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• Dave's first big musical influence was 'Poison Ivy' by the Coasters.

• In 1972, Annie was working in a FINDUS fish factory in Scotland, earning £9.50 for a 40 hour week.

• Dave's first band was called BSKD. They subsequently changed their name to Longdancer, and signed to Rocket Records, playing "pop music with a North Of England flavour". Their first LP ("If It Was So Simple") came out on 4.5.73.

• Matt Irving of Lords Of The New Church played keyboards with Longdancer.

• Annie's first big starring role was Peter Pan in the school panto.

• In 1976, Dave opened a shop in Kilburn tube station called Small Mercies, and formed a group by the same name.

• Annie sang and played flute and percussion in a jazz/rock group called Red Brass.

• Dave and Annie first worked together as The Catch. Session guitarist Ray Russell produced their one single, 'Black Blood' for Logo Records. It was released on 14.10.77.

• The Tourists were at first known as Spheres Of Celestial Influence.

• When The Tourists broke up, Dave & Annie owed £15,000.

• The Eurythmics' first live gig was as a duo, playing with backing tapes, at the Barracuda Club in London on 11.1.82

• The video for 'Love Is A Stranger' cost £12,000.

• Lou Reed himself once said that Dave and Annie's version of 'Satellite Of Love' was the best cover he'd heard of any of his songs.

• All 40 songs from the "Sweet Dreams" LP sessions were mastered on 8-track. The title track was recorded in half an hour.

• 'This City Never Sleeps' includes a tube train in Camden Town station, recorded on a Walkman. Because of the noise of squealing brakes, Dave had to slow the tape down to get it in tune with his guitar.

• Dave plays pencil case on 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves'.

• Dave Stewart's favourite guitar is a green Gretsch Country Club; his favourite synth is a Voyetra, which he describes as "really clean and zingy".



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