Forty years ago today, the Eurythmics single Here Comes the Rain Again was released. This is one of the very first songs and music videos that sent me on my new wave music journey. I bought the entire album and listened to it over and over and over.
Song: Here Comes the Rain Again
B-side: “Paint a Rumour”
Released: 12 January 1984
Genre: New wave synth-pop
Length: 4:54 (album version); 5:05 (single version); 4:43 (video version); 3:50 (7″ promo version)
“Here Comes the Rain Again” is a 1983 song by British duo Eurythmics and the opening track from their third studio album Touch. It was written by group members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart. The song was released on 12 January 1984 as the album’s third single in the UK and in the United States as the first single.
It became Eurythmics’ second Top 10 U.S. hit, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Here Comes the Rain Again” hit number eight in the UK Singles Chart, becoming their fifth consecutive Top 10 single in their home country.
Stewart explained to Songfacts that creating a melancholy mood in his songs is something at which he excels. He said: “‘Here Comes the Rain Again’ is kind of a perfect one where it has a mixture of things, because I’m playing a b-minor, but then I change it to put a b-natural (sic – the song is in A minor) in, and so it kind of feels like that minor is suspended, or major. So it’s kind of a weird course. And of course that starts the whole song, and the whole song was about that undecided thing, like here comes depression, or here comes that downward spiral. But then it goes, ‘so talk to me like lovers do.’ It’s the wandering in and out of melancholy, a dark beauty that sort of is like the rose that’s when it’s darkest unfolding and bloodred just before the garden, dies. And capturing that in kind of oblique statements and sentiments.”
Stewart also said he and Lennox wrote the song while staying at the Mayflower Hotel in New York City. It was an overcast day, and Stewart was playing “melancholy A minor-ish chords with the B note in it” on his Casio keyboard. Lennox came over, looked out the window at the gray skies and the New York skyline, and spontaneously sang, “Here comes the rain again”. The duo worked out the rest of the song based on that mood.
The string arrangements by Michael Kamen were performed by members of the British Philharmonic Orchestra. However, due to the limited space in the studio, the Church, the players had to improvise by recording their parts in other parts of the studio. The song was then mixed by blending the orchestral tracks on top of the original synthesized backing track.
The running time for “Here Comes the Rain Again” is in actuality about five minutes long and was edited on the Touch album (fading out at approximately four-and-a-half minutes). Although it was edited even further for its single and video release, many U.S. radio stations played the full-length version of it. The entire five-minute version did not appear on any Eurythmics album until the U.S. edition of Greatest Hits in 1991.
Cash Box said that “Lennox sounds familiarly sultry and wispy, while Dave Stewart’s minor-key composition is laced with pizzicato strings and chiming, open chord guitar work.”
In the UK, the single became Eurythmics’ fifth Top 10 hit, peaking at #8. It was the duo’s second top ten hit in the United States, peaking at #4 in March 1984.