Duran Duran

The Reflex

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Seven and the Ragged Tiger 1983 Toshiba EMI 5:29
No Image 1983 Capitol
Dancing on the Valentine 1984 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1989 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 4:26
Pop Classics, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Eva
Pop & Wave, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
4:23
Pop & Wave, Vol. 3: Lots More Hits of the 80's 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 4:24
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Metacom / EMI-Capitol
Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Rock & Roll Relix: 1984-1985 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:23
Ultimate Dance Beat Collection: Durantastic 1998
Various Artists
Mastertone 4:20
Greatest 1998 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI 4:24
Rock On 1984: Sunglasses at Night 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 4:26
Strange Behaviour 1999 EMI Music Distribution 6:33
40 Hits: 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 4:22
Now: 1984 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 4:23
Non Stop 80's Party 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:12
Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky] 1999
Various Artists
Disky 4:24
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters [2003] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:25
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:26
Totally Awesome '80s: 1983-1985 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:23
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 4:24
Fetenkult Wave to 80s 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 4:22
VH1: The Big 80's Arena Rock 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:26
Maximum Pop 12": The Original Maxi Single Collection 2000
Various Artists
6:34
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 4:24
Wave to the 80's - Fetenkult 2001
Various Artists
BMG
Seven and the Ragged Tiger/Notorious/Duran Duran [The Wedding Album] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 5:29
New Wave Generation: Plugged In 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:24
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:24
Dancemania 80's, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
A Year in Your Life: 1984, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:24
Party Central 2002
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:24
Big Hits Video's 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Ddrmax 2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix 2002
Original Soundtrack
Dancemania / Toshiba EMI 1:35
Twogether Pop 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:19
Disco Party [Toshiba] 2002
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Totally 80's Remix 2002
Various Artists
EMI 6:33
The Singles 81-85 2003 EMI / Parlophone / Warner Music 6:35
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's New Wave 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:22
I Love Techno Pop, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet 6:33
The Original 80's Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:23
School Reunion: The 80's 2003
Various Artists
Virgin 4:22
1980's Dance 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Eighties Summer/Hot Latin Club 2004
Various Artists
Disky / EMI Operations / CEVA Logistics 4:23
I Love 2 Party 2004 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 4:23
Now: Decades 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
80's, Vol. 1 [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:26
Greatest 80's Pop: 18 Fantastic Hits 2004
Various Artists
EMI 4:23
Duran Duran/Rio/Seven and the Ragged Tiger 2004 EMI Music Distribution 5:29
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
MC Mario Presents: 80's Rewind 2004 Sony Music Distribution 4:13
#1's: 38 of the Greatest #1 Singles of All Time 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:22
The Singles 1986-1995 2004 EMI Music Distribution 4:25
1S - 38 of the Greatest Number 1 Singles of All Time 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:21
Best of Formel Eins: Die Kulthits, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal
HTS der 80er Jahre 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Best of Pop Classics 2005
Various Artists
Paradiso
Long Versions: Pop 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Eighties Obsession [Rajon] 2005
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
12"/'80s/2 2005
Various Artists
Family Recordings 6:16
Another Lost Decade: The '80s Second British Invasion 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:24
Best Hit 80's 2005
Various Artists
WEA
80's Reloaded 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications
Ultimate Summer Hits: Summer Sizzlers 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 4:25
The Original 80s Number 1s Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI 4:23
80's #1 Hits [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:24
R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits 2006
Various Artists
WEA 4:22
The Original 80s Remix Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 4:21
Number 1's: Hits of the '80s 2007
Various Artists
Capitol 4:25
Disco: R35 2007
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 10 2007 Waxed Soul Recordings
Hits of the 80s [Immortal] 2007
Various Artists
Immortal
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI
Pure: Pop 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:28
Pure: 80s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:29
Années 80, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:22
Top of the Pops 1984 [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:21
Top 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:24
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:20
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
This Is 1984 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:22
Now That's What I Call Music: 25 Years 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:22
Legendary Eighties 2008
Various Artists
MP Records 4:22
Charts Pur: Pop & Wave 2009
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:21
Original Hits: 80s 12" 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:21
Lo Esencial De Antrologia 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 5:29
Countdown to the New Year 2010
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI Music Distribution 4:22
10 Great Songs 2011 Capitol 4:24
100 Hits: 80s Classics 2011
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 4:26
Sight & Sound 2012 EMI Gold 4:41
'80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
The Chic Organization: Up All Night - Disco Edition 2013 Rhino 4:25
RTL2 100 Tubes Années 80 2013
Various Artists
Wagram Records 5:29
Electric 80's [Rhino] 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:24
Synth Pop 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:25
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number Ones 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:24
12" Dance: 80s Pop 2016
Various Artists
Rhino
Molly: Counting Down the Hits 2016
Various Artists
Liberation 4:24
Amazing 80s 2017
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 4:24
Top of the Pops 1984 [Universal] 2017
Various Artists
Universal
Electric Dreams [UMOD] 2017
Various Artists
UMOD
100 Greatest Number Ones
Various Artists
Rhino 5:28
101 80's Anthems
Various Artists
EMI 4:21
80 Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
80's Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire
80s XL
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:25
Best of British: Classic Hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s
Various Artists
EMI Gold 5:29
Classic Pop: Synthpop
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:21
De Pre Historie: 1984, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 4:23
Duran Duran [Mail on Sunday] Mail on Sunday 5:09
Duran Duran/Rio/Seven & the Ragged Tiger/Big Thing EMI 5:28
Greatest Ever Number Ones
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Hits of the 80's [DVD]
Various Artists
Immortal
Hits of the 80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:25
I Grew Up in the 80s
Various Artists
EMI 4:25
Man Up
Various Artists
Fiction 4:27
Nite Romantics/Carnival/Tiger Tiger/Strange Behavior EMI Music Distribution 6:36
Now That's What I Call 80s Party
Various Artists
Now!
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire
Simply Eighties Pop
Various Artists
Union Square Music
The '80s [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:24
Tokyo Eighties
Various Artists
Toshiba
Ultimate New-Wave
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution