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Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? (German 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 18th, 2013


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“Is There Something I Should Know?” is the eighth single by British band Duran Duran, released on 19 March 1983.

The song was released as a stand-alone single and became the band’s first UK number one record. It debuted in the number one position on the UK Singles Chart on 26 March 1983. The single also had great success in America, where it was released in late May: it reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 6 August 1983 and sold more than a million copies.

“Is There Something I Should Know?” was recorded in London, with producer Ian Little in December 1982. Although generally regarded as a stand-alone single, it was added to the 1983 US re-issue of the band’s 1981 debut album, Duran Duran. The first album on which the song featured in the UK was the inaugural Now That’s What I Call Music compilation at the end of the year.

The singles from the Duran Duran album did not receive much airplay in the United States on the album’s first release; both the band and the New Romantic fashion style were unknown, and very few British bands were able to break into American radio at that time. However, by the end of 1982, the band’s Rio album was rapidly climbing the American charts, fueled by saturation airplay of various Duran Duran videos on MTV. The band and their label, Capitol/EMI, decided to re-release the debut album in the United States with the inclusion of this newly recorded single.

Because of the time limitations of vinyl records, the inclusion of “Is There Something I Should Know?” required the omission of the album track “To The Shore” on the reissue. “To The Shore” was reinstated on later compact disc pressings.

“Is There Something I Should Know?” was the song Duran Duran used to open their 1983/84 Seven and the Ragged Tiger album tour shows with and also Duran Duran’s charity concert at Aston Villa football ground 1983.

In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco wrote that the lyrics “deal with a difficult romantic relationship in rather obtuse terms.” Guarisco highlighted what he described as “odd turns of phrase” in the lyrics, such as: “and fiery demons all dance when you walk through that door/Don’t say your easy on me ’cause you’re about as easy as a nuclear war.”

Although Guarisco questioned the lyrics, he praised the melody in the song. He wrote: “The melody of ‘Is There Something I Should Know?’ is one of Duran Duran’s catchiest, matching twisty verse melodies full of ear-catching hooks with a harmonized chorus.

The B-side to “Is There Something I Should Know?” in Europe is the instrumental “Faith in this Colour”. An “Alternate Slow Mix” of “Faith in this Colour” was used on the 7″ single, some pressings of which included brief unauthorized sound samples from the movie Star Wars — these were promptly withdrawn when copyright concerns were raised, although on the “Alternate Slow Mix” from the singles box set, the scene, in which Obi-Wan leaves to disable the tractor beam, can clearly be heard in the last minute. Duran Duran has not confirmed this, though.

The mainly instrumental “Monster Mix” of “Is There Something I Should Know?” was completed by producers Ian Little and Alex Sadkin.

In the US, the song “Careless Memories” is the B-side of “Is There Something I Should Know?”.

Is There Something I Should Know? (Monster Mix) 6:42
Remix – Alex SadkinIan Little

Is There Something I Should Know? (Short Mix) 4:09

Faith In This Colour 4:06

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 Is There Something I Should Know? U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #4
1983 Is There Something I Should Know? U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #3
1983 Is There Something I Should Know? U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #34


Label: EMI Electrola ‎– 1C K062-65 106 Z
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Ian Little
Producer, Written-By – Duran Duran

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19 Responses to “Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? (German 12″)”

  1. Venus De Milo Says:

    Thank you so much! It reminds me when I was younger and there were so many things I should have known!!! LOL


  2. woz Says:



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome!


  3. omar Says:

    The 7″ mix was better than the 12″.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Omar wish they would have incorporated more vocals. Still my favorite Duran song 🙂


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    Far from my favourite Duran single (too repetitive), however I didn’t know about that ‘pulled Star Wars sample’ B-side. Do you have that 7″ Paul?? Would be interesting to compare it to the version re-released in the Singles Box-set.

    An interesting point about this being their first No. 1 – I hadn’t realised till I read an old interview the other day that Nick Rhodes of course had sort of already ‘had a No. 1’ with Kaja’s Too Shy, which he produced.
    Interview here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51106326@N00/8477222553/


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Don’t have that 7″ only a few hundred were pressed and it has the same catalog number as the re-released UK 7″ making it hard to spot. The only way to identify the mispressed version is the matrix number hat is listed in the dead wax section of the B side.

    Matrix / Runout: EMI5371-B-1U-1



    ric Reply:

    Yes, there was much talk in 1983 when Too Shy hit #1, and Duran had yet to score one themselves…but of course this single quickly put things right.
    I’m too not keen with the 12″ Mix, for a Monster Mix, it should have vocals! 🙁


    Brian Reply:

    The box set version is the same as the original vinyl “slow” version. I have that version on the fake “American B-Sides” promo from the ’90s, which it turns out was a pristine vinyl to wave transfer from someone that owns a first run copy of the vinyl single, and it’s the same. You can hear the same echoey sounds of Chewie, Artoo, & Threepio in the background. I’ve always wondered “If Lucasfilm stopped them back then, why not for the box set as well?” Then again, I don’t know if Lucasfilm ever “stopped” EMI back in ’83…maybe they yanked it to avoid a chance of that, and by the time of the box set they just figured no one at Lucasfilm would notice or care?

    PS Thanks Paul for another great D2 upload!


  5. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul – have noted that # and will search every copy I ever come across in the future!

    But booo.. I’ve just seen Duran are re-releasing that 7″ this very weekend for Record Store Day – but with the 12″ b-side instead. 🙁 Guess no-one wants to pay George Lucas anything. :-/


    DjPaulT Reply:

    yeah it’s coming out on blue vinyl. The band says it’s to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the song. That’s partly why I posted this today 🙂

    Read more:


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Is there anything you’ve got your eye on for RSD, Paul? I’ve got 3 on my wants list.
    If there’s any UK Only releases you’re after let me know as I’m planning a very early visit to my shop. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am interested in a couple of things. The Duran release ofcurse and the David Bowie “Stars Are Out Tonight” 7″ both exclusive for record store day.


  6. KDNA Says:

    thanks for posting this! ITSISK is a favourite!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome KDNA 🙂


  7. Stefan Hoyer Says:

    Thanks for it!!!
    That was my first 12” which I bought. 🙂


  8. Will McCammon Says:

    Count me as another one who has this as their overall favorite Duran track and has always been disappointed that the 12″ version was really more of a “dub” mix. I love it, but sure wish there had been an official extended vocal version.

    I have a couple of dj remix service versions, but it’s not the same.

    I so wished the multitracks for this would’ve turned up, the way a lot of songs did during the Guitar Hero/Rock Band craze. Oh well…


  9. tiffany Says:

    please re-up duran stuff Duran Duran – Planet Earth (US 12″ Promo), Duran Duran – Save A Prayer (German 12″), Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf (UK 12″) please hope you re-up them thanks


  10. mark Says:

    yeah, links of other 12″ of duran ruran are down.


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