After taking a one week hiatus while I was in NY for the Rock Hall Inductions, Wayback Wednesday is back! Just in time to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of a song by one of my favorite bands.
1984 was an eventful time for music. The Red Hot Chili Peppers released their first album. The Police broke up after the end of the Synchronicity tour. Marvin Gaye died at the hands of his father. The BBC banned “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of the suggestive lyrics. Prince released Purple Rain. Van Halen perform for the last time with David Lee Roth (who would leave the band in officially in 1985). The very first MTV Music Video Awards is held in NYC. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure put together Band Aid and released” Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
But to me, 1984 is all about Duran Duran. I became obsessed with the band in 1983 when I first saw them on MTV. The end of 1983 brought the release of their 3rd album “Seven and The Ragged Tiger.” Lead singer Simon Le Bon told Rolling Stone magazine that year, “’The Seven’ is for us — the five band members and the two managers — and ‘the Ragged Tiger’ is success. Seven people running after success. It’s ambition. That’s what it’s about.” The “Sing Blue Silver” tour made its way to the US in early 1984 and one of the greatest moments of my life happened on April 2nd of that year at the Capital Centre in Landover – I GOT TO SEE MY FAVORITE BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD LIVE! I’m sure you can relate to that moment when you finally see the one band that matters most live. All I remember is completely losing it as the first notes of “Tiger, Tiger” came from the still closed curtain. The rest was a blur from the center of the 14th row, standing on my chair screaming my lungs out, hoping against hope that Nick Rhodes would notice me. (yeah, right.) Best. Night. Ever.
But back to today. April 16th, 1984, Duran Duran released what would be their most successful single and their first #1 song in the US, The Reflex. However, the version of The Reflex from Seven and The Ragged Tiger was not used. Instead, the version you know and love is a heavily remixed version by Nile Rodgers of Chic. The video was recorded on the Toronto stop of the “Sing Blue Silver “ tour at Maple Leaf Gardens with a few special effects added to keep it from being a run of the mill concert video. I spent hours in front of the tv in my basement watching it and memorizing all of LeBon’s dance moves (and I bet I could bust some of them out right now).
Happy 30th to The Reflex!!