It has been a ridiculously long time since we did a review of a Duran Duran song! In fact, February marked the last review we did. At that time, we finished up the album tracks off Seven and the Ragged Tiger with the Seventh Stranger. Yet, we still did not review the b-sides from that album/time period. Thus, we will start up our reviews with the b-side of Is There Something I Should Know, which is Faith in This Colour. While we realize that Is There Something I Should Know was not on Seven and the Ragged Tiger, it was released in 1983, right before the album was released.
Musicality/Instrumentation: It has been a very long time since we’ve done these reviews and I’m completely out of practice! We are reviewing the regular version of this song found on the B-side to ITSISK, not the “slow” version, the “alternate slow version” or the “monster mix”. I do appreciate this particular piece of music – and it’s unmistakably Duran Duran. I don’t hear an awful lot of bass, although I pick up on guitar, synths and drums, but it’s definitely their style. I like the various sound effects they used (did you know that on some of the 7″ pressings there are unauthorized sound samples from Star Wars that were immediately removed when copyright issues were raised?), and while this is not necessarily a song that you can easily dance to on it’s own – it is perfect background music, and I’ve heard this mixed with other music for clubs. For 1983, I think the song is really before it’s time, proving once again that this band is nothing if not innovative.
Overall (including production): Produced brilliantly by Ian Little, I can find very little to complain about here, with the notable exception that I have trouble hearing bass – and I think that having more bass in the mix would have supported the entire song a bit more and given it a true “bottom” to the sound. Then again, I suppose that leaving bass way deep (if at all) in the mix was a way of creating a “spacey” sound. I also enjoy that there are a few different versions of this song out there, but it is this one that I think I appreciate most. It is not necessarily a favorite song of mine – but it is one of the songs that I most associate with this period of time (1983) and yet it doesn’t feel all that dated to me. Can’t go wrong with that!
Cocktail Rating: 3.5 Cocktails!
Musicality/Instrumentation: When I think of this song, I think about the part with the keyboard pattern that seems to repeat itself over and over. In fact, that part is so dominant in my mind that I really had to listen to the song to “hear” it all. I think this is a hallmark of Duran music–to have a part that is so strong, so compelling that it stays with you after LONG (forever!) after you have listened to it. As a kid, so many of their choruses would stick with me, for instance. Now, as an adult, I find myself drawn to parts like that keyboard part I referenced. Despite my focus on that part, there is so much more going on in this song. While as Rhonda mentioned that there isn’t a lot of bass, the other instruments seem present but definitely take the backseat to all of the keyboards and extra sounds. I didn’t remember all of them, that’s for sure, until I really took the time to listen. I think that is the thing about this one. It can easily be used as background material and overlooked. Yet, there is so much going on for an instrumental. For example, there is a bridge towards the end that if I didn’t know better, I would assume it to be a long lead out, but isn’t. It is a very interesting piece of music. All of the layers and additional sounds put it in the Seven and the Ragged Tiger era, for sure.
Overall (including production): When I think of the production of this song, I can’t help but to think about those extras. There are so many. I can just envision Nick in the studio with Ian Little in the wee hours of the morning working on this one. As a b-side, I have to wonder if the plan was for it to be an instrumental or not. I also have to wonder if all of the band members spent an equal amount of time on it. I especially wonder that after learning about how quickly Secret Oktober was done and how it was mostly Nick and Simon. Could this be a similar deal? Was this a mostly Nick deal? I don’t know but it seems possible with the lack of focus on other instrumentation. I could be frustrated by that, but, in this case, it all seems to fit together nicely. I love how the song feels simple on the surface but is actually much more complex when paying attention.
Cocktail Rating: 3.5 cocktails!