It seems to me that there are very few “light” Duran songs. Even those songs that are super popular often deal with issues that are less than fun. For example, Girls on Film might be about models but, more specifically, it is about exploitation of models. What about songs like the Reflex or A View to a Kill? We already know that the Reflex could have multiple meanings and some of those meanings might be a bit more adult, right? A View to a Kill’s lyrics aren’t happy and bright with a chorus of “Dance into the fire”. Yes, obviously, there are a few of the singles that are positive. Rio seems to be very carefree, if it really is about a woman or about something else like America. A more recent song like All You Need Is Now also is very positive. I, of course, included my favorite, Planet Earth, which doesn’t seem either positive or negative. What happens after you run out of the positive, not dark, not adult themed songs? You find that a lot of Duran songs are dark or adult themed.
What are some of the topics that Duran songs have focused on that are really dark and/or adult?
*Save a Prayer–a lot of Duranies love this song and believe it to be “beautiful” but it is about a one night stand. Not exactly kid friendly.
*Wild Boys–“there’s bloodstain for your pain” with references of gunshots. Not happy.
*Notorious–about media exploitation. Pretty adult.
*Skin Trade–this one doesn’t need explanation about being adult in nature, does it?
*Violence of Summer–lyrics like “It starts with desire. Ends up under cover” seems pretty adult to me.
*Too Much Information–the control of the media.
*Lady Xanax–the title obviously references a prescription drug usually taken for depression and/or anxiety and the lady in the song definitely fits that description
*Astronaut–Alien sex. Enough said.
*Bedroom Toys–Obviously adult!
*Dirty Great Monster–Assumption that many people have is that the song is about sexual abuse. If so, that’s pretty dark and adult.
Still, there are others that might not be as dark or as adult but still feel less bright and happy. Some of those songs to me are:
*Friends of Mine–it feels to me to be about betrayal and a loss of trust
*I Don’t Want Your Love–this song feels like a straight up love song until you really pay attention to the lyrics. Then, it is clear that this “relationship” might involve some cheating since the person would be “keeping someone else behind”.
*Ordinary World–grief and loss are not happy topics.
*Falling Down–this song isn’t very happy either as it describes a person needing help as the person is “falling down” literally or figuratively.
*Being Followed–Being watched and followed isn’t very happy or bright
I could, obviously, go on and on with these lists. The songs I included were the first ones that came to my mind. My points here are pretty simple. First, it is difficult to pull out those happy, positive, all age appropriate songs. It isn’t impossible but not as easy as one would have thought. Second, it amazes me that anyone would or could assume that Duran shouldn’t be taken seriously. Clearly, they have dealt with a lot of real life issues, tough issues. They haven’t been afraid to look at all sides of life from the positive to the negative, the good with the bad.