This frenetic new wave single played an important role in popularizing Duran Duran for more than one reason. "Girls on Film" presents an impressionistic set of images through its lyrics as it chronicles a rather racy photo shoot in a breathless first-person style, complete with fanciful and suggestive turns of phrase like "Lipstick cherry all over the lens as she's falling" and "Wider baby smiling you've just made a million." This hazy yet sexy imagery makes it tough to determine whether the photo shoot in question is fashion-oriented or pornographic, which adds to the song's saucy sense of fun. The music puts the song's barrage of imagery forth at a fast clip, alternating moody verses that swing with a jazzy edge and a chant-like chorus built on descending notes. Duran Duran's recording gives the song a churning dance beat as atmospheric synth lines and sharp electric guitar riffs duel over the top. Simon LeBon tops it with a vocal that manages to be lusty and emphatic all at once. All these elements made "Girls on Film" a bracing, danceable slice of new wave that quickly became a Top Five hit in the U.K. It also got some valuable U.S. exposure on MTV thanks in part to a racy video directed by erstwhile pop musicians Godley & Creme that featured the group performing as a group of sexy models and enacting the song's images around them. Fans will want to take note that the full-length version of this video utilizes the re-recorded 12" version of the song, which includes an extended intro that allows the rhythm section to show off their skill at creating a funky groove. The original cut of the video featured a few flashes of nudity so it had to be cut for television but still managed to achieve heavy rotation during MTV's early days in its edited version (the racy version later turned up on music video compilations). More importantly, this stylish video also paved the way for future video-supported Duran Duran hits like "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf."