Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"Is There Something I Should Know" by Duran Duran

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1485
Date:  06/04/1983
Debut:  57
Peak:  4
Weeks:  17
Genre:  New Wave

Pop Bits:  Although it took a while to do, Duran Duran finally broke through to the US market when "Hungry Like the Wolf" made a splash reaching #3. The delayed reaction accompanied with a US remix of their album "Rio" left UK fans in a waiting period. To close the gap between their second and third albums, this stand-alone single was issued. It more than did its job in the UK where it became the band's first #1 single. The US responded well taking the song to #4 (#3 Rock, #34 Dance). In order for the US to catch up on Duran mania, their self-titled debut album was reissued in the US with this track added. The LP would reach #10 two years after its initial release in the UK.

ReduxReview:  It's hard to ignore a song that has such a big opening blast. Luckily, the rest of the song supported it and the band ended up with another major hit. I'm sure it was a lack of money that kept me from purchasing their first two albums, but I had the singles and loved them. They certainly knew how to toss out some great riffs and memorable choruses. "Hungry" was their classic and "Rio" was a quality follow-up, but if I had to choose one of their songs to listen to, I'd probably pick this one.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  If you are both a "Star Wars" and Duran Duran fan, you are in luck! For the b-side to this song the band recorded an instrumental titled "Faith in This Colour." On the initial 7-inch pressings of the single, this song included unauthorized sound samples from the film "Star Wars." Of course, it immediately got pulled and a non-sample version was issued. However, the Alternative Slow Mix of the song, which can be found on their "Singles Box Set 1981-1985," seems to contain some modified sounds from the film in the final minute.


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