They opened with a tight, horn-driven version of 1985’s “Would I Lie to You,” then transitioned seamlessly into 1987’s “Missionary Man.” The group then inevitably turned to “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” their first big hit.
This was the second time Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart have played together in 2022. The duo was also inserted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, where in June they delivered an acoustic rendition of “Here Comes the Rain Again”.
“Sweet Dreams” was the Eurythmics’ first US single, released after RCA spent more than a year trying to find commercial success for the band and the 1982 album of the same name overseas. A trio of sophomore singles sank with little response. But “Sweet Dreams” eventually changed their trajectory anyway, rising to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and launching a string of chart successes that included nine more Top 40 hits.
Their sound was electronically based, but Eurythmics consistently kept a sharp focus on songwriting, Stewart said Billboard earlier this year. “We insisted when we wrote our songs that you could play them with just a guitar and voice, or piano and voice,” he said. It was a key tactic that he said helped their music rise above most ’80s pop that had been dismissed as “disposable”.
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