The Wild Boys (song)

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"The Wild Boys"
Duran duran wild boys.jpg
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Arena
B-side "(I'm Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement" (1984)
Released
  • 26 October 1984 (UK)
  • 3 November 1984 (US)
Format
Recorded July 1984
Genre New wave
Length 4:18
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Duran Duran singles chronology
"The Reflex"
(1984)
"The Wild Boys"
(1984)
"A View to a Kill"
(1985)
Music video
"The Wild Boys" on YouTube

"The Wild Boys" is the twelfth single by the English new wave band Duran Duran, released on 26 October 1984 in the United Kingdom and on 3 November 1984 in the United States.

The song was the only studio track on the band's live album Arena (1984), and was produced by Nile Rodgers, who had previously remixed the band's previous single "The Reflex". It was recorded at the end of July 1984 at Maison Rouge Studios in London.[1]

"The Wild Boys" became one of the band's biggest hits, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, behind "Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates and "Like a Virgin" by Madonna,[2] and also hitting number one on the US Cash Box.[3] It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,[4] and also reached the top position in Germany,[5] Italy[6] and Canada.[7] It also became the band's biggest charting single in Australia, reaching number three.[8]

Background[edit]

The idea for the song came from longtime Duran Duran video director Russell Mulcahy, who wanted to make a full-length feature film based on the surreal and sexual 1971 novel The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead by William S. Burroughs. He suggested that the band might create a modern soundtrack for the film in the same way that Queen would later provide a rock soundtrack for Mulcahy's 1986 film Highlander. Singer Simon Le Bon began writing some lyrics based on Mulcahy's quick synopsis of the book, and the band created a harsh-sounding instrumental backdrop for them.[9]

The single was issued with six separate collectible covers – one featuring each individual band member and one of the band collectively.

Music video[edit]

The video for "The Wild Boys" was directed by Russell Mulcahy. The cost totalled over one million pounds, a staggering sum for music videos at the time, as his design filled one entire end of the "007 Stage" at Pinewood Studios with a metal pyramid and a windmill over a deep enclosed pool, and called for a lifelike robotic face, dozens of elaborate costumes, prosthetics, and makeup effects, and then-cutting-edge computer graphics. The choreography of dance routines was undertaken by Arlene Phillips, including intricate stunts and fire effects added to the cost. Mulcahy meant the video to be a teaser for his full-length Burroughs film, demonstrating his vision to the movie studios he was wooing, but that project was never made.

The video featured all of the band members imprisoned and in peril, wearing uncharacteristically rough and ragged outfits similar to the pieced-together clothing of the film Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. John Taylor was strapped to the roof of a car suffering a psycho-torture with pictures of his childhood and early past, Nick Rhodes was caged with a pile of computer equipment, Roger Taylor was put in a hot-air balloon that was dangling from the ceiling, leaving him high off the ground, and Andy Taylor was bound (guitar and all) to a ship's figurehead. Singer Simon Le Bon, strapped to the spinning windmill which dunked his head beneath the water with each revolution, supposedly found himself in real difficulty when the windmill stopped with his head underwater. He was given a tube to breathe through and the issue was promptly fixed, but the British tabloids had a field day exaggerating Le Bon's "near death experience". Le Bon himself has dismissed this story in more than one interview as an "urban myth", claiming nothing of the sort happened.

"The Wild Boys" was named British Video of the Year at the 1985 Brit Awards.

Remixes and B-sides[edit]

The 8:00 12" "Wilder Than Wild Boys" extended mix, the only official contemporaneous remix, is actually the full length version. It continues after the album/single version's fade out with another instrumental section, then repeats the chorus to fade. This mix was also used for the full length promo video.

To promote the release of the compilation album Greatest in 1998, EMI commissioned a number of remixes, including two mixes of "The Wild Boys" that were released only on promo discs:

  • "The Wild Boys [ASAP & PM Project Remix]" 3:42 appeared on a one-track promo CD in Spain
  • "Wild Boys 98 [4 On Da Floor Remix]" 3:10 appeared on a one-track promo CD in Belgium

In 2004, noted remixer Paul Dakeyne produced the 7:30 "Wicked 'n Wild Dub" for DMC, the UK-based remix service.

The original single B-side, "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement (Live)", was recorded at the 5 March 1984 show at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. This is the same concert where the video for "The Reflex" was filmed.

Formats and track listing[edit]

7": Parlophone. / Duran 3 UK

  1. "The Wild Boys (45)" – 4:14
  2. "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement" (1984) – 4:00
  • Track 2 recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 5 March 1984.
  • Also released in sleeves featuring individual band members (DURANC 3)

12": Parlophone. / 12 Duran 3 UK

  1. "The Wild Boys" (Wilder Than The Wild Boys) (Extended Mix) – 8:00
  2. "The Wild Boys (45)" – 4:16
  3. "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement" (1984) – 4:08
  • Track 3 recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 5 March 1984.

7": Capitol Records. / B-5417 US

  1. "The Wild Boys (45)" – 4:14
  2. "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement" (1984) – 4:00
  • Track 2 recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 5 March 1984.

12": Capitol Records. / V-6817 US

  1. "The Wild Boys" (Wilder Than The Wild Boys) (Extended Mix) – 8:00
  2. "The Wild Boys (45)" – 4:16
  3. "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement" (1984) – 4:08
  • Track 3 recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 5 March 1984.

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1981–1985" boxset

  1. "The Wild Boys (45)" – 4:16
  2. "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement" (1984) – 4:08
  3. "The Wild Boys" (Wilder Than The Wild Boys) (Extended Mix) – 8:00
  • Track 2 recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 5 March 1984.

Covers, samples, and media references[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

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

Albums:

References[edit]

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