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Girls Will Be Boys: Annie Lennox # 1

March 30, 2011


In 1984, the Eurythmics were everywhere and Annie Lennox’s androgynous appearance was causing much the same gender controversy as we are now experiencing with Gaga (I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have a penis…).

Lennox, together with Dave Stewart, had originally been a member of the poptastic late 70’s band The Tourists – a band that neither of them had any creative control over. By dressing in suits, Lennox’s aim was to not only ‘kill Annie of The Tourists dead’ but to also close the gender gap, psychologically and physically, between her and the boardrooms of the music industry.

Such was the furore it caused that apparently her birth cerfiticate was requested before her US performance so as to prove she was really a woman. As a direct response to all the rumours about her gender, she appeared at the Grammy awards completely disguised as a man, ever her performance was decidedly masculine.

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