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I became interested in Duran Duran in about 1982 and have followed them ever since. I love the catchy songs, exotic videos and the band members themselves. I’ve always found Duran Duran have been able to keep up and still put out great music. Their concerts are always fun

Duran Duran: From New Romantic Piononeers to Global Icons

Birth of the Fab Five

In the bustling music scene of Birmingham, England, in the late 1970s, five lads with dreams as big as their hairdos came together to form what would become one of the most iconic bands of the 1980s: Duran Duran.

The pop group, Duran Duran. Image may be subject to copyright.

Glamorous Beginnings

With their catchy tunes and even catchier fashion sense, Duran Duran burst onto the scene like a glitter bomb at a disco. Lead singer Simon Le Bon’s voice could melt hearts faster than a popsicle in the Sahara, while Nick Rhodes’s keyboards added a touch of futuristic cool that made the band stand out from the crowd.

Group Portrait of British band Duran Duran in London, England in 1981 (Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Rio, Romance, and Rumors

Ah, “Rio” – not just a city in Brazil, but also the title of Duran Duran’s smash hit album that catapulted them to global superstardom. With hits like “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Save a Prayer,” the band had fans swooning in every corner of the globe. And let’s not forget the rumors – from wild party antics to alleged romances with models, Duran Duran kept the tabloids buzzing.

The Great Divide

As with any great band, Duran Duran had its share of drama. In the mid-1980s, tensions within the group reached a breaking point, leading to a split that left fans devastated. But fear not – like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Duran Duran would reunite stronger than ever.

John Taylor Solo

In the late 1980s, John Taylor embarked on a solo career, eager to explore new musical horizons outside of Duran Duran. His debut solo album, “Feelings Are Good and Other Lies,” released in 1995, showcased a more introspective and experimental side of Taylor’s musical persona. Tracks like “I Do What I Do” revealed a depth and complexity that distinguished Taylor as a solo artist in his own right.

John’s Collaborations: Neurotic Outsiders & Terrostein

In the mid-1990s, John Taylor joined forces with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses fame, along with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses, to form the supergroup Neurotic Outsiders. Combining elements of punk, rock, and alternative music, Neurotic Outsiders released a self-titled album in 1996, featuring tracks like “Jerk” and “Always Wrong.” In more recent years, John Taylor embarked on a collaborative project with Norwegian musician Terje Storli, known as Terrostein. Their musical partnership resulted in a series of electrifying tracks that seamlessly blend Taylor’s signature basslines with Terrostein’s innovative production techniques. Songs like “Deadly Game” and “Disappear” showcase the dynamic synergy between Taylor and Terrostein, offering listeners a glimpse into their shared creative vision.

A supercharged idea: The Power Station

In the mid-1980s, while Duran Duran was riding the waves of success with their chart-topping hits and sold-out tours, a side project emerged that would electrify the music scene: The Power Station. The idea for The Power Station sparked when Duran Duran’s guitarist Andy Taylor and bassist John Taylor teamed up with Chic drummer Tony Thompson. Seeking a grittier sound than what Duran Duran was known for, they recruited Robert Palmer, whose soulful voice added a whole new dimension to their music. With their self-titled debut album released in 1985, The Power Station unleashed a sonic powerhouse onto the airwaves. Tracks like “Some Like It Hot” and “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” showcased a raw, edgy sound that was a departure from Duran Duran’s polished pop sensibilities. The album was a smash hit, reaching the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Enigmatic Arcadia Project

Arcadia represented a departure from Duran Duran’s signature sound, delving into more atmospheric and experimental territory. Comprising three members of Duran Duran – Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor – Arcadia allowed the trio to explore their musical fantasies beyond the confines of mainstream pop. In 1985, Arcadia released their debut album, “So Red the Rose,” a lush and cinematic sonic journey that captivated listeners. Songs like “Election Day” and “Goodbye Is Forever” transported audiences to a dreamlike realm where synthesizers shimmered like stars in the night sky and lyrics danced on the edge of poetry. True to their name, Arcadia embraced a sense of artistic ambition and visual splendor that elevated their music to new heights. From elaborate music videos to avant-garde album artwork, every aspect of Arcadia’s aesthetic was carefully curated to evoke a sense of otherworldly wonder.

Andy Taylor: Departure from Duran Duran and Solo Pursuits

Andy Taylor’s tenure with Duran Duran was marked by his distinctive guitar riffs, energetic stage presence, and integral role in shaping the band’s sound. However, his journey with the group was not without its twists and turns, ultimately leading to his departure and subsequent solo career. As the lead guitarist of Duran Duran, Andy Taylor played a pivotal role in the band’s rise to fame during the 1980s. His rock ‘n’ roll swagger and dynamic stage presence added a layer of energy and intensity to Duran Duran’s performances, solidifying his status as a rock icon. Despite his contributions to Duran Duran’s success, Andy Taylor’s time with the band was not without its challenges. Tensions within the group, along with conflicts over musical direction and personal differences, ultimately led to Taylor’s departure in the mid-1980s. His absence was felt by fans and bandmates alike, marking the end of an era for Duran Duran. Following his departure from Duran Duran, Andy Taylor embarked on a solo career, eager to explore new musical avenues and pursue his artistic vision. His debut solo album, “Thunder,” released in 1987, showcased Taylor’s talent as both a singer and songwriter, with tracks like “I Might Lie” and “Don’t Let Me Die Young” earning critical acclaim.

Reunion and Reflection

In the years that followed, Andy Taylor would briefly reunite with Duran Duran for various projects and performances, including the band’s 2004 album “Astronaut.” Despite the challenges and conflicts of the past, Taylor’s reunion with his former bandmates served as a testament to the enduring bonds of friendship and musical collaboration.

Comeback Kings

In the 2000s, Duran Duran proved that they were more than just a nostalgia act. With albums like “Astronaut” and “All You Need Is Now,” they showed the world that they still had the magic touch. And let’s not forget their epic performances at festivals and arenas around the globe – these guys could still rock a crowd like nobody’s business.

Paper Gods and Musical Evolution

In 2015, Duran Duran unveiled “Paper Gods,” their 14th studio album and a testament to their enduring creativity. Fusing elements of dance, pop, and rock, “Paper Gods” showcased the band’s willingness to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds. Tracks like “Pressure Off” and “Last Night in the City” served as anthems for a new generation of fans while still resonating with longtime devotees.

Rock Royalty: Duran Duran’s Hall of Fame Honor

In 2023, the music world erupted in applause as Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor recognized the band’s undeniable impact on music and culture over the past four decades. From their pioneering use of music videos to their innovative blend of genres, Duran Duran had left an indelible mark on the fabric of rock ‘n’ roll.

Futurepast: A Return to Form

In 2021, Duran Duran gifted the world with their fifteenth studio album, “Futurepast,” a sonic journey that seamlessly blends nostalgia with innovation, proving once again that the band is a force to be reckoned with in the ever-evolving landscape of pop music. With “Futurepast,” Duran Duran returned to their roots while simultaneously propelling themselves into the future. The album’s title itself speaks to this dichotomy, evoking a sense of both nostalgia for the past and anticipation for what lies ahead. From the opening notes of “Invisible” to the closing crescendo of “Anniversary,” “Futurepast” is a testament to the band’s enduring relevance and artistic vision. One of the most exciting aspects of “Futurepast” is its collaborations with a diverse array of artists, ranging from seasoned veterans to up-and-coming talents. Tracks like “More Joy!” featuring CHAI and “Tonight United” featuring Blur’s Graham Coxon inject fresh energy into the album, demonstrating Duran Duran’s ability to connect with audiences across generations. Thematically, “Futurepast” explores themes of reflection and resilience, with lyrics that speak to the complexities of the human experience. Whether it’s grappling with the passage of time in “Anniversary” or finding hope in the face of adversity in “Wing,” the album offers a poignant and timely commentary on life in the 21st century.

Upon its release, “Futurepast” received widespread critical acclaim, with many praising its eclectic sound and thoughtful lyrics. Fans, both old and new, embraced the album with open arms, celebrating Duran Duran’s ability to evolve while staying true to their core essence.

“We’ll keep going while it’s still fun.” Duran Duran, from left: Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor. (Stephanie Pistel)
Image **FOR SUCA RUNNING 10/24/2021: band Duran Duran, L-R: Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Simon LeBon, and Roger Taylor. CREDIT: Stephenie Pistel

Duran Duran Today

Today, Duran Duran is still going strong, with their music continuing to inspire new generations of fans. From sold-out tours to collaborations with up-and-coming artists, they show no signs of slowing down. So whether you’re a lifelong Duranie or a newbie to their catchy tunes, one thing’s for sure – the music of Duran Duran will never go out of style.

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