Music Video of the Day: I Only Want To Be With You by The Tourists (1979, dir. Brian Grant)

Did you ever want to see what Annie Lennox would look like if she wanted to join Jem and the Holograms? You can, and it’s in this video.

The Tourists was the group that both Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox were in prior to becoming Eurythmics.

I love Stewart’s mustache, and I’m so glad he grew out a full beard for Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) instead of keeping it.

Despite only being around for a couple of years, they released three albums and a bunch singles. This cover of Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You being one of them.

According to Wikipedia, they broke up one year after this in 1980 after getting signed to RCA Records the same year. Apparently guitarist and bassist Peet Coombes and Eddie Chin, respectively, went off to do their own thing which fizzled out. Stewart and Lennox decided to keep their contract with RCA, and Eurythmics was born.

Aside from Stewart’s mustache and Annie looking like rainbow sherbet, my favorite part of this video is that it is directed by Brian Grant. If mvdbase is to be believed, then 9 years later he directed Samantha Fox’s cover of the same song.

I can believe it. The person who would randomly insert Eddie Chin with what looks like a whip…

seems like the kind of person who would have somebody popup out of a trash can to pull Samantha Fox in.

I Only Wanna Be With You by Samantha Fox

I Only Wanna Be With You by Samantha Fox

I’ll have to do that crazy video at some point. After playing her sexuality straight for so many videos, they decided to still put that at the forefront, but do it comically.


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