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David Buckley

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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British pop group. After varying degrees of success as The Tourists in the late 1970s, and an unsuccessful single released under the name ‘The Catch’, The Eurythmics was formed in 1981 by Annie Lennox (b Aberdeen, 25 Dec 1954) and Dave Stewart (b Sunderland, 9 Sept 1952), and became one of the most successful groups of the 1980s. The Eurythmics, along with such bands as Soft Cell, Yazoo, Erasure and the Pet Shop Boys, were part of the wave of synthesizer duos indebted to Sparks and other 1970s bands. Their first album, In the Garden (RCA 1981), was produced by Krautrock stalwart Conny Plank, suggesting an experimental approach. With Sweet Dreams (Are made of this) (RCA 1983), the band successfully moved into the mainstream: Lennox's rich, white-soul vocals were set against Stewart's spartan, economical but melodic synthesizer figures on early hits such as Love is a stranger...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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