On this day in music history: May 13, 1983 – &…

On this day in music history: May 13, 1983 – “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran is released (UK release date is on March 19, 1983). Written by Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor, it is the fifth US single (eighth UK) for the pop/rock band from Birmingham, UK. On a major creative roll after the release of the “Rio” album, Duran Duran return to the studio in December of 1982 to record a new single. With producer Colin Thurston busy, they work with engineer Ian Little as their co-producer. “Is There Something I Should Know? like their previous material is a collaborative effort among all five members. Bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor laying down a solid and funky foundation, with keyboardist Nick Rhodes and guitarist Andy Taylor also providing solid support. Lead singer Simon LeBon writes the lyrics expressing to his girl that he feels their relationship is going wrong, pleading with her to tell him what’s on her mind. First released in much of the world as a stand alone single in March of 1983, it enters the UK chart at number one on March 26, 1983, spending two weeks on top. It is accompanied by a surreal music video directed by Russell Mulcahy, that also features clips from several other Duran Duran videos including "Hungry Like The Wolf”, “Rio”, “Save A Prayer”, “Night Boat”, “Girls On Film”, “My Own Way” and “Planet Earth”. The UK release is backed with the instrumental “Faith In This Colour”, of which early copies include unauthorized samples from the film “Star Wars”. It is replaced with another mix with the samples removed. “Is There Something” is also issued as a 12" single. An extended dub version titled “The Monster Mix”, it is remixed by Ian Little, Alex Sadkin and Phil Thornalley at RAK One Studios in London. With “Hungry Like The Wolf” finally having become a major hit in the US in early 1983, the single is held back from release until May after a re-release of “Rio” follows. Capitol Records also decides to repackage the band’s 1981 self-titled debut album adding “Is There Something” to the track listing. The US single also differs from the UK release, putting the track “Careless Memories” on the B-side. Finally released in the US, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #57 on June 4, 1983, it peaks at #4 nine weeks later on August 6, 1983. The song is later reissued in 2003 as part of the singles collection CD box set “Singles Box Set 1981–1985”, including both the original 7" and 12" mixes of the A-side and both mixes of “Faith”. For the 30th anniversary of its release, it is reissued as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day in the UK in April of 2013. The reissue is pressed on blue vinyl, replicating the original custom labels and picture sleeve on the 1983 first issue. The back side of the sleeve has a printing error, listing the wrong URL to Duran Duran’s official fan website.