But for the remixing Midas touch of Chic superstar and 80s go-to hitmaker Nile Rodgers, The Reflex may simply have remained a strong album track on Duran Duran’s third album, Seven And The Ragged Tiger. As it happened, the song ended up becoming British five-piece’s biggest-ever hit single, hitting No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic. Here’s the story of how The Reflex confirmed Duran Duran’s place among the best bands of the 80s.
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The backstory: Art-pop statements and leftfield choices
While Duran Duran were recording Seven And The Ragged Tiger, The Reflex wasn’t even in the running to be the record’s first – or second – single. Those honours fell to the grand art-pop statement Union Of The Snake and the leftfield New Moon On Monday. Union Of The Snake had been predictably huge, but New Moon On Monday peaked just inside the UK Top 10. Having only recently broken the US with Hungry Like The Wolf, the group looked to Nile Rodgers, then riding high on production work for David Bowie (Let’s Dance) and Madonna (Like A Virgin), to lend a hand with remixing duties on the album’s third single – one they wanted to ensure would take them back into the upper echelons of the charts.