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"Is There Something I Should Know?"
by Duran Duran

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Song details
 
Length: 4:10
Writer(s): Duran Duran
Producer(s): Duran Duran and Ian Little
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Single details
UK release: 19 March 1983
US release: 19 March 1983
Label: EMI
Format(s): 7", 12"
B-side(s): "Faith in this Colour"
Peak chart positions:
#1  UK Singles Chart
#4  US Hot 100
#4  Australia


Duran Duran singles chronology
"Rio"
(1982)
"Is There Something I Should Know?" "Union of the Snake"
(1983)

"Is There Something I Should Know?" is the eighth single from the British pop band Duran Duran. It was released in March 1983 and became the band's first UK #1 record. In fact it achieved the then extremely rare feat of entering the UK charts at #1 in it's first week of release. In New Zealand, it was the longest-running #1 single of 1983, staying atop the charts for nine weeks. It also reached #4 in the United States.

About the songEdit

"Is There Something I Should Know?" was recorded in London with producer Ian Little in December of 1982. The song was initially released in the UK as a stand-alone single on 19 March 1983 and later tacked onto the 1983 United States reissue of the band's debut album Duran Duran. The first long-playing album in the UK on which the song featured was the inaugural Now That's What I Call Music compilation at the end of the year.

The singles from the Duran Duran album did not receive much airplay in the United States on the album's first release; both the band and the New Romantic genre were unknown, and very few British bands were able to break into American radio at that time. However, at the end of 1982 the band's second album Rio was rapidly climbing the American charts, fueled by around-the-clock airplay of several different videos on MTV. The band and their label, Capitol/EMI, decided to re-release the debut album in the United States with the inclusion of this newly recorded single.

LyricsEdit

Please please tell me now
Please please tell me now
Please please tell me now
Please please tell me now

I made a break I run out yesterday
Tried to find my mountain hideaway
Maybe next year maybe no go
I know you're watching me every minute of the day yeah
I've seen the signs and the looks and the pictures
They give your game away yeah
There's a dream that strings the road
With broken glass for us to hold
And I cut so far before I had to stay

Please please tell me now
Is there something i should know
Is there something I should say
That would make you come my way
Do you feel the same 'cos you don't let it show

People stare and cross the road from me
And jungle drums they all clear the way for me
Can you read my mind can you see in the snow
And fiery demons all dance
When you walk through that door
Don't say you're easy on me
You're about as easy as a nuclear war
Cos the dream that strings the road
With broken glass for us to hold
And I got so far before I had to say

Please please tell me now
Is there something I should know
Is there something I should say
That would make you come my way
Do you feel the same 'cos you don't let it show

Please please tell me now
Is there something I should know
Is there something I should say
That would make you come my way

Please please tell me now
Can you see what makes me blow
Can you see how much I die
Every time it passes by

Please please tell me now
What it takes to make you show
Is there something I should know
Is there something I should know

Music videoEdit

The memorable and much-played video for "Is There Something I Should Know?" featured color clips of the band members, in blue shirts with tucked-in white ties, interspersed with surreal images in black-and-white. It was directed by Russell Mulcahy, and was one of the most popular videos of 1983 on MTV.

The end of the video included snippets from several earlier Duran Duran videos: "Save A Prayer", "Waiting for the Nightboat", "Girls on Film", "Hungry Like The Wolf", "My Own Way", and "Planet Earth". (See the Duran Duran video album for details.)

Asked if there was anything about their videos they'd like to change, drummer Roger Taylor commented, "The only part of a video I would change is the end of "Is There Something I Should Know" where I am singing to the camera. I look very uncomfortable doing this and cringe every time I see it to this day." [1]

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit

The b-side to "Is There Something I Should Know?" was the instrumental "Faith in this Colour". An alternate slow mix of "Faith in this Colour" was used on the initial release of the UK 7" single, some pressings of which included brief unauthorized sound samples from the movie Star Wars -- these were promptly withdrawn when copyright concerns were raised.

The mainly instrumental "Monster Mix" of "Is There Something I Should Know?" was completed by producers Ian Little and Alex Sadkin.

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

The band Sugar Ray featured elements from the video in a segment of the music video for their single "When It's Over."

Cover versions of the song have been recorded by The Mr. T Experience and the band allSTARS*.

The line "you're about as easy as a nuclear war" was the inspiration for the Duran Duran song "Yo Bad Azizi", included as a b-side to the "Serious" single released seven years later.

Chart positionsEdit

The song debuted in the #1 position on the UK charts on 26 March 1983. Duran Duran were one of the very few acts since Elvis Presley and The Beatles to debut at the top, before the advent of more aggressive marketing methods in the late 1980s made it a much easier goal to achieve.

The single also had great success in America, where it was released in late May: it reached #4 on the Billboard charts on 6 August 1983 and sold more than a million copies.

Track listingEdit

Release information pertains to UK release only.

7": EMI 5371Edit

  1. "Is There Something I Should Know?" – 4:11
  2. "Faith In This Colour [alternate slow mix]" – 4:05

12": 12 EMI 5371Edit

  1. "Is There Something I Should Know? [Monster mix]" – 6:40
  2. "Faith In This Colour" – 4:05

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1981-1985" boxsetEdit

  1. "Is There Something I Should Know?" – 4:11
  2. "Faith In This Colour" – 4:05
  3. "Is There Something I Should Know? [Monster mix]" – 6:40
  4. "Faith In This Colour [alternate slow mix]" – 4:05
  • Monster mix remixed by Alex Sadkin and Ian Little

Other appearancesEdit

Apart from the single, "Is There Something I Should Know?" has also appeared on:

Albums:

Singles:

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

Also credited:

References Edit

  1. Duran Duran "Ask Katy" section


DURAN DURAN
Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell
DISCOGRAPHY
ALBUMS

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet Massacre

COMPILATIONS and EP's

CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995

SINGLES

"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"

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