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"Too Much Information"
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Single by Duran Duran
from the album 'Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)
Released 23 August, 1993 (UK)
Format 12" And CD Single
Recorded 1993
Genre Rock, Pop, Alternative
Length 4:56
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer(s) John Jones and Duran Duran
Peak chart positions
Duran Duran singles chronology
Come Undone
(1993)
Too Much Information
(1993)
Perfect Day
(1995)

"Too Much Information" was the third single to be released from Duran Duran's 1993 album, Duran Duran, popularly known as The Wedding Album.

About the songEdit

The song's lyrics dealt mainly with the commercialisation of the music industry and featured the tongue-in-cheek line "Destroy my MTV / I hate to bite the hand that feeds me / so much information", alluding to the belief that it was solely MTV that had made the band.

Unlike the previous two singles from The Wedding Album, "Too Much Information" was more upbeat and rocky in nature with big chunky power chords played by guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and live drums played by Steve Ferrone. This may have alienated the ballad-friendly audience that were attracted to the previous two singles, "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone", which may have in turn led to a lower position on the pop and adult contemporary charts. It performed much better on the alternative rock and club charts.

LyricsEdit

Destroyed by MTV,
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure's on the screen
To sell you things that you don't need
It's too much information for me

Hey TV Child look into my eyes
Here by intervention, I want your attention

Promotion Boy in a suit and tie
He wants you to use it
You're too shot to loose it

It's pumpin' down the cable
Like never saw before
A cola manufacturer is sponsorin' the war

Here comes the news with love from me to you

Destroyed by ABC
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The Pressure's on the screen
To sell you things that you don't need
It's too much information for me

Turn on the tube
Hits you with the Groove
Advertisin' music
We want you to choose it

These teeth are white trainers ULTRA BRITE
This band is perfect just don't scratch the surface

We covered all the angles
The survey people said
Just put us on the cover we'll be smilin' anyway

This video was made with Love for you

Destroyed by BBC
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The Pressure's on the screen to
Sell you things that you don't need
It's too much information for me

Destroyed by MTV
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The Pressure's on the screen to
Sell you things that you don't need
It's too much information for me

Dilate your MIND
Dilate your MIND
Dilate your MIND
Dilate your MIND

Got to give it to me
Got to listen to me
Got to give in to me
Now I'm on the line

I try (information) yes I try 
(too much information)
Why should I try (information) cause I try 
(too much information)
Gotta give it to me gotta listen to me gotta give it too me

Music videoEdit

The video for "Too Much Information" was filmed by director Julien Temple in Santa Monica on August 27 and featured the elaborate stage setup designed for the band's Dilate Your Mind Tour.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit

The cassette and CD singles were released on August 23, 1993, and those who bought the cassette single received a free No Ordinary EP cassette with live tracks ("Hungry Like the Wolf", "Notorious", "Come Undone"), recorded during a performance at Tower Records a few months before. These recordings also appeared as bonus tracks on various global CD releases of the single.

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

Chart positionsEdit

On September 4th, "Too Much Information" peaked at #35 in the United Kingdom, and at #45 in the United States.

#35 UK Singles Chart
#45 Billboard Hot 100
#30 Billboard Modern Rock Tracks
#17 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play

Track listing Edit

CSS: Parlophone TC DD 18 (UK)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information" (4:56)
  2. "Come Undone [live]" (7:35)
  • "Come Undone" recorded at Tower Records, Hollywood California May 15, 1993

12": Parlophone 12 DD 18 (UK)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information [Ben Chapman 12" mix]" (6:18)
  2. "Drowning Man [D:Ream mix]" (6:29)
  3. "Drowning Man [ambient mix]" (6:45)
  4. "Too Much Information [Deptford dub]" (5:43)

CD: Parlophone CD DDS 18 (UK)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information [Album version]" (4:56)
  2. "Drowning Man [D:Ream mix]" (6:29)
  3. "Too Much Information [Ben Chapman 12" mix]" (6:18)
  4. "Too Much Information [Deptford dub]" (5:43)
  • Comes in a 2-CD card holder

CD: Parlophone CD DD 18 (UK)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information [album version edit]" (3:59)
  2. "Come Undone [12" mix - comin' together]" (7:25)
  3. "Come Undone [live]" (7:35)
  4. "Notorious [live]" (5:31)
  • Come Undone "12" Mix" aka "Mix 1 Master"
  • Live tracks recorded at Tower Records, Hollywood California May 15, 1993

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

  1. "Too Much Information" (4:56)
  2. "Come Undone [live]" (7:35)
  3. "Notorious [live]" (5:31)
  4. "Too Much Information [Ben Chapman 12" mix]" (6:18)
  5. "Drowning Man [D:Ream mix]" (6:29)
  6. "Drowning Man [ambient mix]" (6:45)
  7. "Too Much Information [Ben Chapman Instrumental 12" mix]" (6:00)
  8. "Too Much Information [Deptford dub]" (5:43)
  9. "Too Much Information [album version edit]" (3:59)
  10. "Come Undone [12" mix - comin' together]" (7:25)
  • Come Undone "12" Mix" aka "Mix 1 Master"
  • Live tracks recorded at Tower Records, Hollywood California May 15, 1993

CD: Capitol 7 16489 2 (US)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information" (4:56)
  2. "Too Much Information [Techno 7" Remix]" (3:31)
  3. "Drowning Man [D:Reamix]" (6:29)
  4. "Hungry Like The Wolf [live acoustic]" (7:01)
  • Comes in yellow tray
  • "Hungry Like The Wolf" recorded live at Tower Records, Hollywood California May 15, 1993

CD: Capitol DPRO-79256 (US - Promo)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information [Trance 7" mix]" (3:29)
  2. "Too Much Information [4:30 AM Twirl Mix]" (4:21)
  3. "Too Much Information [Club 2 Mix]" (4:14)
  4. "Too Much Information [Unplugged Mix]" (4:16)
  • Labelled "The Churban Mixes"

CD: Capitol DPRO-79269 (US - Promo)Edit

  1. "Too Much Information [Trance Mix 12"]" (6:12)
  2. "Too Much Information [Trance Instrumental 12"]" (6:14)
  3. "Too Much Information [Deptford Dub]" (6:06)
  4. "Too Much Information [Club 2 Mix]" (4:15)

Other appearancesEdit

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

ReferencesEdit


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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