Always ready to take on a creative project, Annie and Dave set out to make a video for every song on their 1988 album "Savage". Commercially, "Savage" wasn't so well-received, most of its positive attention came from England. For longtime fans however, it had some exciting moments, blending together rock riffs with the synth-pop that made Eurythmics popular in the first place. Visually, the songs are well-represented, and the themes tie together in a loose narrative that defines the different "personalities" and inner experiences of a woman who seems to be going through a bit of a breakdown.
When we first see her in "Beethoven", she is a housewife who seems to be either neglected or put down by the man in her life. Her claustrophobic apartment serves as a prime place for a meltdown, during which she morphs into a bizarre caricature and launches a full-scale assault on the peace and harmony of her humble abode. After trashing the place and storming off, she belts out the sexy Stones-esquire "I Need A Man", almost in defiance. From here, what happens is anybody's guess. She flashes back to experiences like her daughter's hasty exit from the home, as well as her own unexpected pregnancy at an early age. Some heady themes are hinted at but never fully realized.
Although the visual story hints at some sort of catharsis, we never really get a concrete idea of what's going on here, which makes "Savage" play more like the collection of videos that it is rather than a real story. As is usual for Eurythmics, the clips are inventive, diverse, and always showcase the fine songs that Dave & Annie are so good at writing. Bravo, and where is the DVD I wonder?
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