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"Serious"
by Duran Duran
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Duran Duran - Serious


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Song details
Duran Duran Liberty Track number 4
from the album
Liberty
Previous track: Hothead
Next track: All Along the Water
Length: 3:56
Writer(s): Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Warren Cuccurullo, Sterling Campbell
Producer(s): Duran Duran, Chris Kimsey
Serious sleeve |
Single details
UK release: 1 October 1990
US release: November 1990
Label: EMI
Format(s): 7", 12", CD
B-side(s): "Yo Bad Azizi"
"Water Babies"
Peak chart positions:
#48  UK Singles Chart



Duran Duran singles chronology
"Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)"
(1990)
"Serious" "Ordinary World"
(1993)

"Serious" is the 22nd single by Duran Duran. It was released 1 October, 1990 as the second single from the Liberty album.

Music videoEdit

The black and white video, set at a circus, was directed by the duo Big TV!, and featured model Tess Daly. The video is a favourite among fans for the relaxed, natural attitude among the band members as they play their instruments, sometimes prompting each other into laughter.

A multi-angle version was released on the Greatest DVD in 2004, taking advantage of the multiple angle feature available on certain DVD players.

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

In 2005, Dutch producer and DJ Ferry Corsten sampled this track for his single "Fire", which was credited as "Ferry Corsten featuring Simon Le Bon"

Chart positionsEdit

  1. 6 in Japan
  1. 48 UK Singles Chart

By the time the single for "Serious" was released, interest in the Liberty album had already waned. Poor promotion, including a decision not to tour in support of the album, led the single to stall at #48 in the UK charts. This was the band's worst charting single up until that point (11 places lower than their second single, "Careless Memories").

Due to the overwhelming failure of the "Serious" single, plans for future singles were shelved. The third single in the USA was to have been the rocker "First Impression", while Europe were to have gotten the album's title track, "Liberty". EMI's decision to cancel the singles came just days before filming began on the video for "First Impression".

Song versionsEdit

  • "Serious" – 4:21
  • "Serious (Single Version)" – 3:56

Track listingEdit

7": Parlophone DD 15 (UK)Edit

  1. "Serious (Single Version)" – 3:56
  2. "Yo Bad Azizi" – 3:03

12": Parlophone 12 DD 15 (UK)Edit

  1. "Serious (single version)" – 3:56
  2. "Yo Bad Azizi" – 3:03
  3. "Water Babies" – 5:35
  • EMI tried a couple of gimmicks with the 12" to drum up interest including gatefold sleeve (12 DDG 15) and a laser etched one-sided disc with free poster (12 DDS 15).

CD: Parlophone CD DD 15 (UK)Edit

  1. "Serious (Single Version)" – 3:56
  2. "Yo Bad Azizi" – 3:03
  3. "Water Babies" – 5:35
  • Some copies of the CD single erroneously included "All Along the Water" instead of "Water Babies" as the second b-side.

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1986-1995" boxsetEdit

  1. "Serious (Single Version)" – 3:56
  2. "Yo Bad Azizi" – 3:03
  3. "Water Babies" – 5:35
  4. "All Along the Water" – 3:47

MC: Capitol 4JM-44638 (US)Edit

  1. "Serious (Single Version)" – 3:56
  2. "Yo Bad Azizi" – 3:03
  3. "Liberty (Fade)" – 1:36
  4. "First Impression (Fade)" – 1:43
  • The "Fades" are literally the first 90 seconds or so of the album cuts.

LyricsEdit

Oh woman you make me feel
Like I'm on fire
Oh woman you make it real
It's the only way for me
So if we sometimes fight
Doesn't mean we got problems
Ain't always black and white
Who cares anyway?

Oooh, doesn't have to be serious
Oooh, doesn't have to be serious
Serious
Doesn't have to be serious
Doesn't have to be serious

Oh baby you get so wild
Too much understanding
Oh baby you're such a child
Full up on love and tears and crying
Don't worry if you're confused
We all tend to be sometimes
The whole world is getting used
It's just the way it is

Maybe right
Oooh, it maybe wrong
Doesn't have to be serious
Being hurt
Isn't being strong
Doesn't have to be serious
Fighting for love
Fighting for pain
Oooh, doesn't have to be serious
And if you win
Oooh, what do you gain?
Doesn't have to be serious

Oooh, doesn't have to be serious
Maybe right
Oooh, it maybe wrong
Doesn't have to be serious
Fighting for love
Fighting for pain
Oooh, doesn't have to be serious
And if you win
Oooh, what do you gain?
Doesn't have to be serious
Maybe right
Oooh, it maybe wrong
Doesn't have to be serious
Being hurt
Isn't being strong
Doesn't have to be serious
Fighting for love
Fighting for pain
Oooh, doesn't have to be serious...

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

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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