All She Wants Is

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"All She Wants Is"
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Big Thing
B-side "I Believe/All I Need to Know"
Released 24 December 1988
Genre New wave, synthpop, freestyle
Length 4:36 (45 mix)
Label EMI, Capitol - DD 11
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer(s) Duran Duran, Jonathan Elias, Daniel Abraham
Duran Duran singles chronology
"I Don't Want Your Love"
"All She Wants Is"
"Do You Believe in Shame?"

"All She Wants Is" is the eighteenth single from Duran Duran, and the second single from the Big Thing album. It was released in December 1988, and reached No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The video for "All She Wants Is" was shot in London with video director Dean Chamberlain, a well-known photographer who had previously taken pictures and filmed a video for the side project Arcadia. The clip won a 1988 MTV Video Music Award for innovation.[1]

The video took nearly a month to shoot, using very long exposures to create unusual animated light effects around a girl and the surreal fixtures inside her flat. A photo from the shoot featuring the band members and the girl was used as cover art for the back side of the single.

As the band was in the middle of a hectic promotion schedule, and was unable to spend the necessary weeks standing still to shoot the video, the members each allowed a plaster life mask to be made from their faces, from which latex imitations of the band members' faces were cast. With the masks fitted onto mannequins, Chamberlain was able to use painstakingly slow stop motion special effects. Only a few brief scenes at the beginning and end of the video feature the real band members.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes[edit]

The b-side for "All She Wants Is" is an original medley called "I Believe/All I Need To Know".

There are various remixes of the title track spread across the various releases, many done by Shep Pettibone. The single mix, called the 45 mix, was done by Daniel Abraham.

Covers, samples, & media references[edit]

"All She Wants Is" can be heard as background music playing in a bar in the 2003 film Monster.

"All She Wants Is" was used in season 5, episode 5 of Cold Case in 2007.

Faithful Dawn recorded a cover of the song which was only available on a limited edition EP at Whitby 5.5 in 1998.

Chart positions[edit]

"All She Wants Is" had a bigger impact in the UK than its predecessor ("I Don't Want Your Love"), hitting the top ten; it was the last of twelve UK top ten hits for Duran Duran during the 1980s.

In Europe as in the United States the single became a smash dance hit, reaching high positions on the dance charts.

Track listing[edit]

7": EMI / DD 11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (45 Mix)" – 4:36
  2. "I Believe/All I Need to Know (Medley)" – 5:04
  • also available on MC in the US (Capitol / 4BX-44287)

12": EMI / 12 DD 11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (Euro Dub Mix)" – 7:34
  2. "All She Wants Is (45 Mix)" – 4:36
  3. "I Believe/All I Need to Know (Medley)" – 5:04

12": EMI / 12 DDX 11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)" – 7:16
  2. "All She Wants Is (45 Mix)" – 4:36
  3. "I Believe/All I Need to Know (Medley)" – 5:04

12": Capitol / V-15434 (US)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)" – 7:16
  2. "All She Wants Is (Eurohouse mix)" – 7:32
  3. "All She Wants Is (45 Mix)" – 4:36
  4. "I Believe/All I Need to Know (Medley)" – 5:04

12": EMI / K 060 20 32366 (Netherlands)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (House Dub Mix)" – 7:07 (aka "Eurohouse Dub")
  2. "All She Wants Is (Latino Dub)" – 6:44 (aka "US Masterdub")
  3. "All She Wants Is" (45 Mix) – 4:34
  • also released on German CD (EMI-Electrola / CDP 560-203236-2)

12": EMI / 12 DD-DJ11 (UK Promo)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is" (US Master Mix) – 7:16
  2. "All She Wants Is" (Eurohouse Dub) – 7:07
  3. "All She Wants Is" (Eurohouse Mix) – 7:32
  4. "All She Wants Is" (45 Mix) – 4:36

12": Capitol / SPRO-79483 (US Promo)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)" – 7:16
  2. "All She Wants Is (US Masterdub)" – 6:43 (aka "Latino Dub")
  3. "All She Wants Is (Eurohouse Mix)" – 7:32
  4. "All She Wants Is (Eurohouse Dub I)" – 7:07 (aka "Eurohouse Dub")
  5. "All She Wants Is (Eurohouse Dub II)" – 5:43

CD: EMI / CD DD 11 (United Kingdom)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (45 Mix)" – 4:36
  2. "Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)" – 8:10
  3. "I Believe/All I Need to Know (Medley)" – 5:09
  • also available on 3" CD in the US (Capitol / C3-44287-2)

CD: Toshiba-EMI / XP12-5006 (Japan)[edit]

  1. "All She Wants Is (45 Mix)" – 4:36
  2. "All She Wants Is (Euro Dub Mix)" – 7:34
  3. "I Believe/All I Need to Know (Medley)" – 5:09
  • 3" CD reworking of the first UK 12"

Other appearances[edit]

Aside from the single and Big Thing, "All She Wants Is" appears on:


Duran Duran are:



  • Duran Duran - Producer
  • Jonathan Elias - Producer
  • Daniel Abraham - Producer, Mixer (45 Mix)
  • Shep Pettibone - Remixer
  • Goh Hotoda - Remix engineer

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Timeline (1988)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 84. 
Preceded by
"Wild Thing" by Tone Lōc
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
11 February 1989 – 18 February 1989
Succeeded by
"Fading Away" by Will to Power