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"Rio"
by Duran Duran
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Song details
DuranRio Track number 1
from the album
Rio
Next track: "My Own Way"
Length: 5:33
Writer(s): Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor
Producer(s): Colin Thurston
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Single details
UK release: 1 November 1982
Label: EMI
Format(s): 7", 12"
B-side(s): title
Peak chart positions:
#9  UK Singles Chart
#14  US Hot 100
#60  Australia


Duran Duran singles chronology
"Save a Prayer"
(1982)
"Rio" "Is There Something I Should Know?"
(1983)

"Rio" is a hit single from the album Rio by Duran Duran, and one of their most recognisable songs and music videos. "Rio" was released worldwide in November, 1982, then was reissued in the United States in March of 1983, and was a Top 20 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

About the songEdit

The musical hook for "Rio", well-known among Duran Duran fans and synthesiser enthusiasts, was produced by an arpeggiator -- a software tool which can play the individual notes in a chord in a chosen pattern. It was once rumored that the synthesiser used to achieve this was a Roland Jupiter-8. However, it has been said by Nick Rhodes to actually be a Roland Jupiter-4 using the random mode on the arpeggiator with a C minor chord.[1]

Rhodes created the unusual sound at the beginning of the song by throwing several small metal rods onto the strings of a grand piano in the studio. The recorded sound was then reversed to create the intro.[2] The laughter on the track was that of Rhodes' girlfriend at the time.

Donald A. Guarisco of All Musig Guide[3] said:

The lyrics have a playful, romantic feel as they paint an enticing portrait of the title character, a woman whose "cherry ice cream smile" is too lovely to resist: "Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand/Just like that river twisting through a dusty land." The music behind realizes this narrative with a surprising amount of ambition for a pop song: the chorus has a purely pop feel, thanks to its slowly ascending hooks, but the verses have a jazzy swing reminiscent of 1950s-era Sinatra and the final chorus wipes away the melody for a languid instrumental break before working in a staccato melodic bridge that builds the song back to a final energetic peak. Duran Duran's recording of "Rio" has a feel reminiscent of Roxy Music's work circa Flesh and Blood and Avalon as it welds quietly spacy washes of synthesizer to a hypnotically churning rhythm section anchored by John Taylor's fluid bass lines and also works in a saxophone solo from session man Andy Hamilton that sounds just like Andy Mackay's famous solos for Roxy Music. However, Simon Le Bon's tongue-in-cheek lounge lizard vocals and the stream-of-consciousness lyrics ensure the song has a distinctive feel all its own.

The song did not attract much notice in the United States upon its initial global release, but a slightly retouched version by remixer David Kershenbaum became a favourite among DJs who heard the EP Carnival. After the band's breakthrough hit "Hungry Like the Wolf" stormed MTV and scaled the American charts in December of 1982, radio programmers paid closer attention to the catchy melody and insistent, intricate bass line of "Rio", and Capitol Records reissued the single for the American market to great success.

LyricsEdit

Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise
Cherry ice cream smile, I suppose it's very nice
With a step to your left and a flick to the right
You catch that mirror way out west
You know you're something special and you look like you're the best

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

I've seen you on the beach and I've seen you on TV
Two, of a billion stars
It means so much to me
Like a birthday or a pretty view
But then I'm sure that you know it's just for you

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

Hey now, wooh, look at that
Did he really run you down?
At the end of the drive
The lawmen arrive
You make me feel alive, alive, alive
I'll take my chance
'Cause luck is on my side
I tell you something I know what you're thinking
I'm telling you something, I know what you're thinking

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twists across the dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

Her name is Rio, she don't need to understand
I might find her if I'm looking like I can
Oh Rio, Rio hear them shout across the land
From mountains in the North down to the Rio Grande

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do...

Music videoEdit

Rio video capture

"Ever since, people think we spend all our time riding around in silk suits, on yachts, getting wet." -- Nick Rhodes

Duran Duran travelled to the island of Antigua with director Russell Mulcahy in May of 1982 to film the vivid music video for "Rio", where the yacht scenes were filmed on the bay at English Harbour, the beach scenes at Miller's Beach, and the bit with the raft at Shirley Heights. They also filmed a video for the album track "Waiting for the Nightboat" at the time, and both appeared on the Duran Duran video album released in 1983.

"Rio" featured iconic images of the band in Antony Price suits, singing and playing around on a yacht speeding over the crystal blue Caribbean Sea. Short segments show band members trying to live out their assorted daydreams, only to be teased, tormented, and made fools of by a body-painted vixen. The London model in the video is credited as "Reema", said to be member of the Models One agency, of half English, and half Lebanese origin, but her true name has been lost, even to the band.

The yacht in the Duran Duran video is a 1936 wooden Fife yacht called Eilean. Regularly confused with Simon Le Bon's former yacht Drum, Eilean fell into a serious state of neglect after the video was shot. She was purchased by an Italian watch company, who completed a 2½ restoration and relaunched her in 2009.[4]

Nick Rhodes was reportedly dreadfully seasick during the filming, and has often said "I hate boats unless they're tied up and you've having cocktails on them."[5]

In 1998 three new mixes by Recall 22 were released on promo in France.

Song versionsEdit

  1. "Rio" – 5:33
  2. "Rio (Night Version)" – 6:39
  3. "Rio (Part 1)" – 5:10
  4. "Rio (Part 2)" – 5:28
  5. "Rio (PT. II)" [Carnival version] – 5:03
  6. "Rio (US Edit)" – 4:43
  7. "Rio" [single version] – 4:40
  8. "Rio" [US album remix] – 5:24
  9. "Rio" [US single version] – 4:34
  10. "Rio" [US single remix] – 3:58
  11. "Rio" [promo single mix] – 4:58
  12. "Rio (Recall 22 7" Dance Mix)" – 5:03
  13. "Rio (Recall 22 New Club Mix)" – 7:47
  14. "Rio (Recall 22 12" Dance Mix)" – 9:22

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

Cover versions of "Rio" have been recorded by Goldfinger, Bodyjar and Nip Drivers.

Nirvana performed the song "Rio" during the Rock in Rio show in Brazil, on 16 January 1993, and Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies played "Rio" live in Calgary on 1 April 2004.

The video for the Fountains of Wayne song "Mexican Wine" is partially based on the video for "Rio."

Parts of the song were sung by Santa Claus on the "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" episode of South Park.

It has been referenced in the lyrics of the 2005 UK #1 hit by Arctic Monkeys, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor": "Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand".

Track listingEdit

7": EMI EMI 5346 (UK)Edit

  1. "Rio" – 4:40
  2. "The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)" – 3:48

12": EMI 12 EMI 5346 (UK)Edit

  1. "Rio (Part 2)" – 5:29
  2. "Rio (Part 1)" – 5:11
  3. "My Own Way" [Carnival remix] – 4:34

7": Harvest B-5175 (US)Edit

  1. "Rio (Edited Version)" – 4:34
  2. "Hold Back the Rain" [original LP mix] – 3:59

7": Capitol B-5215 (US - March 1983 reissue)Edit

  1. "Rio" [US single remix] – 3:57
  2. "Hold Back the Rain" [US album remix] – 6:32

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1981-1985" boxsetEdit

  1. "Rio (Part 1)" – 5:11
  2. "The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)" – 3:48
  3. "Rio (Part 2)" – 5:29
  4. "My Own Way" [Carnival remix] – 4:34

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

Also credited:

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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