Duran Duran - White Lines

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"White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" is a hip-hop-funk song by Grandmaster Melle Mel, released as a 12" in 1983 on Sugar Hill Records. The song, which warns against the dangers of cocaine, addiction, and drug smuggling, is one of Melle Mel's signature tracks. The bassline is sampled from a performance of the Sugar Hill house band (featuring bassist Doug Wimbish) covering "Cavern", a single by post-punk band Liquid Liquid. 

A 1995 cover version of "White Lines," featuring performances from Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel, was released as the second single from the Duran Duran covers album Thank You. The single reached No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 5 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs chart, No. 20 on the Australia and No. 31 in New Zealand. The band continued to perform the song as a regular part of their live set into the 2000s.

This single had more promo releases than most bands have releases, and across this myriad of 12" and CD singles the band released more than twenty distinct remixes of "White Lines", a majority crafted by DJ Junior Vasquez. Apart from the singles and the Thank You album, the song also appeared as a B-side on the first single from the album, "Perfect Day".

A black and white video was shot in January 1995 by Nick Egan, featuring Duran Duran, Melle Mel, and the Furious Five performing the song accompanied by breakdancers and people in skeleton masks.


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