" - Classic!!!!
  • "Be Yourself Tonight"- OKish!!!!
  • "Revenge"- Bit Weak!!!!
  • "We Too Are One" (From the early 90s!!!)- Pissawful!!!!
  • The others- Er, I don't know, I haven't!!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 11:02 (sixteen years ago) link

  • ...listened to them yet!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 11:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I've said this before on Alex's '1984' thread, but 'In The Garden'. Produced by Conny Plank. It's very good.

Also search their early b-sides from 'Garden' and 'Sweet Dreams'. Primitive, weird, great.

jl, Wednesday, 9 July 2003 15:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I had a tiny Eurythmics t-shirt when I was four. Classic.

Ess, Wednesday, 9 July 2003 15:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Q: I've never seen it in a used bin.

If I did I'd buy it.

Not the bin.

the pinefox, Thursday, 10 July 2003 14:18 (sixteen years ago) link

They were the 'other' electro duo from the 80s...I always preferred Yazoo myself, but some Eurythmics stuff was excellent.

Here comes the rain again, Julia, Sexcrime, I Need a Man, Beethoven, Love is a stranger, Sweet Dreams, Who's that girl... I don't believe anyone who says they don't like at least one Eurythmics single.

Album wise it all went downhillafter 'Touch'.... Be Yourself Tonight was horrible US stadium posturing, far too rocky by half, We Too Are One was wishy washy, only Savage justifies their releasing records after 1984. And Savage was a masterpiece. 'Shame' should have been their biggest hit single (and Lennox looks strikingly beautiful in the video) and 'Beethoven' was a huge gamble for a band who had toed the commercial line for several years and done very well out of it, thank you.

The reunion album, bar the lovely 'I Saved the world today' was a washed up mess, twee and middle aged and horrible.

Let's not forget, too, that Eurythmics almost single handedly invented the fabulous pop video - their early 80s videos for 'Love is a Stranger', 'Sweet Dreams' etc. were all incredible.... and their later ones like Missionary Man, Who's that girl and Shame were all superb and worthy of a mention.

So inbetween classic and dud, really.... I think Stewart's discovery of stadium rock, and rock in general, tainted the band and stripped away what I loved about them - their icy aloofness (well, Lennox's icy aloofness) and made them rawk. Horrible.

And Lennox is a star, even now, one of the few genuine 'stars' we have left. And despite the ropey cover for the new album, she's still looking pretty great.

russ t, Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:26 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I recently bought "Sweet Dreams" for $1. I remember listening to it a lot as a kid and being alternately freaked out/turned on by Annie Lennox's weird, flirty S&M/drag schtick. I remember constructing elaborate mental narratives to accompany songs that had maybe three lines of lyrics. Listening to it now a lot of it is tame, but there's an undercurrent - something a little sinister - that still appeals. Plus "Love is a Stranger" and "Sweet Dreams" are just great, dark, minor-key synthpop. I also have "Be Yourself Tonight" which I don't enjoy quite as much - 'tis true the addition of stadium rock gestures and shitty horns did not improve upon their formula.

I say classic just for the early singles/videos, but after 1985 yeah it's pretty much shit.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 24 February 2005 22:14 (fourteen years ago) link

ive said all i can about eurythmics, their old stuff is totally awesome

i evenm like some of the stuff on "we two are one" ,but not as much as the proper synth pop stuff. its a cliche, but love is a stranger is just totally wicked manipulative obvious desperate stuff, sweet dreams is likewise amazing. i guess they got into coke or something (i dont knwo anythign about drugs) and started playing sax and stuff and being a soul rock band. btu savage is quite. ive never seen a copy of in the garden. might hit slsk now for it tho.

i thought annie lnnox was a man first time my brother played me "savage"

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 24 February 2005 22:45 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah but "Be Yourself Tonight" has "Love You Like a Ball and Chain" = my fave tune

The Argunaut (sexyDancer), Thursday, 24 February 2005 22:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Lennox's ambisexuality and penchant for playing dress-up (look I'm a blonde bimbo! now I'm a Nazi! now I'm an English Lady!) def. appealed to my visual sensibility as a young'un. The sleeve to Sweet Dreams is pretty strange.

"Be Yourself Tonight" has a number of really good songs on it. "Ball and Chain" is also my wife's fave, oddly.


Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 24 February 2005 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

it's the stereo-panned rattling chains in the breakdown

The Argunaut (sexyDancer), Thursday, 24 February 2005 22:52 (fourteen years ago) link

"Be Yourself Tonight" is one of the great mainstream hits of the '80s. Little to no filler.

I heard "Revenge" the other day and, man, that's a dull one. It takes a lot to make Clem Burke sound like a drum machine. I genuinely prefer "Savage," which has "You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart" and "I Need You."

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 24 February 2005 23:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Let me present you Eurythmics: the good ones

In The Garden”
“Belinda “
“Never Gonna Cry Again”

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
“Love Is A Stranger”
“I Could Give You (A Mirror)”
“The Walk”
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”
“This Is The House”

“Here Comes The Rain Again”
“Right By Your Side”
“Who's That Girl?”
“Paint A Rumour”

Be Yourself Tonight
“Would I Lie To You”
“Conditioned Soul”
“It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)”

“Thorn In My Side”

JoB (JoB), Friday, 25 February 2005 00:50 (fourteen years ago) link

you left out Ball and Chain. Not allowed. otherwise pretty spot on.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 25 February 2005 00:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Nothing from Savage!

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Friday, 25 February 2005 01:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Ssssssex Criiiime (1984)

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Friday, 25 February 2005 01:08 (fourteen years ago) link

every song on Sweet Dreams is amazing.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 25 February 2005 01:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm partial to the Hayes/Porter cover on Sweet Dreams as well - mostly because I remember asking my mom what the phrase "put your loving in my box" meant and my mom very matter-of-factly answered "she means her vagina." I think I was 9 or 10.

good times!

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 25 February 2005 01:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Love Is A Stranger. You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart. Sweet Dreams. Sex Crime. It's all there. CLASSIC, I say. CLASSIC!! All hail to the red bra.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 25 February 2005 04:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, classic! Up to 1985. ITG is their most listenable album I believe. Not all consistent, but rewarding to many listens because it's so inventive- I like the krautrock drumming a lot. I think Sweet Dreams has their strongest songs- love is a stranger & title track. Touch is more consistent but doesn't have quite as strong songs. Sexcrime on 1984 is my favorite song of all though, damn I love how robotic it is.

-rainbow bum- (-rainbow bum-), Friday, 25 February 2005 04:49 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw them when they did whatever tour it was when she was dressed all Marilyn-like (Monroe). This tarted up distressed off-white slip.

I was sitting in the front row, an industry thing. She came up, cooed a line, and, well, fell out of her top.

I A-Bed that with post New Romantic memories of feeling delightfully miserable while listening to the first three records and experioenced a unique, troubling and sassy frisson.

iang, Friday, 25 February 2005 06:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Dumb hearts get broken, just like china cups!

Sara Sherr, Friday, 25 February 2005 19:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Great pop singles band up to 1985*, Savage TOTAL UBERCLASSIC, turned to utter shit immediately after.

*actually I liked whole albums when I was prepubescent but haven't listened to any since. except for Savage, which I dug out of a box three years ago when I needed to listen to stuff on tape and was happy to discover that my childhood impression of it being a TOTAL UBERCLASSIC was entirely accurate.!

kit brash (kit brash), Saturday, 26 February 2005 09:42 (fourteen years ago) link

every single sounded different
i listen to greatest hits but not their albums.
couldn't get into the garden - it was the last i bought.
1984 was not a listenable album.
the rest were very pop friendly

stave dewart, Saturday, 26 February 2005 10:38 (fourteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

Has anyone heard the reissues? Much as I dig on these guys I can't say I've been feeling a burning need for remasters, but I am curious about the "Satellite Of Love" and "Last Night I Dreamt..." covers.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 23:52 (thirteen years ago) link

ah typo it's _acid_, not acid _house_. but very very early deployment of that sound

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 18:36 (eleven years ago) link

ah man look at this, I've got less than a third of these

Eurythmics 'Sweet dreams (are made of this)'

1983A50-this is the house (12inch maxi remix version)
1983A51-your time will come (live from 'this is the house')
1983A52-never gonna cry again (live from 'this is the house') (remastered version)
1983A53-4-4 in leather (live from 'this is the house') (remastered version)
1983A54-take me to your heart (live from 'this is the house') (remastered version)
1983A55-home is where the heart is (remastered version)
1983A60-step on the beast (single the walk version)
1983A61-the walk part two
1983A62-invisible hands (studio version)
1983A63-dr trash
1983A64-the walk (edit version 1)
1983A65-the walk (edit version 2)
1983A70-love is a stranger (7inch mix)
1983A71-monkey monkey (remastered version)
1983A72-let's just close our eyes
1983A73-love is a stranger (live, bbc rock hour)
1983A74-the walk (live, bbc rock hour)
1983A80-sweet dreams (are made of this) (7inch french single remix)
1983A81-i could give you (a mirror) (alternate version)
1983A82-baby's gone blue (remastered version)
1983A90-intro speech (cassette step on the beast)
1983A91-step on the beast (cassette step on the beast version)
1983A92-angel dub
1983A93-satellite of love (cassette step on the beast version) (remastered version)

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 18:40 (eleven years ago) link

great great singles band

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:34 (eleven years ago) link

Ohh, "The Walk" -- I forgot about that one.

Eazy, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:42 (eleven years ago) link

ah I'm sorry yeah "Let's Just Close Our Eyes" is a demo for "The Walk"

I'm regressing right here but the Love Is A Stranger video still takes me out

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:44 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

I listened today to In The Garden for the first time and I liked it a lot. Sweet Dreams totally classic, by the way.

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 13:14 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

based solely on this song: hanging out with conny plank was definitely AGL for them

im armond white btw (donna rouge), Saturday, 6 March 2010 23:55 (nine years ago) link

Wow, I've always loved the first album and never seen this video. Thanks.

Hadn't ever read "Never Gonna Cry Again" as a suicide message either. Bleak!

Nate Carson, Sunday, 7 March 2010 04:29 (nine years ago) link

This made me wonder what The Walk Part 2 sounds like. And here's the answer:

Nate Carson, Sunday, 7 March 2010 04:34 (nine years ago) link

still probably in my top five favorite anythings ever.

First and Last and Safeways ™ (jjjusten), Sunday, 7 March 2010 06:22 (nine years ago) link

Here's a very rare video of "The Walk" that some guy says he made in film school and then lost.

Nate Carson, Sunday, 7 March 2010 11:37 (nine years ago) link

In the Garden is a must have but really, really a major downer. Still like Sweet Dreams the best, popular or no.

Earth Dye (u s steel), Sunday, 7 March 2010 12:29 (nine years ago) link

It's all about the first 3 albums. There are other good songs after that point, but they were never as potent or consistent after Touch.

I love In the Garden but probably agree on Sweet Dreams being the strongest. It's them producing themselves prior to worldwide fame affecting their songwriting or motives.

Nate Carson, Sunday, 7 March 2010 13:21 (nine years ago) link

Still haven't heard ITG, but like them very much through Be Yourself Tonight. Revenge is a horror. Savage has a few high points ("You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart").

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 7 March 2010 13:33 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

had never heard In The Garden before a few weeks ago (thx jjj)

had no idea it predicted School of Seven Bells

Victory Chainsaw! (DJP), Monday, 2 July 2012 17:09 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

why did people keep bothering to make music after her e comes rhe rain agian

no less important a question sober


I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Saturday, 27 July 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

Nonsense. "Love is a stranger" is one of the greatest songs of all time and would be my favourite First album First track were it not for the over-underrated first album. For that song alone this band achieves sainthood and "Savage" is a great album too

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:07 (six years ago) link

Until I heard Sweet Dreams.... a few years ago I thought it'd be the precursor for the realization that's Touch; instead it's the latter that sounds tentative.

I really love Savage too.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:13 (six years ago) link

It's all about the first 3 albums. There are good songs after that, but the whole arc of those first 3 is an amazing collection of music that spans from kraut rock to top of the charts.

Nate Carson, Sunday, 28 July 2013 10:51 (six years ago) link

I became a Eurythmics freak after hearing the Sweet Dreams album at 12, it was the first music I really engaged with. There is a lot of interesting stuff there like The Walk and This City Never Sleeps which holds up well now. A decade later I interviewed Dean Garcia from Curve who also played on Sweet Dreams and Touch, which was a little surreal. 1984 is vastly underrated in my book, despite the dated production in places.

MatthewK, Sunday, 28 July 2013 11:39 (six years ago) link

"Love is a stranger" is one of the greatest songs of all time


kinder, Sunday, 28 July 2013 11:42 (six years ago) link

Seconded - flamboyant goon tie absolutely OTM.

Vast Halo, Sunday, 28 July 2013 11:51 (six years ago) link

I should listen to 1984 more.

Nate Carson, Monday, 29 July 2013 22:01 (six years ago) link

hard to pick a greatest between "love is a stranger" and "sweet dreams". not hard to pick between those two and most everything else under the sun.

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Monday, 29 July 2013 23:21 (six years ago) link

Hearing "Right By Your Side" for the first time in probably 20 years, and it sounds better than 80s calypso should. Nice.

only dogg forgives (Eazy), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 00:49 (six years ago) link

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 7 August 2013 01:11 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

TPL gets to 1984 with a 1983 album: they don't know what love is - or do they?

thinking about the eurythmics just makes me think of the smell of charity shops

online hardman, Sunday, 30 March 2014 16:02 (five years ago) link

Remarkably, I now prefer its predecessor. Still, it's amazing that the American public took the album into the top ten despite the presence of the harsh effects-laden songs on the B.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 March 2014 17:26 (five years ago) link

never heard savage before today, holy shit what a record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 31 March 2014 00:25 (five years ago) link

isn't it something? Revenge was their biggest worldwide hit and their worst album to date: they went for a mullet-and-guitar-wank arena sound. Suddenly at the peak of their power they returned to what sounds like demos.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 March 2014 00:26 (five years ago) link

Savage sounds enormously produced and polished!

Charles, hatless (sic), Monday, 31 March 2014 00:47 (five years ago) link

Not to my ears. Take "I Need You" or "I've Got a Lover" -- Eury is back to Lennox-Stewart and no sidemen.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 March 2014 00:53 (five years ago) link

I Need You is a deliberate anomaly on an album that opens with Beethoven setting the tone

Charles, hatless (sic), Monday, 31 March 2014 01:21 (five years ago) link

ever heard savage before today, holy shit what a record

― emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Sunday, March 30

sort of envious of this, like I get when people say "oh i think i'm going to start The Wire."

resulting post (rogermexico.), Monday, 31 March 2014 02:31 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Savage really is immense.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 20 June 2016 23:00 (three years ago) link

Title track kills me every time. I just realised the percussion is the same drone-and-thwack I love in Björk's "All is Full of Love" video mix.

MatthewK, Monday, 20 June 2016 23:39 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Heard a couple of tracks from their debut today, pretty good! I could go for a proper anthology but it appears all their comps are just the singles. Boo...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 22:57 (three years ago) link

Ha, I bought the debut recentlty, still plucking up the courage to actually play it!

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 07:27 (three years ago) link

no courage necessary, the debut is great.

probably seen this already, but this is an early OGWT performance with holger czukay and clem burke:

coygbiv (NickB), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 08:39 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"here comes the rain again" has got to be one of history's most underrated songs

Treeship, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:39 (three years ago) link

History loves this song.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:04 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

for a band whose strengths seemed to lie in icy cold synthpop, there sure are a lot of shitty sounds on these records, especially when they try to incorporate more "exotic" or "world music" touches

legislative fanboy halfwit (Οὖτις), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 21:58 (six months ago) link

shittier or less shitty than the coral sitar on "don't come around here no more?"

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 22:51 (six months ago) link

"here comes the rain again" has got to be one of history's most underrated songs

― Treeship, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:39 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

History loves this song.

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:04 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

angelus novus, what's on yr ipod

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:12 (six months ago) link

I admit I like the fake sitar on the Petty tune :)

legislative fanboy halfwit (Οὖτις), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:12 (six months ago) link

I do my best

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:28 (six months ago) link

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