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.