I submit that Duran Duran has some of the greatest, most esoteric song lyrics in the annals of commercially successful pop music. At any given moment, the lyrics are impenetrable stories about…about who knows what, really.
But sci-fi imagery, sexy allusions, general weirdness, and random exotica seem to inform the band’s lyrical worldview. Sure, maybe some of the tracks have straight-forward meaning (e.g. “Girls on Film“) but the unknowable odd stories being told in the following tracks are more along the lines of what I’m thinking.
“Union of the Snake”
Nightshades on a warning Give me strength at least give me a light Give me anything even sympathy There’s a chance you could be right If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh Voices in your body coming through on the radio The union of the snake is on the climb Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break Through the borderline The union of the snake is on the climb Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break Through the borderline
“New Moon on Monday”
Shake up the picture the lizard mixture With your dance on the eventide You got me coming up with answers All of which I deny I said it again But could I please rephrase it Maybe I can catch a ride I couldn’t really put it much plainer But I’ll wait ’til you decide Send me your warning siren As if I could ever hide Last time La Luna I light my torch and wave it for the New moon on Monday And a fire dance through the night I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite New moon on Monday And a fire dance through the night I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
The wild boys are calling On their way back from the fire An August moon’s surrender to A dust cloud on the rise Wild boys fallen far from glory Reckless and so hungered On the razors edge you trail Because there’s murder by the roadside In a sore afraid new world They tried to break us Looks like they’ll try again Wild boys (wild boys) never lose it Wild boys (wild boys) never chose this way Wild boys (wild boys) never close your eyes Wild boys always shine
Last, and briefly, I also submit that the Power Station, the famous Duran Duran off-shoot featuring Robert Palmer, was ahead of its time and had some of the most incredible disco-rock drumming ever, courtesy of Tony Thompson.