Twenty years since their pop music debut, Duran Duran issued another greatest-hits collection. As if 1989's Decade weren't stellar enough, this select package was much more solid. Greatest showcased the band's early days of glam rock décor and new romanticism to the alluring sophistication Duran Duran exuded throughout the '90s. The typical synth-powered pop hits are included – "Girls on Film," "Rio," "A View to a Kill" – as well as the signature ballads – "Save a Prayer" – but it might also receive criticism due to its chronological disarray. Still, that gives no reason to fret, for other goodies can be found throughout. The much-neglected "New Moon on Monday" is featured, as well as the band's mature eclecticism of such songs from the self-titled Wedding Album – "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone." The band's experimentation with new millennium electronica found on "Electric Barbarella" again refocuses on Simon LeBon as the center of the band.
This behind the scenes look at the making of British band Duran Duran's seminal album Rio features commentary from the band, their producers, and music journalists like Beverley Glick, breaking down the writing and recording process song-by-song. The program also includes footage from a live performance by the band in Boston.
Duran Duran personified new wave for much of the mainstream audience. And for good reason, too. Duran Duran's reputation was built through music videos, which accentuated their fashion-model looks and glamorous sense of style.
In the 80s Duran Duran were the most successful new romantic band of the “second British Invasion”, helped by their stylish and sexually charged videos which received heavy play on MTV.Formed in 1978 by John Taylor (bass) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards) in Birmingham, England, their most successful line-up also included Simon Le Bon (vocals), Andy Taylor (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums). Between 1980 and 1983 they released three albums, Duran Duran (1981, re-released in the US in 1983), their best LP Rio (1982), and Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983). These three albums spawned eight hit singles.
Duran Duran’s debut eponymous album has just been given an overhaul nearly 30 years (yikes!) after it first hit the shelves (vinyl and cassette!!). This was the album that catapulted the boys from New Romantic wannabees in Birmingham clubs to pop stars. The album really stands the testament of time, especially the three singles – 'Planet Earth’, 'Girls on Film’ and 'Careless Memories’. As well as these singles the album has some more great quality tracks including 'Night Boat’ and 'Anyone Out there’ – both could have been singles.
The package is much more than just a re-mastering of the album. CD1 also includes all the b-sides, whilst CD2 has various unreleased and rare tracks including early demo’s which are a great alternate versions – Girls on Film and Planet earth both sounding particularly raw but at the same time retaining much of the electronica accompaniment.
Then to top it all comes the DVD, including the infamous banned 'soft porn’ video for Girls on Film, produced by Godley and Creme. You alos get the 'clean’ version, some TOTP appearances and even a bit of Swap Shop as well.
Duran Duran came out of Birmingham and conquered the world during the 1980s. Originally a New Romantic band in full make-up and cossack pants, they rapidly became bedroom pin-ups for a generation of teenage girls. Led by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, Duran Duran dominated the British and American charts in the mid 1980s with classic singles such as Rio, Save a Prayer and Wild Boys. Pioneers of the MTV-style promo video - from the X-rated Girls on Film to Raiders of the Lost Ark spoof Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran were the 80s equivalent of the Beatles in America and outsold Spandau Ballet and Wham! in their pomp. 60 million records later, Le Bon and Rhodes are seen touring America with their Pop Trash project from the early 2000s. The documentary reflects on the heady heights of Duran Duran's career, the cracks in their make-up plus the effects of sex, drugs and fame on ordinary boys from working class backgrounds. Apart from the key Durannies - Le Bon, Rhodes and John Taylor - the programme also features celebrity interviews with Debbie Harry, Yasmin Le Bon, Duran Duran managers Paul and Michael Berrow, Claudia Schiffer, Nile Rodgers and Lou Reed.