Foreign Affair (Mike Oldfield song)

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"Foreign Affair"
Song by Mike Oldfield from the album Crises
Published 1983
Released 27 May 1983 (1983-05-27)
Recorded November 1982 – April 1983
Genre Pop
Length 3:52
Label Virgin
Writer Maggie Reilly, Mike Oldfield
Producer Mike Oldfield, Simon Phillips
Crises track listing
  1. "Crises"
  2. "Moonlight Shadow"
  3. "In High Places"
  4. "Foreign Affair"
  5. "Taurus 3"
  6. "Shadow on the Wall"
Crises track listing
"In High Places"
"Foreign Affair"
"Taurus 3"

"Foreign Affair" is a song written by Maggie Reilly and Mike Oldfield, which first appeared on Oldfield's 1983 album Crises on Virgin Records.

The song was originally recorded during the Crises sessions between November 1982 and April 1983 at Oldfield's studio in Denham, Buckinghamshire. On "Foreign Affair", Oldfield plays a Fairlight CMI and Roland strings. Maggie Reilly provides vocals, and the co-producer, Simon Phillips plays Tama Drums and a Shaker.

Oldfield performed the song on tour extensively in the 1980s. The song has since been featured on compilations such as The Platinum Collection, Collection, Elements Boxset and Elements – The Best of Mike Oldfield.

Sylver cover[edit]

"Foreign Affair"
Single by Sylver
from the album Sacrifice
Released 12 June 2009 (2009-06-12)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Trance
Length 3:14
Label Universal Music Group
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield, Maggie Reilly
Producer(s) Regi Penxten, Wout Van Dessel
Sylver singles chronology
"I Hate You Now"
"Foreign Affair"
Music video
"Foreign Affair" on YouTube

In 2009 the Belgian vocal trance group Sylver covered "Foreign Affair" on their fifth album, Sacrifice. The song reached number three on the Belgian Singles Chart.[1] The song was released in Germany on 20 November 2009, but only as a download.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Foreign Affair" (Radio Edit) – 3:14
  2. "Foreign Affair" (Album Version) – 6:26
  3. "Foreign Affair" (Hardwell Remix) – 7:06
  4. "Foreign Affair" (Cliff Coenraad Repimp) – 7:23


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[3] 21
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 77
German Download Chart[5] 23


  1. ^ a b " – Sylver – Foreign Affair" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Sylver – "Foreign Affair"" (in German). Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ " – Sylver – Foreign Affair" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ " – Sylver – Foreign Affair". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Music Load" (in German). Music Load. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 

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