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Duran Duran – Burning The Ground (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 5th, 2014


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Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on January 12, 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Burning The Ground” is the 20th single by Duran Duran, released in December 1989. It was created as a stand-alone single to promote the compilation album Decade: Greatest Hits, but didn’t appear on the album itself. However, its music video was included on the band’s audiovisual compilation Greatest, released on 1999 (VHS) and 2003 (DVD). The song is essentially a megamix of Duran Duran’s history, featuring tidbits of all of the band’s hits of the previous ten years.

Instrumental elements of “Save A Prayer”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Rio”, “The Reflex” and “The Wild Boys”, including the camera flash sound from “Girls on Film”, form the core of the first part of the song, while the “chorus” is built up of alternating chants of “Girls!” (from “Girls on Film”) and “Boys!” (from “The Wild Boys”). The nonsense syllables from several songs, such as the “noh-noh” bits from “Notorious”, the “bop bop bop” from “Skin Trade” and the “tana nana” and the “fle fle fle fle flex” from “The Reflex”, were also incorporated. Elements from “A View To A Kill”, “Notorious”, “I Don’t Want Your Love” and later singles are gradually woven into the mix. Segments of the song are marked by signature phrases taken from other songs: first, “Can you hear me now?” (“Planet Earth”); later, “I tell you, somebody’s fooling around” (“The Reflex”) and “The rhythm is the power” (“I Don’t Want Your Love”). The title derives from a “Hungry Like the Wolf” lyric.

The song also used several sound samples from the film Barbarella, from which the band took their name: “Barbarella?” “Mr. President!” “Your Mission, find Durand Durand!” “Just a minute, I’ll slip something on!”

The remix was created by producer John Jones, with assistance from Dee Long and engineer Chris Potter, in an upstairs room at Olympic Studios in Barnes while Duran Duran was downstairs recording new material for the album Liberty, to be released the following year.

The b-side was another megamix, this one more instrumental in nature, called “Decadance”. The song uses the “why” bits of “The Reflex”, the “no, no” from “Notorious”, “wild” from “The Wild Boys”, the chorus from “All She Wants Is”, the solo from “Save a Prayer” mixed with “Rio”, and a little bit of “Skin Trade”, as well as some of the suggestive screams from “Hungry Like the Wolf”.

The single debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart on February 10, 1990. After spending six weeks on the survey “Burning The Ground” peaked at #23. The single also charted in the U.K. #31 and Italy #17.

Burning The Ground 4:00
Mixed By – Christopher Marc Potter
Other [Created By] – Duran Duran
Producer – John Jones , John Taylor , Nick Rhodes , Simon Le Bon , Sterling Campell*
Samples – Dee Long

Decadance (Extended Mix) 7:56
Producer, Mixed By – Ben Chapman , Raine Shine

Decadance 3:30
Producer, Mixed By – Ben Chapman , Raine Shine

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1989 Burning The Ground U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #23


Label: Capitol Records – V-15546
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Artwork By [Sleeve Design] – Abrahams Pants

All tracks sampled from the album “DECADE”.
B-side produced and mixed at Pacific & Ezee Studios.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

Username: btg
Password: burningtheground

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23 Responses to “Duran Duran – Burning The Ground (US 12″)”

  1. Osc Says:

    Never heard of it. Sounds very interesting. Thanks (again) for the rip.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Osc 🙂


  2. Johan Says:

    Finally discovered where you found the name for your fabulous website 😉 Thanks!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Johan 🙂


  3. NKelly Says:

    Awesome to see this back again and re-riped including a 24-bit FLAC. Great songs. Have this on very rare CD single. Love the megamixes since release. Of course the song the site is also named after and lyrics from Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry like the wolf’ (can’t believe people didn’t realise). Good place to end this little phase of the site too. Good luck with the surgery and enjoy the ONJ concert my friend!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Neil 🙂


  4. Fred Says:

    Burning the ground, Burning the ground….hmmm…where have I heard of this before?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    hmmm I wonder Fred 🙂


  5. nootrop Says:

    Thanks a lot for the single,never heard of it before and please fix the mp3 link!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    All working now Nootrop 🙂


  6. Jeff Says:


    Beyond A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! Rhythm has the power to move !!!

    Thank you!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff 🙂


  7. DjAmora Says:

    The files are all mp3 with flac extension. You can make a new link for mp3?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    It’s fixed now DjAmora 🙂


    DjAmora Reply:

    Thank You! DjPaulT


  8. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  9. woz Says:



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz 🙂


  10. gonzalo76 Says:

    I’m a “new reader just discovering BTG”.
    Another DjPaulT fantastic share!!!
    Thank you so much Paul!!!
    This site is too good to be true for 80’s music lovers like me 😉
    Best wishes from Argentina,


  11. Tao Leo Says:

    Incredible RIP!!! Thanks DjPaulT!


  12. Music_Fan Says:

    I guess the name of this website comes from that track? 🙂

    Regarding Duran Duran, DJ Paul might be interested in this…

    “Despite being all the rage at the time, Duran Duran never released a 12″ remix of their #1 chart topping single ‘A View To A Kill’ from the 1985 James Bond film. Until now.”



  13. Grant Says:

    The namesake of your site – can’t wait to hear this one! DLing now…. thanks for this, DJ PaulT!


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