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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Duran Duran - The Reflex

'The Reflex' is the eleventh single by Duran Duran, released worldwide on 16th April 1984. The song was heavily remixed for single release and was the third and last to be taken from their third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

'The Reflex' became the band's most successful single. It was their second single to top the UK Singles Chart, after 'Is There Something I Should Know?' in 1983, and would prove to be their last UK number 1. It was also Duran Duran's first single to hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (for two weeks) on 23rd June 1984, and became a huge hit internationally. The band wanted it to be the lead single from Seven and the Ragged Tiger, but their label didn't like the warbling singing during the "why don't you use it" segments, thinking this would hinder its success as a stand alone single track.

The remixes for both the 7" and 12" singles were done by Nile Rodgers, of Chic fame. It was his first work with the band, and he would later go on to produce 'The Wild Boys' single as well as the album Notorious (1986) and several tracks on Astronaut (2004).

Producer Ian Little recalls the sound Nick Rhodes came up with on his roland Jupiter 8 keyboard: "...whenever I hear that steel-drum part it always brings a smile to my face because it's so out of tune. Steel drums always are, but it was exactly right in terms of rhythm and tone. So a wood-block sound was mixed in to make it even more percussive and, Bob's your uncle, it did the job. lack

The video for 'The Reflex' was shot during the Sing Blue Silver tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario on 5th March 1984. Director Russell Mulcahy filmed some of the closeup footage in the indoor arena that afternoon, and the rest was filmed live during that evening's concert.

'The Reflex' is primarily a concert video, accurately portraying Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour performance style. However, in keeping with the band's insistence that their videos "never be ordinary", the video screen above the stage displayed bits of naked models wearing collars and chains illuminated with black light, occasionally interrupted by computerized video white noise. At one point, a waterfall appears to pour out of the video screen above the stage to soak the audience. The computer graphics used to achieve this were cutting edge at the time, but rapid advancement in the field quickly made the effect look dated.

Click the link below to download the following:
Album Version
Extended Club Mix
Dance Mix Edit
Dance Mix

Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (Recorded Live At Hammersmith Odeon) - B-Side


Duran Duran - The Reflex - Video

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