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Duran Duran – The Reflex (The Dance Mix) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 14th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

Ok so I am super excited because tomorrow night (8-15-2012) I will be going to see Duran Duran live at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in my home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band are out promoting their latest studio album “All You Need Is Now” and the newly released live album and blu-ray “A Diamond In The Mind”. If you havn’t picked up a copy of either or both you should. Since I am so excited I couldn’t resist doing a Duran post today. I thought it only fitting to post their most succesful single “The Reflex”. If possible i will try to get some pics from the show. ~ DjPaulT

“The Reflex” is the eleventh single by Duran Duran, released worldwide on 16 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, topping the chart on 5 May, and would prove to be their last UK #1. It was also Duran Duran’s first single to hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (for two weeks) on 23 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, successfully, it did the job.”

SIDE A:
The Reflex (The Dance Mix) 6:35

SIDE B:
The Reflex (The Dance Mix – Edited) 4:28

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 The Reflex U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1984 The Reflex U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #15

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Capitol Records – V-8587
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Alex SadkinDuran DuranIan Little
Remix – Nile Rodgers
Written-By – Duran Duran

NOTES:
Original version on the album “SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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32 Responses to “Duran Duran – The Reflex (The Dance Mix) (US 12″)”

  1. KDNA Says:

    i saw them this past fall — amazing show! you’re going to have a great time!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    So looking forward to it 🙂

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  2. partytimeboy Says:

    Thanks a lot for share this HQ rip. It’s one of the top 5 tunes of my life soundtrack. Great memories

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Partytimeboy 🙂

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  3. Drake Says:

    Thanks Paul! I saq them in a brazian leg of last tour!!
    Great band! I have a colletion of his Night Versions !
    They are the father of 12″ versions!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome drake. i agree with you 🙂

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  4. sasomom Says:

    I saw them three weeks ago. It was extraordinary.Simon was leading the show in a perfect way, proving that not only has great vocal performance but also being a great entertainer. At one point he picked a guy from the public asking him his name and whispering the start of the next song in his ear that he would start to sing and the band will follow him. So what else can some of us sing either than TaNaNaNa. So it was your todays post “The Reflex”. I think the B side is only available on this 12″ edition. Also back cover is similar to Uk’s 7″ front cover of “Is There Something I Should Know”. Great post KING, enjoy the concert tomorrow.

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    sasomom Reply:

    It seems the B side is 7″ version but named as The Dance Mix-Edited.

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  5. dj fercho Says:

    no serve their download links

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  6. Bearguy Says:

    Thanks for this one! Somewhere in all these boxes (I just moved recently) is my copy of the UK version of this one. Can’t find the record itself at the moment but my files show a catalog number of EMI 12DURAN 2. Enjoy the concert!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bearguy 🙂

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  7. omar Says:

    FFFFlex !!! Nile Rodgers totally transformed this mediocre album track into a funky dance groove. I think the album version on it’s own would’ve never made it. I prefer the 7″ (Dance Edit) more than the 12″. Thanks Paul once again. Keep the new wave coming ! Hope you could post some Arcadia stuff as well.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. Now days when i listen to the album version I really like it. But I too prefer the Edited version.

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  8. Dan Says:

    Always loved this song and the group in general. When this song was out, I remember watching the charts with anticipation every week hoping it would go to #1, and it did. The Nile Rodgers remix on the 7″ single version definitely helped its chances. Although I think the album version could have been a hit on its own (although maybe not a #1, but who knows for sure?) Also, after doing some checking, it seems Duran Duran had even more luck in Cashbox than in Billboard. This song and “A View To A Kill” were their only Billboard #1’s. But in Cashbox they also hit #1 with “Union Of The Snake”, “The Wild Boys” and “Ordinary World”, along with “Reflex” and “A View..”

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very cool info Dan I never knew. I always thought that they had more #1 singles. For some reason I thought “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Eio” were #1’s but maybe it’s because they got so much attention on MTV.

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    ric Reply:

    It was tough luck for Hungry Like The Wolf, Union Of The Snake and The Wild Boys on the Hot 100. But there is glory in defeat.
    Hungry Like The Wolf was blocked by Billie Jean at #1 and Do You Really Want To Hurt Me at #2.
    Union Of The Snake was blocked by Say Say Say (MJ again!) at #1 and Say It Isn’t So at #2.
    The Wild Boys was denied a #1 for three straight weeks by Madonna’s Like A Virgin.
    As for Rio, with a classic video and all that MTV exposure, you’d expect a huge hit. But it didn’t even reach Top 10 and peaked at an under-performing #14.
    Culture Club had at that same time scored back to back #2’s with Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Time (Clock Of The Heart).
    Despite a slower start compared to CC, DD won with longevity.

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    Dan Reply:

    Don’t forget Hall & Oates’ “Out Of Touch” blocked DD’s “The Wild Boys” from #1 for the first of its 4 weeks at #2.

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    ric Reply:

    Good spot, Dan! Another well-deserved #1 there!

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  9. 80spornstar Says:

    I’ve been on their concert just over a month ago (EXIT Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, July 12) on my visit to Europe. I felt like I’m 30 years younger. As most of the performers today they used the matrix but that didn’t influenced quality of their performance. At one point Simon invited on stage Beth Ditto (Gossip lead vocalist – they performed the same evening at this festival)to sing Notorious with him – just great… Then he asked one guy from the audience to sing with him – ta-na-na-na for The Reflex, for Girls on Film Nick Rhodes took some snapshots of the crowd, of course they played Wild Boys medley with Relax. Even my wife, who doesn’t like 80s music had a great time. You’re gonna enjoy expanded edition of “A Diamond in my Mind” for 2 hrs.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    80spornstar sounds very exciting. I remember the “EXIT” festival because they were supposed to stream the Duran Duran part but they never did 🙁

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  10. ric Says:

    Despite a glorious catalogue this is the definitive DD single indeed!
    The record company must have hated the album version because it wasn’t even the second single after Union Of The Snake. I guess with New Moon On Monday not living up to expectations chart-wise, they had to give in to the group for the final single. How often do you get the final single of an album becoming the biggest?
    I hope you’ll have a great time at the concert Paul.
    And yes, pictures please. Plenty from cutie Roger! Enjoy!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    “New Moon” was always my favorite and still is. It’s always a forgotten track. I’ll try to get pics not sure how it will work until I get there.

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    Dan Reply:

    I can’t believe “New Moon” would be a disappointment for the label, considering it peaked at #10. I guess they were hoping for another Top 5 or a #1. But Paul is right, it definitely seems to be a forgotten track. Very strange considering it made the Top 10 and “Rio”, which peaked at #14, is MORE remembered than “New Moon”.

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    ric Reply:

    Yes, they were. Not only with New Moon, but with Union’s chart performance as well. It was a big blow to Duran at that time.
    A lot of hype was riding on this lead-off single as it was on the back on their first UK #1 single and their crossover success in the USA.
    They were so sure that they are gonna get their second UK #1 (and maybe even their first US #1) and were pretty vocal about it.
    So imagine the embarrassment and disbelief after garnering a Hot Shot Debut at #4, Union peaked at #3 the next week, being shut out by Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl and Lionel Richie’s All Night Long.
    All were worried when New Moon followed what seemed to be a downward trend. Any new act would kill for a UK Top 10, but a #9 is just not good enough for all involved at that time.
    Hence, success never tasted when The Reflex reversed their charts fortunes.

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  11. Jermajesty Says:

    Enjoy the gig… Have you seen them play live before? Hope you’re going in full 80s costume (or at least a JT headscarf). 😉

    BTW, any chance of the other Andy Taylor single being posted while you’re in a Duran mood? 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I have seen them before once in Oklahoma City in 1984 and again in 1987 at Kansas City were Erasure opened for them. I’ll see what I can do about the Andy single not really much into Andy all that much these days. Love the new guitarist Dom Brown. I will get it posted for you I know it’s been a while now. Cheers.

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  12. Brett Says:

    Saw them for the first time in Australia a few months ago. They were great, you will enjoy the concert. Love their new album, it’s a good return to form.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Brett I love the new album also 🙂

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  13. Guss Says:

    Paul thank you very much and enjoy the show.

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  14. iBernard Says:

    Looks like you had a GREAT time! Everyone should attend a concert of someone they love. I started with Queen, saw Elton, Annie, George, and, among others GRACE! It’s such a great feeling days afterwards! They are coming to CT and I’m on the fence about going…glad you shared! THANKS! B.man

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  15. Waltz Says:

    Can’t thank you enough for this one, Paul! I’m currently going through a major obsession with Nile Rodgers’ guitar playing and production skills, so I’m really glad I’ve found this here! Thanks again and all the best to you.

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  16. JJ Says:

    I had an original extended mix cassette of this, it was 9 + minutes, Gave it to my daughter and never saw it again, anyone have it??

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