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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1978–present)

The most glamorous of the new romantic bands, Birmingham’s Duran Duran (named after the evil scientist in the movie Barbarella) looked very good in the ambitious videos that accompanied their many Top 10 hits. These included ‘Girls On Film’ (1981), ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’, ‘Save A Prayer’ and ‘Rio’ (all 1982), ‘The Reflex’ and ‘Wild Boys’ (1984): a mixture of sexually charged, up-tempo pop and beguiling ballads, which played perfectly to the hedonism of the decade. The albums combined these approaches to varying effect, with 1982’s Rio (which broke the band in America in 1983), probably the best of the bunch. In 1985, Simon Le Bon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and Roger Taylor (drums) worked on side project Arcadia, while the Taylors, Andy (guitar) and John (bass), joined The Power Station. After these excursions some of the magic seemed to have gone, excepting 1993’s The Wedding Album, which yielded the smash ‘Ordinary World’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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