Thorn in My Side

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"Thorn in My Side"
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Single by Eurythmics
from the album Revenge
Released13 August 1986
Format 7", 12"
RecordedAugust 1985
Genre Pop rock
Length4:13
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"When Tomorrow Comes"
(1986)
"Thorn in My Side"
(1986)
"The Miracle of Love"
(1986)
Music video
"Thorn in My Side" on YouTube

"Thorn in My Side" is a 1986 song recorded by British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was released as the second single from the duo's Revenge album. Written by band members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, the song is a cast-off to an unfaithful lover. "Thorn in My Side" was produced by Stewart.

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Revenge is the fifth studio album by British new wave duo Eurythmics. It was released on 30 June 1986 by RCA Records. Following on from their previous album, Be Yourself Tonight, Revenge continued further in this direction as the duo embraced a more "rock band" style. The album spawned four singles and was a commercial success. Its release was supported by an extensive world tour. A 1987 concert from the Australian leg of the tour was also released on home video as Eurythmics Live.

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Background

Although the first single from Revenge, "When Tomorrow Comes," had barely reached the UK Top 30, "Thorn in My Side" became Eurythmics' ninth Top 10 single, reaching number 5 in the British charts. To date, it is their last appearance in the UK Top 10. In the United States, the track stalled at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a Top 2 hit in Ireland, and reached the Top 10 in New Zealand (#7) and Sweden (#6).

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Music video

The music video, directed by Chris Ashbrook and Dave Stewart, depicts the band adorned in their black and leather Revenge stage costumes, playing in a studio set bar filled with an audience that includes a gang of Hells Angels. Clem Burke, drummer from the band Blondie, appears in the video as he was recording and touring with Eurythmics that year. It was also the second music video to feature backing vocalist Joniece Jamison, after first appearing in "When Tomorrow Comes".

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Track listing

7" single

12" single

12" single/Houston Remix

Chart performance

Chart (1986/1987)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [1] 12
Austrian Singles Chart [2] 14
Belgian Singles Chart[ citation needed ]28
Canadian Singles Chart [3] 41
French Singles Chart [4] 64
German Singles Chart [5] 26
Irish Singles Chart [6] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart [7] 7
Swedish Singles Chart [8] 6
UK Singles Chart [9] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [10] 68

Cover versions

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