Is There Something I Should Know?

Album: Duran Duran (1983)
Charted: 1 4
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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. >>
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  • 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!
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