Duran Duran

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  1. Flashy

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    considering i was in 6th Grade when they exploded on the scene, they form a pretty decent part of the soundtrack to my existence and experiences in that time....

    though i was a Van halen, Doors, Led Zeppelin lover even back then, i could still appreciAte good pop music, as long as it was quality, not like the crap of today.


    the fashion and clothes were absurd then and even more so now...but they did make some very good stylish videos, and even now looking back, they made some really great tunes...more importantly, all the girls *LOVED* them...really to a maniacal degree...i can honestly believe it compared to the hysteria of teen girls for the beatles 20 years earlier...

    all my friends who were girls were *CRAZY* over them...and all of us boys knew that if you wanted to be with the gals and wanted them to like you etc. you had to like Duran Duran or at least pretend to...every single dance and party etc, there were at least 8 Duran Duran songs played, some even two or three times...and if you wanted to dance with the girls, it would have to be to Duran Duran

    all the girls had different favorites...

    you could tell alot about each girl by which of the Duran's they were obsessed with...

    most were absolutely crazed over John Taylor.
    I think Simon LeBon was #2 for the gals at my school
    then ther were a few who liked Nick Rhodes because he appeared to be the stranger, darker brooding one...
    and then there were a couple of them split between Roger and Andy...

    every girl had a tshirt with their favorite one, and had tons of buttons etc...

    even today, you can still listen to some of their stuff and it holds up as solid pop.

    Rio
    Hungry Like The Wolf
    Girls On Film
    Reflex
    View to a Kill

    those were some good tunes, especially Rio and Hungry like the Wolf.

    then they fell apart and became far less relevant so fast...

    in 82-85 they were just everywhere...then in 86-87, all the girls had grown up by four years ffrom the initial craze...then after 86 they just never did much again even though they had a couple of decent tunes


    what was your experience with them? were you too old, too young, didn't care...

    any memorable times/moments set against their backdrop?

    still like their tunes?

    I ask this because although i heard Rio a couple of times last year, i was watching "Hot Dog: The Movie" (incidentally, a great, juvenile ski movie) the other night and i forgot about the scene at the elegant house where there is the big party and everyone is dancing to Hungry Like The Wolf...

    and so i have been listening to it for the past couple of days...

    probably their best tune IMO

    thoughts?
     
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    Dude...
    This is my hubby's FAVORITE BAND...
    He has ALL of there CRAP ...:eek:
     
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    My faves are Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, and Girls On Film. I liked them but wasn't wild about them after Rio.
     
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    I had no idea you were so young. Damn. You just lost 10 points.
     
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    I wasn't a huge fan, but their music was always in the background during my adolescence.

    And for the most part, it has aged well.
     
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    Certified or certifiable Duranie here.

    What wasn't to love? Music videos were brand new and Duran Duran dominated. The music was catchy, the guys were cute and the visuals were stunning. I never had a t-shirt or a button but I did spend loads of time with a friend either glued to the TV when "Video Hits" was on, absorbed with the music coming from the record player as we analysed every lyric or poring over magazine articles for every shred of information pertaining to them. Posters? Hell yes!

    Just a wee obsession.

    My mania didn't quite match my friend's. She was so hot for Simon that I wasn't "allowed" to like him lest I incur her jealous wrath. So...I had to pick another so she could rest easy. John was pretty, Nick artistic, Andy the rebel but I favoured Roger, the shy one. Perhaps my subconscious always knew I'd be on this site one day according to this interview snippet.
    YouTube - Duran Duran 1984 Press Conference :cool:

    I'm surprised that more guys weren't fans. Even the clean versions of their videos supplied plenty of stimulation for pubescent boys, and the uncensored... have a peek.
    YouTube - Duran Duran - Girls On Film (uncensored)
    YouTube - Duran Duran - The Chauffeur - Full Version (High Quality)

    These guys have always managed to inject their music with sexuality, sometimes through innuendo or more overtly as in "Bedroom Toys" from their 2005 CD.

    Oh my God what's this?
    :eek:
    I saw the bedroom toys
    Now I'm stalling
    I can't believe my eyes
    I saw the bedroom toys
    Now I'm crawling
    I learn to improvise​

    Flashy, the decline in their momentum wasn't due so much to their fans growing up as it was due to the group splintering in different directions. First John and Andy formed Power Station which was followed by the remaining three doing a project under the name of Arcadia. ​


    The two were polar opposites and D2 fans split like those choosing between Jennifer Aniston and Brangelina.:rolleyes: Even when the band reformed it wasn't with the same lineup and by then the momentum was lost. They're still at it and the music is still very listenable, it's just not cool to admit to being a fan anymore.:redface:​

    /geek​
     
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    I actually saw the original line-up back in 2004 and 2006....before the breakup yet again. I was lucky enough get all of their autographs. Nice guys......but John Taylor was the sweetest of them all.
     
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    I'm not. Girls discovered Duran Duran first, making them questionable to begin with, and then they were all overly good-looking, making them even more questionable, and then there was the name itself which, in the US at least, came across as a bit gay-- rather like Nick Rhodes, as nobody got the Barbarella reference. All in all too "pretty boy" to be taken seriously by male fans outside of California.

     
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    OMG saw title and had to click! I was a HUGE duranie...still have all of the albums (newer ones on CD). My friends would spend the night at one another's house on Friday nights, and we would pull out the videos and watch over and over (like porn hahahaha). I was a drummer, and always liked Roger. I even kept my hair cut like Nick's (cause I was also a piano player and had to represent lol). I had posters, buttons....any Tiger Beat that had them was MINE, dammit. Their music is STILL awesome!
    Come Undone and Save a Prayer are both all time favorites for their lushness....just love the eroticism of the sound!
    Hell, I still am loving the others: Rio, Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf, Notorius....I could name them all but won't!!!! I want to see them in concert...the video I saw of them from current tour.....even for guys in their later 40's/early 50's...still could perform their asses off!!!
     
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    Under all that makeup Nick had the deepest speaking voice of the lot. I nearly fell off my chair.

    Still, compared to the choreographed dance routines of the last twenty years these guys were positively butch.
     
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    Perhaps... but I'm thinking back to what all my friends thought. I'm not saying it makes sense, it's just what was.
     
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    lol...so i guess you hear them quite a bit? :biggrin1::wink:
     
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    well, i am not THAT young :wink:
     
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    LOL...kudos to you G...this was exactly the type of story i was hoping for...

    god how that "you are not allowed to like Simon" line rings true...girls would be arguing in English class about how John Taylor was not "hers" and such...LOL

    i do remember the group splintering as you said, but even still, i just remember the music not being as good after 86 or so...the "Notorious" album was nowhere near as good as "Rio"...and then i remember they were trying to be taken more seriously for the music, which kind of was dismissed by the critics.

    as for you liking Roger...i guess we all should have known from that interview :biggrin1:
     
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