"Sister Europe" was the Psychedelic Furs' traditional opening number throughout their early career -- displaced by "India" for their first album, it nevertheless became the group's second U.K. single, and remains a staple of their live show. The mysterious lyric was written by Richard Butler, after his girlfriend of the time moved to Italy. "Instead of saying 'my bird's gone to Italy and I miss her,' I tried to put over the feeling of being sad and low with images," he explained, a device which works perfectly. Against the band's slowly, darkly percolating rhythm, Butler's performance is a masterpiece of understatement, whispered intimacy rendered all the more effective by the instructions he was given by producer Steve Lillywhite: "he told me, 'go down 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.'" Further versions of "Sister Europe" appear on the Psychedelic Furs' BBC sessions collection and the 2001 Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live album. In addition, an extraordinary cover was recorded by one-time Furs saxophonist Gary Windo for his Deep Water solo album.