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Duran Duran

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Birmingham, England (1978 – present)

Duran Duran (named after a character in Roger Vadim’s sci-fi classic, Barbarella) is an band that was part of the movement of the and . Created by Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (bass) in Birmingham, England in 1978, it later add took in Roger Taylor (drums), Andy Taylor (guitar), and Simon Le Bon (lead vocals). The band has sold more than 70 million records over their more than 25 years of existence, making them one of the best-selling groups in history.

Their songs are often , hook-laden pieces that have fared well on the radio, but what many remember best about Duran Duran is their iconic music videos. Though many of the videos were tongue-in-cheek, the band has never quite escaped the glamorous and decadent ‘jet set’ image that their early videos projected. Their flashy outfits and strident, influenced music showed an immense debt to English artists such as David Bowie and Roxy Music, yet the band grasped a sense of their own identity and became one of the keystones of the movement.

Their first singer and one of their original founding members was Stephen Duffy, and their original bassist was Simon Colley. Several drummers and guitarists were subsequently tried, as well as a handful of vocalists, after Duffy left Duran Duran early in 1979. The band felt that they had something special with vocalist Simon Le Bon, and the group smashed into the scene shortly afterwards when “Planet Earth”, their debut single, was released on 2 February 1981.

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