Missionary Man (Eurythmics song)

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"Missionary Man"
Single by Eurythmics
from the album Revenge
Released US: July 1986
UK / Europe: February 1987
Format 7", 12"
Recorded July 1985
Genre Pop rock, soul
Label RCA
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"The Miracle of Love"
(1986)
"Missionary Man"
(1986/7)
"Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)"
(1987)
Music video
"Missionary Man" on YouTube

"Missionary Man" is a song by the British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was taken from their sixth album, Revenge, and continued the band's rock/R&B musical style of the time and featured Jimmy Zavala on harmonica.

In the band's native UK, it was the fourth single to be taken from the album and peaked at number 31. It was more successful in the United States, where it was the first single to be taken from the album and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming their last main US Top 20 hit to date). It also made the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart, and it received extensive airplay on American rock radio, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks, Eurythmics' only song to top this chart. The single was also a top ten hit in Australia.

"Missionary Man" earned Eurythmics a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Vocal Performance - Group".

Track listings[edit]

UK 7"

  • A: "Missionary Man" [7" Version] - 3:50
  • B: "The Last Time" [Live at The Roxy in Los Angeles]

UK 12"

  • A: "Missionary Man" [Extended Version] - 6:55
  • B: "The Last Time" [Live at The Roxy in Los Angeles]

US 7"

  • A: "Missionary Man" [7" Version] - 3:50
  • B: "Take Your Pain Away" (LP Version) - 4:37

US 12"

  • A: "Missionary Man" [Extended Version] - 6:55
  • B: "Take Your Pain Away" (LP Version) - 4:37

Video[edit]

Lennox in the "Missionary Man" video

Directed by Willy Smax, it featured stop-animation techniques similar to those used in Peter Gabriel's acclaimed "Sledgehammer" promo video from earlier in 1986. The video received heavy play from MTV and was nominated for Best Video at the MTV Video Awards.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986/1987) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart[1] 16
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 13
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 77
French Singles Chart[4] 74
Irish Singles Chart[5] 13
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 12
UK Singles Chart[7] 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 14
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[9] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[10] 18
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[10] 1

Cover versions[edit]

  • Swedish doom metal band Left Hand Solution recorded a cover of the song and released it as a single in 1999.[11] It was also later included on their 2001 album Light Shines Black. An audio sample can be heard here.[12]
  • A cappella choir Artists In Resonance, from the University of California, recorded a cover of the song for their 2005 album On AiR.[13] An audio sample can be heard here.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song artist 244 - The Eurythmics". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Missionary Man". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Missionary Man". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "ChartArchive - Eurythmics - Missionary Man". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/301929/eurythmics/chart?f=377
  10. ^ a b Eurythmics. "Eurythmics - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  11. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - Left Hand Solution - Missionary Man". The Metal Archives. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  12. ^ "Left Hand Solution | Light Shines Black". CD Baby. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  13. ^ "AiR CD: "On AiR"". Artistsinresonance.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  14. ^ http://www.a-cappella.com/product/UC-Berkeley-Artists-in-Resonance-On-Air-CD-6773C/college-mixedgroups

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