Annie Lennox spent 12 years as one half of the Eurythmics, becoming an icon of cool, edgy new wave alongside cohort Dave Stewart. In 1992, post-Eurythmics, Lennox would deliver Diva, her debut album including the pop anthem “Walking On Broken Glass.”
Described as “state-of-the-art soul pop” by Rolling Stone, Diva served as a declaration of independence, offering polished, soulful pop vastly different from Lennox’s icy gender-bending Eurythmics persona. While lead single “Why” found a pensive intrapersonal Annie, “Walking On Broken Glass” covered anguish in joyous eloquent pop.
Fluttering strings and an infectious melody, Annie’s defiant ode to a broken heart became an instant pop anthem. Examining with precision the emotional desire to be set free from her suffering, “Walking On Broken Glass” found refuge in Lennox’s pain becoming a rapturous break-up hymn.
The video for “Walking On Broken Glass” would join her catalogue of iconic personas thanks to director and frequent collaborator Sophie Muller (No Doubt, Garbage, Sade). Based in part on the 1988 film Dangerous Liasons, the decadent costume piece featured John Malkovich and Hughie Laurie.
“Walking On Broken Glass” peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart on November 14th, 1992 after 13 weeks on the charts. The single spent at total of 8 weeks in the top ten, also peaking at No.8 on the U.K. Singles Chart and No.14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, respectively.