The Reflex

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"The Reflex"
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Seven and the Ragged Tiger
B-side "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" (Live)
"New Religion" (Live)
Released 16 April 1984 (Worldwide)
21 April 1984 (US)
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1983
Genre New wave, dance-rock
Length 5:29 (album version)
4:25 (single version)
Label EMI, Capitol
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer(s) Duran Duran, Alex Sadkin, Ian Little
Certification
Duran Duran singles chronology
"New Moon on Monday"
(1984)
"The Reflex"
(1984)
"The Wild Boys"
(1984)
Alternate Sleeve
US 7" sleeve

"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.

Song history[edit]

"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 no. 1. The single entered the charts in America on 21 April 1984 at no. 46, became Duran Duran's first of two singles to hit no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (for 2 weeks) on 23 June 1984 (see 1984 in music), and was a huge hit internationally. (Their only other single to hit no. 1 in the US was the title song to the James Bond film "A View to a Kill".) It was also the first of two songs that kept "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen out of the top spot, (The other one being Prince's "When Doves Cry"). 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 created 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 recalled 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."[1]

Music video[edit]

The video for "The Reflex" was shot during the Sing Blue Silver tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario on 5 March 1984. Director Russell Mulcahy filmed some of the closeup footage in the indoor arena that afternoon, and the rest was filmed live during that evening's concert.[2]

"The Reflex" is primarily a concert video, accurately portraying Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour performance style. However, in keeping with the band's insistence that their videos "never be ordinary", the video screen above the stage displayed bits of naked models wearing collars and chains illuminated with black light, occasionally interrupted by computerized video white noise. At one point, a waterfall appears to pour out of the video screen above the stage to soak the audience. The computer graphics used to achieve this were typical at the time, but rapid advancement in the field quickly made the effect look dated.

Keyboard enthusiasts have taken special note of the Fairlight CMI (the first digital sampling synthesiser) that Nick Rhodes operated with a light pen in this video, and throughout the tour.

Some symbolic scenes from the official video were taken and later mixed with the alternate version shown in the band's concert film Arena (An Absurd Notion); in the final segment when the band, the crowd and even the fans undertake the final and crucial battle against the evil Dr. Durand Durand.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes[edit]

In addition to the 4:26 single remix, the 12" also included an extended remix of "The Reflex". The live b-side "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" is a cover of a Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel song, recorded 16 November 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London, with lead Rebel Steve Harley joining the band onstage.

A second live b-side released on the US single, "New Religion", was recorded 7 February 1984 at The Forum in Los Angeles. This is not the same live version that appears on the Arena album.

Covers, samples, and media references[edit]

Cover versions have been recorded by Less Than Jake[3] and the duo of Kylie Minogue and Ben Lee.[4]

The song is part of the "Hooked on Polkas" medley on the 1985 Dare to Be Stupid album by "Weird Al" Yankovic.

The song has also been featured in the soundtracks for the movies American Wedding (2003) and Corky Romano (2001), as well as an episode of the short-lived 2002 television series That '80s Show in which bassist John Taylor made a guest appearance.

The song is also featured in the video game Saints Row 2 as part of its 1980s radio station.

A chain of 1980s-themed nightclubs in the UK is named after the song.[5] The Birmingham branch is located directly opposite the former site of the Rum Runner, Duran Duran's early home base.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
6 May 1984 – 13 May 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Automatic" by The Pointer Sisters
Preceded by
"Automatic" by The Pointer Sisters
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
27 May 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
UK Singles Chart number-one single
5 May 1984 – 26 May 1984 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"I Want to Break Free" by Queen
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
23 June 1984 – 14 July 1984 (4 weeks)
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
23 June 1984 – 14 July 1984 (4 weeks)
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
30 June 1984 – 7 July 1984 (2 weeks)
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
9 June 1984 – 14 July 1984 (6 weeks)
Single Top 100 number-one single
9 June 1984 – 7 July 1984 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Preceded by
"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
23 June 1984 – 30 June 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"When Doves Cry" by Prince
US Cash Box number-one single
16 June 1984 – 23 June 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen
Preceded by
"Oh Sherrie" by Steve Perry
Canadian CHUM number-one single
9 June 1984 – 23 June 1984 (3 weeks)

Track listing[edit]

"The Reflex" was the second Duran Duran single to feature a personalised group catalogue number in the UK, DURAN 2.

  • 7" Single (UK)
  1. "The Reflex" – 4:20
  2. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" [live] – 4:54
  • 12" Single (UK)
  1. "The Reflex (Dance Mix)" – 6:35
  2. "The Reflex" [7" version] – 4:20
  3. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" [live] – 4:54
  • 7" Single (U.S.)
  1. "The Reflex (Dance Mix)" [edit] – 4:25
  2. "New Religion (Live in L.A.)" – 4:52
  1. "The Reflex" – 4:20
  2. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" [live] – 4:54
  3. "The Reflex (Dance Mix)" – 6:35

Notes[edit]

  • The edited Dance Mix is the same as the regular 7" version.

Other appearances[edit]

Apart from the single, "The Reflex" has also appeared on:

Albums:

Singles:

  • Capitol Gold Cuts (1990)

Videos:

Video games:

Personnel[edit]

Duran Duran are:

Also credited:

  • Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals
  • B J Nelson – backing vocals
  • Raphael Dejesus – percussion
  • Mark Kennedy – percussion
  • Alex Sadkin – producer
  • Ian Little – producer
  • Nile Rodgers – remixer
  • Jason Corsaro – remix engineer

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