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TOP 10: WEEK ENDING 26 MAY 1984

OSCAR-NOMINATED SONGS DOMINATE A CHART THAT INCLUDES CLASSICS FROM BOB MARLEY, WHAM! AND A LYRICALLY OBLIQUE DURAN DURAN

The Reflex

DURAN DURAN (EMI)

So what’s the real story behind Duran Duran’s most successful single? Simon Le Bon has covered his tracks on occasion by stating the lyrics are nonsense and merely the product of recording after a couple of bottles of vino destructo, but we think there’s more to it than that. Fan theories posit that it’s a paean to masturbation, an oblique celebration of drug-taking, an exploration into gaining selfconfidence, or even rather more prosaically a song about keyboard player Nick Rhodes. After thorough research, it seems the idea that this is an ode on onanism errr stands up best. My internet search history now looks shocking after trying to write this entry. Maybe this will remain Duran’s most unknowable song. After all: “Every little thing the reflex does, leaves you answered with a question mark.”

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