Picked up Dave Stewart’s autobiography (Sweet Dreams Are Made of This) at the library and it makes for fascinating if annoying reading. I never realised he had worked with so many people. The book is just chapter after chapter of name dropping. Even during the Eurythmics he’s working with Stevie Wonder (harmonica on There Must Be An Angel) and Stevie Nicks, simultaneously (or so it seems). And among others there are Clem Burke, Terry Hall (Vegas), Dylan, Harrison, Jagger, Elton, Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Tom Petty, Bono …
He seems like a nice guy but unfortunately the book gives little real insight into what inspires him or how he works.
For much of it he comes across a bit like Gary Bloke from Celeb cartoon. A typical bit might read:
“I was playing tennis with Tony Blair and Paul Allen from Microsoft at my second new property in Cannes when the maid told me there was a strange woman in our living room. Remembering the words of Deepak Chopra (or was it Nelson Mandela?): “A stranger is just a friend you have not yet met” I went inside to find Katy Perry lying on the floor tapping out a beat on my Damien Hirst artwork. I sat down next to her with my guitar and we started chatting and before we knew it it was midnight and I had added a riff to the beat and she had come up with a great vocal line. That was the song that went to Number One in the US for five weeks. And when people ask how we wrote it – I just say in my usual crazy way.”
See attached clip of the first Eurythmics TV performance – with guest appearance by Holgar Czukay RIP.