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"Missionary Man" is a song recorded by British pop music duo Eurythmics and Jimmy Zavala on harmonica. The song was written by Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart. It appears on their sixth album Revenge. It continues the band's rock/R&B hybrid musical style of the time and received extensive airplay on American rock radio, hitting number one on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock Tracks, their only song to top this chart.

Lennox in the "Missionary Man" music video
"Missionary Man" was also the last significant mainstream hit for Eurythmics in the United States, peaking at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100; the duo has not climbed into the U.S. Top 20 since. The single peaked at number thirty-one in the UK singles chart and continued the band's Top 10 success in Australia.

The song's music video was another in a long line of innovative clips from Eurythmics. It received heavy play from MTV and featured stop-animation techniques similar to those used in Peter Gabriel's groundbreaking "Sledgehammer" clip. Another prominent feature of the video was the removal of several key frames of film, which produced a jerky, robotic effect.

"Missionary Man" earned the duo a US Grammy award for "Best Rock Vocal Performance - Group".

Chart performance

Chart (1986) Peak

position
UK 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 6
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Australia 9
Ireland 13


Cover versions

  • Swedishmarker doom metal band Left Hand Solution recorded a cover of the song and released it as a single in 1999. It was also later included on their 2001 album Light Shines Black. An audio sample can be heard here.
  • A capella choir Artists In Resonance, from the University of California, recorded a cover of the song for their 2005 album On AiR. An audio sample can be heard here.


Live cover performances

  • The Dirtbombs, a Detroit garage rock band, recorded a live cover of the song in 2006 and released it as a limited edition 45 rpm record.
  • British pop artist Mika performed the song live with an intro sung by backing vocalist Saranayde.


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