DURAN DURAN started the 80s with minor hits PLANET EARTH, CARELESS MEMORIES and GIRLS ON FILM which appeared in their self titled debut album in 1981. At the time, MTV was starting out and the band released a music video featuring mud-wrestling girls showing their breast on camera. The title of the song on the video is GIRLS ON FILM. Duran Duran found itself in a controversy and had to agree that MTV cut out the portions with breast exposure.
The original 5 members were Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes.
In 1982, the band released an album called RIO and produced a minor hit RIO and the band's first Top 5 hit called HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF. In the album was a UK Top 10 hit SAVE A PRAYER.
In the latter half of 1983, the band released SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER and churned out three Top 5 hits UNION OF THE SNAKE, NEW MOON ON MONDAY and THE REFLEX (fle-fle-fle-fle-flex!). THE REFLEX was the band's first #1 hit.
By mid 1984, Duran Duran released an album called ARENA which featured (poorly recorded) concert performances of their previous hits. A new single (not a live performance) called THE WILD BOYS was included in the album. THE WILD BOYS eventually became Duran Duran's first US #1 hit.
By late 1984, John Taylor and Andy Taylor took a break from Duran Duran and joined in a project with (the late) Robert Palmer and Chris Thompson (of Chic). The project was called THE POWER STATION. The quartet produced 2 Top 10 hits SOME LIKE IT HOT and GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) and a Top 40 hit, a remake of HARVEST FOR THE WORLD
Simon, Roger and Nick, in the meantime felt abandoned and idle at the time and did their own project called ARCADIA. The title of the album was SO RED THE ROSE. Arcadia had 1 Top 10 hit ELECTION DAY (which was the theme song of the 1986 Philippine snap elections) and 3 Top 40 hits EL DIABLO, GOODBYE IS FOREVER and KEEP ME IN THE DARK. THE FLAME was a minor hit for ARCADIA
In 1985, the band got back together again as they were honored and eager to record the theme song for the 1985 James Bond movie A VIEW TO A k*ll. It was also the first time a James Bond theme song went to the #1 spot.
Duran Duran joined in Bob Geldof's LIVE AID and Simon Le Bon was kinda out-of-sync and out-of-tune when they performed A VIEW TO A k*ll
By late 1985, the band took a break to sort out things. Andy Taylor recorded and released an album in 1986 which had one Top 20 hit TAKE IT EASY
John Talylor did the same thing and had 1 Top 20 hit I DO WHAT I DO (JUST TO HAVE YOU)
By 1986, Duran Duran assembled again without Roger Taylor who quit the band and without Andy Taylor who felt he could go solo (he never made another chart hit again). The band released NOTORIOUS and the title track went to the Top 5 that year and the follow up single SKIN TRADE didn't quite reach the Top 10 but was a hit nevertheless
1988 saw the release of Duran Duran's album BIG THING which produced a very different sounding Duran Duran. Brit glam rock flavored with a little Americal soul minus the sleazy stretching vocals. The album came up with a hit I DON'T WANT YOUR LOVE that went to #1
Duran Duran came up with 2 more albums in the 90s
Edited by hitman531ph, 10 August 2005 - 08:17 AM.