30th May – The Number One Album in UK & Australia – 1991 (Eurythmics – Greatest Hits)

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The Number One album in the UK & Australia on the 30th May was from the Eurythmics, a British music duo consisting of David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox, with their Greatest Hits release.

Eurythmics have had two active components of their career – originally forming in 1980 then disbanding in 1990; reuniting again in 1999 and splitting in 2005.

Their work rate of Lennox and Stewart over an extended number of years was incredible, which saw the release around an album every 12 months.

The 1991 retrospective compilation album – Greatest Hits – was an impressive body of work containing their successful singles encompassing the period between 1982 and 1990 [track listing below].

The album was an enormous success.

Greatest Hits became the Eurythmics best-selling album worldwide topping the charts in the UK for a total of 10 weeks and in Australia for 7 weeks.

An overview of their studio albums from their debut until the Greatest Hits release:

In the Garden – their debut album in 1981 – co-produced with Krautrock producer Conny Plank (who worked with Hunters & Collectors – The Fireman’s Curse) with numerous guest musicians such as Clem Burke from Blondie.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – their second album released January 1983 was the Eurythmics commercial breakthrough with the title track hitting Number 1 in the States and was a hit around the world. It also included tracks such as Love Is a Stranger and a cover of the Sam & Dave hit Wrap It Up (1968) which was performed as a duet between Green Gartside of Scritti Politti and Annie Lennox.

Touch – released in November 1983 – their third album became Eurythmics first no.1 album in the UK and included three major hit singles – the calypso-flavoured upbeat Right by Your Side, the ballad Here Comes The Rain Again with orchestrations by Michael Kamen (who has worked with artists such as Pink Floyd, Queen, Coldplay and Kate Bush) and Who’s That Girl?

Be Yourself Tonight – the fourth studio album released in May 1985 included a number of marquee artists such as Elvis Costello, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder making guest appearances. A number of hit singles were released including Would I Lie to You?, There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart), Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves & It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back).

Revenge – the fifth studio album released in July 1986. The new wave / pop rock release included the singles When Tomorrow Comes, Thorn in My Side, The Miracle of Love & Missionary Man.

Savage – the sixth studio album by Eurythmics was released in November 1987. The record included the singles Beethoven (I Love to Listen To), Shame, I Need a Man & You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart.

We Too Are One – the seventh studio album was released in September 1989 and was Eurythmics last studio release until Peace (1999). The singles include Revival, Don’t Ask Me Why, The King and Queen of America, Angel & (My My) Baby’s Gonna Cry.

Love Is a Stranger – http://wp.me/p3uHDF-c1

Would I Lie To You? – http://wp.me/p3uHDF-c8

Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) – http://wp.me/p3uHDF-c5

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – http://wp.me/p3uHDF-cc

Here Comes the Rain Again – http://wp.me/p3uHDF-cf

Who’s That Girl? – http://wp.me/p3uHDF-bX

Tracklisting:

No. Title Length
1. Love Is a Stranger 3:40
2. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 4:50
3. Who’s That Girl? 3:44
4. Right by Your Side 3:49
5. Here Comes the Rain Again 4:54
6. There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) 4:41
7. Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves (with Aretha Franklin) 4:53
8. It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) 3:43
9. When Tomorrow Comes 4:15
10. You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart 3:46
11. The Miracle of Love 4:35
12. Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) 3:52
13. Thorn in My Side 4:11
14. Don’t Ask Me Why 4:13
15. Angel 4:47
16. Would I Lie to You? 4:22
17. Missionary Man 3:45
18. I Need a Man 4:21

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except “When Tomorrow Comes” co-written by Patrick Seymour.

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Greatest Hits – No. 1 Album – 1991 – UK & Australia)

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Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You? (Greatest Hits – No. 1 Album – 1991 – UK & Australia)

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Eurythmics – Love Is A Stranger (Greatest Hits – No. 1 Album – 1991 – UK & Australia)

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Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again (Greatest Hits – No. 1 Album – 1991 – UK & Australia)

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Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl? (Greatest Hits – No. 1 Album – 1991 – UK & Australia)

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18th May – The Number One Album in the UK – 1993 (New Order – Republic)

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New Order formed in 1980 from the remaining members of Joy Division – Peter Hook (bass, vocals), Stephen Morris (drums, electronic drums, keyboards & synthesisers) & Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitars, keyboards & synthesisers) adding Gillian Gilbert (keyboards & synthesisers, guitars) following vocalist Ian Curtis’ suicide.

Throughout New Order’s illustrious career, a number of influential albums were released starting with their funereal debut Movement in 1981, the dance-rock hybrid of Power, Corruption & Lies, the synthesised & sequenced Low-Life, the emotive songwriting on Brotherhood, through to the striking production on Technique in 1989, the studio precursor to Republic.

A musical turning point for the band where synthesizers and sequencers were brought to the fore – inspired from the electro beats from the New York underground to pioneers Kraftwerk – appeared with the release of their third single Everything’s Gone Green in December 1981.

This direction continued and progressed with the stand-alone single Temptation in May 1982.

The following twelve months were an incredibly fertile and creative period for New Order – which saw the release of the anthemic single Blue Monday, becoming the best-selling independent 12-inch of all time in the UK, and curiously was not included on the subsequent Power, Corruption & Lies album released in May 1983 [though it was included on the cassette format in countries such as Australia & New Zealand].

The band continued on their path of inventive and innovative work with the Confusion single (released  August 1983, unique for having both Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook playing bass guitars; with the track being produced by influential New York DJ Arthur Baker who just had a hit in the summer of 1982 where he had produced the Planet Rock single for Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force which combined elements from Kraftwerk tracks Trans Europe Express & Numbers.

The ensuing years saw the continuing ascension of New Order as one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s and beyond.

1990 saw New Order record the official song of World Cup campaign for the England national football team, World in Motion which went on to become a Number One hit in the UK.

1992 saw New Order reunite with producer Stephen Hague {True Faith, 1963, Round & Round, World in Motion} for the Republic album recording sessions; Hague’s production credits ranged from Rock Steady Crew, Malcolm McLaren, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Pet Shop Boys.

The sessions took place at Real World studios, a residential recording studio in Box, England a village with a population less than 4 000, which had been founded by Peter Gabriel from Genesis; and RAK a studio near Regents Park in central London, founded by Mickie Most, a renowned and successful English record producer.

The end result was an album of prime and sublime alternative guitar/electronic pop.

The band’s ever growing popularity and broad appeal was reflected in the impact that the 4 singles – Regret, Ruined in a Day, World & Spooky – from the Republic album had on charts around the world ranging from Modern Rock to Dance and Club.

New Order. Influential. Innovators.

A legacy standing the test of time.

Studio Album Discography – 1980 – 1993:

Movement  – debut album released 13 November 1981 – Label: Factory (FACT 50)

Power, Corruption & Lies – released 2nd May 1983 – Label: Factory (FACT 75)

Low-Life – released 13th May 1985 – Label: Factory (FACT 100)

Brotherhood – released 29th September 1986 – Label: Factory (FACT 150),

Technique – released 30th January 1989 – Label: Factory (FACT 275),

Republic – released 3rd May 1993 – Label: Centredate/London

Republic – Track Listing:

Side One:

Regret

World

Ruined in a Day

Spooky

Everyone Everywhere

Side Two:

Young Offender

Liar

Chemical

Times Change

Special

Avalanche

All songs written & composed by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Hague.

New Order – Regret (single) – Republic (album)

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The first single – from the Republic album – released in April 1993.

The music video was directed by Peter Care – who has worked with a number of marquee artists including Depeche Mode, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M.

The song appeared at number 34 on the Pitchfork – Top 200 Tracks of the 90s

New Order – Ruined In A Day (single) – Republic (album)

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The second single – from the Republic album – was released on 21st June 1993.

The music video was directed by Keith Allen – who was a member of London punk band the Atoms in the late 1970s.

New Order – World (The Price of Love) (single) – Republic (album)

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The third single – from the Republic album – released on 23rd August 1993.

The track is listed as World on the album.

The subtitle – The Price of Love – was added for the single release.

The music video was filmed in Cannes with a minimal number of long shots via steadicam – an invention of American cinematographer Garrett Brown which allows a cameramen to film while walking without the normal shaking and jostles of a handheld camera; introduced in 1975 it was initially utilised in a number of major films from the following years including Rocky, Return Of The Jedi and The Shining.