The Analog Kid really loves Duran Duran, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally feature a Duran Duran 12″ single in a “New Tunes On Monday” series. I won’t post Duran Duran singles each and every Monday, because a) I am not a 13-year-old girl living in 1984, and b) I would run out of material in about 3 or 4 years, and then what would I do?
“Planet Earth” was the debut single from Duran Duran. It peaked at #12 in the U.K. in early 1981, but of course we silly Americans didn’t know anything about the band until the videos for “Rio” and “Hungry Like The Wolf’ took over MTV in the summer of 1982. I was fifteen at the time and committed to my love of Journey and AC/DC, but those exotic videos certainly intrigued me. I didn’t buy the album because that wouldn’t have been “cool,” but I didn’t exactly change the channel either. Anyone care to guess what my first actual Duran Duran purchase was? Hint: it’s kind of a trick question…
Yep– it was The Power Station. I loved “Get It On (Bang A Gong),” and I bought the cassette ($5.99 on sale!) at the mammoth Tower Records on El Toro Road in the summer of 1985. That purchase helped to break the seal on Duran Duran for me, as did the unashamed love exhibited for the band by my soon-to-be stepbrother Chris. The kid was 6’5″ in the 9th grade, and if he could be a Duranie, why couldn’t I? Of course, no one was going to stuff him into a trash can at school for blasting “The Reflex,” but I went ahead and embraced the band anyways.
The Planet Earth 12″ includes the unique “Night Version” of the song, which began a Duran Duran tradition of releasing an extended remix of each of their singles. In the United States, Harvest Records actually included the “Night Version” of “Planet Earth” in place of the original on the Duran Duran album. The U.K. 12″ also includes “Late Bar,” one of the band’s favorite b-sides (and a song that is still occasionally played live).
Duran Duran: Planet Earth [U.K. 12″]
EMI Records, 1981
1. “Planet Earth [Night Version]” (Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor)
2. “Planet Earth” (Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor)
3. “Late Bar” (Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Power Station: “Get It On (Bang A Gong) [Single Version]” (Bolan)
From the 7″ single Get It On (Bang A Gong)
Original version from the album The Power Station
Capitol Records, 1985
Duran Duran: “The Reflex [Dance Mix]” (Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor)
From the U.K. 12″ single The Reflex
EMI Records, 1984
Duran Duran: “To The Shore” (Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor)
B-side of the U.S. Planet Earth 7″
Harvest Records, 1981
Duran Duran: “Planet Earth [Manchester Square Demo]” (Le Bon/Rhodes/Taylor/Taylor/Taylor)
From the album Duran Duran [Deluxe Edition]
Capitol Records, 2010