Annie Lennox, “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”

Annie Lennox recorded 10 cover songs on her 1995 album Medusa, which was trashed by many critics but is mostly recognized as a great album today. Never mind the critical reception though --  the public and NARAS didn’t have a problem with the album, which entered the UK charts at number one, sat on the Billboard 200 chart for over a year, sold six million units and won a Grammy. One of the songs on the album was originally a male-sung composition that Lennox turned into a feminist anthem of sorts, “Thin Line Between Love and Hate.” In 1971 the song was a hit single by the New York-based vocal group the Persuaders (not to be confused with another New York vocal group, the Persuasions), with lead singer Douglas “Smokey” Scott spinning a tale of how his neglect and mistreatment of his woman landed him in the hospital. “Thin Line” was written by Richard Poindexter, Robert Poindexter and Jackie Members, none of whom were members of the group. On Medusa, Lennox reworked the lyric to be sung from the second-person point of view of a narrator who could be either male or female, as he or she sang to that…

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