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Eurythmics: 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (RCA)

Richard C. Walls, Creem, April 1985

IRONY BUFFS might have felt a twinge of interest recently when the Eurythmics' 'Sexcrime' was being banned in various quarters. In Orwell's 1984 the word is used by the totalitarian state to designate all acts of sex except utilitarian intercourse between married couples, the idea being that by lumping all non-reproductive sex semantically together the state then deters the individual from making the intellectual distinctions that would lead to heretical thoughts. Ironic, then, that a fictional word described in a novel as a tool of puritanical repression itself provoked a little minor league repression by some hyper-sensitive but weirdly selective rock station programmers.

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