Duran Duran

Formed 1978.
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John Taylor from Duran Duran - Tracks Of My Years

Duran Duran's bassist John Taylor picks his Tracks of My Years.

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Duran Duran are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and according to the Sunday Mercury, they have sold more than 100 million records.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene along with bands such as Spandau Ballet when they first emerged, the band later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image. The band has won a number of awards throughout their career, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band's controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

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  1. Review of All You Need Is Now

    All You Need Is Now 2011

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    The best Duran Duran album for 18 years.
  2. Review of Red Carpet Massacre

    Red Carpet Massacre 2007

    Reviewed by Al Spicer
    The Brummie new romantics return again with a great album...