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European Son (Japan song)

European Son is a song by the British band Japan.

"European Son"
Single by Japan
ReleasedJanuary 1982
Format7", 12" Vinyl single
GenreNew wave, synthpop
LabelHansa Records
Songwriter(s)David Sylvian
Producer(s)Simon Napier-Bell, Japan

The song was written by David Sylvian in 1978 following the bands US tour. It was intended to be the title track of Japan's third album and Sylvian intended to record it with disco producer Giorgio Moroder. However, this did not happen as Moroder preferred the song Life in Tokyo. Japan then recorded the song with Simon Napier-Bell and it was mixed by John Punter.

European Son was first released in Japan as the B-side of the single I Second That Emotion and on a Canadian Special Edition EP. In 1981 it was released as the B-side of the UK single Life in Tokyo and was included on the album Assemblage. Later that year a version remixed by Steve Nye was released as a single and became a hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 31.[1][2]

Track listingEdit

UK 7" Hansa Records Hansa 10
  1. European Son (Remix) – 3.48
  2. Alien – 5.00
UK 12" Hansa Records Hansa 12-10
  1. European Son (Extended Remix) – 5.14
  2. Alien – 5.00


  1. ^ European Son
  2. ^ European Son Official Charts