"Electric Barbarella" as written by and Nick Rhodes Simon Lebon....
I knew when I first saw you
On the show room floor
You were made for me
I took you home
And dressed you up in polyester
Princess of my dreams
Emotionless and cold as ice
All of the things I like
The way you look
The way you move
The sounds you're making
In Ultrachrome, latex, and steel

[Chorus]
I plug you in
Dim the lights
Electric Barbarella
Your perfect skin
Plastic kiss
Electric Barbarella
Try to resist
Then we touch
Hallucinate and tranquilize

(She's so fine)
(She's all mine)

Our private life is subject to investigation
No time to waste
People say they heard about our deviation
But you never looked so good
Wear the fake fur fake pearls for me
And put on your mystery
The way I feel you know
I never keep you waiting
In Ultrachrome, latex, and steel

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

Princess of my dreams
Princess of my dreams
Majordomo plasticomo Barbarella
(She's so fine)
Pro genetic your Electric Barbarella
(She's all mine)
My pretty pretty
Pretty pretty
Barbarella
Barbarella
Barbarella
Barbarella


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"Electric Barbarella" as written by Warren Cuccurullo Nick Rhodes

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    General CommentThis song comes off a little perverse, but in a fun way! Having sex with something like a blowup doll that perhaps looks like Jane Fonda's character Barbarella in the movie by the same name...

    Also, didn't the name Duran Duran come from the movie Barbarella?
    zatarregazaon February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentzat, yes it did. Dr. Duran Duran was the villian in that film (played by Milo O'Shea)
    talynnon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis ought to sum things up. A very different point of view, but it does make sense.
    disenchanted.com/dis/technology/…

    Not as fun of an approach, but a good explanation, nonetheless. I dont know why, but i'm in love with this song.
    ChillyKittenon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so goddamn catchy! Um, yeah it's pretty much about sex...with not-real people...but it's catchy dammit! Love love love the song.
    thepuppydog26on December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song would have been more appropriately released on 'Pop Trash' as I think it goes in the ironic category. 'Too Much Information' was an earlier public revelation that the band realized that the culture industry was perverse but also understood it's place in it: "I hate to bight the hand that feeds...". Even earlier (1984) was Simon's insistence that "it will never happen again" as he protested suggestions by the American music presss that they were on par with the first British Invasion by The Beatles. This hysterical commodification of the band drove them to exhaustion, ending the original lineup. (Bob Dylan and Thom Yorke have had more intense documented backlashes to the press.)

    So, I'll get on with it. I think the song is about sexual commodification and the spectacle that is the vehicle of the message - it's about the 'Culture Industry' [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…] as coined by Theodore Adorno. The fact that Simon is apparenly getting off with a machine has no consquence as the difference between man/machine is not realized - it doesn't matter. This is seen as an achievement by those selling the product. It is seen as a failure for those searching for nurishment:

    "Whether or not we live in a world of simulacra, the term is certainly important in light of how we view media. Media theorists, especially Jean Baudrillard, have been intensely concerned with the concept of the simulation in lieu of its interaction with our notion of the real and the original, revealing in this preoccupation media's identity not as a means of communication, but as a means of representation (the work of art as a reflection of something fundamentally "real"). When media reach a certain advanced state, they integrate themselves into daily "real" experience to such an extent that the unmediated sensation is indistinguishable from the mediated, and the simulation becomes confused with its source. The simulation differs from the image and the icon (and the simulacrum) in the active nature of its representation. What are forged or represented are not likenesses of static entities, but instead the processes of feeling and experiencing themselves. Beginning as a primarily visual representation, the simulacrum (provisionally: the image of a simulation) has since been extended theoretically, and in the recent theory exemplified by the work of Baudrillard functions as a catch-all term for systems still operating despite the loss of what previous meaning they had held."

    [chicagoschoolmediatheory.net/glossary2004/…]
    capellaon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow, i thought it was just a song about technology. but Wow i've seen the bbc channel
    pixieinpanoplyon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf it's about a blow-up doll, it's only appropriate, considering that one of their biggest influences, Roxy Music, also had a song about a sex doll ("In Every Dream Home A Heartache").
    ProfessorKnowItAllon September 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is just a 'for-fun' song ;) as much as i believe in the obscurity in some of DD's lyrics, this ain't the case, it's just ain't. and note that they were written by the smartest guy in the band, eh. the one obsessed with technology and Barbarella, so it makes sense. but nothing beyond that in my oppinion, and that makes it pretty clear to understand.
    carrotkinson December 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfirst song available to officially buy online EVER
    exaltoon October 22, 2009   Link

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