Duran Duran (English rock band)

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Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US. 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 have sold over 70 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: two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. They were also 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 than was standard at the time. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

The group was formed by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, with the later addition of drummer Roger Taylor, and after numerous personnel changes, guitarist Andy Taylor and lead singer Simon Le Bon. These five members featured in their most commercially successful line-up. The group has never disbanded, but after separation of Andy Taylor in 1986, the line-up has changed to include former Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1989 to 2001 and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band's fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band once again in mid-2006, and guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player and touring member.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Duran Duran 3.5 16
1982 Rio (album) 3.8 16
1983 Seven and the Ragged Tiger 4 9
1986 Notorious 2 6
1988 Big Thing 2 8
1990 Liberty 2 2
1993 Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) 3 9
1995 Thank You 2 6
1997 Medazzaland 3 4
2000 Pop Trash 3 5
2004 Astronaut 3 9
2007 Red Carpet Massacre 3 4
2010 All You Need Is Now 4 8
2015 Paper Gods 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Master Mixes 3
1989 Decade 5 7
1991 The 12" Collection 1
1998 Greatest 4 9
2000 Best of the 80's: Duran Duran 1
2007 The Essential Collection 2
2011 10 Great Songs 1
2012 The Biggest and the Best 1
12'' Collection, Part 2 1
Acoustic World 1
B-Sides Ourselves 1
Golden Collection 2001 1
Hits 1
The Best of Duran Duran 1
The Collection 1
The Very Best 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Strange Behavior 2
1998 Essential Duran Duran (Night Versions) 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Arena 5 6
2005 Live From London 4
2009 Hammersmith '82! 1
2012 Live 2011: A Diamond in the Mind 1
Storytellers 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Strange Behaviour 2
2006 Nice 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Careless Memories 2
1981 My Own Way 3
1981 Girls on Film 4
1981 Planet Earth 3
1982 Hungry Like the Wolf 3
1982 Save a Prayer 3
1982 Rio 3
1983 Is There Something I Should Know? 4
1983 Union of the Snake 2
1983 The Reflex 3
1984 New Moon on Monday 2

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