Is There Something I Should Know?

Album: Duran Duran (1983)
Charted: 1 4

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Simon Le Bon singing about a girl that is driving him crazy as he feels there is something wrong with their relationship. He tells her she's as easy as a "Nuclear War."
  • This song was recorded in 1982. It was the only new song on the 1983 United States reissue of the band's self-titled debut album, and it turned to be the most successful from it as well. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phil Thornalley, who had just come off of producing The Cure's moody Pornography album and its ensuing tour, was brought in to engineer the track. He recalled in a Songfacts interview: "I used to work closely with a producer called Alex Sadkin (Bob Marley, Thompson Twins) when the offer came to remix that record. Duran Duran were super-hot then, they were the biggest band in the world, and I think they'd tried everyone to mix it. It was just another job that came through, and I just happened to be on fire that day and did a really good job. That worked out well so Alex then produced the album that followed, which was called Seven and the Ragged Tiger."
  • Russell Mulcahy, who directed the Duran Duran videos for "Rio," "Wild Boys" and several others, also did this one. It followed his tried-and-true method for success with the group: lots of footage of the boys (especially Simon), combined with random exotic images (an archeologist, a transfixed toddler) put together with switcher wipes and other effects that were, at the time, special. As expected, MTV put it in hot rotation.

Comments: 3

  • Helena from United KingdomThis reminds me of the eighties of course, and the lovely clothes people wore back then, and the young having fun and being individual and quirky. I'm a Duran Duran fan and I like most of their songs.
  • Philippe from Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaIt's thier 1'st no.1 song in the U.K.
  • Lance from Pittsburgh, PaThis song will always remind me of Virginia Beach of June, 1983. Remember hearing it for the first time at the local bars. Good song!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Judas PriestSongwriter Interviews

Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton talk twin guitar harmonies and explain how they create songs in Judas Priest.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Fact or Fiction

Bradley Cooper, Michael J. Fox, Rami Malek, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?

Dwight TwilleySongwriter Interviews

Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.

Intentionally AtrociousSong Writing

A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.