Interview

Eurythmics talk to SDE about their back catalogue and the new vinyl reissues

Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox answer SDE questions…

Today sees the reissue of three of Eurythmics albums on vinyl: 1985’s Be Yourself Tonight, Revenge from 1986 and Savage from ’87. Each album is newly remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl. Furthermore, they all come with a download code for hi-res audio.  SDE caught up with Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox and asked them about their output and this new reissue campaign…

SuperDeluxeEdition: Eurythmics always seemed to operate and exist in its own bubble. To me, it never really felt like you were ‘competing’, as such, with other bands of the era, you were just doing your own thing. Do you agree, and if  so, how did you manage to operate in this way?

Dave Stewart: Yes, at the beginning we were in a tiny bubble – literally just the two of us discussing and experimenting, we rarely let anyone in to see or hear. Later, although Annie and I creatively managed to put ourselves back in that bubble, by various means, there were a lot more people around us so it became harder and harder.

Annie Lennox: We both have eclectic musical tastes and reference points which informed our work over the years, so we never thought of ourselves as being part of one single genre. We always evolved and changed stylistically, so we were never stuck with one sound or one approach and in that way I think we were particularly individualistic.

SDE: Your debut In The Garden is an undiscovered beauty of an album. When it failed to deliver commercial success, how did you deal with that?

Annie: To be fair, In the Garden is an unorthodox, experimental record, which could easily be described as avant garde. We were always trying to push boundaries and explore new approaches to creating sounds and musical styles. The only challenging part of not having commercial success, was how to survive long enough to record another album, as we were pretty strapped for cash  in those days, so it was somewhat daunting to keep afloat.

Dave: That’s when we decided to take even more control by actually getting second hand equipment and stop using traditional studios. We spent months working on the Sweet Dreams album without the cost hanging over our heads and I think that allowed us to get lost in sound and find our way to what I used to call electro-soul.

SDE: What was it about the ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ single that connected with the record-buying public across the world?

Dave: That remains a bit of a mystery to both of us I think. Analyzing the track, it has hardly anything on it, but everything is a hook of some kind, very definite or confident from the very first down beat of the huge drum sound and the synth riffs merged together with a four on the floor bass drum. It was on only four tracks and already sounded huge, so when Annie started sing “Sweet Dreams are made of this” it evidently was !

Annie: It’s more of a mantra than a song. The deeper meaning of the song isn’t all that apparent, but people identify with it in their own ways.

Dave: The weird thing is it’s most often played at a really “up” moment in a club , festival or any event like a big celebration but at the time we thought of it as a very dark song, which is why the bridge has the lyrics “hold your head up, keep your head up” etc.

Annie: It seems to have a celebratory aspect to it, that I personally didn’t intend, but songs can be interpreted in infinite ways. I’m delighted that it’s such a classic song that people love, right across generations and it’s still constantly being played and referred to decades down the line.

Dave: It’s almost like ‘Happy Birthday’ now, the amount of times I hear it.

SDE: The misunderstandings around the ‘1984’ soundtrack are well documented, but the final ‘music derived from’ album is about as strange and beguiling a long-player as any band ever delivered, eighteen months after having a US number one single! It’s highly regarded by Eurythmics aficionados, so I was wondering if you could describe your feelings about this record and where you think it stands against your other work?

Annie: 1984 is one of my personal favourite Eurythmics records. We were both really pleased and proud of it, especially as we had to write and record it all in three weeks.

Dave: Well, it’s a very experimental soundtrack album; we loved it while we were making it and still do. The use of Junkanoo drums (which had fire burning under them before starting to loosen the skins) are as about as threatening a sound as you can hear and the 1984 book and film was such a scary vision of the future [and] we wanted to capture that.

Annie: We thought we’d made a magnificent, edgy piece of work, that was very fitting for the time. It still sounds fresh and even futuristic, despite the fact it was recorded 34 years ago!

Dave: In a song like Julia, Annie’s voice and the effects around it were designed  to make the listener feel the sadness and yet there’s beauty in it, trying to remain human when all around was inhumane. For some reason, Annie and I together are good and capturing beauty and sadness intermingled and that feeling appears on many of our recordings.

SDE: Five albums into your career, you kept things simple by recording ‘Be Yourself Tonight’ on an 8-track recorder. Can you explain why you chose to do that, when convention would normally dictate at this point that ‘bigger is better’ and you could have synchronised two 24-track machines and gone overdub crazy!

Dave: I think I suggested that we go back to the 8-track recorder as I could see how easy it was to go overdub crazy even on a 24-track machine. Anyway, I liked making each album an adventure and so did Annie, you know… get away from everyone and everything to immerse ourselves in the creative process. In this case, we couldn’t have chosen a more obscure place to do it deep within some kind of french youth club !

Annie: It was a great time, living in Paris in the Eighties. I remember going out to buy French film posters and fairy lights to decorate the space so it had a special atmosphere. I feel as if chapters of my life have been expressed and defined by the records we made.

Each record has it’s own identity and set of circumstances, very often made in intense situations where we were continuously working, travelling, writing, recording, giving interviews, making videos, performing, rehearsing and creating.

SDE: ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves’ has become one of the best-known tracks from Be Yourself Tonight, but Adrian with Elvis Costello is a gem. How did that come about?

Dave: Actually, Would I Lie To you gets a lot more airplay and There Must Be An Angel being number 1 in the UK was obviously a very well know track in UK and Europe, but weirdly enough not in The States, even with Stevie Wonder’s amazing harmonica solo. Sisters was more successful in USA along with Would I lie To You because it has an R&B feel they understood immediately and of course with Sisters we had the Queen of Soul Music herself, Aretha Franklin, and I must say Annie stepped up to the plate as you can imagine how daunting that must be to sing a duet round one microphone with Aretha! Elvis was so sweet as he came all the way to our little room within this french youth club and when he sang on Adrian he had to be in the same room as us and our gear as we recorded like that – no vocal booth – but he is such a great vocalist and Annie and I were fans so we had a great time with him  

Annie: We were very excited to work with him, as we’d both loved and admired him as a song writer and recording artist. We’d seen him perform with The Attractions on the first UK Stiff Tour and he was spectacularly edgy and intense – polished to the point of being intimidating. He was a real gentleman with us and I was amazed that he actually decided to sing with me, as I thought he’d be a lot more “scary” than he was. Thanks for that Elvis!

SDE: ‘Revenge’ is less experimental than what came before and is more of a play-it-live, stadium-filling rock/pop album. There’s some great songs on the record, but was there an element of ‘let’s take it easy and enjoy the success’? How do you feel about the album now?

Annie: I think Revenge was Eurythmics opportunity to step into the role of full blown “rockers” at that time. But believe me, there was nothing “ let’s take it easy” about it!

Dave: I think the album sounds great. The opening of Thorn in My Side with just acoustic 12 string and Clem’s drums sounded like they fill a stadium or Arena with minimal effort and when we played live they did – Missionary Man had same power about it . Yes, we knew we had “entered the ring”, so to speak, and at that point we ready to take on any audience and we launched into a set of massive shows including playing at the Reichstag at the Berlin Wall and many other outdoor venues and Annie was like a whirling dervish or a shaman throughout the whole length of that Revenge tour , we worked harder for that 12 or 18 months than any other.

Annie: Those stage performances were high level energy driven under super hot stage lights, in outfits that felt like being in a sauna! The songs are challenging for any singer, especially to perform live night after night…

Eurythmics / Savage / 25th Anniversary Reissue

SDE: ‘Savage’ feels like a reaction to ‘Revenge’. Bleak, experimental and inward-facing. Do you agree that this is probably the best Eurythmics album and will you promise to get Sony to reissue the video album on blu-ray with a 5.1 surround sound mix!?

Dave: Savage was made in a tiny “Fumoir”, again about the size of a closet or the “vestry” in the church, where we finished sweet dreams album . The whole album was made using a Synclavier, that only Olle Romo, our drummer, had the patience to work out how to use. I bought the Synclavier from Jack Nitzsche, the producer, songwriter and film composer and it weighed a ton – nowadays could have all  that brain in a cellphone. The sounds that were loaded in it came from recordings Conny Plank and I made in Japan, using a recorder in a bamboo forest or basically just hitting boxes and stuff , Olle and I would  take my guitar riffs and chop them up or make crazy loops out of banging on chairs or stairwells of the Chateau. It was probably the most experimental recording experience and a difficult one for anyone except myself and Olle to join in with, as everything took so long to program on this infernal machine. By the time Annie heard about 8 or 9 finished tracks she wasn’t keen on them at all, but something happened when we booked into the studio in Paris to do vocals and Annie came out with some incredible lyrics and vocals that give me goosebumps to this day .

Annie: Eurythmics made so many records in quite short periods of time. I think we probably released an album or more every year for a decade. People have various ‘takes’ on our music along with a whole variety of preferences. I think there’s a record, or song for almost every mood. Savage is particularly dark. I can’t remember much about recording it to be honest. For me in the long form video serves the album in a very powerful way, but then again.. I’ve rarely watched it since it was made.

SDE: Having produced almost everything yourself, why did you call on the services of Jimmy Iovine for ‘We Too Are One’?

Dave: Annie wanted someone else in the room to have an objective opinion , in the end I think it made the album more generic and weak, not because of Jimmy, but because there was no ‘bubble’ anymore !

Annie: As the eighties were coming to a close,  I was tired, unhappy and miserable too often, to be honest.

SDE: When ‘Peace’ was reissued as part of the 2005 remastering campaign, many songs ended up being alternate mixes, most notably ‘I’ve Tried Everything’. I’m presuming that this wasn’t an accident, so could you explain the reasons for those changes?

Dave: It was probably a chance to choose different mixes on reflection , but I don’t remember much about it.

Annie: Sorry, but I can’t remember!!

SDE: ‘Relations’ between you and Sony seemed to be at a bit of a low, in recent years. You are now cooperating on this vinyl reissue campaign. What has changed?

Annie: Eurythmics were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Sony suddenly woke up to our previous existence and wanted to create something for their ‘Legacy’ department!!

Dave: I was  just amazed that they had woken up and realised that Eurythmics existed on their label!

SDE: Would you advise loyal fans who already own the original vinyl pressings to pick the new ones, up or is the campaign more about making the records available to a new generation? i.e. will they really sound better than the originals?

Annie: Both!! I think Eurythmics have some incredibly stalwart fans, who have been on the journey since the 80’s and younger people are discovering us along the way because the songs are essentially timeless.

Dave: I think it’s more about awareness because the original ones should still sound great as long as they’re not full of scratches

SDE: 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) is not controlled by Sony and is therefore missing from this campaign – however there was a red vinyl version that came out for Record Store Day. Will that be reissued and available widely on black vinyl post-RSD?

Dave: I think it should be and will campaign for it

SDE: Since the 2005 reissue campaign, seven Eurythmics studio albums have seen 30th anniversaries come and go with the occasion unmarked by any kind of celebration, reissue or box set. With landmark pop/rock albums now regularly being reissue as 5 or 6 disc box sets with demos, outtakes, bonus tracks, 5.1 surround mixes etc. do you have plans to work through your catalogue and create similar sets?

Annie: Well, there’s been a lot of activity put into putting the archive into better shape, which is a great thing, as it had been lying dormant in unknown vaults for years.

Dave: I was always up for doing all this kind of stuff; as you say every band or artist from Bowie to Metallica do it, but I don’t think Annie was or is so keen on the idea. She may view it differently in the future, not sure…

Annie: I do feel that the music industry has exploited artists in every which way, so I am somewhat disgruntled by the truth that artists are still being flagrantly exploited, robbed and cheated.

I very rarely look back to listen to past recordings, but when I do, it’s like listening to years months, days and nights of dedication to being a bone fide working performing artist, singer songwriter.

SDE: When you step back and remember the Eurythmics achievements, what are you most proud of?

Dave: Making some great music and giving some great performances and touching people through our work.

Annie: I think we can feel really  proud of everything we did to survive and continue trying to create in situations that were immensely difficult and challenging.

Only Dave and I know what that journey was like, everything else is ‘chopped liver’ as they say!

SDE:  Is another Eurythmics album even remotely likely? If not, what about a reunion tour, for old time’s sake?

Dave: I am all for keeping the music alive.


Thanks to Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox. Be Yourself Tonight, Revenge and Savage are reissued today on vinyl. In The Garden, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) and Touch were re-released earlier this year and We Too Are One and Peace are scheduled for November 2018.

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111 responses to Eurythmics talk to SDE about their back catalogue and the new vinyl reissues

  1. Jeff says:

    Congrats on the interview, and great job.

  2. paul griffiths says:

    proper interview,with some needed to be asked questions answered,
    the things i’d be wanting to see,are SDE’s of 1984,sweet dreams,in the garden and savage,with all the bonus stuff and possibly live show on dvd/blu-ray

  3. Thank you Paul for a great interview. Be yourself Tonight, Revenge and Savage, are 3 of my all time favorite albums, not just Eurythmics ones. When I complied my top 20 albums of all time they all rated a spot. They are such an underacted group and I hope we get another album from them or a least a tour. I noticed neither of them mentioned the video of Savage getting a release I really hope it does happen at some point.

  4. baward says:

    “… this infernal machine.” There is actually a classic studio digital delay called IM-90 Infernal Machine, made by French company, Publison.

  5. CJ says:

    There are so many approaches SONY could take to doing this catalogue properly. Ideally, of course, we would get expanded reissues of every album that included all the b-sides, period remixes, and things from the vault that we have never heard before. At the very least, though, they should address the many, many, many tracks that were left off the original re-issue series. So many of the alternates mixes and versions are equal to–occasionally superior to–the album versions. The legacy deserves more than badly transferred YouTube files of these really rare tracks, most of which never even made it to a digital format.

  6. Isaías says:

    I have a question which is not about Eurythmics but maybe (if deluxe boxes set of each album come up) I’m sure there will be songs named like this.
    Can someone tell me what’s the difference between “alternative version” and “alternate mix” ?
    I really love to receive some help !!

    • Julian H says:

      An alternate mix should be based on the same recording as the well-known one, whereas an alternative version could be an alternate take, or a re-recording, etc.

      But these terms often get mixed up too. And how you define an alternate mix is also up for question. If you keep the basic track but replace several voices, is it still the same version?

  7. Dazza says:

    Hoping for some deluxe editions too. So much good stuff still not on CD, particularly from the Sweet Dreams era. All those b-sides to The Walk were great… highly experimental. Would love to finally have The Walk Part 2 and the early version Let’s Just Close Our Eyes from the Love Is A Stranger 12” on CD and the cassette mixes! My favourite Eurythmics song.

    Heaps of 12” mixes after that too… There Must Be An Angel (Special Dance Mix), that groovy mix of Would I Lie To You (cant remember the mix) and several missing extended versions from Savage like Do You Want To Break Up and I’ve Got a Lover. The dance mix of Beethoven I have on my original 12” single is also not on CD.

    Last but not least the awesome alternate mixes of (I Could Give You) A Mirror and Here Comes That Sinking Feeling that were issued as b-sides.

    Argh too many missing gems to mention!

  8. ChrisOV says:

    What I appreciate most about this interview is that the questions are, above and beyond anything else, coming from the point of view of a fan. Every topic raised is with intention, every question posed with the hope of soliciting a specific response. Even if the responses given sometimes err on the side of caution or generalization, I commend your approach Paul. No flowery, generic comments about “inspiration” here. Nice job.

  9. Bruce Padgett says:

    Love Dave’s candor regarding the new vinyl reissues by stating the originals are good enough. Too bad though there won’t be any new CD reissues soon, as those from ten years ago were horribly compressed.

  10. Mark says:

    amazing interview. You should interview Madonna one day!

    They kept on avoiding answering certain questions and was kind of disheartening not to know what actually went on with the mixes of the reissue of Peace and the way the Savage film was kind of snubbed. Oh well. They should be happy that someone FINALLY asked intelligent questions.

  11. Aubrey says:

    Wow, great interviews this week Paul – Dave/Annie and Sarah Nixey… you have been inadvertently curating the soundtracks for my drives to work!

  12. Matt NYC says:

    my dream: Paul putting together their Remixes and Rarities 2-CD set! that’s all i got.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      That would be great, or a 4CD set a bit like the “Tomb Of Memories” set (that I did with Sony, as it happens!)

      • Kauwgompie says:

        Yes Paul, that would be a worldwide smash. 4cd’s of the best album tracks, all the missing remixes and b-sides. You would need at least 4 cd’s for that.

  13. Klaus says:

    “newly remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl“ = vinyl cut from analog tape or digital files?

  14. Carmen says:

    Excelente entrevista! Dos creadores! Gente inteligente y humilde. Me gusta Eurythmics y también ellos como solistas. Ojalá intenten una vez más! Abrazos desde Argentina!

  15. Rickjapan says:

    For me, Dave and Annie were my entrance to pop music (along with Alison and Vince of Yazoo).
    I loved that their sound changed and they were never “categorized,” although plenty of people did relegate them to the synthpop label. I think their catalogue attests to the fact that they could pretty much tackle any genre.
    It was great to hear them talk about stuff, even if it wasn’t what everyone wanted to hear. Thanks so much, Paul, you came up with the goods again!!
    I don’t think it’ll be possible to please everyone whatever they do. I’m not a vinyl person, so I would just be happy to get all the remixes etc that they have issued on CD (I live in Japan and finally downloaded the 12″ mix of Who’s That Girl that wasn’t on the reissued albums’ bonus tracks). And yes, my namesake richard is quite right! Why wasn’t the fabulous b-side of Don’t Ask Me Why, Rich Girl, put on the We Too Are One re-issued CD???? It still mystifies me.
    I would just want as much of their output as possible on CD or downloadable. The Boxed reissues added a lot of stuff, but there was plenty missing, such as the above Rich Girl and the alternative mix of I Could Give You (a mirror) etc etc.
    Of course the glaring omissions are the 1984 album and the Savage video album, both excellent and overlooked, especially the Savage video album. I can’t believe it hasn’t been reissued.
    But, I don’t want to moan too much, I’m just thankful that these two (tortured sometimes) people managed to produce such incredible music. I’m happy with their output. Anything that comes out from now on is a bonus that I would be thankful for, but let’s be thankful for what we’ve got! The world would be poorer without Eurythmics.

  16. James says:

    Thanks for the interview Paul, but sadly, Dave and Annie come across quite evasive with their answers – as they have been prone to do for many years. They rarely give too much away with almost generic responses, giving the interviewer little scope to peel away the layers or delve further. Such a pity.

    But I don’t begrudge them. More than most groups, Dave and Annie really explored the emotional heat, heartache and loss of two great lovers parting. Every album, in nearly every song, it’s at the core of what they were doing – slowly breaking away from each other.

    Like most couples who break up, there are photo albums, letters and memories, but it’s dangerous to look back too often. I’m guessing Annie has felt for many years when it comes to Eurythmics – ie Dave.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      By the time of the group’s 3rd album “Touch”, the duo’s personal relationship had ended.

      • Annabel Lecter says:

        Philip, I’d always read that the personal relationship ended between the end of The Tourists and the release of In The Garden – rather than between Sweet Dreams and Touch.

        Sources: Smash Hits, back in the day and Wikipedia also refers to 1980-1981 as the relationship ending. I could be wrong, but I thought I’d share this.

      • James says:

        I’m fully aware of when Annie and Dave ended their ‘romantic’ association, but endings are messy and take years to get over. This was the basis for everything they did as Eurythmics. As Annie and Dave have asserted over the decades since, the push-and-pull of being ex-lovers, friends and the professional ties that bind was grinding and finally took its toll. Annie’s breakdown after the Revenge tour resulted in the white-heat of ‘Savage’, with the genesis found in the ‘Brand New Day’ documentary.

  17. Runicen says:

    Thanks for the excellent interview, Paul.

    Very good reading!

  18. Daniel says:

    Would love to see a ‘Super Deluxe Edition’ for at least the best titles: Savage, Touch and Be Yourself to include remastered live shows, remixes and demos.

    !!!

    Great interview.

  19. Larry Davis says:

    Great interview Paul…until new SDEs come out of the albums…duo and solo, I just bid on Boxed…don’t wanna pay a lot cuz nothing exclusive and each 2005 expanded remaster digipack is budget priced individually…this thing just throws em all into a basic, if nice, box…and I had none of them…some sellers were charging over $200 for the set!! Would get this first, then the vinyls, which look nice!!

    • Philip Cohen says:

      Larry, I think that your decision is correct. “Boxed” (Or the individual 2005 releases) is the way to go, since it appears unlikely that Annie Lennox will permit the release of any archival material, or even the reissue of non-L.P. B-sides and 12″ remixes.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      Yes definitely don’t spend too much on that box. You can buy each album for $5 + shipping on Amazon. If you buy ’em on Ebay from the same seller you may get a deal on shipping. Or buy em at a brick and mortar. The box contains 8 albums so you shouldn’t spend more than $50 or $60. Great stuff and I much enjoyed the bonus tracks ,albeit far from complete.

  20. Philip Cohen says:

    Dave Stewart expressed displeasure (in an old interview) at Sony/Legacy for not releasing the previous Eurythmics expanded remasters in North America, but now that Sony has awoken to the fact that they own the Eurythmics catalog and displayed some interest, now Annie Lennox opposes deluxe product. For original fans, then, this is the end of the road for collecting Eurythmics music.

    • Larry Davis says:

      Any difference between the single disc 2005 reissues and the deluxe ones you mentioned from Sony Legacy that Dave was upset never came out in the US that Annie put the kibosh on?? If those were better and doubles, I’d rather have those. Perhaps someone can convince Annie that putting out cool deluxe stuff in limited quantities for collectors….like yes, a join the dots set or a remixes & rarities set for the missing pieces…is not exploitation in the least, and is done out of respect??

      • Kauwgompie says:

        Larry, some of these albums were released in Japan on blu-spec but with the same bonus tracks. There are no re-issues with more bonus tracks than the ones you know from the original 2005 remastered albums.

    • Davers says:

      The remastered were released in North America in 2005. And while Annie may not be into the deluxe edition thing, Dave is. I don’t think she’s dead set against it. I think if they come up with something that wouldn’t take the piss out of the fans she’d probably go along with it.

  21. Annabel Lecter says:

    I remember reading in 2005 that Annie was unhappy with the planned marketing spend to promote Boxed and the individual deluxe album reissues, so Sony created posters for each of the eight albums and the ultimate collection.

    I never saw these posters on display in public, but a whole load of them ended up for sale on eBay. I acquired most of them and still have them in their protective tubes. A friend of mine framed some of his copies.

    They’re alternative shots from familiar photo sessions and almost perfect, with the exception of the poster for Revenge – which features a shot from the Savage era and quotes lyrics from Thorn In My Side.

    My favourite poster is the one for Touch, with a masked Annie looking head on into the camera lens, with the lyrics of Who’s That Girl.

  22. memoryboy says:

    The best album by Eurythmics is ‘Touch’ in my opinion. Second best is ‘Sweet Dreams (are made of this)’.

    For me third would be ‘Savage’ with ‘Revenge’ almost tying/competing.

    I think ‘Savage’ is one of their best. I wish they stuck with a more electronic sound on ‘Savage’ along the lines of ‘Beethoven ‘.

    ‘1984’ is another in the top four or five. I love all their albums. Still listen to them all.

  23. Alan says:

    Not the biggest Eurytmics fan but very much enjoyed reading the insightful and entertaining interview, proof of such will involve me digging out the (dusty) originals.
    Any news of Scritti re-issues anyone?
    P.s Its coming home, obviously!

  24. Tracey Spivey says:

    This was a very enjoyable read for me, Paul. Thank you! I would definitely love to see some archival releases from Dave and Annie. The 2005 reissues were nice and appreciated, but a “Join the Dots” type of b-sides and remixes collection would simply be fantastic!

  25. richard says:

    Highly entertaining read.

  26. Nate says:

    More thanks to you, Paul, for a great interview!

    Eurythmics were one of the few bands that did consistently interesting material that changed stylistically from album to album, but with a natural evolution from one to the next.
    They earned and deserve their place in musical history. It’s sad that without proper care and preservation, so much of their material may simply disappear.

  27. Isaías says:

    Ok, let’s forget the albums deluxe editions set and think about a compilation of missing remixes and b-sides only instead. It’s cheaper and easier to do. Something like The Cure “join the dots” or Siouxsie and The Banshees “down sides up”. In my point of view it’s a very good idea and solve the problem of Eurythmics fans all over the world. What about that Dave, Anne, Paul and Sony?

  28. Daniel says:

    Paul, you asked the exact questions I would have asked, especially in regards to the mixes on “Peace” and the “Savage” video collection. Thanks for this interview. I’m in The States (New York City) and I can tell you there is definitely a demand for SDEs of Eurythmics here. And while I love the 2005 boxed set, let’s hope Sony can convince Dave and Annie to dig into the vaults once more!

  29. Mathew Lauren says:

    Got to give you credit for trying, Paul. You asked about 5.1 treatment, twice. You asked about Blu-ray, and you’d think Sony would be down for 5.1 multi-hybrid SACD’s, as well. At least Dave is “up for doing that kind of stuff,” and wants to “keep to music alive.” It’s a shame, however, when artists don’t answer DIRECT questions (even when presented TWICE), but there you go.

    If Sony IS paying attention, at least the ‘big selling’ albums of that era from the band, may get some consideration from the label for SACD/Blu-ray, surround-remix/RM treatment. Many times, however, (NOW) it incumbent on the band to approach the label to request ‘said’ (surround) treatments, but without knowing the specifics of their contractual arrangement with Sony…well, we’ll see. Maybe you, at least, planted a seed, Paul.

    Regardless, it’s nice to see the ‘BIG’ label reach out to SDE and help ‘set-up’ this interview.

    Kudos.

    • CJ Feeney says:

      I think it’s a massive leap from Remaster/Reissue to 5.1 mixes on Blu Ray or SACD. As keen as Dave Stewart maybe, he’s not going to make comments that commit him or Sony to a big time & resource project.

      I think he’s probably still pushing for artist recognition within Sony Legacy, and Sony will want to see how the reissues sell before committing further time and money to the band.

      And of course the Dave and Annie probably have current projects hey want to devote their time to.

  30. Gareth says:

    Brilliant band

  31. Jeremy says:

    Great interview Paul! Out of interest, did anyone get the exclusive free print from HMV with Savage? I pre- ordered on day 1 and didn’t get one. I got the prints for Reveng and BYT though?

  32. Aaron Van Wyk says:

    Fantastic interview Paul. Thank you. Their audio & visual output during the 80’s was phenomenal. Great to see Sony finally realised they had one of the greatest artistic bands of the 80’s on their label. Totally agree, Savage video album righteously deserves a blu-ray with 5.1 surround sound mix release.

  33. Michael Chapman says:

    Another here who would love these remasters on cd thanks.
    I’ve been rebuying the rca’s as the 05’s were “ear bleeders”.

  34. Geoff Garvoille says:

    Cracking good interview, Paul!

  35. Andy Haines says:

    Oh look. Uk fans are for a change being charged the highest prices for most of these! I know it’s nothing to do with Eurythmics themselves, but come on! At least it’s not in a full box set as it would be beyond the reach of the ordinary fans!

  36. Omar says:

    Thanks for the intererview Paul. I hope Sony fully realizes the impact of Eurythmics and decides to go on for a full blown reissue campaign. Let’s see the following would do nicely:

    1. A comprehensive singles collection across 2 cds
    2. Savage the video album on blue ray
    3. All the studio albums with the accompanying 7”/12” versions, b sides and rarities.
    4. A collection of all their live work, bbc sessions etc.

    • Derek Langsford says:

      Agree about the singles (and everything else). There are many still only found on the original 7″ vinyl.

  37. Kevin Galliford says:

    Very interesting interview Paul, well done!. “Savage” is my favorite album & I have the 2 disc remaster from a few years back. Must dig it out & give it a good listen.

  38. Jon says:

    So Annie is bitter because of how she feels the record company mistreated them and is taking it out on fans who just want awesome deluxe packages. Love her to bits but she’s also kinda selfish and egotistic. Just my thoughts and opinions, tho, so no hate please.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I think she was speaking more generally, than that.

    • Carlos says:

      I don’t think any band owes their fans “awesome deluxe packages”. She’s 100% on the way the industry treats artists, and as a fan, I totally understand where she is coming from. I’m not too keen on supporting a system that works more for the corporations than the artists. I would think, as true fans of music, most here would agree. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love more goodies too! But not at the cost of feeding “the machine”.

      • Carmen says:

        Sí! Estoy totalmente de acuerdo. Es un concepto general. Music industry vs musicians! Excellent interview Paul.

  39. Trash says:

    As an aside – I still have my original copy of Savage which came with a very striking poster of Annie in her ‘Savage’ character. I was very pleased to see that the reissue comes with a superb reproduction of said poster.
    I do think these vinyl reissues have been done very well indeed (as I think Paul has mentioned elsewhere).

  40. peter says:

    Paul, yes great interview. As some others have commented it is to bad nothing on 5.1 as that would just open up the sound even more of these great albums.

  41. dale says:

    Great interview!
    Great questions!
    More interviews please!

  42. Carl says:

    I was a fan since the beginning and have more or less everything so i am glad they are being pushed out again to a new audience.
    I actually felt let down when they went rawk it seemed as though they were just courting American FM rock stations.Then Savage came out and i still think it is the best they have done ,its on my DAP all the time.

  43. Philip Cohen says:

    I’m quite happy with the UK 8-CD set “Eurythmics-Boxed” issued some years back. It contained expanded editions of 8 of the 9 original Eurythmics albums; each with generous quantities of bonus tracks. I also burned a 4-CD set of additional rarities from my substatial collection of Eurythmics 12″ singles & CD singles. If Sony isn’t going to issue any vault material, then count me out. Why would I want to downgrade to “No bonus tracks” editions?

  44. Annabel Lecter says:

    What a scoop! Great interview and you asked the questions that I would have wanted answers to, such as the Savage video album and the duo’s insight on 1984. Fabulous read, Paul. Thank you.

  45. Gary Fowles says:

    Wow, cracking interview Paul. Really good read, I’d love to see Eurythmics go back and sort out their back catalogue and put out some decent CD versions of everything. Fingers crossed.

  46. Kevin says:

    Nice pull! Great interview, Paul! Here’s hoping this leads to a halfway (preferably “whole-way”) decent CD reissue campaign. The 2005 remasters weren’t bad, per se, but they were just needlessly bright on the high end. Kudos!

  47. AudioDile says:

    When the Boxed set came out years ago, it was a missed opportunity as countless period mixes, alternate versions and several B-sides were inexplicably left off.

    I’d love to see a comprehensive remix collection released as there’s enough material for a quality 2 disc collection, but otherwise I’d certainly buy expanded double disc reissues if they included the period mixes as bonus tracks. Many of them still haven’t been issued on CD ever! It’s mind boggling that we’ve seen comprehensive sets and remix comps from lesser known artists and yet a group as prolific as the Eurythmics still has so much unreleased-on-CD material! Sony needs to hurry up while their biggest fanbase has the money ready and waiting to spend!

  48. Isaías says:

    By Annie Lennox’s words I suppose there will be no Eurythmics albums deluxe editions. Since it’s a duo we still have Dave Stewart whose seem a little keen to the ideia. As there are lots of remixes and b-sides missing let’s pray for at least a 2 or 3 CD deluxe edition. Of course a complete box is what we want but it seems a impossible dream so we can’t wait too much.

  49. Mike the Fish says:

    Glad you mentioned the alternate Peace mixes. Disappointed with the responses!

  50. memoryboy says:

    I enjoyed this immensely. Thank you Paul.

  51. Gez says:

    Yes, well done on that interview. The 12″ mixes would be very welcome, as already mentioned the majority of them have never been issued on CD – quite surprising for a band of this stature.

  52. Graham Turner says:

    I don’t really have anything extra to add here but just to echo the comments about this being a really interesting and well directed interview: it’s great to read both Dave and Annie’s thoughts about their music and could happily read much more of this. They really did have a cracking run of albums.
    And if Sony / Annie / Dave / whoever are reading this I will just say that I am ready to throw handfuls of cash at deluxe audio-visual box sets of each and every album – especially if they have extensive liner notes compiled from more interviews with Mr. Sinclair.

  53. Jason Schafer says:

    You should be applauded Paul. That was one of the finest interviews I’ve heard from them in the 35 years I’ve been a fan. I think you asked many of the questions that we’ve really been interested in having answered, even when they couldn’t seem to remember what happened. They’ve had a very special relationship on and off the business side of making music together, and one feels the depth of their history working with each other in every word, even when they managed to keep their private lives fairly private. I wonder how they would have naviagated social media in today’s climate, as it seems one strives for MORE exposure instead of less.

    Favorite answer…The one about being nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Sony suddenly waking up to their existence! Hilarious, and I’m sure, too true!

  54. Rob says:

    Great interview, Paul. I liked that you touched on all the different eras of the band.

    Once Sony has gotten the vinyl reissues out of the way, they really need to start a reissue campaign along the lines of the XTC or Jethro Tull series. 5.1 mixes, all the b-sides and 12″ mixes, music videos, etc. There’s so much material available, they could be amazing sets.

    I’d also love to see the old VHS titles reissued on blu-ray, especially the concert video that was filmed in Sydney in 1987. It’s a fantastic performance.

    And I’d certainly pay the money to see a reunion tour! The two times that I saw them (Peace Tour and We Two Are One tour) were both amazing shows. Annie and Dave are both electric on stage.

  55. eoin hall says:

    Please can we have all the Eurythmics 12” mixes released on cd.
    There are so many mixes missing on cd.
    A Remixes and Rarities set would be perfect.

  56. David says:

    No questions about The Tourists, the band Dave and Annie were in before they formed Eurythmics?

  57. GS Cleere says:

    Great interview – thanks!! To Annie’s concern about being ‘exploited’ with a massive disc set, etc., I think if the artists are involved, it’s a great thing. Not to sound like a punter -but I’ve purchased a lot of E-mics music and Annie and Dave’s solo stuff – sat thru a number of Annie’s concerts (you have to see her if you haven’t) and anyway, we fans would love to have the ‘BOX’ with unreleased, re-mixed, live and whatever you’re working on now –not too much to ask???

  58. Ian says:

    As a long time fan, thanks for the interview / promotion, will someone at sony take notice? To any of our comments regarding possible box sets. Personally as Eurythmics were very audio visual throughout their career could we have a series of blu-ray release based on their albums or is that youtube generated revenue enough?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Sony helped to set up the interviews so I can more or less guarantee that they will read any comments here with interest.

      • Nigel Day says:

        Not a great fan after In The Garden, but that was a fantastic interview, Paul. Really interesting, and they both sound like nice guys. Tempted to dig out my old disk of Touch to see how I feel about that all these years down the line.

  59. TOM says:

    Very insightful interview,great questions,interesting answers. Kudos on a great job…

  60. Justin Cole says:

    Another kudos for the great interview.

    All I can say is “1984 super deluxe edition”. Despite Annie’s apparent misgivings about reissues, we might be able to make this a reality if enough people turn this into a mantra (worked for “Sweet Dreams”, apparently).

  61. Kevin M says:

    I was terrified of Eurythmics in 1983 (I was 11). Then at some point that year I was listening to Radio 1 in the bath and Lennox was on Round Table reviewing the latest single releases. She was so witty, clever and such a beautiful speaking voice, I always remember that about 1983 for some reason, even though my favourites at that time were Bauhaus, Bowie and Siouxsie.

    At their best, Eurythmics were hard to beat though… Here Comes the Rain Again, Thorn in My Side and Love is a Stranger are my favourites, although I’ve never heard the 1984 album. I must get it, I keep seeing it raved about lately.

    Fab read, fab article x

  62. AdamW says:

    Terrific interview, thanks Paul!

  63. Sean O'Brien says:

    When interviewing artists your thoughtful questions elicit a deeper response which make these features a great read. Is it likely these reissues will appear on CD when the vinyl campaign is complete? Thanks.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thank you. Sony may well issue ‘vanilla’ CDs without bonus tracks – but with the new remastering – just to ensure that the catalogue is available and up-to-date. But obviously, what we really want are some well thought out box sets for 2019 and beyond.

      • richard says:

        They did issue an amazing Box years back set that I own …already…just missing Rich Girl & some other odd gems

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          The box brought together all the individual expanded CDs, which were nicely done, but by no means perfect. They lacked a certain ambition. It was also 13 years ago.

  64. Craig says:

    My takeaway is Dave would do whatever – box sets, reissues, promo stuff, shows/tours, new music, etc. – while Annie has zero desire for any of it.

    Too bad. I never got to see them and would love to see a “greatest hits” tour.

  65. Graham says:

    Where’s Annie’s response to last question?

    Surely there must be a way to re-release their catalogue that doesn’t exploit them?

    • Dustin Soper says:

      Personally I thinks he means things like when labels release “bargain bin” type compilations such as “Greatest Songs that start with the Letter A” or something like that – you know? I hope she would be behind a 2-CD or 2-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Reissue treatment of Eurythmics albums AND hers.

  66. daveid76 says:

    Funny hearing Annie say she was afraid of Elvis Costello. I was terrified of Annie when I saw her in videos as a kid. Had I been 10 years older I’m sure my feelings would have been somewhat different!

  67. Otto says:

    Thank you Annie, Dave and Paul for this excelent interview. I enjoyed it a lot.

  68. Wayne Olsen says:

    Great interview, Paul. An excellent read.

  69. Bob Burrows says:

    great interview Paul, nice to see that once again they’re giving us the highest resolution wav downloads possible again, Be Yourself Tonight being 24bit 192k Wav!! shame that Revenge is only 44.1k but at least thats also 24 bit

  70. Steve says:

    Amazing interview, Paul. Thank you! You asked all the questions I would have asked myself. I’m hoping and praying you manage to get yourself the job of putting together super deluxe editions of all their albums. (Including 1984!) You did a SPECTACULAR job with Tears For Fears, so having you in charge of Eurythmics oeuvre would be perfect.

  71. CédricB says:

    Paul, how does it feel to interview these two giants? I would be totally intimated. And probably bow down to Queen Annie :-) then lose all my words… Well done, great interview even if we feel that you didn’t have unlimited time. Always a pleasure to read your questions and the answers.

  72. Harry Williams says:

    Good work Paul. Great interview. Thanks for all your efforts.

  73. Jefferson says:

    Brilliant! Well done Paul.

  74. Dave H says:

    Thanks for the interview, nice try asking about surround 5.1 mixes and playing live again without getting a definite answer to both questions.
    You would think being on Sony they would push the Eurythmics music on dual layered SACD’s.

    • Derek Langsford says:

      Would love to see the albums as SDEs with 5.1 mixes. Having just got my Oppo UDP 205 (from Oppo and not the sharks on Amazon or eBay), to be able to play 4K blu-ray and also every format back to CD. That said I don’t think we are going to see new SACDs of popular albums again. I still hope that music is still put out in 5.1 on whatever hi-res format they chose.

  75. Kauwgompie says:

    Thanks for the great interview Paul! I love Eurythmics. My favorite album is “We Too Are One” with the amazing “Kings & Queens of America”. I would buy any SDE from Eurythmics. I hope Annie agrees to doing them. I can understand her point of view. Artists seem to have been exploited for so long. I can imagine when you are a world star like Eurythmics were at some point and then after a while you look at your bank account and there is not much left, you are like “WTF happened??” Not always the record company’s fault of course but if you write all the music, play and sing it yourself and then you only get peanuts, that must be infuriating. Only way to make up for it is playing live shows. I wish Eurythmics would come back together to tour. I would see them for sure. Great band!

  76. Don says:

    What a great interview.
    I am a very big fan. It would love to see a box set of unreleased Tracks. I wish you would have got a definitive answer about Savage being released on Blu-ray. I love that album. And still have the video in my collection. But would love it on Blu-ray or even 4K in 5.1 surround sound. Bring out a box set please of unreleased material. DO A archive set of all their albums.
    There are some fantastic 12-inch mixes of their tracks that have never seen the light of day on CD, it would be so good to have them all in a box set.

  77. Bernard O’Hara says:

    Am I just imagining this or is Annie coming across as more than a little jaded? Personally I think she is one of the great female singers ever

    • CJ Feeney says:

      Some people aren’t that bothered about going over (and over) stuff they did 30 yrs ago. If people kept telling me (at 50) the stuff I did in my early twenties was the best I would ever acheive, I think I’d be a bit jaded by now.

  78. HalloweenJack says:

    Good interview, Paul! Thanks for sharing.

  79. Mike the Fish says:

    Nice interview, thanks for that.

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