RELEASED: March 1, 1990
ARTIST: Dan Reed Network
LABEL: Mercury / Polygram
PRODUCER: Nile Rodgers
Rainbow Child

7″ (UK)
[UK – Mercury DRN 3] [Int’l – Mercury 876 988-1]

7″ Gatefold Sleeve (UK)
[UK – Mercury DRNG 3] [Int’l – Mercury 875 174-7]

12″ (UK)
[UK – Mercury DRN 312] [Int’l – Mercury 875 123-1]

12″ Yellow Vinyl (UK)
[UK – Mercury DRNPC 312] [Int’l – Mercury 875 175-1]

CD Single (UK)
[UK – Mercury DRNCD 3] [Int’l – Mercury 876 123-4]

CD Single Box Set with 5 prints in fold-out box (UK)
[UK – Mercury DRNCD 3] [Int’l – Mercury 876 123-4]

CD Single (Germany)
[Mercury 875 333-2]

CD Single (Australia)
[Mercury 876 988-2]

The single that should have made household names out of Dan Reed Network failed to set the world alight. This is despite the national radio station in the UK (Radio 1) and several others actually getting behind the song and giving it serious airplay.

It charted at #60 in the UK, and did not chart on the US Billboard Top 100.

As you can see, there were several worldwide versions of this release, including in the UK, a 7″ with a gatefold booklet, a CD Box set with prints and a limited edition yellow vinyl 12″with poster.

The German and Australian CD single featured the Hindu symbol for Disease on the cover (taken from the illustrated symbols on the “Slam” inner sleeve. Although a great illustration, it made for a strange choice of cover for such a strong single.

The video for “Rainbow Child” was shot in early February 1990. Dan Reed shaved his head the night before the video shoot, and the record company would not film the video unless Dan covered his head.

Blake posted a little behind the scene information about the video in a October 24 2019 Facebook post.

Director Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Stick It, Sex in the City) had me as a flower child hippie which was perfect for our San Francisco location!

Dan Pred is playing a Tama kit that we borrowed from Tesla’s Troy Luccketta

Seven Sisters Road - Dan Reed & Dan Reed Network