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Duran Duran Brief Biography


Formed in the late 1970s, in Birmingham, Duran Duran were one of the prominent British rock bands of the 1980s, having huge success worldwide.

They were at the forefront of the groups to emerge out of both the New Wave and the New Romantics era. The band was created by Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (bass), with the later additions of drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Andy Taylor, and vocalist Simon Le Bon. Though there were changes to the band over the years, this was the 'classic' line-up, which reformed in the early 2000s.

Duran Duran's most famous songs include 'Rio', 'Save A Prayer', 'Wild Boys', 'Hungry Like The Wolf', 'Is There Something I Should Know?', and 'The Reflex'. The group had gained a mixed reputation for embracing the pop video, and were often criticised for being another pretty boy pop band, but their theme song for the 1985 James Bond film, 'A View To A Kill', proved their songwriting credentials, and remains their best song - and one of the best songs written for a Bond movie.

One of the most interesting names for a band, the name Duran Duran came from the evil 'Barbarella' character Duran Duran, played by Milo O'Shea.

- Paul Rance/

Duran Duran CDs available from - in association with

Duran Duran - 'Rio' Rio
B00000DQSV Notorious

Duran Duran DVDs available from - in association with

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Duran Duran - The Ultimate Review

Duran Duran Main Albums Discography
(and UK and US chart positions)

Duran Duran (1981) #3 UK, #10 U.S.
Rio (1982) #2 UK, #6 U.S.
Seven And The Ragged Tiger (1983) #1 UK, #8 U.S.
Arena (1984, live) #6 UK, #4 U.S.
Notorious (1986) #16 UK, #12 U.S.
Big Thing (1988) #15 UK, #24 U.S.
Liberty (1990) #8 UK, #46 U.S.
Duran Duran AKA The Wedding Album (1993) #4 UK, #7 U.S.
Thank You (1995, covers) #12 UK, #19 U.S.
Medazzaland (1997) #58 U.S.
Pop Trash (2000) #135 U.S.
Astronaut (2004) #3 UK, #17 U.S.

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