Love Is a Stranger (3:40)

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Love Is a Stranger” is Eurythmics’ fifth single, and like its predecessors, was initially a commercial flop, although it later became a worldwide hit when it re-entered the chart following their commercial breakthrough with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”.
It was produced by David A. Stewart and Adam Williams and was self-financed at Eurythmics’ 8-track facility in Chalk Farm.

The song has a fairly sparse, up-tempo arrangement. It uses the rare Movement Systems Drum Computer and various synthesizers (providing bass, melody lines and sound effects), including the Suzuki Omnichord, combined with Lennox’s strident multi-tracked vocal harmonies. The song is also punctuated with sexual-sounding vocal grunts of “uh!” from Stewart.
The single release was accompanied by a striking music video, in which Stewart acts as chauffeur for an androgynous Lennox, who plays the role of a high-class prostitute. During the course of the video, Lennox removes a curly blonde wig to reveal her trademark, close-cropped, ginger hair underneath. This caused controversy in the USA, as some people mistakenly thought Lennox was a male transvestite.
The single B-side was “Monkey Monkey”, a stripped-down electro track featuring a sparse drum machine and sequenced synthesizer arrangement, with Lennox’s vocal heavily electronically processed. The bass-line consists of a rhythmically shifting motive permutating against the drum pattern. Lennox plays with half-articulated fake-French soundings and extremely long intonations.

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