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Album: ArenaReleased: 1984Charted:
This song is based on the 1971 novel of the same name
by William Burroughs. In the book, packs of adolescent humanoids ravage the civilized nations of the Earth. When wholesale slaughter erupts, the battle continues underground where the survivors evolve into The Wild Boys.
Duran Duran recorded the song because Russell Mulcahy, who directed their videos, bought the movie rights to the book and planned to make it into a film. The band wrote the song for the movie, which was never made.
The band wrote this song around the visuals they imagined for the Wild Boys
film that was never made, thinking about what it would look like as they wrote it. Duran Duran was gaining a lot of popularity as a result of MTV, with videos for "Hungry Like The Wolf" and "Rio
" in heavy rotation, but this was the first time they wrote a song specifically for the visuals, which ended up being the video for the song and not the movie. Another instance of crafting a song for a video is Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science
This contains themes of homosexuality, as the "Wild Boys" in Burroughs book were homosexual warriors.
Nile Rodgers produced this song. He was a leader of the '70s disco group Chic.
This is the only new song on Duran Duran's live album Arena, which became the group's best-selling album. It's also the only studio track on the album.
In the video, there is a moment where Simon Le Bon is on a wheel and keeps being spun so that his head goes underwater. During the shoot, there was a point when he was dunked and not quite ready. This was after he had been in a boating accident where his yacht had overturned.
In an early use of this marketing gimmick, the single was released with six different covers: one for each band member and another for the entire band. Duran Duran was popular enough that some fans did collect all 6 covers.
One of the woman in the video dancing among the Wild Boys is Perri Lister, who was Billy Idol's girlfriend (and his bride in the "White Wedding
" video). Lister was a friend of the director Russell Mulcahy, who had her wearing gray body paint and white hair.