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Remembering synth-pop legends Duran Duran.

Duran Duran is a band that really has a story to tell! And that's exactly what we're going to do today....

Full biography of the band Duran Duran

Duran Duran - synth-pop legends formed in Birmingham, UKat sunset. 70-х years... In 80-х they were one of the most influential and popular bands (they were the lead band in the "second British Invasion"), and, in fact, their relevance continues to grow among the modern generation to this day. Their worldwide circulation has long since crossed the threshold of a 100 million copiesDuran Duran is one of the most commercially successful bands in history! During their reign on the pop scene, these guys epitomised the new wave for much of the mainstream audience! And for what it's worth, their musical clips... They deserve their own article! Each video was cooler than the previous one! And most importantly, the music videos, which subsequently gained millions of views on the YouTubeThe music videos emphasised the model looks and glamorous sense of style of the participants, which was undoubtedly liked by fans and followers... It is safe to say that the clips played a huge role in the formation of the band. Duran DuranWithout them, the band would hardly have become international pop stars... But for all that, Duran Duran is a band that really has a story to tell! And that's what we're going to do today! But first things first.

Formation

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

Duran Duran were inspired by such colourful iconic stars as. David Bowie and Roxy Music! According to the members, the band was also inspired by post-punk and disco... Story Duran Duran has its origins in 1978 year: that's when school mates Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (guitar) founded with their friends Simon Colley (bass, clarinet) and Stephen Duffy (vocals) a band destined to become a cult... The band's catchy name was inspired by the name of a character in a psychedelic science fiction film "Barbarella" 1968 Remarkably, the name "Barbarella" literally haunted the band in the early stages! For example, it was the name of the club in Birmingham where Duran Duran performed for the first time! Quite an interesting coincidence.....

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

In the first year of Duran Duran's existence, the line-up left. Collie and Duffy. In their place came Andy Wickett (former vocalist Eye TV) and the drummer Roger Taylor (no, not that Taylor from Queen!) After some more line-up changes, Duran finally found a Simon Le Bon - a vocalist who's been through hell with the band...

Early years

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

By the end of it. 1980 Duran were very popular on the English New Wave scene! They soon signed their first contract with EMIand have released a debut single called "Planet Earth."which confidently reached the 12th position of the chart!

After this single Duran became the leaders of a new romantic movement, and a huge sensation in British music and the media in general! The popularity of the band grew day by day, and a big role in this was played by... the music videos. Especially worth mentioning is the video for the song "Girls on Film."

Despite the fact that the rather racy clip was banned BBCThe single itself was the first big hit for the band!

The best moments of creativity

In the spring of 1982. goes out into the world Rio - the band's second studio album, featuring several top-10 hits at once: "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer."! Duran Duran soon became superstars in Europe, but in the United States their popularity was just beginning to spread....

It's worth noting that Duran owed their success in the States (largely) to the emergence of the MTVbecause it was their music videos that attracted the audience... So, in early 1983. "Hungry Like the Wolf" broke boundaries and became a hit in America, breaking into the top 10!

When the band released "Is There Something I Should Know"Duran Duran Mania was in full swing across America! Duran Duran capitalised on their popularity: they soon released Seven and the Ragged Tiger - his third studio album, which spawned "Union of the Snake" and "The Reflex", their first number one hit in the US and their second hit in the UK....

After a huge international tour, the band took a break... Duran will later remind us with a single "Wild Boys"ranked second on both sides of the Atlantic.

Third-party projects and... fading success

Duran Duran.
Duran Duran.

Since Duran Duran were still on break, John and Andy Taylor joined forces with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson to form Power Station, a band that in the 1985 released an album of the same name with two hit singles. As for Duran, after the song. "A View To A Kill" by the James Bond film "A View to a Kill", their fame gradually began to fade... The band tried hard to avoid the image of teen idols and to succeed with more complex (and less confident) music that had little "going for it". In addition EMI (which in the summer. 1986 of the year fired its president and went through a major corporate restructuring) seemed to have lost interest in promoting the band... Many casual fans even speculated that the band had broken up.....

At the beginning of the 90-х The emergence of the Internet has contributed to the revival of Duran Duran's popularity. Many of the old fans rediscovered the band and the younger generation was introduced to the band for the first time! One way or another, the Internet has played a major role in reviving Duran's success and fame. However, the most successful and fruitful period for the band was the first half of the 80s....

Music videos

duran duran.
duran duran.

As mentioned above, it was the music videos that contributed to the Duran Duran became so popular... The music videos emphasised their model looks and glamorous sense of style, and without them the band would hardly have become international pop stars. None of their peers used MTV and music videos like them. Each video produced by the band was distinctive, incorporating several cinematic styles. While early videos such as. "Girls on Film and The Chauffeur.The most famous clips were often based on popular contemporary films. For example, the music video "Hungry like the Wolf" was remarkably reminiscent "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark."while "Union of the Snake and the Wild Boys. reminded "Mad Max 2: Road Warrior.".

Such intelligent and impactful videos have helped Duran Duran become iconic.

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