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White Lines
Duran-Duran-White-Lines-cov
single by Duran Duran
Released July 3, 1995
Recorded 1995
Format 12", MC, CD
Genre Alternative rock, Rap rock
Length 5:31
Label EMI - DD 19
Writer(s) Melle Mel, Sylvia Robinson
Duran Duran

"White Lines" is the second single from the Duran Duran covers album Thank You. It is a cover version of the 1983 song "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel.

Music video Edit

The black and white video was shot in January 1995 by Nick Egan. The video features the band and the Furious Five performing the song, with breakdancers and people in skeleton masks.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes Edit

The "White Lines" 2-CD set included "None of the Above (Drizabone mix)", "Ordinary World (Acoustic version)", and "Save A Prayer" as B-sides on the first disc, and the remixes "White Lines (70's Club mix)", "White Lines (Oakland Fonk Mix)", and "White Lines (Junior Vasquez Mix)" on the second.

"White Lines" had more promo releases than most bands have releases. Across this myriad of 12" and CD singles there were a whole host of remixes done - a majority by DJ Junior Vasquez.

Complete list of mixes for White Lines Edit

  1. "White Lines" - 5:26
  2. "White Lines [Edit]" - 4:36
  3. "White Lines [Single Edit]" - 4:30
  4. "White Lines [Album re-edit]" - 4:11
  5. "White Lines [70's Club Mix]" - 7:55
  6. "White Lines [Oakland Fonk Mix]" - 5:30
  7. "White Lines [Oakland Fonk Mix Edit]" - 4:24
  8. "White Lines [Junior Vasquez Mix]" - 5:37
  9. "White Lines [Junior's House Mix Edit]" - 4:02
  10. "White Lines [Junior's House Mix]" - 5:37
  11. "White Lines [Freestyle Mix]" - 5:41
  12. "White Lines [Freestyle Edit]" - 4:06
  13. "White Lines [Global Groove Mix]" - 5:25
  14. "White Lines [Global Groove Edit]" - 3:56
  15. "White Lines [Sound Factory Dub]" - 6:30
  16. "White Lines [Sound Factory Dub 2]" - 6:20
  17. "White Lines [Rif Raf Mix]" - 5:35
  18. "White Lines {Blizzard Mix]" - 4:32
  19. "White Lines [Wrapless Album Mix]" - 5:34
  20. "White Lines [Wrapless Edit]" - 4:32
  21. "White Lines [Funkmaster Flex Straight Pass]" - 5:21
  22. "White Lines [Funkmaster Flex Instrumental Version]" - 4:59

Chart positions Edit

The song reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart, #20 on the Australia Top 50 and #31 on the New Zealand Top 50.

Track listings Edit

MC: Parlophone TC DD 19 (UK) Edit

  1. "White Lines"
  2. "Save a Prayer [Single Version]" - 5:25
  3. "None Of The Above (Driza Bone Mix Edit)" - 4:38

CD: Parlophone 7243 8 82005 2 3 (Italy) Edit

  1. "White Lines (album version)" [actually Edit version] - 4:42
  2. "White Lines (70's Club Mix)" - 7:54
  3. "Thank You (Demo)" - 5:06
  4. "None Of The Above (Driza Bone Mix)" - 6:37
  • Demo mix originally featured on soundtrack for With Honors.

CD: Capitol 7243 8 82097 2 4 (Canada)Edit

  1. "White Lines (Junior's House Mix)" (5:37)
  2. "White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)" (5:29)
  3. "White Lines (70's Club Mix)" (7:54)
  4. "None Of The Above (Driza Bone Mix)" (5:18)

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

  1. "White Lines (Album version)
  2. "Save A Prayer (Single version)"
  3. "None Of The Above (Drizabone mix)"
  4. "White Lines (70’s Club Mix)"
  5. "White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)"
  6. "White Lines (Junior Vasquez Mix)"
  7. "Ordinary World (Acoustic version – Simon Mayo Show)"

12": Parlophone 12DD19 (UK)Edit

  1. "White Lines (Don't Do It) (70's Club Mix)" - 7:56
  2. "White Lines (Album version)" - 5:26
  3. "White Lines (Oakland Fonk Mix)" - 5:30
  4. "White Lines (Junior Vasquez Mix)" - 5:37

12": Capitol SPRO-79542/3/4/5 (US)Edit

  1. "White Lines (Juniors House Mix)" - 5:37
  2. "White Lines (Sound Factory Dub)" - 6:30
  3. "White Lines (70s Club Mix)" - 7:54
  4. "White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)" - 5:29
  5. "White Lines (Freestyle Mix)" - 5:41
  6. "White Lines (Sound Factory Dub 2)" - 6:20
  7. "White Lines (Global Groove Mix)" - 5:25
  8. "White Lines (Rif Raf Mix)" - 5:35
  • US 2x12" promo

CD: EMI CDDDDJ19 (UK)Edit

  1. "White Lines (Edit)"
  • Promo

CD: EMI 882171 2 5 (UK)Edit

  1. "White Lines (Single Mix)"
  2. "White Lines (70s Club Mix)"
  3. "White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)"
  4. "White Lines (Junior Vasquez Mix)"

Other appearances Edit

Albums:Edit

Singles:Edit

Personnel Edit

Duran Duran are:

Featuring:

Also credited:

  • Anthony J. Resta - additional percussion and keyboards, additional production, remixer

Lyrics Edit

Freeze! Rock! 
(Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang) 
Freeze! Rock! 
(Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang) 
Freeze! Rock! 
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang 
Freeze! Rock! 
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang 
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang 
 
Aaaah... AAaah... AAAah... AAAAhh 
White! Ooh-white! 
White! Ooh-white! 
White! Ooh-white! 
White! Ooh-white! 
 
(White Lines) Vision dreams of passion 
(Going through my mind) And all the while I think of you 
(Pipeline) A very strange reaction 
(Yours to unwind) The more I see, the more I do 
Something of a phenomenon, telling your body to come along 
Cause White Lines - blow away.. 
 
Blow! Rock! Blow! 
 
Ticket to ride a white-line highway, 
Tell all your friends they can go my way 
Pay your toll, sell your soul, 
Pound for pound it costs more than gold 
The longer you stay, the more you pay, 
My white lines go a long way 
Either up your nose or to your vein - 
With nothing to gain except killing your brain. 
 
Freeze! (say rock, come on y'all) 
Rock (say freeze, come on!) 
Freeze! (say rock, come on y'all) 
Rock (say freeze, come on!) 
Freeze! (say rock, come on) 
Rock (say freeze, come on!) 
Freeze! (say rock, come on) 
Rock (put 'em up, put 'em Up, put 'em UP!) 
 
Aaaaah... Higher baby, AAaaah... get higher baby, 
AAAAAhh... get higher baby, AAAAHHH! 
And don't ever come down... Free base! 
 
-  
 
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang 
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang 
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang 
 
Pipeline (pure as the driven snow) connected to my mind 
(and now I'm having fun, baby!) 
Highrise (it's getting kind of low) 'cause it makes you feel so nice. 
(I need some one on one, baby!) 
Tell me it'll blow your mind away, (baby) 
Going to your little hideaway 
'Cause white lines (what do white lines do?) 
Blow away.. 
 
Blow! Rock! Blow! 
 
A million magic crystals painted pure and white, 
A multi-million dollars almost overnight 
Twice as sweet as sugar, twice as bitter as salt 
And if you get hooked baby, it's nobody else's fault - 
So don't do it! 
 
 
(chorus) 
 
- 
 
(Don't you get too high) Don't you get too high, baby 
(It turns you on) You really turn me on and on 
(Can't you ever come down) My temperature is rising, 
('Til the thrill is gone) No! I don't want you to go. 
 
A street kid gets arrested, gonna do some time, 
He got out three years from now just to commit more crime. 
A businessman is caught with twenty four kilos, 
He's out on bail, and out of jail, and that's the way it goes! 
 
(Rock!) 
Cane! Sugar! (suger) 
Cane! (cane) Sugar! (suger) 
Cane! 
 
Athletes reject it, governor's correct it 
Gangsters, punks, and smugglers are thoroughly respected 
The money gets divided, the women get excited 
Now I'm broke and it's no joke, 
It's hard as hell to fight it - don't buy it! 
 
(chorus) (chorus)

TriviaEdit

[White Lines- Live from London]

  • The song was also played at the Live from London tours held in Wembley Stadium held in April 2004 but it doesn't appear on the DVD.

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