The curious history of Do You Believe in Shame

I learned something new today. I didn’t realize it, but back on this date in 1989, Duran Duran recalled the CD version of “Do You Believe in Shame”.

The single was initially released in the UK as a 7″ triple pack in 1989. Each disc had a picture sleeve of a band member, but it was discovered shortly after the release that the single included on each disc in the pack had a longer playing time that disqualified it from appearing in many of the sales charts. Typically, radio edits and/or singles need to be somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes in length.  At 4:23, DYBIS was significantly longer, and particularly in the UK, it was ruled out from many sales charts. So, the single was recalled and then reissued a few days later. Unfortunately, during that period, the single was unavailable in stores. I cannot imagine that helped sales, and only reached #30 in the UK, #72 in the US, and #14 in Italy (Ah, those ardent Italian fans!!)

If all of that weren’t enough, “Do You Believe in Shame” was successfully challenged in court over a close resemblance of the melody to that of Dale Hawkins’ classic song “Suzie Q”.  The band maintains that they did not intentionally copy music, saying that it only sounds similar due to a basic blues progression. However, ASCAP writing credits were changed accordingly.

Does anyone out there (!!) have this 7″ triple pack?

Interesting little bit of Duran history, in my opinion!

-R

 

 

3 thoughts on “The curious history of Do You Believe in Shame”

  1. I have that triple pack single. It was difficult to find in pristine condition, but I perservered. It’s a beautiful package, and I had NO idea that it was so rare. It’s one song that I’ve always dreamed of seeing them perform live. It’s always been a prized piece in my Duran Duran collection. Al

    1. I didn’t realize it was so rare, either. One thing I didn’t really understand while I was researching to write this post was whether or not the entire triple pack had been recalled and reprinted or if they just released singles – it wasn’t clear, and not being from the UK, I have no idea. Can you check your copy to see how long DYBIS is and let me know? -R

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