On this day in music history: June 23, 1984 - “The Reflex” by Duran Duran hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Duran Duran, it is the first US chart topper for the pop/rock band from Birmingham, UK. The members of Duran Duran write “The Reflex” while recording their third album “Seven And The Ragged Tiger” at AIR Studios, on the island of Montserrat in the Spring of 1983. The songs distinctive steel drum percussion breaks are not performed on real steel drums, but are played by keyboardist Nick Rhodes on a Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer. Big fans of and heavily influenced by the American R&B band Chic, Duran Duran contacts guitarist Nile Rodgers, asking him to remix “The Reflex” for single release. Rodgers goes into the studio and gives the song a dramatic makeover, giving it a more forceful and pronounced dance oriented groove. Rodgers uses a Synclavier to sample and play back parts of the track including Simon LeBon’s lead vocal and the background vocals to give the track its distinctive “stutter” effects throughout. Upon hearing the remix, Duran Duran’s record label (Parlophone/EMI in the UK and Capitol Records in the US) initially refuses to the release it, feeling that it sounds “too black”. The band have to fight with their record company for its release, with the label eventually relenting. Capitol Records in the US packages some copies of the single in a picture sleeve that folds out into a poster, with EMI and Capitol also issuing a 12" single along with a limited edition picture disc (with different artwork for the US and UK releases). Released as the third single from “Tiger” on April 6, 1984 (Worldwide release on April 16, 1984), it is an immediate smash, becoming Duran Duran’s biggest selling single. Entering the Hot 100 at #46 on April 21, 1984, it leaps to the top of the chart nine weeks later.
The song is later featured in the films “American Wedding” and “Corky Romano”, as well as in an episode of the TV series “That 80’s Show”, featuring a guest appearance by John Taylor. A reference to “The Reflex” is made by comedian Dave Chappelle in the controversial “Pixie Sketch” (from “The Lost Episodes” DVD), where Chappelle appears as a pixie in white face singing the chorus of the song while performing the twist.
“The Reflex” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
To say you and Jungkook were different would be an understatement.
It was just how you were, both born with passions for contrasting hobbies laced within your bloodstream that, really, should have fated the two of you apart from the very beginning.
Your childhood had been spent surrounded by the pink frills and classical music that built the exterior of ballet; Jungkook had grown up on vinyl records of 80s and 90s punk and rock bands, scuffed Converse shoes, and jeans ripped at the knees as a result of falling to the ground from his skateboard on numerous occasions.
By night, they play gigs. By day, they sample ramen in cities across America.
They’re the three women of Shonen Knife, a legendary rock band from Japan. For over 35 years, the band has been serving up infectious punk songs with a delicious twist: Many of them are about food. Think song titles like “Wasabi,” “Hot Chocolate” and “Sushi Bar.” But don’t dismiss them as bubblegum pop: Over the years, some of their biggest fans have included giants of alt-rock music.
This spring, Shonen Knife embarked on its latest adventure – a ramen rock tour of the U.S.
Why ramen? Well, ramen is really like Japanese soul food, says Daisuke Utagawa, a ramen restaurateur in Washington, D.C., and unofficial ambassador of Japanese food culture. “It’s probably as important as your pizza here.”
“Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the second studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance, released on June 8, 2004. It is My Chemical Romance’s first release through Reprise. Their first and previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records. It is the band’s final release to feature drummer Matt Pelissier, who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar. The album was certified platinum in less than a year from its release. The album has sold over one million copies in the United States.”