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"Notorious"
Notorious (single)
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Notorious
B-side(s) "Winter Marches On"
Released 20 October, 1986
Format 7", 12" singles
Recorded 1986
Genre Dance, New Wave
Length 4:18
Label EMI
Producer(s) Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers
Duran Duran singles chronology
"A View to a Kill"
(1985)
"Notorious"
(1986)
"Skin Trade"
(1987)

"Notorious" is the 14th single by Duran Duran. It was released internationally by EMI on 20 October 1986. "Notorious" was the first single issued from the album Notorious, and reached #7 in the UK and #2 in the US. Duran Duran's success was on the wane, however, and the band would reach the Top 5 only once more before 1993's "Ordinary World".

About the songEdit

"Notorious" marked the debut of the new streamlined trio version of Duran Duran, as both Roger and Andy Taylor had left the band by the time the single and album were released. In fact, the acrimonious nature of Andy Taylor's departure was reflected in the song to a certain degree. According to songwriter Simon Le Bon, the lyric "Who gives a damn for a flaky bandit" was a direct dig at the guitarist.

As a trio, the band had enlisted the help of Nile Rodgers to take over production duties. His funk influences can be felt all over the single, from the tempo to the use of The Borneo Horns brass section.

LyricsEdit

No-no-Notorious. Notorious. Ah. No-no-Notorious.

I can't read about it.
Burns the skin from your eyes.
I'll do fine without it.
Here's one you don't compromise.
Lies come hard in disguise.
They need to fight it out.
Not wild about it.
Lay your seedy judgements.
Who says they're part of our lives?

[CHORUS]

You own the money ;
You control the witness.
I'll leave you lonely.
Don't monkey with my business.
You pay the prophets to justify your reasons.
I heard your promise,but I don't believe it.

That's why I've done it again. No-no-Notorious.

Girls will keep the secrets (uh)
So long as boys make a noise.
Fools run rings to break up.
Something they'll never destroy.
Grand Notorious slam (bam).
And who really gives a damn for a flaky bandit?
Don't ask me to bleed about it;
I need this blood to survive.

[CHORUS]

That's why I've done it again. No-no-Notorious.

[CHORUS]
[CHORUS]

That's why I've done it again. No. No.
That's why I've done it again. No-no-Notorious.
That's why I've done it again. No-no-Notorious.
No-no-Notorious. Yeah.
That's why I've done it again. No-no-Notorious.
No-no-Notorious. Yeah.
That's why I've done it again. No-no-Notorious.
No-no-Notorious.

Music videoEdit

The video for "Notorious" was shot in November 1986 by directors Peter Kagan and Paula Greif , and bore an uncanny resemblance to the video the duo had filmed in June of that year for Steve Winwood's "Higher Love". The video was shot in black and white with a hand-held camera, with quick cuts and changes of zoom and focus. It featured the three-piece band performing the song on a sound stage, with scantily clad dancers in the background choreographed by Paula Abdul.

The young model Christy Turlington appeared in outdoor scenes with the band. A still photo from this location was used as the cover of the album Notorious.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit

The single's a-side featured an edited outro, cutting roughly 20 seconds from the album version.

As a first for the band, "Notorious" was released as two separate 12" singles. The first had a Nile Rodgers produced "Extended Mix" while the second featured a remix by The Latin Rascals.

This almost made up for the fact that for the first time, the b-side to the standard single was not an original recording; "Winter Marches On" was an unretouched version of the album track. Before this, Duran Duran had always provided either completely original songs or previously unheard remixes on the b-side.

Numerous other remixes of the song have appeared in various collections, including "Notoriousaurus Rex", a megamix of various Notorious-era remixes.

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

"Notorious" was sampled in The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1999 posthumous rap hit "Notorious".

The song was also used in the 2001 film Donnie Darko, serving as the soundtrack to one of Sparkle Motion's dance routines.

Chart positionsEdit

#2 Billboard Hot 100
#7 UK Singles Chart
#1 Italy
#1 Canada
#2 Sweden
#4 Switzerland
#5 Germany
#1 European chart
#2 GLOBAL WORLD CHART

Track listingEdit

All release details pertain to the UK only.

7": EMI DD 45Edit

  1. "Notorious [45 Mix]" (3:58)
  2. "Winter Marches On" (3:25)

12": EMI 12 DD 45Edit

  1. "Notorious [Extended Mix]" (5:14)
  2. "Notorious [45 Mix]" (3:58)
  3. "Winter Marches On" (3:25)

12": EMI 12 DDX 45Edit

  1. "Notorious [The Latin Rascals Mix]" (6:23)
  2. "Notorious [45 Mix]" (3:58)
  3. "Winter Marches On" (3:25)

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1986-1995" boxsetEdit

  1. "Notorious [45 Mix]" (3:58)
  2. "Winter Marches On" (3:25)
  3. "Notorious [Extended Mix]" (5:14)
  4. "Notorious [The Latin Rascals Mix]" (6:23)

Other appearancesEdit

Apart from the single, "Notorious" has also appeared on:

Albums:

Singles:

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

With:

Production:

ReferencesEdit




DURAN DURAN
Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell
DISCOGRAPHY
ALBUMS

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet Massacre

COMPILATIONS and EP's

CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995

SINGLES

"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"

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