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Band Name Origins:

  • They got their name from the movie Barbarella. The villian's name in the movie was Duran Duran and they liked the trippy music associated with the movie. So they named themselves Duran Duran as a tribute to Barbarella. Jane Fonda was hot too. Submitted by: Bam Bam
  • Yes, the name comes from Barbarella, but it's a closer link than that. In Birmingham, England, where the band come from one of the early clubs where everyone went was called Barbarella's and Duran Duran's members three founding members played gigs there in 1978. They took their name from the film's villain. Submitted by: Jan

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: The Fab Five. Submitted by: ChuckyG

Former Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Simon LeBon""Commercial Actor"Acted in a soap commercial at the age of 5 - ChuckyG

Better Off Solo?:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Andy Taylor""It was after 1985 that Andy released some solo albums. He didn't have as much success as he did when he was with Duran Duran." - Celeste
"Andy Taylor""Andy released two albums in his solo career after leaving Duran Duran, but mostly played guitar and produced for other musicians. He now has left the group *twice*, this time after the group's big reunion tour with the classic lineup. He is a pretty good singer in his own right, but underrated, and had problems working with the rest of the group." - Lisa

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Is there Somewhere We Should Go""Is there Something I Should Know"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Leo""Rio"Yul B. There
"Neo (Ode to The Matrix)""Rio"Left of Centre
"Girls On Girls""Girls On Film"Igor
"A View To A Drill""A View To A Kill"Bond

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Hold Back The Rain,"The rain cannot be prevented; it naturally happensRyan Zope

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Earth Song," Michael Jackson"Planet Earth," Duran Duran
"Camera," R.E.M."Girls On Film," Duran Duran
"Everything," Nine Inch Nails"Too Much Information," Duran Duran
"Where's Captain Kirk?," Spizzenergi"Planet Earth," Duran Duran
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Do You Believe I Shame?" originally "Do You Believe In Shame?"
Candy Welty
"Do You Believe In Same?" originally "Do You Believe In Shame?"
Candy Welty
"Do You Believe In Sham?" originally "Do You Believe In Shame?"
Candy Welty
"New Moo On Monday" originally "New Moon On Monday"
Just for the cows.
Peter
"Ordinary Wold" originally "Ordinary World"
Wold = a chalk hill such as those in England
Nancy

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Comet Undone" originally "Come Undone"
Like all those comets that disappoint expectations
Honey Mustard Plaster Of Paris Hilton
"A View To A Krill" originally "A View To A Kill"
Regina Olsen
"Rico" originally "Rio"
A man's name, or 'rich' in Spanish.
Angela
"New Moron On Monday" originally "New Moon On Monday"
Peter
"Newt Moon On Monday" originally "New Moon On Monday"
Peter

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Came Undone" originally "Come Undone"
Changes the title to past tense!
Alina
"A View To A Kiln" originally "A View To A Kill"
Regina Olsen
"Rif" originally "Rio"
A region in Morocco.
Nancy
"Do You Believe In Shale?" originally "Do You Believe In Shame?"
Candy Welty
"Do You Believe In Shade?" originally "Do You Believe In Shame?"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Is There Something I Should Know""Is There Something In My Nose"John Lomain
"Ordinary World""We Will Take Over the World"mouselover
"Skin Trade""Bean Ade"Porfle Popnecker
"Hungry Like The Wolf""Hungry For My Junk"Hu's On First
"Is There Something I Should Know""Please Please Milk the Cow"Porfle Popnecker
"Girls On Film""Airfarcewon"SamuraiMaster
"Hungry Like the Wolf""Hunting like a Wolf"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"The Reflex""The Remakes"Flash Flood
"A View To A Kill""A Room With A View"Wild Child JIN
"Hungry Like The Wolf""Hungry For Some Wolf"Abbott Skelding

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
New ReligionFalun GongMy Imperial Badness
Heroes'Higglytown Heroes' promosMeatload
Hungry Like The WolfZooEd
What Happens TomorrowPsychic HotlineEd
Hungry Like The WolfRestaurants Specializing In MeatZJP
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Girls on Filmthe PMRC (Parents Resource Music Center)Rychendroll
Union of the SnakeHotline for people who are afraid of snakesDonna W
Playing With UraniumKim Jong-Il's residenceMCSEMan23
So Long SuicdeSuicide Prevention HotlineFbug
What Happens Tomorrow?Psychic/Fortune TellerMCSEMan23
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Dirty Girl
   Y&T
Girls On Film
   Duran Duran
Dirty Girls On Film
GlamRockNinjaLord
Sky Is Over
   Serj Tankian
Planet Earth
   Duran Duran
Sky Is Over Planet Earth
Thank you for stating the obvious!
GlamRockNinjaLord
California Girls
   The Beach Boys
Girls On Film
   Duran Duran
California Girls On Film
Jen
When I Come Around
   Green Day
Come Undone
   Duran Duran
When I Come Undone
Alina
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Ian Duran and the Blockheads
Ian Dury and the Blockheads combined with Duran Duran
Submitted By: John

Misheard Lyrics:

"Wild Boys"
Misheard Lyrics:
Rob Loys!
Original Lyrics:
Wild boys!
"Hungry Like the Wolf"
Misheard Lyrics:
Darken the city night is a wine
Even the subway earth is so fine
Whene'er you want give me your sign
And hear my breathing even closer than hryne
Original Lyrics:
Dark in the city, night is a wire
Steam in the subway, earth is afire
Whenever you want me give me your sign
And hear my breathing by the moonlight side
"Hungry Like the Wolf"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm lost and I'm found
Original Lyrics:
I'm lost in a crowd
"Ordinary World"
Misheard Lyrics:
Left me in the back, you mark my heart
Original Lyrics:
Left me in the vacuum of my heart
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Wild Boys"
Misheard Lyrics:
Rob Loys!
Original Lyrics:
Wild boys!

Story about this misheard lyric by: Will

I thought they were singing about some guy named Rob Loys.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"A View To A Kill"
Better Lyrics:
Stick your hands into the fire
Original Lyrics:
Dance into the fire
Submitted by: I like the sims
"Rio"
Better Lyrics:
Movin up the field now, Botch You're a warrior of delight Condescending smile
I guess it adds to the fight With a step to your left and a shot to the right
You kill the baddies way out west You think you're nothing special But you look like you're the best.
Original Lyrics:
Movin up the floor now, babe You're a bird of paradise Cherry ice cream smile
I suppose it's very nice With a step to your left and a flick to the right
You catch the mirror way out west You know you're something special And you look like you're the best.
Submitted by: Navi
"Rio"
Better Lyrics:
Her name is Cleo, she's a psychic on TV
She'll tell your future and your horoscope for free
She uses Tarot cards, it's the future she can see
Oh, Cleo, Cleo, I think that you are phony
Original Lyrics:
Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande
Submitted by: lebeiW15
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Save A Prayer"
The Funny Lyrics:
If you can, you'll see the world in all his fire.
Why They're Funny:
Implies that the world is a male entity, which is untrue since the world (itself) is neuter!
Submitted by: Mr. Critic
"I'm Looking For Cracks In The Pavement"
The Funny Lyrics:
They should be mine but I'm not that tall now I'm saying this in private
If I had a car I'd drive it insane
Why They're Funny:
How do you drive a car insane? catchy fun music with some very oblique lyrics - that's duran duran. and I love it!
Submitted by: Princess Ana
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Planet Earth"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
This is planet earth
Bom bom bom ba bom
bom ba bom
You're looking at planet earth
Bom bom bom ba bom bom bom
Calling planet earth
Why They're Repetitive:
This is the entire chorus. I mean I love this song but still..... :p
Submitted by: Celeste
"Is There Something I Should Know?"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Please please tell me now
Why They're Repetitive:
Self-explanatory
Submitted by: Redlocks
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Planet Earth"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
My eyes are so cloudy
I can't see you now
Look now around
Look all around
Why They're Nonsensical:
How can you look around if your eyes are cloudy and you can't see anyone?
Submitted by: Celeste
"Save A Prayer"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Don't say a prayer for me now
Save it till the morning after
No, don't save a prayer for me now
Save it till the morning after
Save it till the morning after.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Save it till the morning after what? It would help if they'd be more specific; this is just too vague.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Is There Something I Should Know?"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Don't say you're easy on me.
You're about as easy as a nuclear war.
Why They're Insulting:
Oh yeah! That's really romantic, boys. Comparing someone to a nuclear war.
Submitted by: Celeste
 

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"New Moon On Monday"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Shake up the picture
the lizzard mixture
with your dance on
on the eventide
You keep me coming
up with answers all
of which I deny
Why They're Dirty:
I didn't know that these lyrics dirty at the time because I was too young.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Union of the Snake"
The Dirty Lyrics:
The union of the snake
is on the climb
Moving up
It's going to race
It's going break through
the boarderline.
Why They're Dirty:
If you're a guy it's pretty much speaks for itself.
Submitted by: Celeste

How to Pronounce a Band Name:

"du-ran du-ran
Named after Dr Duran in the movie Barbarella
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"My Own Way"
The Lyrics:
7-Up, between 6th and Broadway
Product Brand Name:
7-Up
Submitted by: britrock
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Notorious"
Opening Lines:
No, no, notorious!
Comments:
Submitted by: Bere
"Notorious"
Opening Lines:
No-no-notorious.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Made Up Words in Songs:

"White Lines (Don't Do It)"
The Made Up Words:
Rang-dang-diggidy-dang-a-dang
Comments:
Duran Duran featuring Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Submitted by: Mickey D.
 

Song Title Space Change:

"All She Want Sis" originally "All She Wants Is"
Submitted by: Peter
"Too Much In Format Ion" originally "Too Much Information"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Too Much In For Mat Ion" originally "Too Much Information"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Too Much Inform At Ion" originally "Too Much Information"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Too Much In Form At Ion" originally "Too Much Information"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

There are additional Song Title Space Change available.

Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics:

"Rio"
The Lyrics:
Her name is Rio
she don't need to understand
Why:
Isn't "Her name is Rio she "doesn" need to understand?
Submitted by: Celeste
 

Band Name Anagrams:

Audra R. Dunn Submitted by: Fiona Pear

Song Title Anagrams:

"Do Cone Menu" originally "Come Undone"
Submitted by: Dinah Bartilson
"Cone Men Duo" originally "Come Undone"
Whatever cone men are
Submitted by: Lisa Rose
"Undo Me, Cone" originally "Come Undone"
Submitted by: Lisa Rose
"Drinks Tea" originally "Skin Trade"
Of course!
Submitted by: Alexis
"Tea Drinks" originally "Skin Trade"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Rio"
The Lyrics:
Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand Just like that river twisting through a dusty land And when she shines she really shows you all she can Oh Rio Rio dancer across the Rio Grande
Why:
"Rio" was a #14 hit in the U.S. for the British New Wave group that was probably the most identified with the 1980's, Duran Duran (their second top 40 hit after the #3 hit, "Hungry Like The Wolf"). It was also the title song for their first long playing lp, "Rio" (released in late 1982; there was an earlier EP -- non full length lp in 1981 that featured the tune, "Girls On Film"). "Rio" and "Hungry Like The Wolf" 1983 videos really were the epitome of the early MTV and music video revolution, with looks being very important, and sometimes seeming to be more important than the music (although Duran Duran can NOT be accused of NOT making great music). The song "Rio" lyrics featured the real Rio Grande river (also known as the Rio Bravo del Norte in Mexico), that is the natural separation between the state of Texas and the country of Mexico (in places). But Duran Duran would not film the music video along the Rio Grande, instead filming it on Antigua Island.
Submitted by: Peter
 

Songs That Are Banned:

"Girls On Film"
Duran Duran had the dubious distinction of being the very first band to have one of their music videos banned by MTV.
Submitted by: Celeste

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Shotgun" Length: 0:50
Weird...
Submitted by: Hamburger

Song Title Acrostics:

SIR: "Silent Icy River"
Submitted by: Katie
BAB: "Breath After Breath"
báb is Arabic for gate
Submitted by: Katie
OW: "Ordinary World"
Submitted by: Katie
SO: "Secret Oktober"
Submitted by: Katie
SOYS: "Shadows on Your Side"
Submitted by: Katie

There are additional Song Title Acrostics available.

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Girls On MILF" originally "Girls On Film"
That would be wrong.
Submitted by: Brit Boxx

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"New Moon On Monday"
The Lyrics:
This time la luna
Why:
La luna means the moon in spanish
Submitted by: Celeste
"New Moon On Monday"
The Lyrics:
This time la luna
Why:
La luna means the moon in spanish
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Lawsuits:

"Do You Believe in Shame?"
Dale Hawkins "Suzie Q" (covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rolling Stones) sued claiming it borrowed the basic melody.
Submitted by: ChuckyG

Lyrics Spoonerisms:

"The Reflex"
The Lyrics:
And watching over lucky clover isn’t that bizarre
Why:
And watching over clucky lover isn’t that bizarre
Submitted by: ChuckyG
 

Lyrics Alliteration:

"Rio"
The Lyrics:
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Why:
The sound SH
Submitted by: ChuckyG
 

Hidden Messages:

"hungry like the wolf"
i've heard that in the song, there is a girl moaning in the background. supposedly having sex?
Submitted by: robert

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Being Princess Diana's Favourite Band"
Duran Duran played the Prince's trust in 1983 to tens of thousands of screaming fans. Princess Diana talked to them and told them that she was a big fan.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Pre-Show Jam Sessions"
John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Andy Hamilton all jam together before a show where they discuss about their favourite music.



Submitted by: Celeste
"Their Fans"
Duranies is the word that's used to name Duran Duran's fans.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Having their first video banned by MTV"
When MTV came on the air in 1981 Duran Duran had the dubious distinction of having their video "Girls On Film" banned by the sprouting young TV network.



At the time even talking about sex was a taboo subject. Having a racy video such as this made it that much more a taboo subject.
Thankfully Duran Duran were never subjected to the PMRC's "Explicit Lyrics" sticker guidelines. This song would have almost certainly made the group's Filthy Fifteen.
Submitted by: Celeste

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"A View To Kill"
A 1984 James Bond Movie
Submitted by: Celeste

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"The Wild Boys"
The Lyrics:
The wild boys (Wild Boys)
Never loose it
Wild Boys (Wild Boys)
Never chose this way
Wild Boys (Wild Boys)
Never close their eyes
The Wild Boys always
Shine.
Why:
The Wild Boys was a Book by William S. Burroughs that was going to be turned into a movie but it never saw production.
Submitted by: Celeste
 

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Is There Something I Should Know?"
The Lyrics:
Please please tell me now
is there something I should know?
Is there something I should say
That will make you come my way?
Do you feel the same cause you
don't let it show?
Why:
Not the best ringtone to have when you're getting a paternity test.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional Bad Ringtone Choices available.

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