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The band were one of the most successful acts of the s, but by the end of the decade, membership and music style changes challenged the band before a resurgence in the early s. When the band emerged they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet and Visage. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The video age catapulted Duran Duran into the mainstream with the introduction of the hour music channel MTV. In , 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 none of the Taylors are related and lead singer Simon Le Bon. These five members featured the most commercially successful line-up.
Click here to listen while browsing Flash Player upgrade required. N EWS. Click here for more news. This weekend marks what should have been The Isle of Wight Festival , when festival goers were due to stand arm in arm in Seaclose Park, experiencing that special island atmosphere. Click here. Take note: This event will now take place in the same venue on Sunday, 13th June All tickets remain valid for the new date. AND now
Here are our top 10 best Duran Duran tracks - does your favourite feature? As the first track as a 3-piece band after the departure of Roger and Andy Taylor, this single reached a very respectable no. According to songwriter Simon Le Bon, the lyric "Who really gives a damn for a flaky bandit" was a direct dig at the departure of guitarist Andy. The track was later sampled by the rapper The Notorious B. The band started out managed by two entrepreneurial nightclub owners from Birmingham. The brothers had so much faith in the Fab Five that one even mortgaged his house in order to finance a tour, and thank goodness they did, otherwise we might not have been creating this list today! This single gave Duran Duran their first number one single in the UK. It's also one of those songs where you might have forgotten its title and prefer to call 'Please Please Tell Me Now! While it wasn't a huge hit the first time around in the States, it eventually became more well known thanks to the success of the Rio album.