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Remembering synth-pop legends Duran Duran

Duran Duran is a band that really has a lot to say! And that's what we're going to do today...

Full biography of Duran Duran

Duran Duran - synth-pop legends educated in Birmingham, UK, On the Sunset 70s years ... In 80s they were one of the most influential and popular groups (they were the leading group in the "second British invasion"), and, in fact, their demand continues to grow among the modern generation to this day. Their worldwide circulation has long crossed the threshold of 100 million copies, which makes Duran Duran one of the most commercially successful bands in history! In the era of their domination of the pop scene, these guys personified a new wave for most of the mainstream audience! And what are their musical clips… They deserve a separate article! Each video was better than the last! And most importantly, the music videos, which subsequently gained millions of views on YouTube, emphasized the model appearance and glamorous sense of style of the members, which undoubtedly appealed to fans and followers ... It's safe to say that the clips played a huge role in the formation Duran Duran: without them, the band would hardly have become international pop stars... However, with all this, Duran Duran is a band that really has something to say about! And that's exactly what we're going to do today! But first things first.

Formation

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

Duran Duran were inspired by iconic stars such as David Bowie and Roxy Music! According to the participants, the group was also based on post-punk and disco… History Duran Duran originates in 1978 year: that's when the schoolmates Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (guitar) founded with friends Simon Collie (bass, clarinet) and Stephen Duffy (vocals) a band that was destined to become a cult… The attractive name of the band was inspired by the name of a character in a psychedelic sci-fi movie "Barbarella" 1968 years ... It is noteworthy, but the name "Barbarella" literally pursued the group in the early stages! For example, that 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 the existence of Duran Duran, the lineup left Collie and Duffy. In their place came Andy Wickett (former vocalist Eye TV) and drummer Roger Taylor (no, not that Taylor from Queen!) After some more lineup changes, Duran is finally found Simon Le Bon - a vocalist who went through all the circles of hell with the group ...

Early years

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

Already towards the end 1980 Duran enjoyed great popularity in the English New Wave scene! Soon they signed their first contract with EMI, and released their debut single titled "Planet Earth.", which confidently reached the 12th position of the chart!

After this single, Duran became the leaders of the new romantic movement, as well as a loud sensation in British music and the media in general! The popularity of the group grew every day, and the clips played a big role in this. Especially worth mentioning is the video for the song Girls on Film

Despite the fact that a rather spicy clip was banned BBC, the single itself was the band's first big hit!

The best moments of creativity

Spring 1982 comes out into the light Rio - the second studio album of the group, which presented several top 10 hits at once: "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer"! Duran Duran soon became superstars in Europe, but in the US their popularity was just beginning to spread...

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

When the band released "Is There Something I Should Know", "Duran Mania" was in full swing across America! Duran Duran capitalized 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 US number one hit and their second UK hit...

After a huge international tour, the band took a break ... Duran will later be reminded of themselves with a single "Wild Boys", which took second place on both sides of the Atlantic.

Side projects and…fading success

Duran Duran ("Duran Duran")
Duran Duran ("Duran Duran")

Insofar as Duran Duran were still on hiatus John and Andy Taylor joined forces with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson to form Power Station, a band that 1985 released a self-titled album 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 slowly began to fade ... The band struggled to avoid the image of teen idols and succeed with more complex (and less confident) music, which weakly "set". In addition EMI (which in summer 1986 fired her president and went through a major corporate restructuring), seemed to have lost interest in promoting the team ... Many casual fans even assumed that the group broke up ...

At the beginning of 90s years, the advent of the Internet contributed to the resurgence of the popularity of Duran Duran. Many of the old fans have rediscovered the band, and the younger generation got to know her work for the first time! One way or another, the Internet played a big role in resurrecting Duran's success and fame. Nevertheless, the first half of the 80s turned out to be the most successful and fruitful period for the group ...

Music videos

duran duran ("Duran Duran")
duran duran ("Duran Duran")

As mentioned above, it was music videos that contributed to the fact that Duran Duran became so popular... The videos highlighted 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 created by the group was distinctive, incorporating multiple cinematic styles. While early videos such as "Girls on Film" and "The Chauffeur", caused controversy in England over their sexual content, their most famous clips were often based on popular contemporary films. For example, clip "Hungry like the Wolf" remarkably reminiscent of "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark"whereas "Union of the Snake" and "The Wild Boys" reminded "Mad Max 2: Road Warrior".

Such intelligent and effective videos helped Duran Duran become iconic...

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