Duran Duran

Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Birmingham, England
New wave, pop rock, dance-rock, synthpop
Years active
1978- present

It was 1978 when a British rock band called Duran Duran was created. The band was formed by Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (bass) in Birmingham. In 1980, Simon Le Bon (lead vocals), Andy Taylor (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums) joined the group and the band was complete.

Duran Duran were among the earliest bands to work on their own remixes. Before the days of audio sampling, they created various arrangements of their songs, sometimes recording different extensive performances of the singles in the studio.

The band played widely in both London and Birmingham and finally were noticed from EMI. After the signing with EMI label, they began to work on their first debut album Duran Duran, which was released in 1981. The song from the album that attracted the most attention was “Girls on Film”, which went to Number 5 in the UK.

With releasing their second album called Rio in 1982, Duran Duran began to attain worldwide recognition. The singles “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “My Own Way”, “Save A Prayer” and the title song “Rio” reached to the UK Top Twenty singles.

In 1984, Duran Duran’s fame reached superstar status when they appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and won two Grammy awards in the Long Form and Short Form music video categories. The live version of the single “Save A Prayer” gained a momentum in North America and it became a hit for the second time reaching No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After 18 years, the band left the EMI Records. To mark the moment, EMI released Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran, an album of remixes and Greatest, their second greatest hits album.

In 2003, Duran Duran were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Q Magazine in London . In the same year, the band joined Robbie Williams as special guests on his tour in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2006, for commemoration of the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, the band recorded a cover of Lennon’s song “Instant Karma” sponsored by Amnesty International.

Duran Duran’s 13th album called All You Need Is Now, was released on iTunes in 2010 and hit No. 1 spot on download charts in 15 countries.

Songs of Duran Duran have often been remixed by other artists and also they have been used by the US army and NASA to keep up morale. The band appeared in magazines such as Rolling Stone and Vogue. This way, Duran Duran definitely looks set to last the distance.