Break It Down: Annie Lennox
Mon, 01 Oct 2007 16:15:54
Annie Lennox is an artist who has come to be known for her individualism. The Scottish born, classically trained musician burst onto the scene in the 1980s as the frontwoman for the electro-pop duo Eurythmics. You can tell from her early outfits that this iconoclast has never been afraid to stand out, and it's earned her a devoted fan base and an Academy Award to boot.
Never content to rest on her laurels, Lennox has come back this year with one of her most accomplished and politically charged works to date, Songs of Mass Destruction. Timely and topical, she describes it as "a dark album," touching on themes of global warming, war and inequality. Lennox gamely answered our latest barrage of questions (aka 'Break It Down') to give us a little insight into her deepest soul...
What have you been listening to lately?
Indonesian Gamelan music, Tibetan singing bowls, wind and rain
Where are you currently living, and what’s the best place to hang out in your current neighborhood?
Notthing Hill Gate. Anywhere on Portobello Rd. It's all good.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a classical flute player.
What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
I gave back a wallet that I found in the street with sixty pounds in it. That was pretty dramatic!
Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics in the whole wide world?
The words to "Fragile" by Sting.
What’s your most cherished musical instrument, paraphernalia, or accessory?
My upright piano.
If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?
I'd give the artists their rightful share...instead of those other bastards!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen a fan do at one of your shows?
Trying to look like me circa 1984!
What never goes out of style?
Do you have secret skills we should know about?
I'm just pretty all around fabulous at everything, except maths and technology...Ha!
What’s your favorite drink?
A decent glass of red wine.
What was the first song you would (or have) played for your newborn child?
I think it was probably just me...humming.
What has been your sweetest victory to date?
I don't really think in terms of victory or defeat, but it was really sweet getting an apology from the head of the Royal Academy of Music last year when they awarded me with a Fellowship.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff