New Moon on Monday

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"New Moon on Monday"
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Seven and the Ragged Tiger
B-side "Tiger Tiger"
Released 14 January 1984 (US)
Format Single
Recorded Air Studios, Montserrat, September 1983
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:16
Label EMI, Capitol - DURAN 1
Producer(s) Duran Duran, Ian Little and Alex Sadkin
Duran Duran singles chronology
Union of the Snake
(1983)
New Moon on Monday
(1984)
The Reflex
(1984)
Seven and the Ragged Tiger track listing
"The Reflex"
(1)
"New Moon on Monday"
(2)
"(I'm Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement"
(3)

"New Moon on Monday" is a song by Duran Duran, released as the band's tenth single in early January 1984 in the US and on 23 January 1984 in the UK.[1]

The second single to be lifted from the band's 1983 album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, the song was another success, reaching the Top 10 on both the British and American music charts. On 11 February 1984, the single reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart and on 17 March, it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, after entering on 14 January 1984 at #56.

It did not chart well in Australia and Scandinavia; territories where its predecessor, "Union of the Snake", had been a big hit. This trend was reversed with the next single, "The Reflex", which became a worldwide number one.

In a retrospective review of the song, "New Moon on Monday" was praised by Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco, who wrote: "The music holds the unusual lyrics together by wedding effervescent verse melodies that bounce high and low to a triumphant-sounding chorus with a rousing feel."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "New Moon on Monday" was filmed by director Brian Grant during the icy first week of January 1984, in the village of Noyers in France. It has a loosely sketched storyline in which the band appear as members of an underground rebellion called "La Luna" (the name is one of the few connections between the video's content and the song lyrics), organizing a revolt against a modern (1980s-era computers are used) oppressive militaristic regime, apparently in France.

"We set out to make a little movie", recalled Grant. "I'm not sure we succeeded." He was not the first choice to shoot the video, as Russell Mulcahy, director of many of the band's other videos, was unavailable.[3]

Several versions of this video exist. The longest is a 17-minute "movie version" which includes an extended introduction before the song starts (including a scene of dialogue between Simon Le Bon and the story's female lead, played by Patricia Barzyk, winner of the Miss France title in 1980; a brief snippet of "Union of the Snake" is also heard on a radio), and is set to an extended remix of the song. A shorter version, with a spoken French-dialogue intro, was originally submitted to MTV, who then later requested an even shorter version without the prologue.

Yet another version was produced for the Dancing on the Valentine video collection, showing blue-lit scenes of the band members in front of a full-moon backdrop. All but one of the versions were included as easter eggs on the 2004 DVD compilation Greatest.

Both Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes[3] say this is the band's least favourite video. "Everybody ... hates it, particularly the dreadful scene at the end where we all dance together", Taylor wrote in his memoirs. "Even today, I cringe and leave the room if anyone plays [it]." He recalls that they were miserable since their Christmas holiday had been cut short to shoot the video, and spent most of the day on the dark and cold set drinking, to the point that he was "half cut" by the time the last scenes were shot. "It's one of the few times I've seen Nick dance".[4]

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes[edit]

"New Moon on Monday" was backed with a remix of the instrumental "Tiger Tiger" done by Ian Little. The original version of the instrumental was found on the Seven and the Ragged Tiger album. The release was rounded out by an extended version of the title track.

Chart positions[edit]

Country Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 9
US Billboard Hot 100 10
Canadian Singles Chart 4
NetherlandsDutch Top 40 26
New Zealand Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 5
Australian Singles Chart 48

Track listing[edit]

7": EMI DURAN 1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "New Moon on Monday" – 4:16
  2. "Tiger Tiger" (Ian Little Remix) – 3:28

12": EMI 12 DURAN 1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "New Moon on Monday" (Dance Mix) – 6:03
  2. "New Moon on Monday" – 4:16
  3. "Tiger Tiger" (Ian Little Remix) – 3:28

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1981-1985" boxset[edit]

  1. "New Moon on Monday" – 4:16
  2. "Tiger Tiger" (Ian Little Remix) – 3:28
  3. "New Moon on Monday" (Dance Mix) – 6:03

Other appearances[edit]

Aside from the single, "New Moon on Monday" appears on:

Albums:

Videos:

Personnel[edit]

Duran Duran are:

Other:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record News". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 29. 21 January 1984. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/new-moon-on-monday-mt0011924282
  3. ^ a b Marks, Craig; Tannenbaum, Rob (2011). I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. New York: Dutton. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-525-95230-5. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Andy (2008). Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran. London: Orion Publishing Group. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7528-8338-0. 


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