Raindance (Clark Datchler album)

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Studio album by Clark Datchler
Released November, 1990
Label Virgin Records
Producer Clark Datchler, Humberto Gatica
Clark Datchler chronology
- Raindance
Fishing for Souls

Raindance is the debut album from English musician Clark Datchler.

Datchler originally left the successful group Johnny Hates Jazz in 1988 to continue his solo career after previously releasing several solo singles before the joining the group.[1] He moved to Amsterdam and began work on his debut album.

The album featured some renowned musicians, including bass player Nathan East, drummer John "JR" Robinson and percussionist Paulinho Da Costa. Also featured was guitarist Dave Gregory of XTC. The album saw Datchler’s first environmental song, "Raindance" – one of several to follow.

The first single from Raindance was "Crown Of Thorns". It was released in Britain in 1990 but was not a success, only peaking at #100 for one week. This was the only appearance Datchler made in the UK chart.[2] The Raindance album was released on Virgin Records in Japan shortly afterwards.

Some Japanese versions of the CD features the bonus track "Widow" which was b-side to "Crown of Thorns".

A selection of tracks were re-used for Datchler's following album "Fishing For Souls" as "Raindance" was only released in Japan. "Fishing For Souls" was never released until 2010 where it appeared on iTunes.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Clark Datchler.

No. Title Length
1. "The State of Play" 3:33
2. "Drowning My Sorrows" 3:41
3. "Crown of Thorns" 4:48
4. "Close To The Edge" 3:40
5. "It's Better This Way" 4:43
6. "The Last Emotion" 3:49
7. "Raindance" 3:43
8. "Heart of Hearts" 3:09
9. "True Confessions" 3:42
10. "Autumn Years" 4:00


Crown of Thorns

Chart (1990) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 47
UK Singles Chart[5] 100

Raindance Japan only


  • Producers – Clark Datchler, Humberto Gatica
  • Engineers – Bob Kraushaar, Humberto Gatica, Nick Davis
  • Mastered by – Chris Blair
  • Mixed by – Nick Davis