"The Reflex" became the band's most successful single. It was their second single to top the UK Singles Chart, after "Is There Something I Should Know?" in 1983, topping the chart on 5 May, and would prove to be their last UK no. 1. The single entered the charts in America on 21 April 1984 at no. 46, became Duran Duran's first of two singles to hit no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (for 2 weeks) on 23 June 1984 (see 1984 in music), and was a huge hit internationally. (Their only other single to hit no. 1 in the US was the title song to the James Bond film "A View to a Kill".) It was also the first of two songs that kept "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen out of the top spot (the other one being Prince's "When Doves Cry"). The band wanted it to be the lead single from Seven and the Ragged Tiger, but their label didn't like the warbling singing during the "why don't you use it" segments, thinking this would hinder its success as a stand-alone single track. The remixes for both the 7" and 12" singles were created by Nile Rodgers, of Chic fame. It was his first work with the band, and he would later go on to produce "The Wild Boys" single as well as the album Notorious (1986) and several tracks on Astronaut (2004). Producer Ian Little recalled the sound Nick Rhodes came up with on his Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard: "...whenever I hear that steel-drum part it always brings a smile to my face because it's so out of tune. Steel drums always are, but it was exactly right in terms of rhythm and tone. So a wood-block sound was mixed in to make it even more percussive and, successfully, it did the job." My thoughts. The Seven & The Ragged Tiger album was far from a flop, but it makes you wonder how much better it would have done if Duran Duran had been granted their wish of The Reflex being the lead single... The first 2 releases, (Union Of The Snake and New Moon On Monday) both did well, but didn’t have the oomph and power to shift a new album that great lead singles often have. A lot of money was spent on the videos. Remember the extended one for New Moon? It was murder. The vid for The Reflex was far less flashy, but the song really connected with the world. If it had been lead single and Union been the follow up, might Seven have outsold Rio? Either way, what did you think of The Reflex? Then and now. Did it make you a Duran fan, or put you off them? Perhaps you didn’t care either way! Vote and let us know.