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Duran Duran

Duran Duran

If you were a teenage girl in the 80s, you most definitely had a Duran Duran poster on your wall - along with that Athena poster and probably one of George Michael (if only you knew then what you know now).

Often referred to as the "prettiest boys in rock”, Duran Duran were one of the most successful and iconic bands of the 80s, after coming together in Birmingham in 1978. The line-up comprised five sharply dressed, coiffeured young men - we're talking double denim, leather trousers and a lot of hairspray! They were for a while known as part of the New Romantics movement, alongside Spandau Ballet, but by the end of their reign things had turned more poppy.

The band members changed throughout the 80s. At the time of their first album in 1981 the band comprised frontman Simon Le Bon (now married to supermodel Amber Le Bon), Nick Rhodes on keyboard, John Taylor on bass, Andy Taylor on guitar and Roger Taylor on Drums. The three Taylors, were coincidentally named and completely unrelated.

If you only know one Duran Duran hit (pretty unlikely, I know) it's probably “Girls On Film” whose accompanying music video was deliberately provocative, featuring topless women mud wrestling, with the intention of becoming a sensation that would get people talking about the band. The video was heavily censored of course, and was edited in most cases but it was shown in its entirety in some off the newer nightclubs that had big video screens.

All of this made them ripe for an appearance on the hot new music video channel, MTV. It was through this that their fame rocketed and Duran Duran became a worldwide sensation. Throughout the 80s, Duran Duran churned out one hit after another achieving 12 Top-10 hits in the UK in the 80s alone.

The band’s next major success was “Hungry Like the Wolf”, which was released in 1982 and which is considered by many to be one of the greatest New Wave songs ever recorded. In the same year they reached number 2 in the charts with “Save A Prayer” and also made number 9 with “Rio”. The bands first No,1 came in 1983 with “Is There Something I Should Know?” and was quickly followed by another No.1 hit with “The Reflex” in 1984 and, shortly after that, “The Wild Boys” made it to number 2 in the charts. You might say, the boys were on a roll.

James Bond has changed many a musician's life - Shirley Bassey to name but one. And Duran Duran were lucky enough, or rather cheeky enough, to get involved in the massive money-spinner. In 1985, John Taylor, the bass guitarist, approached James Bond producer Cubby Broccoli (great name!) at a party and reportedly asked, somewhat drunkenly, “When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?”! Now, usually, you'd expect to be sent on your merry way for showing this kind of gall, but not Duran Duran! The band was offered the opportunity to work with the legendary John Barry to create the theme song for the next Bond film “A View To A Kill”. The eponymously titled song became a worldwide success reaching No.1 in the US and number 2 in the UK as well as making the Top 10 in various other countries around the world.

In total, Duran Duran made 14 Top-10 (UK) singles, released 13 studio albums, sold over 100 million records - not to mention the countless hearts broken along the way.


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    Loved Duran Duran,have always followed what they're doing! Slight correction to the bio, Simon is married to Yasmin Le Bon, Amber is their daughter. Sorry to be pedantic, but if you're a Duranie, you know these things :-)
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    I used to maintain my haircut was a copy of Princess Di but the truth is I took a picture of Simon to the hairdressers........Forever a Duranie
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    duran duran personaified everything that was good about the pop funk culture
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    I liked 'Duran Duran' even though I'm essentially a child of the '70's.
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    one of the best things they did was a song called "Last Chance on the stairway" an album track from the rio album, New Religion being another case of a great track the album is timeless and tireless I even wore make up like Nick Rhodes back the and was considered a bit odd as I was 13 yrs old great times, if 80's ae your thing listen to www.mtjr.co.uk 7-9 on thursdays
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    Duran Duran are up there with the Beatles and the Stones, A great British band that have stood the test of time,I was a late starter getting into DD,They had just released 'The Reflex' when I started getting into music, I was hooked from that song on, spending all my pocket money buying the old singles and albums and demanding the new stuff for Christmas, Birthday's etc...I am Actually a singer on the southern coast of Spain now and doing dance remixes for the European and American dance floors, we've just remixed 'Planet Earth' and hope that other hardened Duran Duran fans like it as much as I loved doing this cover.It's released on the Klone Records label in October 2007 on an album called 'Mad About The Boy 16'
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    i love it when the acdc boy come on stage. love the women
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    OH my god Roger and simon are lovely still are now
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    Why have pop artists/ bands that emerged in the '80s such a greater longevity than anybody before or since ( DD are the ringleaders in this regard ) ?
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    2 Words - John Taylor My God, that man is the most beautiful man on this earth!