Duran Duran

Taking their name from a character in the 1968 sci-fi movie Barbarella, Duran Duran embraced the new video age with a vengeance, marrying glam fashion with new wave power and a sharp pop sensibility that produced a string of synth-pop hits that came to embody the culture of the 1980s. Originally formed by John Taylor and Roger Taylor in Birmingham, England in 1978, they went through various line-ups before building a devoted fanbase with a residency at Birmingham's Rum Runner Club when the two Taylors were joined by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and a third unrelated Taylor, Andy. In 1980, they toured with Hazel O'Connor, were signed to EMI and broke into the charts with debut single "Planet Earth." Helped by innovative promotional videos, their multi-media approach made them both teen pop heroes and art-rock innovators with a string of hits like "Girls on Film," (1981) "Save a Prayer," and "Rio" (1982). They diversified through the 1990s, but remain in big demand when they go out on tour. The band released their 13th studio album in 2010, All You Need Is Now, which was produced by Mark Ronson and gave them their 13th Top 20 album, peaking at Number 11 on the UK Albums Chart. 14th studio album, Paper Gods, came out in September 2015, produced by Mr Hudson, Joshua Blair, along with Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson. The LP went to Number 5 in the UK, giving them their ninth Top 5 album. In 2021, Duran Duran unleashed their 15th studio album, Future Past, which peaked at Number 3 in the UK. Co-produced by the band alongside Mark Ronson, Giorgio Moroder and Erol Alkan, the record featured guest appearances from Tove Lo, Ivorian Doll, Chai and Mike Garson, with guitar from Blur's Graham Coxon. The band looked to Halloween as the inspiration for their sixteenth album, Danse Macabre, which was released in October 2023 and featured guest appearances from Nile Rodgers and Victoria De Angelis of MÃ¥neskin.

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