Eurythmics

Eurythmics were an English electro-pop duo that released seven studio albums and a soundtrack between 1981 and 1989 on RCA. They scored multiple 1983–85 hits, including “Sweet Dreams,” “Who’s That Girl?” “Here Comes the Rain Again,” and “Would I Lie to You?”

The duo consisted of vocalist Annie Lennox and multi-instrumentalist David Stewart. They recorded their first album, In the Garden, fresh off their three-year stint in pop-rockers The Tourists.

Members: Annie Lennox (vocals, keyboards, sequencer, flute), David A. Stewart (guitar, sequencer, keyboards, dulcimer, xylophone)


Background

Annie Lennox and David Stewart met in 1975 when she was working in a London cafe and he walked up and introduced himself. (His first words: “Will you marry me?”)

The Scottish-born Lennox (b. Christmas 1954, Aberdeen) had studied flute, piano, and harpsichord for three years at the Royal Academy of Music. Her classmates included future recording artist Joe Jackson. After leaving the Royal Academy, she did a brief, unrecorded stint in the folk combo Windsong.

David A. Stewart (b. Sept. 9, 1952, Sunderland) had come off a three-year stint as the guitarist in folk-rockers Longdancer, which released two 1973–74 albums on Elton John‘s label, The Rocket Record Company. Stewart introduced Lennox to his guitarist–songwriter friend, fellow Sunderlandite Peter Coombes. Collectively, they formed The Catch, which issued the dream-pop–soul single “Borderline” (b/w “Black Blood”) in late 1977 on Logo.

The Catch morphed into pop-rockers The Tourists with bassist Eddie Chinn and drummer Jim Toomey. Under this five-piece configuration, they released the 1979–80 albums The Tourists, Reality Effect, and Luminous Basements and charted with a cover of the 1963 Dusty Springfield classic “I Only Want to Be With You” (UK No. 4, Aus. No. 6, US No. 83).

Most of the band’s material was written by Coombes, whose guitar-pop leanings came at odds with Lennox and Stewart. The two gravitated to the electronic art-pop and ambient music associated with German engineer Connie Plank, who produced The Tourists debut immediately after his work on Systems of Romance, the 1978 release by synth-rock pioneers Ultravox. After a 1980 tour of Australia, the pair broke from Coombes and formed Eurythmics. (The word eurythmics stands for “the art of harmonious bodily movement.”)


1981

5 Jun 1981
A: Never Gonna Cry Again
B: Le Sinistre

28 Aug 1981
A: Belinda
B: Heartbeat, Heartbeat


In the Garden

Eurythmics released their debut album, In the Garden, on October 16, 1981, on RCA.

1. “English Summer” (4:02)
2. “Belinda” (3:58)
3. “Take Me to Your Heart” (3:35)
4. “She’s Invisible Now” (3:30)
5. “Your Time Will Come” (4:34)
6. “Caveman Head” (3:59)
7. “Never Gonna Cry Again” (3:05)
8. “All the Young (People of Today)” (4:14)
9. “Sing-Sing” (4:05)
10. “Revenge” (4:31)

Recorded January–May 1981
Studio Conny’s Studio, Wolperath, Cologne
Producer Eurythmics Conny Plank

Annie Lennox – keyboards, synthesizer, flute, percussion, vocals
David A. Stewart – keyboards, synthesizer, bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals

Guest musicians
Clem Burke (of Blondie) – drums
Holger Czukay (of Can) – French horn on “Belinda” and “Never Gonna Cry Again”, brass on “Your Time Will Come”, Thai stringed instrument, walking
Crista Fast (wife of Conny Plank) – backing vocals on “Revenge”, laughs
Robert Görl (of D.A.F.) – drums on “Belinda”
Jaki Liebezeit (of Can) – drums on “Take Me to Your Heart”, “Never Gonna Cry Again” and “All the Young (People of Today)”; brass on “Your Time Will Come”
Roger Pomphrey – guitar and backing vocals on “English Summer”, “Your Time Will Come”, “Caveman Head” and “Sing-Sing”, shouts
Markus Stockhausen (son of Karlheinz Stockhausen) – brass on “Your Time Will Come”
Tim Wheater – saxophone on “Never Gonna Cry Again”

Technical
Dave Hutchins – engineering
Rocking Russian – design
Peter Ashworth – sleeve photography


1982

9 Apr 1982
A: This Is The House
B: Home Is Where The Heart Is

18 Jun 1982
A1: The Walk
B1: Step On The Beast
B2: The Walk Part 2

24 Sep 1982
A: Love Is A Stranger
B: Monkey, Monkey


1983


Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Eurythmics released their second album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), on January 4, 1983, on RCA.

1. “Love Is a Stranger” (3:43)
2. “I’ve Got an Angel” (2:44)
3. “Wrap It Up” (3:33)
4. “I Could Give You (A Mirror)” (3:51)
5. “The Walk” (4:40
6. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” (3:36)
7. “Jennifer” (5:05)
8. “This Is the House” (5:00)
9. “Somebody Told Me” (3:29)
10. “This City Never Sleeps” (6:40)

Recorded 1982
Studio Eurythmics’ 8-track studio and the Church, London
Producer David A. Stewart Adam Williams Robert Crash
David A. Stewart – production (all tracks); engineering
Adam Williams – production (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8); engineering
Robert Crash – production (tracks 3, 4, 9); engineering
Chris Ashbrook – video stills
Lewis Ziolek – cover photography
Laurence Stevens – design
Green Gartside – guest vocals (track 3)

A: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
B: I Could Give You (A Mirror)

Canada Top Singles (RPM)[22] 1
France (SNEP)[23] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[41] 1
US Cash Box Top 100[45] 1
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[31] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[37] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[39] 2
UK Singles (OCC)[14] 2
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[43] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[30] 3
West Germany (Official German Charts)[46] 4
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[24] 5
Australia (Kent Music Report)[28] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[29] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[35] 9 

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 3
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[18] 5
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[19] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 6
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 14
US Billboard 200[27] 15


“Who’s That Girl?”

Jun 1983
A: Who’s That Girl?
B: You Take Some Lentils… And You Take Some Rice


Touch

Eurythmics released their third album, Touch, on November 14, 1983, on RCA.

1. “Here Comes the Rain Again” (4:54)
2. “Regrets” (4:43)
3. “Right by Your Side” (4:05)
4. “Cool Blue” (4:48)
5. “Who’s That Girl?” (4:46)
6. “The First Cut” (4:44)
7. “Aqua” (4:36)
8. “No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)” (5:24)
9. “Paint a Rumour” (7:30)

Recorded Summer 1983
Studio The Church (London)
Producer David A. Stewart

Annie Lennox – lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, flute, arrangements
David A. Stewart – guitars, keyboards, dulcimer, xylophone, backing vocals, drum sequencer, synthesiser sequencer, arrangements

Additional musicians
Dick Cuthell – trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet
Dean Garcia – bass guitar
Michael Kamen – string arrangements, string conducting
British Philharmonic Orchestra – strings
Martin Dobson – baritone saxophone on “Right by Your Side”

Technical
David A. Stewart – production
Jon Bavin – engineering

Artwork
Peter Ashworth – outer sleeve photography
Brian Aris – inner sleeve photography
Laurence Stevens – art direction, design

Oct 1983
A: Right By Your Side
B: Right By Your Side (Party Mix)

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[26] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 1
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[20] 3
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[19] 4
Icelandic Albums (Tónlist)[23] 5
US Billboard 200[31] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 9
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 9
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 14


1984

Jan 1984
A: Here Comes The Rain Again
B: Paint a Rumour

Touch Dance


1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)

On November 12, 1984, Eurythmics released 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother), the soundtrack to the dystopian drama Nineteen Eighty-Four starring John Hurt and Richard Burton; based on the 1949 cautionary novel by English social critic George Orwell (1903–1950).

1. “I Did It Just the Same” (3:28)
2. “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)” (3:58)
3. “For the Love of Big Brother” (5:05)
4. “Winston’s Diary” (1:22)
5. “Greetings from a Dead Man” (6:13)
6. “Julia” (6:40)
7. “Doubleplusgood” (4:40)
8. “Ministry of Love” (3:47)
9. “Room 101” (3:50)

David A. Stewart – production, mixing
Eric “ET” Thorngren – engineering, mixing
Sean Burrows – engineering assistance
Steven Stanley – early recording engineering (tracks 2, 3)
Sarah Quill – front cover photo
Howard Brown – 1984 logo
Mighty – sleeve

Oct 1984
A: Sexcrime (nineteen eighty • four)
B: I Did It Just The Same

Jan 1985
A: Julia
B: Ministry Of Love 1985


Be Yourself Tonight

Eurythmics released their fourth proper album, Be Yourself Tonight, on April 29, 1985, on RCA.

1. “Would I Lie to You?” (4:25)
2. “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” (5:22)
3. “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain” (4:04)
4. “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” (duet with Aretha Franklin) (5:54)
5. “Conditioned Soul” (4:30)
6. “Adrian” (duet with Elvis Costello) (4:29)
7. “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)” (3:45)
8. “Here Comes That Sinking Feeling” (5:40)
9. “Better to Have Lost in Love (Than Never to Have Loved at All)” (5:06)

Annie Lennox – vocals (all tracks); keyboards (tracks 2–6, 8, 9); keyboard sequencers (track 7)
David A. Stewart – guitars (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6–9); sequencers (tracks 1, 5, 7); keyboards (tracks 2–5, 8, 9); bass sequencer, drum computer program (track 3); electric guitar, slide guitar (track 5); six-stringed octave guitar (track 6)

Additional musicians
Nathan East – bass (tracks 1, 4)
Olle Romo – drums (tracks 1, 2, 5–9); wood stomping (track 3)
Benmont Tench – organ (tracks 1, 4)
Dave Plews – trumpet (tracks 1, 7)
Martin Dobson – saxophones (tracks 1, 7)
Dean Garcia – bass (tracks 2, 5–9); wood stomping (track 3)
Michael Kamen – strings (tracks 2, 9); celeste (track 6); bass arrangement idea (track 7); keyboard solo, string parts (track 8)
Stevie Wonder – harmonica (track 2)
Angel Cross – backing vocals (track 2)
The Charles Williams Singers – backing vocals (track 3); gospel choir (track 4)
Adam Williams – drum computer program (track 3)
Sadie (and other uncredited performers) – gravel stomping (track 3)
Aretha Franklin – “super” vocals (track 4)
Stan Lynch – drums (track 4)
Mike Campbell – lead guitar (tracks 4, 6)
Elvis Costello – harmony vocal (track 6)

Technical
David A. Stewart – production, mixing
Adam Williams – mixing (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 9); engineering (tracks 2, 4–9)
Don Smith – special help (track 1); engineering (tracks 2, 4); mixing (tracks 3, 4, 6, 8); additional engineering (track 6)
Jay Willis – engineering assistance (tracks 2–4)
Shelly Yakus – drum recording (track 4)
Stephen Marcussen – mastering

Artwork
Laurence Stevens – art, design
Paul Fortune – photography

A: Would I Lie To You?
B: Here Comes That Sinking Feeling

Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[21] 2
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 5
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 5
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[22] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 10

Jun 1985
A: There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
B: Grown Up Girls

Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[9] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 2
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[11] 3
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[12] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 3
European Albums (Eurotipsheet)[13] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 9
US Billboard 200[24] 9
Italian Albums (Musica e dischi)[17] 18
French Albums (IFOP)[15] 20

Oct 1985
A: There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
B: Grown Up Girls


Revenge

Eurythmics released their fifth album, Revenge, on June 29, 1986, on RCA.

1. “Missionary Man” (4:26)
2. “Thorn in My Side” (4:13)
3. “When Tomorrow Comes” (4:28)
4. “The Last Time” (4:11)
5. “The Miracle of Love” (5:05)
6. “Let’s Go!” (4:11)
7. “Take Your Pain Away” (4:34)
8. “A Little of You” (3:54)
9. “In This Town” (3:42)
10. “I Remember You” (5:00)

Recorded July 1985 – May 1986
Studio Conny’s Studio (Cologne, West Germany), Studio de la Grande Armée (Paris, France)

Annie Lennox – vocals
David A. Stewart – guitar (all tracks); vocals (tracks 4, 5, 9, 10)

Additional personnel
Patrick Seymour – keyboards
Clem Burke – drums
Jimmy “Z” Zavala – harmonica (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6); saxophone (tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10)
Jannick Top – bass guitar (tracks 1, 6)
Joniece Jamison – backing vocals (tracks 1, 6, 7, 9)
Michael Kamen – orchestra arrangement, conducting (tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10)
John McKenzie – bass guitar (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8)
Bernita Turner – backing vocals (tracks 2, 9)
Phil Chen – bass guitar (tracks 4, 10)
Jon Bavin – additional keyboards (track 5)
Gully – synthesiser guitar noise (track 5)

Technical
David A. Stewart – production
Jon Bavin – recording engineering, mixing engineering
Manu Guiot – mixing engineering
Fred Defaye – first assistant engineer
Serge Pauchard – second assistant engineer

Artwork
Eric Scott – sleeve paintings
Laurence Stevens – sleeve designs

May 1986 UK
A: When Tomorrow Comes
B: Take Your Pain Away

Aug 1986
A: Thorn In My Side
B: In This Town

Nov 1986
A: The Miracle Of Love
B: When Tomorrow Comes (Live Version)

Feb 1987
A: Missionary Man
B: The Last Time (Live)

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 1
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[11] 2
European Albums (Music & Media)[15] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 2
Icelandic Albums (Tónlist)[19] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[14] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 3
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[13] 4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 7
Italian Albums (Musica e dischi)[20] 10
French Albums (IFOP)[17] 12
US Billboard 200[27] 12


Savage

Eurythmics released their sixth album, Savage, on November 9, 1987, on RCA.


We Too Are One

Eurythmics released their seventh album, We Too Are One, on September 11, 1989, on RCA.


Discography:

  • In the Garden (1981)
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)
  • Touch (1983)
  • 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)
  • Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
  • Revenge (1986)
  • Savage (1987)
  • We Too Are One (1989)

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