EURYTHMICS, AS you should know, are Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox. It is now well over a year since they made their first LP 'In The Garden', produced by Conny Plank and featuring contributions from Clem Burke, Robert Gorl, Jackie Leibezeit and Holger Czukay and released it to a forceful round of critical indifference.

Since then three new titles have appeared as singles (usually with three or four additional cuts on the rear side of the 12" versions) recorded at their own eight-track set up with various cohorts and acquaintances.

Live shows have been infrequent and have mostly featured Adam Williams mixing the sound from on stage and Tim Wheater – the enfant terrible of the classical flute world. These appearances were often lacking in spontaneity due to the precise dictates of the pre-recorded drum tracks.

Recently Dave and Annie have been treading the boards with Robert Crash (an intercontinental commuter who has a studio in Berlin and connections with cable TV in New York) who adds his own special brand of percussion. His flailing sticks are even used to strike a synth and thus produce notes instead of beats.

The currently 'bubbling under' single release is 'Love Is A Stranger'. For most of the general public this is the first taste of Eurythmics and its relative success is a result of ears succumbing to the merits of the disc itself rather than minds being swayed by the 'ex-Tourists' slag-tag that has stood in the way of acceptance in the fad-happy rock media.

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