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About the song

"Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" is the 21st single by Duran Duran, and the first single from the 1990 "Liberty" album.

"Violence of Summer" is a bright, simple rock song, with ringing piano-like chords over a slick bass underpinning. Lyrically, the song plays with familiar Duran themes: of fleeting romance in the face of sexual politics, and mars-meets-venus peculiarities between the genders. Le Bon continues to set these preoccupations into more realist scenarios, challenging himself to leave behind the opaque mysticism of the band's first three albums.

Also worth noting lyrically, is this tracks return to the U.S.-inspired lyrics of "Notorious": "going South where her mother writes", and "breaking heads in the sugar shack" (which references the cover art of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You".) It was released 23 July 1990 in the UK, and 11 August in the US.

Music video

The video for "Violence of Summer" was filmed in Paris by the young directing duo Big TV! (more conventionally known as Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom). The band plays energetically on a set constructed to look like a bumper-car rig (mirroring the amusement park theme of the album sleeve), while models in platinum blonde wigs hang about outside looking seductive.


Source: Duran Duran Wiki