Eurythmics, Platinum Weird, Infusion

by Doug Rule
Published on November 17, 2005, 12:00am | Comments

EURYTHMICS REIGN AGAIN... Annie Lennox is back, and in a way that's so much more than just a sweet dream, though it's that too. So, shoo pale imitator Britta Medeiros, and take your dance cover-by-numbers of ''Why'' along with you -- and don't forget to hit the man responsible, DJ Sammy, on your way out. Lennox has returned for the moment as one-half of The Eurythmics, the British synth-pop duo of Lennox and Dave Stewart that was such a staple of the 1980s sound. The two just reissued their entire back catalog, remastering each title and including a number of unreleased tracks, such as covers of David Bowie, The Smiths and The Doors.

The two have no real plans to create a new album, or to perform live aside from a couple televised gigs, including the American Music Awards show this Monday, Nov. 22. The two will perform in support of the new Eurythmics Ultimate Collection, which features 17 of the band's hits and -- here's the great thing -- two new songs. The first track and single ''I've Got A life'' is typical Eurythmics, with an uplifting melody and mostly downbeat lyrics. Neither it nor the other new track -- ''Was It Just Another Love Affair?'' -- is quite up to the level of the duo's greatest hits, from ''Would I Lie to You?'' to ''Here Comes the Rain Again'' to ''Sweet Dreams.''

But ''I've Got A Life'' is delicious nonetheless, with its multiple chord and tempo changes and its discofied vibe. And it's been given a nice remix workout by David Guetta. (The normally reliable Sander Kleinenberg turns in a lifeless rendering.) Lennox pleads for a reprieve from this mad, cruel world at one point -- ''All I'm asking for is a little tenderness, tenderness.'' But Guetta in his remix only honors her request for a brief moment, when nothing is heard except for a beep from what sounds like a submarine. Life is cruel and today's clubland demands fierce beats, so Guetta then sticks it to Lennox by dropping an all-consuming bass line, grinding electric guitars and snyth swooshes....


Eurythmics: Ultimate Collection

Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams

Infusion: Six Feet Above Yesterday

WHAT SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF... While David Guetta's remix of ''I've Got A Life'' is gaining increasing play in the clubs, the Eurythmics remix you should request is Steve Angello's Bootleg Mix of ''Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).'' The appealing cruelness of Guetta's synthesized bass line has nothing on the pounding, reverberating bass Angello adds to his remix of ''Dreams,'' which this 21-year-old Swedish newcomer otherwise pretty much leaves intact. Although it wakes the song up with the forcefulness of a nightmare, the intense bass line makes it sound more like a dream than ever. Unfortunately, the remix isn't commercially available -- it was only available to those who pre-ordered the new hits set on iTunes. Let's hope DJs start playing the remix and someone in turn encourages the Arista label to change its mind. If nothing else they could make it an ''album only'' exclusive on iTunes....

DAVE STEWART TO LAUNCH NEW DUO... While there's no word on what else Lennox might be up to, Rolling Stone reports that the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart is teaming up with a hit songwriter, Kara DioGuardi -- who has composed several dance hits, including Kylie Minogue's ''Spinning Around,'' plus hits for Ashlee Simpson -- to form a new duo, Platinum Weird. The duo, with DioGuardi on vocals, will sound like a contemporary version of Fleetwood Mac and other '70s bands, Stewart told the magazine. An album is expected early next year from the duo, and it will be produced by John Shanks. Meanwhile, Stewart has branched out to television, developing series for both Nickelodeon and HBO....

AUSTRALIA'S NEXT BIG THING... Infusion, a multicultural trio of Jamie Stevens, Manuel Sharrad and Frank Xavier from Australia should reach the level of fame in America as that of previous decades' synth-pop bands from Down Under, including INXS, Men Without Hats and Midnight Oil. You can hear vague references to its native predecessors on Infusion's captivating Six Feet Above Yesterday, which electronica indie label Thrive Records recently released stateside. But bands from the U.K. are the predominant ingredients in Infusion's infusion, most significantly Depeche Mode, as well as New Order and The Cure. And their sound fits right in with the dance-rock resurgency of the past couple years. The album features both instrumental, guitar-charged dance tracks -- which, assembled back-to-back in the second half, forces the album to drag -- as well as fully formed songs with vocals, including the masterful ''Natural'' and the punchy ''Better World.'' That last song seems to offer veiled criticism of the Bush Administration's approach to international relations. ''You pushed us down on the way to make a better world,'' they sing....

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