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The No. 1 Song in Heaven

Spent the last few days getting reacquainted with a great ’80s album, Savage by the Eurythmics. This one blew me away when it came out in 1987, then my CD copy got stolen by a family member in the Great Theft of 1993. Hearing it now, I’ve noticed the disc does contain a few mediocre tracks (“Wide Eyed Girl” is just annoying), but it’s never been topped as a vehicle for the fabulous pipes of Annie Lennox. She’s in peak form here, assured but not yet the overly-stylized diva she’d become during the solo years. Savage also about a hundred times more risky than what came before (the shrill Revenge) or after (the slick/commercial We Too Are One). I can see why Eurythmics fans treasure this particular album.

One of the most interesting aspects of Savage is the fact that Lennox and Dave Stewart teamed with director Sophie Muller (and a few others) to film videos for all dozen of the album’s tracks. The resulting video album was one of the earliest examples of its type. The clip below, “Heaven,” is one of my favorites. I could totally picture it being played on the runway at a swanky ’80s fashion show:

5 Thoughts on “The No. 1 Song in Heaven

  1. dizzythecat on May 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm said:

    Lovely rediscovery!
    I was in Philly, in grad school, when this arrived.
    Nobody seemed to understand it.
    So cool that you gave me back this memory!

  2. I was in my first semester at college when this came out – face it, Brad, we’re old!

  3. chris on May 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm said:

    I made this same rediscovery last year. I remember MTV gave decent airplay to Beethoven, and that rekindled my interest in the Eurythmics, who I had sort of given up on at the time, after an initial crush. I really am a sucker for the last 2 songs on each side of the LP… Brand New Day, I need you, Shame, Savage. I put those on a lot of mix tapes in the very late 80s…

  4. dizzythecat on May 7, 2011 at 7:50 am said:

    We’re not old, just deeper in debt!

  5. Hey Chris! Yeah, I remember MTV playing the Beethoven video a lot, which was strange considering it was never a single in the U.S.

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