The Tourists

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The Tourists
The Tourists 1980.jpg
The Tourists, 1980—L-R: Jim Toomey, Eddie Chin, Annie Lennox, Peet Coombes and Dave Stewart
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Years active1976–80
Associated actsEurythmics
Past membersDavid A. Stewart
Peet Coombes
Annie Lennox
Eddie Chin
Jim Toomey

The Tourists were a British rock and pop band. They achieved brief success in the late 1970s before the band split in 1980. Two of its members, singer Annie Lennox and guitarist Dave Stewart, went on to international success as Eurythmics.[1]

Early history[edit]

Peet Coombes was a guitarist singer-songwriter, while Dave Stewart, also a guitarist, had been a member of the folk rock band Longdancer,[1] who were signed to Elton John's Rocket label.[2] The two moved to London and encountered Scottish singer Annie Lennox who had dropped out of her course at the Royal Academy of Music to pursue her ambitions in pop music.[1]

Forming a band in 1976, the three of them initially called themselves The Catch, and released a single "Borderline/Black Blood" in 1977 on Logo Records.[1] The single was released in the UK, The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal but was not a commercial success.

The Tourists[edit]

By 1976, they had recruited bass guitarist Eddie Chin and drummer Jim Toomey, and renamed themselves The Tourists.[1] This saw the beginning of a productive period for the band and they released three albums: The Tourists (1979), Reality Effect (1979) and Luminous Basement (1980), as well as half a dozen singles, including "Blind Among the Flowers" (1979), "The Loneliest Man in the World" (1979), "Don't Say I Told You So" (1980) and two hits, the Dusty Springfield cover "I Only Want to Be with You" (1979)[3] and "So Good to Be Back Home Again" (1980), both of which reached the top 10 in the UK.[4]

"I Only Want to Be With You" was also a top 10 hit in Australia[5] and reached number 83 in the US Billboard Hot 100.[6] Coombes was the band's main songwriter, although later releases saw the first compositions by Lennox and Stewart.[1]

In 1980, the band signed to RCA Records.[1] They toured extensively in the UK and abroad, including as support for Roxy Music on their 1979 Manifesto Tour.[7][8][9] The group disbanded in late 1980.[1]

After the break-up[edit]

Coombes and Chin began a new project named Acid Drops[10] but this met with little success and Coombes, despite originally being the main artistic force behind the Tourists, drifted out of the music business after the disbanding. Lennox and Stewart soon split as a couple but decided to continue working as an experimental musical partnership, under the name Eurythmics.[11] They retained their RCA recording contract and links with Conny Plank, who produced their first album, In The Garden, in 1981. Coombes' death in late 1997 acted as a catalyst for Lennox and Stewart to revive their friendship and musical partnership, after they had disbanded Eurythmics in 1990.

Band members[edit]



Year Title UK
1979 The Tourists 72
1979 Reality Effect 23 62 45
1980 Luminous Basement 75
1984 Should Have Been Greatest Hits
1997 Greatest Hits
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title UK
Certifications Album
1979 "Blind Among the Flowers" 52 The Tourists
"The Loneliest Man in the World" 32
"I Only Want to Be with You" 4 6 50 13 83 Reality Effect
1980 "So Good to Be Back Home Again" 8 9
"Don't Say I Told You So" 40 Luminous Basement
"From the Middle Room"[15] promo single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 1186. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ Farber, Jim (13 February 2016). "Dave Stewart: 'What Annie Lennox and I went through was insane'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart. "The Tourists: Artist Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Official Charts > Tourists". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 311. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / The Tourists > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Tourists - Support For Roxy Music". Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Tours: 1979 Roxy Music Manifesto". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  9. ^ Ellis, Lucy (2001). Annie Lennox: The Biography. London: Omnibus Press. p. 109. ISBN 0711979863.
  10. ^ Rose, Cynthia (7 March 1981). "Eurythmics: We're Not Tourists, We Live Here". New Musical Express. TI Media Limited. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ " > The Tourists in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  13. ^ a b "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'Tourists' (from". (original source published by British Phonographic Industry). Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Tourists'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  15. ^ Promotional single, only released as a bonus with Luminous Basement album.

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