* UK promo poster

"Rain"
 was released on 27 September 1985. It was briefly known as "Sad Rain" during its recording, and the lyrics were reportedly inspired by a Hopi rain dance. Ian Astbury has said that this song is purely about sex. The lyrics are certainly full of innuendo: "Hot sticky scenes you know what I mean, like a desert sun that burns my skin. I've been waiting for her so long, open the sky and let her come down."

It peaked at #17 on the UK singles chart. There is one alternate version to the song, an extended remix titled "(Here Comes The) Rain". The remix version of this song was used during a party sequence in the film Demoni 2, and the original version plays during the end credits to the film. The original version also appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

 

There were several variations of the cover artwork used throughout the world. Some versions used silver lettering, others used white, while others had a silhouette effect on the cover. In Japan, a completely different picture cover was used, with trio of photos of the band: two onstage colour photos, and on the back one promotional black-and-white photo. This version was issued as both a white label promotional record, also with picture labels.

7" SINGLES

Rain, 7", EIRE, BEG 147, Irish double dip ridge centres and gripper teeth around labels
Rain, 7", ITA, VIN45182
Rain, 7", JAP, K07S-7006, white label promo, insert with lyrics on the reverse
Rain, 7", JAP, K07S-7006, insert with lyrics on the reverse
Rain, 7", SPA, A107-882
Rain, 7", UK, BEG 147, w/ press release sheet
Rain, 7", UK, BEG 147, sleeve with additional stars and clouds ‘embossed’ in matt black
Rain, 7", UK, BEG 147, white label test pressing
Rain, 7", UK, BEG 147, injection label
Rain, 7", UK, BEG 147, text and artwork on cover are white not silver

12" SINGLES

Rain (here comes the)/Revolution (remixed), 12", CAN, SOVX 2368
Rain, 12", GER, 602074, sleeve with additional stars and clouds ‘embossed’ in matt black
Rain, 12", UK, BEG 147, w/ free poster
Rain, 12", UK, BEG 147, sleeve with additional stars and clouds ‘embossed’ in matt black
Rain, 12", UK, BEG 147, white label promo
Rain, 12", USA, PRO A 2427, promo                  



                                       * guitar tabs and lyrics

UK PRESS RELEASE SHEET RAIN 7"