" is the debut single
by the English pop rock
band Duran Duran
, released on 2 February 1981.
It was an immediate hit in the band's native UK, reaching #12 on the UK Singles Chart
on 21 February, and did even better in Australia
, hitting #8 to become Duran Duran's first Top 10 hit anywhere in the world.
The song later appeared on the band's eponymous
debut album Duran Duran
, released in June, 1981.
About the song
"Planet Earth" begins with a slow synthesised sweep backed with electronic rhythm, but the real rhythm section of throbbing bass and crisp drums soon kick in. Muted guitar carries the up-and-down melodic hook of the song as the singer joins in.
The song was the first to explicitly acknowledge the fledgling New Romantic
fashion movement, with the line "Like some New Romantic looking for the TV sound"
The music video
for the song was directed by future film director Russell Mulcahy
, who would go on to direct a dozen more for the group.
Fairly primitive by the band's later standards, the video features the band (dressed in frilly, floppy New Romantic
fashions) playing the song on a white stage tricked out with special effects to look like a platform made of ice or crystal. Interspersed with the performance are shots of the band members alongside the four elements
. The video focused closely on the band's faces. The instrumental middle section features friends of the band from the Rum Runner
nightclub dancing in... Read More