Thursday, February 17, 2022

"All She Wants Is" by Duran Duran

Song#:  3756
Date:  12/24/1988
Debut:  85
Peak:  22
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  The band's fifth studio album, Big Thing, had a pretty good kick off with the first single "I Don't Want Your Love" becoming their ninth Pop Top 10 (#4). The hit would help the album get to #15 and by this point in time it was certified gold. Hoping to extend the life of the LP and get it to platinum territory, they issued out this follow-up single. Like "I Don't Want Your Love," the song would end up topping the Dance chart. However, it did not do as well on the Pop chart as their previous hit. The tune would stop shy of the Top 20. Without a bigger hit, album sales slowed and Big Thing would be the band's first album to miss platinum certification.

ReduxReview:  After kind of dismissing the band for a while, they drew me in with "I Don't Want Your Love" and Big Thing. It wasn't an awesome album, but it was pretty good and I liked the heavier dance vibe they were tossing out. This was another good track from the LP and probably the best candidate for release. I thought it had a chance at the Top 10 as it was something cool and different for the band, but it seemed to work better in clubs than on pop radio.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The video for this song features the band...sort of. Directed by photographer Dean Chamberlain, the concept was to take long exposures to create a sort of a stop motion type of effect. This would require members of Duran Duran to stand still or pose for lengthy periods of time over several days. With the band out performing and promoting the tour, they had limited time to dedicate to filming a video. So instead of using the actual band members, Chamberlain had latex masks of their faces made from plaster casts and placed on mannequins. These then became the band's stand-ins for them for the video shoot. However, in their limited time available, the band did show up for some of the shoot and the actual Duran Duran can be seen at the beginning and end of the video.


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