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
Origin London, England
Genres
Years active 1976–80
Labels
Associated acts Eurythmics
Past members David A. Stewart
Peet Coombes
Annie Lennox
Eddie Chin
Jim Toomey

The Tourists (1976–1980) 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 between 1981 and 1990, before they disbanded and Lennox went solo.

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, who were signed to Elton John's Rocket label.[1] 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.

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, 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, 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)[2] and "So Good to Be Back Home Again" (1980), both of which reached the top 10 in the UK.[3]

"I Only Want to Be With You" was also a top 10 hit in Australia[4] and reached numner 83 in the US Billboard Hot 100.[5] Coombes was the band's main songwriter, although later releases saw the first compositions by Lennox and Stewart.

In 1980, the band signed to RCA Records, they toured extensively in the UK and abroad, including as support for Roxy Music on their 1979 Manifesto Tour.[6] The group disbanded in late 1980.

After the break-up[edit]

Coombes and Chin reputedly began a new project named Acid Drops[7] 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,[8] 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.

Release trivia[edit]

  • The Luminous Basement album was re-issued on CD in 1998 with a changed up track list.
  • The 2007 US re-release on CD of Reality Effect (after a very limited first run in the 1980s) was actually a compilation of most of the songs from the first two UK albums.
  • There are no plans to re-issue The Tourists' debut album. A vinyl copy is extremely rare to find and is prized among collectors.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
SWE
[9]
Certifications
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.

Singles[edit]

Year Title UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
CAN IRE
[11]
USA
[5]
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"[12] promo single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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