Single Of The Week 30/06/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Out Of My Mind
Duran Duran
VS CDT 1639

This is a seriously overdue review. I've had a brief sample of the song on offer on Gusworld since late February, and heard the whole thing when I went to see The Saint (from the soundtrack of which this song emanates) back in April. What's taken me so long?

While I'll accept part of the blame (usual reasons, not enough time, not enough money), the main fault lies with Virgin, who kept delaying the release of the single. In doing so, they've greatly reduced its chance of becoming a hit, since the Saint bandwagon has basically slowed to a halt. And that's a shame, because this is a fine song (and I say that with all my 80s biases firmly on display).

Every review I've seen of the soundtrack so far describes 'Out Of My Mind' as an 80s throwback, which, speaking technically, isn't strictly fair. Sure, Simon Le Bon's voice will never entirely lose the overtones of the decade, but the sonic experimentation on this track -- Indian instrumentation, warped vocals, self-production -- aren't very typical of 'Rio' or even 'The Chauffeur'.

Even less typical are the two new B-side tracks, 'Silva Halo' and 'Sinner Or Saint'. The former is a moody, dance-trance type number, the latter a mildly all-out rocker which includes a writing contribution from since-departed bass player John Taylor. It's actually the standout track on the single.

Chart success, as I said, looks slight. In the UK the single debuted at #20 and then fell out of the Top 40; in the US, because of record company problems, it wasn't even released. In Australia, we can but hope, but not too hard.

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