I was born in London to French parents, which was a source of much angst when I was growing up, because I wanted to be English.
So on the pictures of me in the rugby team I was John Burnel. I had quite a few punch-ups at school. He turned out to be the local National Front organiser.
I started to think a lot about identity. I guess a lot of immigrants feel the same thing.
I started to embrace my Frenchness and European female sought European project early on. My solo album Euroman Comethinwas about the ideal of a united Europe and the recognition that more binds us than separates us.
We had songs about Paris and Rome. I was going out with a Parisian ballerina, Anna, at the time, so I projected my idea of Europe Seeking discrete fun now to a person.
She had green eyes, like in the song. I came in with the bass and lyrics and Hugh [Cornwell] added the guitar and harmony on the chorus. It needed a certain type of delivery.
Dave Greenfield, keyboards.