Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart recently teamed up with Thomas Lindsey, a Louisiana blues singer he met on Twitter, for the collaborative album Spitballin'. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist took some time to discuss his formative musical influences with Rolling Stone, weighing in on everything from a Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks classic to a tune from the Oliver! soundtrack that he heard at home growing up.
My dad used to play the Oliver! soundtrack on his gramophone record player, and the whole house came alive. This song always cheered me up.
The bit about abandoning the car out West feels like it comes from a Raymond Chandler novel. And the melody is fantastic.
This just stays on the same blues riff over and over. It shows you don't need complicated lyrics and epic chord changes.
I saw Marc Bolan in my hometown of Sunderland when he first started out. About 800 girls were spellbound, and you couldn't get this song out of your head.
If any other band tried to tackle this sort of blues song, it would lose that voodoo mystery, but the Stones captured it.