She goes, ‘Y’know what? Author Unregistered. But obsessively trying to get it right, y’know.”After the international success of ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’, Eurythmics could suddenly afford to expand their recording setup. “I remember our conversation,” says Stewart. Hidden in the symbolism of the video and in the song’s lyrics are references to dark themes: possession and mind control. “The guy lived in Bridgewater,” he recalls, “and we had to sleep on his floor for a couple of days while this prototype was being finished. and started playing on another synthesizer, and begin… I think it was actually a preset, I don’t think we made the sound. Annie had a string sound that we liked on there, and then she played that riff on top of what I was playing and the two synthesizers together with that drum beat made this unbelievable thing.“The drum computer was triggering a sequence into the Roland SH‑101 that sounded powerful, and the Oberheim was more of a soft string sound that we managed to cut off so it made it more attacking.
They became interested in electronic music and bought new synthesizers to play around with. The pair weren’t the main songwriters in the Tourists, however, with that role being taken by the band’s guitarist/singer Peet Coombes.Stewart admits that there was some creative frustration in the Tourists for the duo (at the time also a couple), along with tensions exacerbated by Coombes’ problems with drugs and alcohol. ‘Sweet Dreams’ always confuses keyboard players when they try and play it, because they don’t realise it’s actually two keyboard parts that are playing completely different things.”Before the track could be completed, though, Eurythmics lost their studio space above the picture framers.
Share, download and print free sheet music for piano, guitar, flute and more on the world's largest community of sheet music creators, composers, performers, music teachers, students, beginners, artists and other musicians with over 1,000,000 sheet digital music to play, practice, learn and enjoy. Stewart was strangely elated, having just survived a near‑death experience on an operating table when having a punctured lung repaired. The duo’s operation then moved into what was to later become The Church Studios in Crouch End, the building at the time owned by animators Bob Bura and John Hardwick (of Captain Pugwash and Trumpton fame).“They’d actually bought that church ‘cause they needed a big space so they could make big wide shots,” says Stewart. I could drop in if I wanted to change to a different chord or note or sequence. But on the other hand, that’s how she is feeling at the moment...”Whether or not Eurythmics ever get back together, Dave Stewart has his own opinions about why ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ has become a classic track. Although the two of them also broke up as a couple, they continued to work together. “Every country in the world was playing ‘Sweet Dreams’, from Norway to Australia to Israel... it didn’t matter where.“We were in a little bubble away from anything that was going on in the pop music world.
“There was thing on it where if you had a tom‑tom sound, you could just turn a knob and tune it all the way down to sound like a huge drum that you would bang on a ship to get the people rowing. “Some of it was from the ideas of the little demos on the Portastudio,” says Stewart. Commenting on the line "Some of them want to use you … some of them want to be abused", Lennox said that "people think it’s about sex or S&M, and it’s not about that at all".
“We could rehearse in there, we could store our gear in there, we could have our wardrobe in there, we could record albums in there.”But with ongoing building work clashing with the recording of their fifth album, the soul/rock of Be Yourself Tonight, Eurythmics decamped to Paris and reverted to a similar setup as they’d used on the Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) album. So I’m recording on track one with the sequencer, but then I’d sort of send it to track three or four and then I could switch it in and out when I didn’t want it. “We then decided that The Church could be everything,” says Stewart.
Continue. But as we got going with Annie as well, Pete’s sort of addictive side got so difficult to work with. It was like, Hang on, I must have some kind of life going on outside of Eurythmics, otherwise we’re gonna go bonkers.”Stewart had already embarked upon a parallel career as a producer for the likes of Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bob Geldof and Feargal Sharkey, and would go on to oversee records by Bryan Ferry, Ringo Starr and Stevie Nicks. But it could actually be anything. “Y’know, like, sequenced little sort of random hold patterns that sounded very exciting to us, even though it was just coming out of the plastic speaker in a crappy hotel room in Wagga Wagga.