OK, cheating a little bit with the blog today as I don’t have much to say. A few weeks ago, I discovered that Duran Duran had released the stems to “Nite-Runner” for a remix contest during the promotion of Red Carpet Massacre. After a futile search, Ross (@rdebaa) on Twitter discovered them on his computer and sent them over. So last week, I dug into them to see what I could come up with. Five hours later, I had wasted my afternoon remixing a song that not every Duranie loved at the time. However, it was a lot of fun so have a listen below!
As for the remix, I tried to remove some of the influence that Timbaland added to the production as it didn’t work for me on this track. I think there is a lot to love on RCM but I always felt that “Nite-Runner” was a little too sluggish. So, I bumped up the BPM and added a more disco-friendly beat. I also think Dom Brown did some fantastic guitar work on this track so I tried to muscle that up by adding more distortion to the riff while putting the guitar higher in the verse with a clean tone that reminds me of what Nile Rodgers would bring to the band. I don’t actually know what I’m doing so it’s mostly just pushing things around to see what happens but I hope it brings a new appreciation to a song, and an album, that doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Let me know what you think.