Sexcrime (1984)

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"Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)"
Single by Eurythmics
from the album 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)
Released 22 October 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Genre New wave,[1] synthpop,[1] electronica
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Annie Lennox & David A. Stewart
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"Here Comes the Rain Again"
(1984)
"Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)"
(1984)
"Julia"
(1985)

"Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" is a song written and performed by the British pop duo Eurythmics. It was released as the first single from their album 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother), which served as the soundtrack to the film Nineteen Eighty-Four, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by George Orwell. The song was produced by Dave Stewart.

Background and performance[edit]

"Sexcrime" is a synthpop song which features heavy sampling of Lennox's voice, utilizing snippets of her vocal performance to produce a stuttering effect. Also prominently featured is the voice of Stewart, with the aid of a vocoder, uttering the phrase "nineteen eighty four". It was the first of two singles released from the soundtrack album. The term "sexcrime" is one of several Newspeak words found within the novel.

The song was originally intended to appear in the film 1984, but was dropped prior to the film's release. However, it was used as background music for the film's trailer, and the song's promotional video was included on home video releases of the film.

In addition to the standard 7" and 12" formats, the song was also released as a limited edition 12" picture disc.

Chart performance[edit]

The single peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] becoming Eurythmics' 6th consecutive Top 10 hit. It was one of the duo's biggest selling singles in the UK, being certified Silver by the BPI for sales in excess of 200,000 copies.[3] It was also a big hit throughout Europe, a top 10 hit in New Zealand, a top 20 hit in Canada, and one of the duo's biggest selling singles in Australia.

"Sexcrime" met with strong resistance on United States radio and on video outlets such as MTV — the song's title was particularly controversial to those who were not aware of the meaning of the word in Orwell's novel. The music video (featuring a straightforward performance of the song by Lennox and Stewart) had limited rotation on MTV. "Sexcrime" peaked at a lowly number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was much more successful on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it reached number 2.

Track listings[edit]

7"[edit]

  • A: "Sex Crime (1984)" (LP Version) - 3:57
  • B: "I Did It Just The Same" (LP Version) - 3:32

12"[edit]

  • A: "Sex Crime (1984)" (Extended Mix) - 8:01
  • B1: "Sex Crime (1984)" (LP Version) - 3:57
  • B2: "I Did It Just the Same" (LP Version) - 3:32

3" CD Re-Issue[edit]

  • A: "Sex Crime (1984)" (Extended Mix) - 8:01
  • B1: "Julia" (LP Version) - 6:38
  • B2: "I Did It Just the Same" (LP Version) - 3:32

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984-1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 3
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[6] 3
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[7] 18
France (SNEP)[8] 7
Germany (Media Control AG)[9] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 4
Italy (FIMI)[11] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 10
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[13] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 9
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[16] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 81
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[19] 2

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Certified Awards". BPI.co.uk. BPI. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Sexcrime - EURYTHMICS". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 26 July 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 3
  7. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 22, February 09 1985". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Eurythmics - Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  Only one result when searching "Sex crime (1984)"
  11. ^ "Indice per Interprete: E". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Eurythmics - Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)". VG-lista. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  16. ^ "SEX CRIME - Eurythmics". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Eurythmics awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 July 2013.