DURAN DURAN FACTS:
Members: Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor
Genre: Pop Rock
Hometown: Birmingham, England
Albums: Duran Duran (1981); Rio (1982); Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983); Arena (1984); Notorious (1986); Big Thing (1988); Liberty (1990); Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) (1993); Thank You (1995); Medazzaland (1997); Pop Trash (2000); Astronaut (2004); Red Carpet Massacre (2007); All You Need Is Now (2010)
Awards: 2 Grammy Awards
Hits: "Hungry Like the Wolf" "The Reflex" "The Wild Boys" "A View to a Kill" "Ordinary World"
Other: John Taylor was the model for the main character Dante in the Devil May Cry series of video games.
What began as a club band in Birmingham, England in 1978 would go on to become one of the biggest hitmakers of the 1980's and become the forefront of the Second British Invasion. Originally formed by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, the band's early days saw a great deal of musicians come and go. Iconic lead singer Simon Le Bon would join up about a year later. Eventually the "Fab Five" of Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Roger Taylor would hit UK charts with their debut album, Duran Duran.
What followed was a string of hit albums and top 10 hits. Considered part of the "New Romantic" movement at first, a genre not well identified in the US, Duran Duran did not make an immediate splash overseas. That quickly changed as they found traction on US dance charts with singles like "Hungry Like The Wolf" and a reissue of "Rio." The growing popularity of MTV solidified their success, introducing the band to a throng of followers and bringing them firmly into the pop charts.
They reached the height of their popularity in the mid-80's, performing at the Live Aid benefit concert before 90,000 people and releasing the title track to the Bond film A View to a Kill. Members would depart soon after, and, as the 90's began, the era of Duran Duran's signature pop sound would fade, taken over by emerging grunge sound. During the remainder of the 90s, the bands line-up would shift a number of times, though there was never any formal breakup.
2001 saw a reunion of the Fab Five and a celebration of their 25th anniversary in 2003. They found additional success on the charts with the release of the album Astronaut in 2004. The classic line did not last, as Andy Taylor would depart once more in 2006. An interesting side note: none of the three Taylors in the band are any relation to one another.
Since first hitting the scene, Duran Duran inspired many musicians and shaped their musical styles, leaving an indelable mark on modern popular music. As quartet, Duran Duran continues to tour and release new albums. Legions of fans both new and old crowd venues the world over to hear the signature sounds of Simon le Bon and the band.
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