Song: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” by Eurythmics
Reached #1: September 3, 1983 (their first, 1 week)
No, really… what’s with the cows?
If you saw this video as much as any MTV viewer did in 1983, you wound up asking “What’s with the cows?”
I don’t think Annie Lennox or Dave Stewart ever answered the question, either. They probably thought it was obvious. Who knows? Almost 30 years later, and other than the song itself, my first image of Eurythmics is the damn cows.
“Sweet Dreams” has become both a favorite cover song – including Marilyn Manson’s infamous version – and a way for movie and TV producers to either anchor a scene in the ‘80s or provide atmosphere… and it’s also been reissued by Eurythmics no less than 5 times in the 29 years since the original release (1991, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2010).
In the USA, it’s pretty much the only Eurythmics hit that has survived – maybe some remember “Here Comes The Rain Again”, but in the USA, the one song (the one with the cows) is all that lasted.
Lennox and Stewart are both very active in their solo careers, although they ended Eurythmics in 2005 (after a hiatus through the ‘90s). Lennox has said she “doesn’t expect another Eurythmics project” – but you never know.
In the end, I really want to know… what’s with the cows?
Tomorrow, a second visit from a second-generation superstar…
Other songs that reached #1 on September 3:
1955 – “The Yellow Rose Of Texas” by the Mitch Miller Orchestra (their first, 10 weeks, Best Seller and Disk Jockey charts)
1966 – “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan (his first, 1 week)