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"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (or simply "Sweet Dreams") is a song by pop music duo Eurythmics (David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox). It was released as a single and was the title track of their album Sweet Dreams . It is notable as the song which provided the group with their breakthrough into commercial success. Its striking music video helped to propel the song to number two on the UK singles chart, and number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. It was the fourth single released from the Sweet Dreams album in the UK and the first single released by Eurythmics in the United States.

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is arguably Eurythmics' signature song and it is their only chart-topper in the U.S. Following its success, their previous single, "Love Is a Stranger", was re-released and also became a worldwide hit. On Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue in 2003, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" was ranked number 356: it was the group's only song on the list. The lyrics of the song allude to a search for fulfillment, and the "Sweet Dreams" are the desires that motivate us.

Eurythmics have regularly performed the song live in all their live sets since 1982. This track is regularly performed on solo Lennox performances also.

In 1991, the song was remixed and reissued to promote Eurythmics' Greatest Hits package. It re-charted in the UK, reaching number 48. It was also a moderate hit in dance clubs. Another remix by Steve Angello was released in France in 2006, along with the track "I've Got a Life" (peaking at number ten).

Background

The original recording's main instrumentation featured a sequenced analog synthesizer riff, which Stewart discovered accidentally in the studio when he played a bass track in reverse. Apart from the synthesizer, the arrangement also uses Movement Systems Drum Computer, piano in the middle eight, and Lennox's multitracked harmony vocals.

Track listings

7"
  • A: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
  • B: "I could give you a mirror" [alternate version] *


12"
  • A: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" [extended version]
  • B1: "I could give you a mirror" [alternate version] *
  • B2: "Baby's gone blue"


* This version is different from the one found on the album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

Music video

The music video for "Sweet Dreams" received heavy airplay on the then-young MTV channel and is widely considered a classic clip from the early-MTV era. Lennox's striking androgynous visual image, with close-cropped, orange-colored hair, men's suit and cane and detached yet soulful vocal delivery immediately made her a household name. Her gender-bending image would be further explored in other Eurythmics videos such as "Who's That Girl?" and "Love Is a Stranger".

Chart performance

Chart (1983) Peak

position
UK Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 9
Australian Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 8
South Africa 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2
Chart (1991) Peak

position
UK Singles Chart 48


Marilyn Manson cover

Marilyn Manson released a cover version of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" as the first single from their remix album, Smells Like Children. This version became an MTV staple and helped to establish the band in the mainstream. It was also the only track from Smells Like Children appearing on the band's greatest hits album, Lest We Forget: The Best of. This version is featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 film House on Haunted Hill. It is also on the soundtrack to the action movie Gamer. In Manson's autobiography, The Long Hard Road out of Hell, he states that Nothing did not want to release this as a single. They wanted to release their cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You", which, according to Manson, "was far too dark, sprawling and esoteric, even for some of our fans."

Marilyn Manson added some extra lines to the lyrics that are not present in the Eurythmics version: "I wanna use you and abuse you/I wanna know what's inside you." and "I'm gonna use you and abuse you/I'm gonna know what's inside you."

The video for Manson's cover contains several clips of Manson and bandmates in what appears to be an old cathedral. In between the clips are a number are surreal shots of Manson wearing eccentric outfits, Manson wandering around an abandoned street in a tutu, and him riding a pig wearing a cowboy hat and covered with grease.

Formats and track listings

Australian CD single
  1. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - 4:25
  2. "Dance of the Dope Hats" (Remix) - 4:46
  3. "Down in the Park" - 4:58
  4. "Lunchbox (Next Motherfucker)" - 4:47


U.S. promotional CD single
  1. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - 4:25


Other cover versions

  • US hip-hop producer Swing released a eurodance version in 1995, with vocals by Birgitta Edoff and Dr. Alban.
  • Norwegianmarker artists Jørn Hoel & Steinar Albrigtsen covered the song for their 1997 album Get Together
  • Polishmarker band Moonlight covered the song for their 1999 EP Flos.
  • Actress Maria Bello performed the song in the movie Duets (2000), which is included on the soundtrack.
  • The 2000 covers compilation Tokahits contains a cover by No. On.
  • Indie artist MarthaV recorded an acoustic rendition of the song for her 2003 album Pop Rock Acústico.
  • "Sweet Dreams" was partially covered by Geri Halliwell as a medley with her song, "Scream If You Wanna Go Faster" in late 2004.
  • Finnishmarker a capella group Club for Five recorded a cover of the song.
  • Brazilianmarker singer Badi Assad covered the song for her 2006 album Wonderland.
  • Brazilianmarker singer Danni Carlos covered the song for her 2006 album Rock ´n´ Road Movies.
  • German singer Thomas Anders (formerly of Modern Talking) recorded a jazzy, lounge music cover of the song for his 2006 solo album Songs Forever.
  • Another lounge cover version of the song was recorded by Berk and the Virtual Band for the 2007 album Jazz Chill, Vol. 2.
  • Tanghetto, the neo-tango band based in Buenos Airesmarker recorded and released the song as part of their El Miedo a la Libertad album in 2008. Their cover is an instrumental version, where the bandoneon takes the "role" of the lead voice.
  • Wykked Wytch, a black metal band based in Miami, Floridamarker recorded and released the song as part of their Memories of a Dying Whore album in 2008. Their cover version features guttural vocals from their female vocalist, Ipek. The cover by Wykked Wytch can also be found on Terrorizer Magazine's Fear Candy CD, Volume 43. The song was promoted with a Promo Trailer[300287].
  • American Christian rock singer Krystal Meyers covered the song on the 2008 Japanese release of her third album Make Some Noise.
  • Ukrainianmarker pop/rock band Lama covered the song as Світ мрій ("World of dreams") for their 2008 album Світло і Тінь ("Light and Shadow"), .
  • The German Underground rapper Frauenarzt covered the sample of this song as "Feuchte Träume" on "Feuchte Träume (Gastparts 3)" in 2008.
  • The melody was featured in the U96 feat. Das Bo single "Mr. DJ, Put On The Red Light" and was singing by Tryna Loules, who was released in 2006.
  • Sylvie Vartan covered it in French (1983) under the title "Déprime", famous for its deep rhymes.
  • Canadianmarker Kevin Fox recorded a version for cello and voice.


Live cover performances



Parodies

  • Ska-Core band Choking Victim recorded a version with rewritten politically conscious lyrics.
  • Another ska band called Thumper recorded a cover for their 1997 album Hellfire and Damnation. Their version adds the word "fuck" to the chorus of the song.
  • On the television show Strangers With Candy, Marilyn Manson's cover is spoofed by a shock rock musician named Buddah Stalin in his song "The United Hates of Escarica".


Remixes and sampling

  • Drum and bass group NOISIA recorded a remix of the song.
  • Rapper Nas also prominently sampled "Sweet Dreams" in his 1996 hit "Street Dreams".
  • Rapper Lil' Kim sampled "Sweet Dreams" in a demo of her 1996 song "Big Momma Thang." She was forced to throw out the idea after Nas used it in his song "Street Dreams." She would eventually sample the song again in another unreleased track recorded in 1999 titled "Nobody Do It Better."
  • Pink and Redman used "Sweet Dreams" in a remix of Pink's 2001 hit, "Get the Party Started".
  • Tricky used the famous sample in the track "You don't wanna" in the 2001 album Blowback.
  • Stefy's song "Chelsea," features a sample of "Sweet Dreams", and was featured in the soundtrack for the 2006 film John Tucker Must Die.
  • American pop singer Britney Spears used a sample of the song on the song "Everybody" which appeared as an iTunes and Japan bonus track of her 2007 album Blackout. The song was produced by JR Rotem, and was used later as a B-side of her hit single "Break The Ice".
  • Petey Pablo samples "Sweet Dreams" in his song "Get Me Out Of Jail".
  • UK artist M.I.A. mashed "Sweet Dreams" with Pretty Tony's "Fix It in the Mix" and her own "10 Dollar" to produce the seventeenth track off Diplo and her Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape.
  • Play-N-Skillz sampled and sped up the famous riff in their song Get Freaky, featuring Pitbull.
  • The remix of Last Time by Canadian artist George features a riff based on Sweet Dreams, which shares the first few notes. Nozuka's song uses a different riff heavily based on "Sweet Dreams", presumably to avoid licensing costs.
  • Rihanna sampled it during her major performances of "Disturbia".
  • In 2009, a Malaysian rapper, DJ Altimet sampled this song as "Mimpi" (Malay for "Dream") with songstress Ning Baizura singing the hook.
  • Rapper Busta Rhymes sampled the song in his 2009 single "World Go Round" featuring Estelle.
  • Freestyle singer Rockell sampled the bassline and intro in her 1997 single "I Fell In Love".


Appearances in other media



References

  1. Marilyn Manson discography. As reported by The Heirophant. Accessed 29 August 2007.
  2. http://amiestreet.com/music/marthav/pop-rock-ac-stico/
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsSSpPfLwzs
  4. U96 feat. Das Bo: "Mr DJ put on the red light"
  5. Die Ultimative Chartshow vom 22.5.2009…


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