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European Son single

UK/Ireland/Germany/Australia January 1982

7" version:
A: European Son (remix) 3.48
B: Alien 5.00
12" version:
A: European Son (extended remix) 5.14
B: Alien 5.00

The 7" and 12" versions on this release were remixed by "Tin Drum" producer Steve Nye and have a harder less disco sound than the  John Punter mixes. The b-side in both cases is "Alien". There is also a German pressing with a different sleeve. UK chart position: 31.

  • UK & Irish 7" HANSA 10
  • UK 12" HANSA 1210
  • German 7" Hansa 103.897
  • Australian 7" RCA Victor 103981
  • Scandanavian 7" ARI 8204 - this is manufactured in the Netherlands but the NCB on the label means it was released in Sweden/Norway/Finland.

European Son was written by David Sylvian in 1978 following the group's US tour. It was intended to be the title track of their third album, and Sylvian intended to record it with Giorgio Moroder. However, the producer preferred Life In Tokyo so this did not happen. Japan then recorded the song with Simon Napier-Bell and it was mixed by John Punter before release. Seemingly "always the bridesmaid never the bride" the song was first released as the b-side of I Second That Emotion in Japan and on the Special Edition EP in Canada, following an aborted plan to release it on an EP in 1979 along with A Foreign Place and All Tomorrow's Parties (Assemblage version). It wasn't out in the UK until 1981, again as a b-side, this time to Life In Tokyo (Hansa 4) and later on Assemblage. A rare John Punter 12" version can be heard as the b-side of the 1981 Life In Tokyo 12" (Hansa 124). 

UK 7" sleeve - this was also used in the Scandanavian countries
UK 12 inch

UK 12" sleeve
Back sleeve

Back of the UK and Scandanavian picture sleeves
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German 7" sleeve - same on the front and back.


Australian 7"

Irish 7" label

UK single label

UK 7" label

UK 12"

UK 12" label

Finland label

Scandanavian 7" label
German label
German label

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