I can’t remember when I wasn’t a fan of Annie Lennox. That glorious voice and the amazing style of her costumes and performances, that sense of gracious absurdity, fierce compassion and joyous gravitas. She has always stood out.
I caught this performance (recorded a year ago) a while back and thought “I must post that for Friday Hoyden” and then it got lost down the back of the to-do drawer until today. Annie is interviewed by Jools Holland before performing a stripped down version of “Here Comes The Rain Again” accompanying herself on the piano (song starts at approx 5:15 if you want to miss the interview).
I’ve also always loved how she queers femininity, contrasting hyper-feminine touches with aggressive looks, illustrated beautifully in the video below of the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert (she sings Under Pressure with David Bowie) with a fairytale full-length tulle circle skirt subverted by that surrealist band of solid make-up masking her eyes. The song’s not bad either.