If you’re a Duranie and you have a heartbeat (which is likely since you’re reading), chances are, you already KNOW what today is in Duran history. If you’ve been on Twitter or Facebook this week, you should know this, but I’m not into Pop (Ha ha, I made a funny) Quizzes, so I will spill: on today’s date in 1984, The Reflex was released.
Thirty years ago, people. Thirty years.
Now, I’m not saying you’re getting old or anything, particularly if you weren’t around to hear The Reflex on the radio the day it was released…but I was. So….there’s that. Happy days!!
For many Duranies, this was the song that made them cross the bridge, dance on the valentine, and swear they would be Duranies forever more. I wouldn’t know about that, because well, I was already a Duranie for a few years before this song came out. (again, we’re not saying old, but…) My partner-in-crime claims this date as her Duranniversary (I have played around with the spelling of that word more than I ever care to count…I’m going with this one!), so Happy Anniversary, Amanda!! Thirty years, thirty some shows??? (There would be more if the band ever decided to do some more shows. Just saying, because I can.)
I can remember hearing The Reflex on the radio in 1984, but it really wasn’t until I was in marching band in about October of 1984 that other kids in band started telling me about the song. I would patiently stand there, listen, and roll my eyes back into my head when they would say it was new…because by then it was SO six months ago…but that Nile Rodgers remix did something special with it, and I can remember friends, even friends who *gasp* were not into Duran Duran, thinking it was cool. Because it was. Maybe it wasn’t the best DD song ever written, maybe it was. One thing is certain: there was something special there…and here we are thirty years later.
#DDReflex8414 (I probably don’t get extra brownie points for posting the hashtag on the blog, but that’s OK!)