Eurythmics are known mainly for a lot of their mainstream releases but not so much for what was supposed to be their first motion-picture soundtrack release –titled 1984– for a movie also with the same title.  Ok, that was a long sentence.  I’ll simplify my point: Eurythmic’s 1984 was the soundtrack for the 1984 movie which was based on George Orwell’s novel:  1984/Nineteen Eight Four. Phew!

Back in 1984, I bought the LP vinyl & cassette of Eurythmics’ 1984, as well as the 7″ and 12″ singles of Sexcrime.  This entire album is actually my very favorite of any Eurythmics’ release.  It has all the synth-pop, electronic elements with Moroder-esque basslines, drum machine polyrhythms, stuttering vocal samples, layers of synth pads, lush sound engineering & mixing, seas of processed reverb and cutting-edge dark-noir feel to it all (with a touch of pop sparkles on top).  It’s pop and SERIOUS at the same time.  Timeless.  Emotional.  Deep.  All in all, 1984 is different in style & sound from Eurythmics’ previous forte, falling somewhere between Peter Gabriel’s Birdy soundtrack and The Art Of Noise.

Play Eurythmics “1984″ LP/Soundtrack…

Eurythmics 1984 Tracks…

  • Track 01 – I Did It Just The Same  (mp3)
  • Track 02 – Sexcrime (nineteen eighty-four)  (mp3)
  • Track 03 – For The Love Of Big brother  (mp3)
  • Track 04 – Winston’s Diary  (mp3)
  • Track 05 – Greetings From A Dead Man  (mp3)
  • Track 06 – Julia  (mp3)
  • Track 07 – Doubleplusgood  (mp3)
  • Track 08 – Ministry Of Love  (mp3)
  • Track 09 – Room 101  (mp3)
  • Review of ’1984′ by DjProject…

    Review by DjProject…

    When Michael Redford set out to make a film adaptation of George Orwell’s well-known dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four, Sir Richard Branson (Virgin was producing the film) wanted to have a pop act to contribute to the soundtrack. And so he brought onboard Eurythmics (still signed to RCA at the time). Although only a few of the cues were actually use in the theatrical cut and subsequently for laserdisc and DVD they were all but absent from the film (Eurythmics have become “unpersons” =] ), this is a fine alternative soundtrack to the work, both the novel and the film.

    If Eurythmics were known solely for their pop sensibilities, this album would demonstrate their creative talents. The thing that makes this album stand out is the way it’s able to capture the mood and spirit of the world of Oceania. The sound is very modern and accessible to today but there’s a unsettling trait running through the album that compliments a future run by the principles of Ingsoc. Perhaps the best example in this album is “Greetings from a Dead Man.” The percussion makes it very dance-like yet the organ/synth sounds and Anne Lennox’s vocalizing give it a dark quality. This could very well be the first cyberpunk soundtrack =].

    This is perhaps why Michael Redford disliked it so much. He was much in favor with Dominic Muldowney’s orchestral score. While Muldowney’s score is a good traditional film score and points to Orwell’s inspiration (the music is very “social realist” and would fit well with a socialist/communist band’s repertoire), it does very little to really explore and solidify the dark mood of the film. For an example, “I Did It Just the Same” was used (albeit in a slightly different form on the film) when Winston was recounting his encounter with prole prostitute. The rhythm track, the striptease-like synth bass and the other electronic oddities (Anne’s vocalizations were not on the film cue) help to amplify the sexuality in the scene, a verboten idea in the world of “1984.” Muldowney’s score just doesn’t cut it (pun intended).

    While most Eurythmics fans would consider this a curiosity, I think it helps them to be seen as artists in their own right rather than just a pop group who happened to be at the right place at the right time. As for its failed use in the film, all I can say that I’m sorry that Michael Redford failed to see what this soundtrack could have done for the film.

    Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalOH MY GOD were the first words to come out of my mouth immediately when this track started.  And that was back in 1983.  Combination Mix of Get The Balance Right starts right off the bat with a punchy & crunchy bassline, stabbing your face repeatedly with hot & fat analog synth bassline in 16th-note sequencer-steps.  This track is nice and long with minimal (almost dub-instrusmental) passages, balanced in every way: Bassline intro, music build-up, lyrical verses, vocal choruses, instrumental/dub passages, and a driving energy that grooves all the way to the outro/ending.  After all these years, this track still remains not being stupid but forever  SERIOUS!

    Get The Balance Right is ultimate for listening-purposes and dancing your way back to the early New Wave synth-energized 80′s underground dance scene at some geezer’s bass’ment by time-traveling inside a Ford Cortina Mark 5.

    Depeche Mode – “Get The Balance Right” (Combination Mix)…

    Artist: Depeche Mode
    Title: Get The Balance Right (Combination Mix)
    Year: 1983
    Label: Mute Records

    Depeche Mode – “Get The Balance Right” (Combination Mix) (mp3)

     

    Spandau Ballet – “Chant No. 1″ (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) (12″ Mix)…

    Artist: Spandau Ballet
    Title: Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) (12″ Mix)
    Year: 1981
    Label: Chrysalis Records

    Spandau Ballet – “Chant No. 1″ (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) (12″ Mix) (mp3)

     

    Human League, The – “Hard Times/Love Action” (I Believe In Love)  (12″)…

    Artist: Human League, The
    Title: Hard Times/Hard Times (I Believe In Love) (12″)
    Year: 1981
    Label: Virgin

    Human League, The – “Hard Times/Love Action” (I Believe In Love) (12″) (mp3)

     

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