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Eurythmics have been nominated as one of the 19 acts to be considered for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018

Eurythmics are nominated for the first time for The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will be held April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Eurythmics join an illustrious list of nominees including : Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, The Zombies.

Dave and Annie have both commented on the nomination:

Dave – We are very excited to be nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Head to the Fan Vote presented by Klipsch and cast your first ballot now: bit.ly/1-FanVote #rockhall2018

Annie – Eurythmics have been nominated as inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.. You can cast a vote for us on
https://www.rockhall.com/class-2018-nominees if you think we are worthy of induction!!

 

Eurythmics collaborators Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart profoundly impacted ’80s pop-rock – and subsequent iterations of music into the present day.

Through their lyrics and imagery, they presaged a rising gender-bending consciousness in the mainstream, with songs, videos, and live performances featuring the androgynous Lennox singing from a perspective of unabashed strength. The stories the band told, through song and theatrics, spoke to a broader sense of what it meant to live and love in the late 20th century.

Musically, the magnificent-voiced Lennox and experimentalist producer/multi-instrumentalist Stewart employed unheralded influences like never before, including the mechanistic funk of Krautrock, the grit of gospel, and the trippiness of psychedelia.  Their uniquely textured music was both futuristic and mindful of the past, while remaining eminently accessible, irresistibly tuneful.

Guitars still ruled when Eurythmics hit big in 1983, but initially Lennox and Stewart eschewed them in favor of analog synthesizers, sequenced to produce bedrock bass lines of melodic depth, heard most obviously in their breakout hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).” Strikingly, when Eurythmics abandoned some of the sonics that fueled their original success, they found continued acclaim.

While the songcraft remained catchy, Stewart pushed his decidedly rock guitar way up in the mix on “Would I Lie To You?” and added lush orchestral arrangements to “Here Comes The Rain Again.” The duo’s sound expanded to the big-band style of strings and horns, which effortlessly pivoted from rock to R&B. Lyrically, Eurythmics never feared delving into controversy, taking on colonialism in “Missionary Man” and raw sexual hunger in “I Need A Man.”

The band split in 1990, but fortunately for their millions of fans, Eurythmics have reconvened on occasion, most recently in 2014.

selected discography

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) “Who’s That Girl?,” “Here Comes The Rain Again,”  Touch (1983) • “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” (with Aretha Franklin), “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” (with Stevie Wonder),  “Would I Lie To You?,” Be Yourself Tonight (1985) • “Missionary Man,” Revenge (1986) • “I Need A Man,” Savage (1987)

Fans have a vote and you can vote once a day either by email or via Facebook.

Voting starts today 5th October and closes on December 5th.

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22 Comments

  1. Well keep in mind that this is just the fan vote, which, in the end, counts as only one vote in the hundreds of votes that pick the eventual winners.

  2. I don’t have a problem with Bon Jovi being inducted. Being married to a huge Bon Jovi fan has given me an appreciation for the band and Jon, in particular. The band’s more recent albums have been very good — far better, IMO, than their mega ’80s hits. But the band has sold more than 100 million records and still sell out stadiums worldwide. Seems like Bon Jovi has earned that place in the Hall of Fame. I’m certain Jon would also say that Dave and Annie do, too.

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