"Would I Lie To You? by Eurythmics
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
"Would I Lie To You?" was released as the lead single from Eurythmics fourth studio album Be Yourself Tonight. The song was a major shift in direction from the duo's previous synth-pop songs such as "Sexcrime (1984)", "Love is a Stranger" and "Sweet Dreams", featuring a more rock and R&B orientated sound.
Penned by Annie Lennox and David A.Stewart, the song's lyrics are about a confrontation between Lennox and her cheating lover, who is played by Steven Bauer in the video. They were based on the break-up of her first marriage to Radha Raman.
The video was directed by Mary Lambert, who had previously directed "Like A Virgin" and "Material Girl" for Madonna. The sleeve of the single features imagery captured from the video.
The video opens with Stewart and his backing band talking backstage. In the next scene, an angry Annie is dropped off at the music venue by her American boyfriend on his motorbike. He asks her "You gonna be late home tonight?". She replies "You know something, I might not even be here!". Her boyfriend replies "Fine, well, have fun" in a sarcastic manner.
Stewart asks Lennox if she is alright and tells her not to worry and just "be yourself tonight", which is, of course, the title of their latest album.
The rest of the video features the duo performing the song in front of fans with their backing band.
The Backing Band
The backing band consisted of Nathan East on bass guitar, Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on Hammond organ (he had previously worked with Stewart on "Don't Come Around Here No More"), Ollie Romo on drums (he was previously with Swedish rock group Kaipa), Dave Plews blowing his own trumpet, and Martin Dobson playing the saxophones.
The single entered the official UK singles chart at No.45 on 14th April 1985, climbing to a peak position of No.17 for one week on 5th May.
Although the chart performance of "Would I Lie To You" was rather disappointing in the UK, it became the duo's third top 10 hit in the U.S., reaching No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The single reached No.1 on Australia's main music chart, the Kent Music Report. It also reached No.5 on Canada's RPM Chart, and No.5 on New Zealand's Recorded Music NZ chart. The song also reached No.10 on the Irish Single Chart (IRMA).
Annie Lennox on the sleeve front of Be Yourself Tonight LP
7 inch vinyl (UK) PB 40101 RCA
A. "Would I Like To You" (7" Version) - 4:09
B. "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling" (LP Version) - 5:40
12 inch vinyl (UK) PT 40102 RCA
A. "Would I Lie To You" (E.T. Mix) - 4:56 (mixed by Eric "ET" Thorngren)
B1. "Would I Like To You?" (Extended Version) - 4:54
B2. "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling" (LP Version) - 5:41