Sister Europe

Sister Europe (The Psychedelic Furs)

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"Sister Europe" is a song by English band The Psychedelic Furs from the band's 1980 self-titled debut album. Written by the band and produced by Steve Lillywhite, it was released in February 1980 as the album's second single.

Singer Richard Butler recalled Steve Lillywhite's directions to him regarding the vocals: "He told me, 'Go down to the pub, have a couple of beers, and when you come back, I want you to sing like it's three in the morning, and you're talking on the telephone to someone'". According to Butler, the lyrics conveyed sadness over his then-girlfriend moving away, and were written using imagery, "instead of saying 'My bird's gone to Italy and I miss her'".

The Psychedelic Furs traditionally opened their live shows with "Sister Europe" during the early part of their career. The single reached number 47 on the New Zealand charts. Writer Alex Ogg called it "an intoxicating song that announced the group's distinctive style", comparing it to The Velvet Underground mixed with David Bowie. Allmusic writer Dave Thompson described Butler's vocal as "a masterpiece of understatement, whispered intimacy".

Jazz tenor saxophonist Gary Windo performed a cover version of the song on...

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