Europe After the Rain

Louis Gordon, John Foxx

About Europe After the Rain

"Europe After The Rain" is the title of a John Foxx song, released as a single in August 1981, and included on The Garden album released later the same year. The song signalled a departure from Foxx's previous solo work which had focused on a sparse electronic sound whereas Europe After The Rain features a warmer sound, using acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic piano and live drums to produce the music. The bass and string sounds were however produced by a synthesiser. Foxx has several times stated that this change in musical direction was caused by a visit to Italy after the Metamatic period, where he worked with director Michaelangelo Antonioni for the soundtrack of his film Identification of a Woman. Although the single only reached no. 40 in the UK Singles Chart, Foxx performed the song on UK music show Top of the Pops where Foxx's new more romantic style was presented in the clothes and setting to accompany the performance in stark contrast to that of "Underpass" on the same show some eighteen months previously. For this performance Foxx was seen playing acoustic guitar, flanked by three other musicians on piano and keyboards. These musicians were Eddie and Sunshine and Duncan Bridgeman of the band Shake Shake, who had collaborated with Foxx in writing B-side "A Long Time" in 1980. The Top of the Pops footage was issued officially for the first time in 2013, on the DVD of the artist's Metadelic collection. No video was made for the single. 


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It's time to walk again
It's time to make our way
Through the fountain squares
And the collonades

Your dress is shimmering
Your voice is hiding things
When you say
I've hardly changed

In Europe
After the rain
When the nights are warm
And the summer sways...

The stained glass echoing
The blossom balconies
And voices blow
On a shining wind 
Your face is shimmering
Your smile is glimmering
When I say
You've hardly changed

In Europe
After the rain
When the nights are warm
And the summer sways...

In Europe after the rain
In Europe after the rain
In Europe after the rain
In Europe after the rain

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John Foxx

John Foxx (born Dennis Leigh, 26 September 1948, Chorley, Lancashire, England) is an English singer, artist, photographer and teacher. He was the original lead singer of the band Ultravox before leaving to embark on a solo career with Midge Ure taking his place. Primarily associated with electronic synthesizer music, he has also pursued a parallel career in graphic design and education. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Background
"Europe After The Rain" was released by English singer-songwriter and synth-pop pioneer, John Foxx, in August 1981. It was the second and final single from his second album, "The Garden."
Chart Performance
The song proved to be quite successful, peaking at number 40 on the UK Singles Chart. It remains one of Foxx's highest-charting singles.
Album Contribution
"Europe After The Rain" is considered as a standout track from John Foxx's album "The Garden." The album marked a departure from the purely electronic sounds of Foxx's debut solo album, incorporating traditional rock instruments and a more melodic sound.
Musical Style
John Foxx's "Europe After The Rain" features a synthesis of electronic and traditional instrumentation, characteristic of the New Romantic musical movement of the early 1980s.
Artistic Inspiration
John Foxx has stated that the song and its parent album were influenced by his move to Italy and the country's Renaissance-period gardens and architecture.
Song Theme
Like much of Foxx's work, "Europe After The Rain" explores themes of dystopia and post-apocalyptic imagery, showcasing his fascination with the interplay between technology and humanity.
Music Video
The music video for "Europe After The Rain" further illustrates these themes, depicting Foxx wandering around a desolate urban landscape.
Influential Work
Over the years, "Europe After The Rain" has been praised for its melodic style and meaningful lyrics, influencing a new generation of synth-pop artists and music enthusiasts.
Cover Versions
"Europe After The Rain" has been covered by several artists, including German electronic music project, Tangerine Dream, showcasing the song's enduring appeal.
Live Performances
Foxx continues to perform "Europe After The Rain" in his live shows. The song is often regarded as a highlight of his set, demonstrating its lasting popularity among fans.

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