Friday, 13 July 2012

Music Spotlight: Duran Duran

Artist Spotlight: Duran Duran 

Origin: Birmingham, England
Years Active: 1978-Present
Albums released: 13
Claim to fame: Single "Girls on Film" (1981)

Successful parenting is finding 80's music on your kid's iPod. -Anonymous

I absolutely agree one hundred percent that any parent should gain a trophy if their children have decent 80's music on their iPods. Growing up with various bands from the era, what I would consider truly successful parenting would be to have bands such as Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Journey, and none other than Duran Duran on their iPod. Duran Duran has been a big part of my life growing up that I have even vowed to name one of my children Rio after their 1980 hit "Rio"

Originating in England, Duran Duran was one of the most popular 1980's bands. They were so popular that they ended up having 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, but even more than that have sold over 100 million records. An astonishing feat considering most people at the time thought their lyrics and music videos were "controversial." This little flaw however did not stunt their growth in the music world. Controversial isn't the word I would peg Duran Duran as, although on the sexy side they never shook their hips like Elvis Presley once did.   Although the video of "Hungry like the Wolf" could be construed as "controversial," it seems that it is very tame given some of today's more popular music videos. 

Even though their spark may have faded in the early nineties, and caused a break up of the infamous band, the band has recently rejoined, and are releasing music. Even though the sound of the band today is quite different from back in the day their most recent record, "All You Need is Now" hit the No. 1 spot on download charts in 15 different countries on iTunes.  

All You Need is Now has a distinct difference than earlier songs from Duran Duran, even though they have tamed down the content in their videos, they are still popular for their "controversy".

Earlier this year it was released that Duran Duran would be performing at the Opening Ceremony for the Summer Olympics, which are being held in London, England. Excited and somewhat anxious to see what the band will choose to perform at this monumental performance.

With this huge ceremony ahead of them, I'm hoping that this is not bringing the end of Duran Duran's career. I believe they still have great potential, and will be entertaining audiences for years to come with their up-beat pop culture music. Who knows, maybe our children will even be seeing them play live thirty years from now. Here's hoping...

- Teresa Curtis


Not a fan of Duran Duran but I love this article. I'd love to see more like this!

Great article. I love Duran Duran and hope they'll continue with the great music forever!

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