Burning the Ground

Burning the Ground
"Burning The Ground"
Single by Duran Duran
B-side "Decadance"
Released December 22, 1989
Format 7", 12", CD5
Recorded Olympic Studios, October 1989
Genre New Wave, Electropop
Length 4:00
Label EMI - DD 13
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer John Jones
Duran Duran singles chronology
"Do You Believe In Shame"
"Burning The Ground"
"Violence Of Summer"

"Burning The Ground" is the 20th single by Duran Duran, released in December 1989. It was created as a stand-alone single to promote the compilation album Decade: Greatest Hits, but didn't appear on the album itself. However, its music video was included on the band's audiovisual compilation Greatest, released on 1999 (VHS) and 2003 (DVD). The song is essentially a clever megamix of Duran Duran's history, featuring tidbits of all of the band's hits of the previous ten years.


About the song

Instrumental elements of "Save A Prayer", "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Rio", "The Reflex" and "The Wild Boys", including the camera flash sound from "Girls on Film", form the core of the first part of the song, while the "chorus" is built up of alternating chants of "Girls!" (from "Girls on Film") and "Boys!" (from "The Wild Boys"). The nonsense syllables from several songs, such as the "noh-noh" bits from "Notorious", the "bop bop bop" from "Skin Trade" and the "tana nana" and the "fle fle fle fle flex" from "The Reflex", were also incorporated. Elements from "A View To A Kill", "Notorious", "I Don't Want Your Love" and later singles are gradually woven into the mix. Segments of the song are marked by signature phrases taken from other songs: first, "Can you hear me now?" ("Planet Earth"); later, "I tell you, somebody's fooling around" ("The Reflex") and "The rhythm is the power" ("I Don't Want Your Love"). The title derives from a "Hungry Like the Wolf" lyric.

The song also used several sound samples from the film Barbarella, from which the band took their name: "Barbarella?" "Mr. President!" "Your Mission, find Durand Durand!" "Just a minute, I'll slip something on!"

The remix was created by producer John Jones, with assistance from engineer Chris Potter, in an upstairs room at Olympic Studios in Barnes while Duran Duran was downstairs recording new material for the album Liberty, to be released the following year.[1]

Music video

The video for "Burning The Ground", much like the song, used snippets of many of Duran Duran's previous audiovisual work, including scenes from their 1985 concert film Arena (An Absurd Notion) and their 1987-1989 Strange Behaviour & Electric Theatre world tours. The video also used footage of burning South American rainforests, as well as the NASA space shuttles and even some scenes of the band walking around during their recording sessions for their upcoming Liberty album. It was directed by Adrian Martin.[2]

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes

The b-side was another megamix, this one more instrumental in nature, called "Decadance". The song uses the "why" bits of "The Reflex", the "no, no" from "Notorious", "wild" from "The Wild Boys", the chorus from "All She Wants Is", the solo from "Save a Prayer" mixed with "Rio", and a little bit of "Skin Trade", as well as some of the suggestive screams from "Hungry Like the Wolf".

Chart positions

Track listing

7": Parlophone - DD 13 (UK)

  • "Burning the Ground" (4:00)
  • "Decadance" (3:29)

12": Parlophone - 12DD 13 (UK)

  • "Burning the Ground" (4:00)
  • "Decadance" (3:29) [2 Risk E Remix 7"]
  • "Decadance (Extended mix)" (7:57) [2 Risk E Remix 12"]

12": Capitol - V-15546 (US)

  • "Burning the Ground" (4:00)
  • "Decadance" (3:29) [2 Risk E Remix 7"]
  • "Decadance (Extended mix)" (7:57) [2 Risk E Remix 12"]

CD: Parlophone - CDDD 13 (UK)

  • "Burning the Ground" (4:00)
  • "Decadance" (3:29) [2 Risk E Remix 7"]
  • "Decadance (Extended mix)" (7:57) [2 Risk E Remix 12"]

Other appearances


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