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1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) Import, Soundtrack
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I purchased the soundtrack without seeing the movie. I had been a fan of Orwell's writing for years. I had also been a fan of the Eurythmics sound, and once I started to listen to this cassette I IMMEDIATELY loved it's interpretation of Orwell's work. I rented the movie (which had come out only a scant year prior to my find) and embraced both contemparary interpretations.
Lennox & Stewart had it down pat. If there is any track on the album that is the most contrived it has to be to be "SexCrime", which did get air play at the time. It's sole purpose seemed to be to promote the movie via MTV, which if that is "SexCrime"'s worst crime, then so be it.
The strongest tracks for me were "Julia" (which got a lot of airtime in the movie) which is a dark gothic type ballad that floats by like a black-vieled dream, and "I Did It Just The Same", which has a driving, funeral drum beat that sets the mood for the album perfectly. It's subtle, hidden energy is kept in check by the oppresive, gear-like machinations Orwell created for the reader. It's a credit to the Eurythmics abilities to be able to take something so intense and translate it note for note into a musical representation.
Other artists have presented similar types of works (most notably David Bowie's cancelled project of the 70's) but this has them all beat. Bowie's 1984 seemed terribly uninspired when compared to this Eurythmics venture... and I am a BIG Bowie fan.Read more ›
Hands down, the best song on the CD is "Julia." It's a haunting tune with wonderful vocals by Annie Lennox, and it can easily be listened to over and over again. Much of "Sexcrime" sounds awfully dated today, but it's still an enjoyable song too.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this CD for both fans of the Eurythmics and Orwell.
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I love the song sex crime I also have the extended version of the awesome 80's song I love 80's music and I have a wide collection of all 80's music to Its amazing to understand... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shane Corbin
I've been a big fan of the Eurythmics for a long long time. The vocals are crisp and the instrumentals are excellent. I love the way the band uses all five speakers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Briarrabbit2
I think this is some of the Eurythmics best work, but sadly isn't available on iTunes or Amazon for download. "For the Love of Big Brother" is so sensual and moving. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kensingtonian
This is not really a soundtrack to 1984 since none of the music is actually used with the exception of the magnificent "Julia" played over the credits, but it is worth... Read morePublished 16 months ago by SLAPPYWAG1
I would have to agree this album has haunted my mind for many years the music is that ethereal. I too have been searching and searching for this as well, I'm so happy I'll be lost... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Quinn
I saw this movie in the theatre, it scared the heck out of me. The soundtrack from the Eurythmics is amazing, especially the title song "Sexcrime. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Keith Ross
I lost my copy of this album from the Eurythmic's 1984. Love the song Julia and the song Sex a Crimes!Published 21 months ago by David Lee Hedrick