The Tourists (1977?1980) were a British rock and pop band, but are better known for two of their members (Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart) who went on to achieve great success as Eurythmics. The band formed around a nucleus of two musicians from Sunderland in north-east England, Peet Coombes and Dave Stewart.
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 Records label. The two moved to London and encountered Scottish singer Annie Lennox who had dropped out of her course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she had been studying flute and keyboards, to pursue her ambitions in pop music. Forming a band in 1975, the three of them initially called themselves The Catch, and released a single “Borderline/Black Blood” in 1977 on Logo Records, which failed to chart. The single was released in the UK, Holland, Spain and Portugal.
By 1977, they had recruited bass guitarist Eddie Chin and drummer Jim Toomey, and rechristened themselves The Tourists. This saw the beginning of a productive two years for the band and they recorded three albums: The Tourists, Reality Effect, and Luminous Basement, as well as half a dozen singles, including “Blind Among the Flower” (1979), “The Loneliest Man in the World” (1979), “Don’t Say I Told You So” (1980), and two major hits, the Dusty Springfield cover “I Only Want to Be with You” (1979) and “So Good to Be Back Home Again” (1980), both of which reached the top 10 in the UK.
Size 12.5 X 12.5 inches
Reclaimed Cover mounted onto 9mm MDF
Quartz sweep mechanism runs by 1.5 volt AA battery (supplied)
Front coated with resin to preserve the cover and easy cleaning.