Good Luck to Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart tonight as they are inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, read their conversation with Billboard.

Good Luck to Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart tonight as they are inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, read their conversation with Billboard.

Little is known about the ceremony tonight in New York, but one thing is for sure, it is the hottest ticket in town tonight.

Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo of The Neptunes; Rick Nowels, and William “Mickey” Stevenson, are all going to be honoured at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

Earlier today Billboard magazine posted a short interview with both Dave and Annie

Lennox: “Every time I think of making ‘Sweet Dreams’ I get a visual picture of working at the top, almost like we were inside the roof, of a picture framing factory near Camden market. It was a really good space for us because at that time it wasn’t so common for people to be recording in their bedrooms or small spaces. We recorded it on an 8-track, and it kind of confounds the rules of what makes a hit record. I love the simplicity of the recording. The fact is, on that day I was feeling very despondent and was thinking that I probably was going to have to go back to Scotland and face the fact that we couldn’t get a foothold into our dream. Our humor is based on a lot of irony. And so that line, ‘Sweet dreams are made of this,’ was a statement. It was negative, it was a comment on how we’d tried everything and nothing was good enough. It’s this kind of dystopian anthemic statement but at the same time, if someone wants to interpret it any way they like, if it’s a celebration, that’s fine. ‘Who am I to disagree,’ you see?”

Stewart: “Dance music was mainly based around the back beat, but ‘Sweet Dreams’ starts with a big boom. That first beat was actually the magic of a mistake. I was trying to operate this machine that we’d gotten, it was a prototype and it had this way you could tune the drum down, so I tuned it all the way down to the lowest it would go, and it just exploded and did that ‘Breumm’ on its own. I nearly had a heart attack. And then the bass drum with it, and I thought, ‘Oh this is actually sort of amazing.’ Annie leapt off of the floor because it was very loud and shocking, and within minutes she was playing the keyboard and within minutes after that she was singing. It was one of the fastest things we ever recorded. Within 15 or 20 minutes we had the shape of everything went down. And Annie’s lyrics just kept coming out.”

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