5 rare facts about Eurythmics you may not know as they celebrate chart anniversary

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27 Jul 2023, 09:25

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Iconic 80s duo Eurythmics, made up of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, are synonymous with the sound, and style, of the decade, but did you know on this day 38 years ago, they achieved their one and only number one hit?

That’s right, Annie, Dave and their genre-defining synth/new wave sound might’ve become a stand-out act of the decade with hits such as Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) and Here Comes The Rain Again, but in the 10 years they were together, they only achieved one chart-topper.

To celebrate the number one charting place for There Must Be An Angel, Virgin Radio 80s Plus will be playing Eurythmics hits all day, and to accompany the absolute bangers, here are some other rare facts about the legendary act. 

There Must Be An Angel is their only 80s number one

As previously mentioned, Annie and Dave might’ve had a slew of memorable tracks throughout the decade, but their one and only UK number one single in the 80s (and across their career) came from the 1985 hit There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart). 

It stayed at the top spot for two weeks, seeing off competition from the likes of Sister Sledge, Madonna and The Crowd. 

The follow-up was the incredible earworm, Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves, featuring Aretha Franklin, and while the anthemic tune is certainly one that’s stood the test of time, it didn’t fare as well, making it to number nine. 

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) was kept off the top spot by a ballad

There are a plethora of tracks that never saw the glory of the top spot, and it feels like a huge injustice that Eurythmics' most notable signature track, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These), didn’t make it to number one. 

March 1983 was a particularly competitive month for music in the UK, with Michael Jackson releasing Billie Jean and Duran Duran putting out Is There Something I Should Know?

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Sweet Dreams was narrowly pipped to the post by another massive tune, this time it was Bonnie Tyler’s turn with a power ballad of the ages - Total Eclipse of the Heart. 

The Welsh singer stayed at number one for two weeks, but in the history books, both songs go down as era-defining tunes of the 80s. 

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Eurythmics’ first album didn’t make the charts

Again, another hard to believe one, but Eurythmics proved they were well ahead of their time with the release of debut album In The Garden in 1981. 

Guest musicians included Blondie’s drummer Clem Burke, and singles from the 10-track record included Never Going to Cry Again and Belinda. 

However, this first taste of new wave goodness from the duo wasn’t the brilliant debut they likely wanted, and it failed to chart in the UK. 

They did have some love in Australia though, but that might be due to them having a rather unique tie Down Under...

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Eurythmics started in a town called Wagga Wagga

It’s definitely not a town you’ll forget in a hurry!

After originally performing under the name The Tourists with singer Peet Coombes, the trio were touring around the country at the time, with Annie and Dave deciding in Wagga Wagga to form a duo instead - and thus, Eurythmics was born. 

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Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in 2009, Annie said: “Oh, my, it is as absurd and abstract as it sounds but, you know, that is where that sort of all started. This story is slightly sad in a way, but it was crazy … there was a strike in Sydney and we couldn’t land so they had to take all the passengers off and house them in hotels for a few days until the strike was over.

“The main songwriter of the band, Peet Coombes, unbeknown to me, had a heroin addiction and while there [he] had a few days of solid drinking and it was hard-core. Anyway, this big thing was building up and we had this moment when it all came out.”

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The name is a real method of music

A unique name is definitely helpful within the music industry, and it turns out Eurythmics isn’t just a random collection of letters or a made-up phrase. 

It actually stems from Annie’s days in the Royal Academy of Music, and relates of a method of finding a beat and rhythm.

The actual definition of Eurythmics is “a system of rhythmical physical movements to music used to teach musical understanding (especially in Steiner schools) or for therapeutic purposes,” and was evolved by Swiss composer Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

Exercises used include passing objects around to explore natural rhythms - and now you’ve learnt something new today! 

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Listen to Virgin Radio 80s Plus today (27th July) to hear Eurythmics hits from across the decade. You can listen to Virgin Radio 80 Plus HERE. You can also listen on DAB+ in London and Central Scotland and onsmart speakers across the UK, as well as via the Virgin Radio UK app.

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