The Eurythmics ... err, I mean The Tourists and 'I Only Want To Be With You'
For those who lived a sheltered life in the early ‘80s, catching a glimpse of Annie Lennox’s red crew cut in the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams video made us wonder what planet the Eurythmics arrived from. Actually the Eurythmics didn’t arrive from another constellation but emerged from England and a band called The Tourists.
The Tourists were a pop band that existed from 1977 to 1980 and in 1980 scored a hit with the remake of Dusty Springfield’s classic I Only Want To Be With You.
In Billboard chart history, I Only Want To Be With You has made the Top 100 under five different versions with The Tourists version charting the lowest at No. 83. Despite being a ‘60s song, I Only Want To Be With You actually charted three times in the ‘80s with other versions by Nicolette Larson (No. 83 in 1983) and that shy English girl Samantha Fox (No. 31 in 1989). I would say my older sister is still partial to The Bay City Rollers' version in 1976.
The video features Lennox is a short blonde haircut and Dave Stewart on guitar.
Both Lennox and Stewart ended their pop-coated tenure with The Tourists to create The Eurythmics to experiment with more avant-garde music that, ironically, was ended up being more commercially accepted.