Duran Duran are one of the longest serving new-wave, synth pop band’s from Birmingham.
Formed in 1978, originally by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy; Duran Duran were at their peak in the late ‘80s and’90s and had massive chart success with their first eponymous album which came out in the early ‘80s.
Duran Duran had hit singles with "Girls on Film, “Rio” and “Save A Prayer” amongst others. Duran Duran (Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Simon Le Bon) are worldwide mega stars and have sold over 80 million records and released countless singles, working with the best in the music business - from Mark Ronson, Timberland and Timberlake in the 21st century.
Part of the New-Romantic period Duran Duran was part of the creative movement in London, influenced by the New York scene, David Bowie, Roxy Music, fashion and art. Duran Duran were massive in the United States for their music as well as their looks – a rarity for a British band.
In the early days, the band worked with the likes of top couture fashion designers, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Kahn & Bell and Antony Price to give them their unique style which made them stand out from other bands of the time.
Duran Duran got noticed by the music press and had various record labels chasing them until they eventually signed to EMI. Their first album Duran Duran (1981) sold over 2.5 million copies and catapulted the band into the limelight. They became one of the first bands for their songs to be made into a dance track.
This was all very new in the early ‘80s and it was only later with the release of Night Versions in the ‘90s when dance music was more readily available that Duran Duran could produce dance tracks more easily. After their controversial film for “Girls on Film” produced by Godley and Crème which depicted girls topless in various positions fighting each, it made Duran Duran even more popular and after the success of “Girls on Film” Duran Duran disappeared into exile and went on to write more material.
Duran Duran performed as part of the massive charity event Band Aid in-front of 90,000 people but, after a few band changes and disappearing for a few years, the band lost a few fans and was not as popular by the early ‘90s.
After a number of different factions within the band, Duran Duran formed an original line-up in 2001 and they played a 25th anniversary tour in 2003.
Fresh from their break, Duran Duran finally brought out ‘Astronaut’ , which sold more than two million copies and was heralded by critics as “one of their best studio efforts.” The UK top five single ‘(Reach Up For The) Sunrise’ earned the band their highest chart position in their home country for 20 years. Astronaut was followed a two year tour and earned the band earned five “Lifetime achievement” awards and in the mid 2000s, achieving a second wave of success.
High profile appearance at the Concert For Diana and the Live Earth eco-awareness bash, both at Wembley Stadium raised their profile again and Duran Duran released All You Need Is Now (2010) given them new impetus to get on the road again.
In July 2009, the band took a short break from the studio to headline two special UK dates: the first a sold-out show at Edinburgh’s historic Castle, and the second at The Lovebox Weekender Dance Festival in East London. Super-star producer-in-residence, Mark Ronson made a guest appearance at both shows, while UK BRIT Award winning Florence & The Machine, opened for Duran Duran.