Saturday, April 04, 2015

D is for Duran Duran

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is the 80s. Today's letter is:



When I was in middle school, there was a band that all the girls were talking about. They were (dare I say) bigger than One Direction. Unlike One Direction, they even played their own instruments. The band?


This was the picture I knew best. I even had it on the cover of the folder I used at school every day. My crush was on the one in the middle (Simon LeBon):


Admittedly, the band does have a VERY 80s look. Especially here.


Duran Duran was among the most successful bands of the decade, ushering in what was termed, "The second British invasion." (The Beatles, of course, being the first.) They were compared to The Beatles at the time, but One Direction has been, as well. Let's just agree...there will never be another Beatles.


Still, Duran Duran had some major hits. Girls loved them. Guys liked their music. Then they split up and we were left with hair bands for the rest of the decade.


Thanks a lot, Duran Duran.

But they just signed a contract with Warner Music, so they're still going after all these years. Unfortunately, they peaked somewhere around this video:



Did you have a music crush growing up?

87 comments:

  1. I love Duran Duran :) Saw them live in the 90s - I think it was the 90s, might have been very early 2000s - I forget. What I do remember is how there were all of us from the 80s wearing 80s gear and all these youngsters in their current fashions :).
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I saw them in the 90s, too. I remember after the concert, we were still standing around talking and some guy came over and handed a group of pretty girls carnations. Then those girls followed the guy backstage. I'm sure even today, they're still drawing beautiful women to their shows.

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  2. Can't say I had a music crush, but have surely heard them. Enjoy a few of their songs

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    1. Yeah, even if you didn't grow up during that time, they're music still plays today occasionally.

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  3. OMG - Talk about old school! (lol) I remember dancing and singing along with this awesome band and oh, how we loved their hair! My band crushes had to be New Kids on the Block, Eurthymics, Earth, Wind & Fire. Fun topic! Hugs...www.intheknowwithro.blogspot.com

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    1. Now that's a wide range of bands!

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  4. They had an album twenty years ago that had a big hit on it.
    Sorry, wasn't really a fan. Too pop-light for me. Yes, I was into those hair metal bands. And I can even name the band in the photo - Nitro. (They sucked though.)

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    1. Hungry Like the Wolf, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know...there were a bunch of hits from their albums Rio and Duran Duran.

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  5. I was obsessed with Duran Duran! My favorite was John Taylor (far right in first pic). I played their albums constantly and loved their videos. Looking back, I still think it was good music.

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    1. All my friends liked John Taylor. I didn't like guys with long hair even as a kid. I was pretty adamant about that.

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  6. They were almost gone at the end of the 80s when I grew old enough to register music :) but I remember loving WILD BOYS video because it was MAD MAX style :)
    I loved OMD, PET SHOP BOYS, ERASURE, Cyndi Lauper and Belinda Carlisle in that decade.

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    1. Both Union of the Snake and Wild Boys had some cool videos. I started to link Wild Boys instead...I can't remember why I chose this one.

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  7. I remember Duran Duran from my teenage sons being obsessed with them and wanting to dress like them but I liked their music also. I was more obsessed with the Beatles and bought all their albums.

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    1. They definitely brought in that whole "New Wave" movement with odd European hairstyles and clothing choices!

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  8. REO Speedwagon and Air Supply were my favorites!

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    1. My husband liked them. It's funny--by my generation they were playing on adult contemporary stations so they weren't "cool" anymore. I'm sure that was the case for the generation after mine and mid-80s music. The last generation's music heads straight for the radio station you hear at the dentist's office!

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  9. I adore Duran Duran - Wild Boys is one of my fav ever songs (and vids) - it was actually written to match the concept for the video. I always fancied Nick Rhodes :)

    Although, my biggest music crush when I was growing up was Morten Harket from A-ha.

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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    1. That's interesting. I didn't know that! Someone posted on Facebook that A-ha is reuniting--was that you?!

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  10. i did enjoy their music. my music crush was a few years earlier - steve perry of journey.

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    1. My best friend in 8th grade was in love with Steve Perry. We had "which one is cutest" battles all the time. When I saw her again a few years after high school, she brought up again how Steve Perry is cuter than Simon LeBon. I'd forgotten all about it...but 8th grade was when I had that folder with their picture on it, I remember.

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  11. I loved Duran Duran and Simon too. Then again, I had Corey and Corey on my walls too! *LOL* Have a happy Easter.

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    1. I thought Corey Hart when you wrote that--then I realized you meant Corey Haim and Feldman!

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  12. I can see why you were in love with Simon . I was born in 1984 so I guess my music crushes would be Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys. Thanks for stopping by my kindness lists!

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  13. I could go on and on and on about this! I LOVED Simon Le Bon. When they went "out" I immediately transferred my love to Jon Bon Jovi. That gave way to Stephen Pearcy from Ratt, Brett Michaels from Poison, and numerous others from far too many hair bands to count. I still love Duran Duran's music, although I can't really say the same for a lot of the hairbands.

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    1. I think a lot of people jumped from Duran Duran to Bon Jovi. After Duran Duran split up and did those separate projects, they lost a lot of fans. But they probably would have lost us anyway--we were growing up and finding new interests.

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  14. We are of one mind on the Beatles!

    I've been working on my son's musical repertoire - directing him towards some of Duran Duran's later stuff (Ordinary World, Come Undone). Frequently, I steer him towards classics and things I like. Hey, I'm the one who has to listen to that amp...

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    1. Yes, I could see how their later work was a little more artistic. They weren't quite as controlled by the record labels and producers by then, I'm sure.

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  15. I had music idols when I was a teenager and I used to buy the magazine featuring the artist but I can't remember what it was called... I enjoyed dancing to the beat of Duran Duran music. I haven't been to a dance in ages.
    Happy Easter weekend.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I was going through them when I wrote one of the posts that will be up later in the month! We had Teen Beat, Tiger Beat--I think there was one called Bop? Something like that...

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  16. So many 80s bands come to mind. I liked many of them, but it was during the turn of the decade that I fell in love with the New Kids on the Block. Holy cow, I was their biggest fan!! :)

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    1. So cute! I worked as a DJ at my college radio station when their first album was out. Someone had it labeled as popular and I had no idea what it was, but I started playing their music. Soon after, we were no longer able to pick what music we played--we had to play what was popular--but it was fun having the freedom to just guess which song on the album was the one to play!

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  17. I think I still have some Duran Duran tapes somewhere. I did love to hear them go at it.

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    1. They might be worth money these days.

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  18. Oh my-The 80's were my university days so I remember dancing to them in many a bar. I have to laugh because, in the 80's I thought the style the best and would never be seen as "Oh that's so '80's" Boy was I wrong. I never had a crush on any band leader or singer-most of them I found either to ugly (Stephen Tyler or Mick Jagger) or too girlie looking (Leif Erickson). I am loving this walk in the past-this is fun

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    1. Leif Erikson...what a mess! I remember thinking Andy Gibb was cute when I was too young to know what that really was. He was the original idea for the lead in Xanadu and the guy they picked looked a lot like him (although not quite as good looking), so maybe that was why.

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  19. No crushes on musicians, but film...Tom Selleck.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. I never liked Tom Selleck--I think it was the mustache! I didn't get into the mustache thing...ever.

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  20. Who in the world with any sanity would compare One Direction to The Beatles???? I guess maybe in the sense of popularity among adolescent girls, but NOT their music. Another blogger I follow found where they overlaid 1D songs over songs from years ago and they pretty much stole all their music. And that's only one of many reasons they are nothing like The Beatles. Ugh!

    Anyway, love Duran Duran even now. I never had a crush on any of them (I don't think I knew what they looked like!), but I always loved their music and still do. Rio is my favorite.

    I did have a mega crush on Michael Jackson when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I'm sure there were others. I can't think of them at the moment. I'm old and all ...

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    1. Oh kids today. To quote my stepdaughter, "Elton John was in the Beatles, right?"

      They just have no idea. I think it's human nature for younger generations to think their stuff is best.

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    2. LOL

      OK. I can see youngsters who don't know better making that comparison. I mean, I was in love with New Kids on the Block when I was 13. Now I hear them and my ears bleed a little. But any adults making the comparison need to be locked in a room with nothing but 1D music to listen to for a week. lol

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    3. LOL, true. No, adults are the ones arguing with them that One Direction is nothing like the Beatles. Although, I have to admit I argued with my parents that Duran Duran was better than The Beatles when I was a kid. The media was comparing the mania of Duran Duran to Beatlemania in the 80s--but Elvis and The Beatles came first...and you can never beat the ones who pioneered everything.

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  21. Oh man. Hansen. I was an awkward sophomore in high school, and Hansen was my JAM.


    Please don't tell my husband. I might not live that one down ;)

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    1. And one of those guys married a fan. I saw that story on TV and thought it was the coolest thing. That never happens!

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  22. My older brothers defined my music crushes. Much older brothers. The Beatles, The Who...

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    1. I had a younger sister and she was into Madonna...I would borrow her albums when she wasn't using them!

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  23. I've just admitted in a comment on my own post today that I don't remember very many of their songs at all! I was more a a-ha girl, but I know they were only a one hit wonder in the US. They had several albums in the UK and Europe, and are actually reforming for a few gigs next year. Not sure I can get to them though :-(

    I had the top group photo as a poster on my wall. My DD crush was the one of the right of Simon le Bon, but I've forgotten which one he is!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. Dark-haired guy or redhead? The dark-haired guy was Andy Taylor. The redhead was Nick Rhodes, I think? Stretching the boundaries of my memory... I thought Roger (other dark-headed guy) was second place to Simon in cuteness but he dropped out of the band to go be a farmer or something weird.

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  24. When I saw "Duran Duran," I immediately had to smile. That's the whole decade, right there! :) I was a John Taylor girl myself.

    I also had a crush on two of the members of A-ha. And Ritchie Sambora from Bon Jovi. Jon, however, has aged much better.

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    1. I would say John Taylor probably had more girl fans than any of them. Yeah, Jon Bon Jovi has held up well, although he showed up on the red carpet for the SNL reunion with gray hair. That was a little scary! He still looked young, just with gray hair. Maybe he heard "granny hair" is in!

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  25. Duran Duran had a distinctive sound. I liked some of their music but not all. Even so, hearing the song on the video sure does bring back memories! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. I know--I listened to that song far too many times as a kid!

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  26. I've heard they're really big during their time. I, well, it's the Backstreet boys for me. :P

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    1. You seem even too young to have been around for Backstreet Boys!

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  27. Duran Duran...yes! I still rock out to their music. ;)

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    1. Every time I hear one of their songs it takes me back!

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  28. Duran Duran was the epitome of 80s music, in my opinion. Probably my favorite 80s band was Pseudo Echo. My interests in music diversified in the late 80s, so I was also a big fan of Bon Jovi, Guns and Roses.

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    1. I always found Axel Rose's voice odd. Like a whiny granny. It reminds me of Adam Sandler when he's being goofy!

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  29. Oh wow does this bring back some memories! I haven't listened to them in ages. I didn't really have any band crushes growing up, though there were plenty I enjoyed :)

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    1. Seemed that movie/TV stars and musicians were my crushes before I wanted to admit any of the boys around me were cute!

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  30. I remember having a big crush on Britney Spears in the late 90's.

    Not anymore lol

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    1. Yeah...she kind of went off track at some point!

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  31. Oh gosh, I would be embarrassed to say who a music crush would be for two reasons, to show how hold I was, LOL, and then because of who it might have been. Let's just say there was a TV show that the pretend family sang and perhaps the name of the family resembled a Christmas bird.

    I do remember Duran Duran from the 1980s; did enjoy their music!

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    1. Haha. I think a lot of people liked him. I remember watching a lot of the Brady Bunch but I never thought the guys on there were cute. Probably because they really were kind of dorky even for back then!

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  32. Oh man. I'd totally forgotten about Duran Duran.

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    1. I still listen to a lot of 80s music.

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  33. I shamefully admit I never listened to much Duran Duran... or hair bands (thankfully?) I was too ear-deep in Tom Petty, Men at Work, and Dire Straits to pay much attention to anything else... haha!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
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    1. Those were all great bands, too!

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  34. I had too many music crushes... the list would be crazy endless due to my massive love of music over the years xox ... Happy Easter Stephanie xox

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    1. LOL, sounds like it brings you great joy and that's all that matters.

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  35. I loved Duran Duran but my biggest crush in the 80's was Def Leppard and Europe.

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    1. I liked Def Leppard's and Europe's music...I was weird about men with long hair, though!

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  36. I was obsessed with them through about 1992. They didn't actually "break up". Two members left the band while the other three continued on. Simon was my favorite, too.

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    1. Sorry--by "split up," I meant part of them joined Power Station and the rest formed Arcadia. They split up temporarily to "pursue separate projects" and by the time they came back together, most of us had lost interest. I still love Power Station's music, though!

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  37. The the big hair band thing is Duran Duran's fault. I did not know that. :)

    They were the very first cassette I got. The Reflex was my favorite song back then. Oh, those were the days. :)

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    1. Haha...not really. The hair band thing started long before the 80s. I actually cover them later this month...under Q. I think Kiss really kicked "glam rock" into gear in the 70s!

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  38. The first album I ever bought (on cassette tape) myself was Duran Duran Arena. I was in love with Simon, too, but later decided John Taylor was hotter. Either way, they were absolutely my favorite band in 7th and 8th grade. I recently bought Arena on vinyl and still like it now and then when I'm in an 80's mood. I kind of like their recent single from the James Bond movie, too.

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  39. My wife was once on the same flight in to Heathrow airport as Duran Duran. She didn't really know who they were, but was absolutely stunned by the huge crowd of screaming young women - I think they were known as Durannies - waiting at the airport for the band's return to the UK.

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  40. No crushes on musicians until Heart came along when I was in High School. Had I been older, I might have had a crush on Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.

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  41. Those are some impressive hairstyles. I did have some boy band crushes from 90s, lol

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  42. I sleep under a vintage framed poster of them! I've also got all their Eighties stuff on vinyl, though haven't gotten any of their Nineties or Aughts albums yet (in spite of having The Wedding Album on my favorites list on Spotify). A decade ago, I would never have dreamt of not buying an album I like, but now I'm cool with regularly listening to it for free. My favorite songs of theirs include "The Seventh Stranger," "To the Shore," "Lonely in Your Nightmare," and "My Antarctica."

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  43. Duran Duran is a great 80's band.
    For me, Earth, Wind & Fire have to be one of the greatest. Their songs are timeless.

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  44. Duran Duran were Jenna's favorite growing up and they are Amara's favorite group to karaoke to -- Hungry Like a Wolf!

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  45. Fantastic band! Music that stands the test of time. Love it. Great post.

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  46. Duran Duran did some great music. "Ordinary World" is one of my favorite songs ever.

    Arlee Bird
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  47. If you were to be accurate they peaked at A View To A Kill & that was the cutoff. After that it was ups and downs of making a lot of experimental interesting music some brilliant some not so much but they have been on a very good run lately.

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