When the Tourists went on permanent vacation, bandmates Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart merged creative energies and formed Eurythmics.

When the Tourists went on permanent vacation, bandmates Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart merged creative energies and formed Eurythmics. In 1981, the then-newly-formed duo debuted with the fiercely groove-oriented—albeit modest—In the Garden. Recorded in Cologne, Germany, this disc was a definite sign of the times, with disco's orchestral maneuvers being overtaken by the synth-hewn beats of electro and new wave. Thus, it finds Lennox and Stewart offering a vivid snapshot into a very alive and burgeoning synth-pop scene. Co-produced by Conny Plank (who worked with groundbreaking artists like Kraftwerk and Neu!), In the Garden is both experimental and commercial, with Lennox's now- signature vocals effortlessly gliding atop the rhythmic rhythm machine. On various tracks, the duo is joined by Blondie drummer Clem Burke; composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's son, Marcus; Can bassist Hölger Czukay; and D.A.F. drummer Robert Görl, among others. Throughout, particularly on tracks like "Take Me to Your Heart," "Your Time Will Come," "Never Gonna Cry Again," and "All the Young (People of Today)," Eurythmics lay the foundation for what's to come on their next album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). The rest, as they say, is history.—MP

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