What came before the Eurythmics: Annie Lennox and David Stewart's first band
Eurythmics - one of the most famous British synth-pop duos with a multi-million circulation and a rich repertoire. The band has released enough high-profile singles to make music history forever - the world-famous track alone "Sweet Dreams What's it worth? A big hit of its time that is still adored today.
When projects like Eurythmics achieve international success and confessions, it seems that the band appeared right here and now - no one had heard anything about it before, and then "bam", it's on the radio! But almost every musician can tell you: nothing comes by the snap of a finger. Sometimes the years go byto be able to finally make a statement...
And very often popular groups have The big past is behind us. And even a few names that millions of people will probably never know... And that includes EurythmicsThe beloved duo, whose journey to fame began with a little-known group. Before Annie Lennox and David Stewart conquered the hearts of listeners all over the world, they were poor aspiring musicians who shared one room.
Getting to know each other and the beginning of their joint creative journey
The two men met in the seventies: their paths crossed, as they usually do, quite accidentally. But they never went their separate ways. At the time. David Stewart played in various projects, while Annie Lennox was a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Their shared passion for music connected them, and it wasn't long before they decided to combine their talents. So, they began to work together as part of a collective The Touristswhich was founded by Stuart and his buddy Peter Coomes.
For the sake of her career, young Lennox abandoned her studies, and as we can judge, the risk was fully justified. At first Annie and David were forced to save money, and lived in the same room. However, they had more than just bills: inspiration and love. Yes, these two quickly fell in love with each other, and were in a relationship for a long time. But back to The Tourists: the band recorded several albums, and had some success, which it would be wrong to call significant. Eventually, the project broke up. There were many reasons: difficult relations with the label, lack of understanding and respect between the members, quarrels between Lennox and Stuart... In general, the story of the band came to an end rather quickly.
Along with the breakup of The Tourists, the romantic relationship of the future Eurythmics ceased. Nevertheless, the couple managed to maintain a warm, respectful relationship and continue their creative path together. Thus was born the legendary synth-pop duoHe was a great success and became a bright event on the stage of his era.
Their last full-length album "Peace." was released in 1999, and since then Lennox and Stewart have been engaged in other projects. At the same time, they still compose music together from time to time, and they speak extremely positively of each other. In retrospect, David emphasizes:
"It makes me very happy to look and see all the work we've created and be proud of it. It's moments like that when you feel honored, you feel like you've lived your life for a reason. People love you, and recognize your work. It feels good to be appreciated, and it's the best motivator!"
It all started with post-punk
Despite the fact that they became famous as stars synth pop directions, Lennox and Stewart started out by playing post-punk! This may sound astonishing to some fans, but it is true. Remarkably, the band The Tourists originally mentioned was called Catch. When Lennox joined the lineup, the band renamed itself and went in the direction of post-punk - completely unintentionally. At first the project was aimed at the new wave, but Annie's voice and manner of performance made the members change their vector.
Thus, the band moved from synthesizers to guitars oriented, and in the future this will resonate in the work of Eurythmics.
When the duo learned in 2022 that they wanted to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of FameLennox told Rolling Stone magazine:
"Our path has been long and winding. A lot has happened in those decades, personally, musically, and in the world. So many things have happened that you would never expect. But our commitment and passion for music hasn't faded."
It is probably a great rarity and an even greater miracle when two people find each other at a young age, and it results in a beautiful union that lasts a lifetime...