Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
1984: Virgin CDF 22
The remix of Sexcrime is about 8 minutes long and is fairly fun, although a little repetitious handy for theatre work calls and such. The extended mix of Julia is actually just the album version, referred to as extended here because its single version (on vinyl only) was a shortened radio edit that faded out starting with the warping wash of sound. As for I Did It Just The Same, Ive never understood what happened with that track as released on this single in all its forms: its missing one measure from just before the end of the song. Why? Thats a question for Dave Stewart, I guess. Weird.
Sexcrime is an oddity in some ways: its a radio-geared track that got more or less banned from radio play because its title and quasi-chorus/bridge of the same was taken at face value without recognition of its Orwellian basis, but before that circumstance theres the fact that its a radio-geared track based on a non-radio-friendly soundtrack scores motifs, with George Orwells book 1984 at the root. Its flashy bits of technologically pumped rock distract the listener from noticing that it is lyrically and even musically disjointed. Consider the lyrics, for example:
Can I take this for granted
With your eyes over me
In this place, this wintry home
I know theres always someone in
And so I face the wall
Turn my back against it all
How I wish Id been unborn
Wish I were unliving in
Oh, Ill pull the bricks down
One by one
Leave a big hole in the wall
Just where you are looking in
At best thats clunky and patchy, with enigmatic overtonesbut you really dont care or even notice that when youre enjoying its machine-like hammering pace and harmonies, its just fun and thats enough. Plus which the climactic build to the GIMMEGIMMEGIMMEGIMME vocal bit pretty much erases your memory of fussy detail-tracking of the song up to that point (and I can only surmise that Lennoxs scat there is actually a deconstruction of the phrase get back, upon consideration of the songs lyrical content and background).
But this is, again, only a by-product of another work. As ever I can only wonder about what the actual Eurythmics score for the film 1984 is like, and how the Sexcrime themes manifest themselves (although as I noted in my brief overview of the 1984For the Love of Big Brother album that, structurally, Room 101 is just Sexcrime in a minor key, with no lyrics and a different rhythm track, and the Room 101 themes did appear in the mixed-composer cut of the film, but sadly not in the Dominic-Muldowney-only version thats come out on DVD). Which brings up the question of the choruss lyrics, if indeed they can be referred to as such: I saw (and probably still have somewhere) a UK-song-hits magazines contemporary page on Sexcrime in which the chorus is written out as something like doop be doop be diddle oodle doop boop (repeated as necessary), which may really be whats sung as reported to them by DNAs people, I can only guess. Certainly its not meant to be actual words, which has to make this track even more of an odditya rock radio single with a nonsense chorus. Even The Polices De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da had real words in its chorus.
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