In its original incarnation as the opening track on Seven and the Ragged Tiger, "The Reflex" sounds like an underwritten exercise in art-funk: roughly equivalent to a Rio album track like "Hold Back the Rain," but certainly not single material. However, unlike the atrocious single mixes/edits that befell the singles from Duran Duran's earlier albums (the original U.S. single edit of "Rio" was just appalling), "The Reflex" was actually saved by a fairly brilliant remix, and became the band's biggest U.S. hit. The song, originally produced by the band with Alex Sadkin, was offered to Chic's Nile Rodgers, who had just entered into the U.K. chart pop scene with his work on David Bowie's "Let's Dance." Rodgers provided the song with a more dramatic opening (a completely new fade-in with cowbell, female backing vocals, and a looped, stuttering sample of Simon Lebon's voice), sped it up just a hair, emphasized Roger Taylor's drums, and added other percussion, and most crucially cut out about a minute and a half of the album version, eliminating a draggy and repetitive section and generally tightening up the arrangement. The difference was like night and day; the remixed "The Reflex" is so clearly superior that compilations and anthologies use it almost exclusively. The group members knew how to hold on to a good thing: Rodgers, of course, went on to form the Power Station with Andy Taylor and John Taylor, and produced Duran Duran's next album.