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14 Responses

  1. Nmissi

    Oh, GOD. I remember thinking he must be terribly deep and academic, knowing all sorts of uses for words that I’d somehow missed. Of course, I was eleven at the time.

    I still love the music, can forgive the lyrics. T’was the eighties, no doubt he was higher than a kite, or drunker than a lord.


  2. Bridgette

    Oh wow… I have been saying the same thing for… well, decades! I remember thinking DD were so deep and when I grew up a little listening with my new husband turning to him and realizing… that made absolutely NO SENSE! I still laugh about the lyrics, but like your other commenter… willing to forgive the lyrics b/c the songs just make me feel good.

    love the part about filling your brain with utter nonsense and stalkers learning something from teenage girls! So been there!


  3. Chris

    Omg, thank you for this hilarious article! Brought back so many memories of being a young gay boy in the 80s and having DD posters all over my bedroom walls and lipsynching their songs behind closed doors. Ha!

    I just happened to be googling “Simon Le Bon” and “lyrics” and found this article because for the longest time, I had thought that Simon’s lyrics were a bit bizarre and hard to decipher. I am glad you wrote about it as it made me realize I am not the only one to ponder the mysteries and bizarreness of his song writing! 🙂

    Want another weird lyric? Was just listening to “Election Day” last night and thought to myself… what was he on when he wrote this song?

    She’s moody and grey,
    She’s mean and she’s restless (so restless)
    All over you as they say
    Rumours or rivals yell at the strike force

    Hi guys, by the way, are you aware you’re being illegal
    It’s making your savior behaviour look evil
    Excuse my timing but say,
    How d’you fit in with this flim, flam and Judy

    Can I say WTF?? 🙂


    • Amy Vansant

      I think that is why they didn’t stand the test of time. There was nothing for people to feel connected to – other than the fact John Taylor was hot as hell!


      • Bud

        Haven’t stood the test of time? They’re still going in 2017 and are one of a handful of bands that had hits in 3 different decades. They are the model for perseverance while most all other new wave bands from the 80’s are long gone.


  4. franco aventine

    Pretty sure that “the reflex” is addiction. The song is about loving your addiction (like a romance) even when its abusing you.

    You’ve gone too far this time
    But I’m dancing on the valentine
    The urge…the addiction is taking him to far…but he is in love with it….thus dancing on the valentine.
    I tell you somebody’s fooling around
    With my chances on the danger line
    Again…an addiction is playful…enticing….and it is is dangerous.
    I’ll cross that bridge when I find it
    Another day to make my stand
    High time is no time for deciding
    If I should find a helping hand
    Means just what is says really… the bridge is deciding to get help, for which he will have to take a stand, but right now…being “high” is no time for deciding if that bridge is now…which is usually the case. It takes a sober serious time to make that decesion.
    Then the chorus comes and it is basically about an internal argument with his addiction saying use it, but try not to abuse it (yea like that will work and if that isn’t always the last resort of an addict…I can “handle it”.)
    Then ..” the reflex is an only child waiting in the park” where do most drug deals of the 80’s go down? yep… a park…usually under a bridge in the dark. Clover in a park…whole scene ironic (lucky clover, addiction danger) and bizarre but the reflex (getting high) finds treasures in the dark (creativity, crazy fun times etc.)
    Anyway if you read the rest of the lyrics in that context it all fits rather nicely. And as anyone who was alive at the time this was written knows…drug addictions were a staple of the music scene and the club nightlife.


    • Carl

      Thx for that narrative. Makes sense to me now. Wow!

      Can you explain more songs meaning of DD.
      Because even if I’m dancing on the eventide, I still don’t understand the rhyme.

      Thx a lot.


  5. Jeanette

    Laughed til the tears came.
    Thank you. From the bottom of my Duranie heart.


  6. Nabil

    Growing up in the 80s and listening to DD songs from this far corner of the world and knew very little English, I KNEW something was wrong with the lyrics, or something only British people understand.

    It’s funny that DD suddenly came into my mind after I read a manual booklet for a cheap generic made-in-china bluetooth speaker I purchased online. This manual and DD lyrics have one thing in common, they dont make sense, in a good funny way!


    • Amy Vansant

      OMG – Trying to learn English by listening to Duran Duran lyrics is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while! That would be a cruel joke to play on someone!!


  7. Ashini

    I was a crazy Duranie during high school and I can’t tell you how much they influenced my writing/poetry. I started off by writing poems dedicated to each of them. Also, I didn’t know what “Renoir and TV set” meant and had to go look it up in my Encyclopedia. Anyway, I’m a writer/poet now and I think Simon gave me “permission” to put odd phrases together and let others deal with it. I put his lyrics down as my poetic influences – right there with Maya Angelou and Neruda. 🙂