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The song later appeared on the band's eponymous debut album Duran Duran, released in June, 1981.
"Planet Earth" begins with a mid-tempo synthesised sweep backed with sequenced electronic rhythm, but the real rhythm section of throbbing bass and crisp drums soon kick in.
Beginning with "Planet Earth", Duran Duran began creating what they called "night versions" for each of their songs: extended versions that were featured on their 12-inch singles.
Back in 1981, the technology to do extended remixes was still quite rudimentary, so the band chose instead to create a new arrangement of the song, loosely based on the version they were playing live at the time. The "Night Version" of "Planet Earth" appeared in place of the original on some early US releases of the Duran Duran album.
The original demo had an extra verse at the end, as can be heard in the Manchester Square Demo version, released in 2009: "I came outside I saw the nightfall with the rain, Sheet lightning flashes in my brain, Whatever happened to the world we used to know?
I've got you coming over fear now." 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.
Recording process Little is known about the recording sessions for the album.
The video was recreated in the music video for The Dandy Warhols' "You Were the Last High" (which was produced by Nick Rhodes, the band's keyboardist).
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Muted guitar carries the up-and-down throbbing 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".