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IF THERE’S A SCHISM THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE RANKS OF DURAN DURAN, IT WAS MOST OBVIOUSLY VISIBLE IN THEIR WILDLY DIFFERING SPLINTER GROUPS, THE POWER STATION AND ARCADIA. CLASSIC POP TAKES A LOOK AT THESE INTRIGUING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES…

IT WAS A QUESTION OF FILLING IN TIME, BUT THE WHOLE PROJECT GOT BIGGER AND BIGGER.

SIMON LEBON ON ARCADIA

Simon and Nick with Roger as Arcadia, the ethereal side of the Duran division: “You had the arty end and the rock end,” Roger later told The Quietus. “A kind of parting of the ways.”

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Funk rock, members of Chic, a William S Burroughs cameo and mountains of cocaine – when Duran Duran do side projects, they don’t do them by halves. Born from a band hiatus in 1984, The Power Station and Arcadia revealed two factions within the mothership, showcasing a tough rock-led approach on one hand and an art school dandyism on the other. Both John and Andy Taylor were on board for The Power Station, in essence a neat encapsulation of the bassist’s original vision for Duran as a “Sex Pistols meets Chic outfit”. With Nile Rodgers now making a name for himself as a super-producer hitmaker for the likes of Bowie and Madonna, his former Chic bandmates – drummer Tony Thompson and bassist and co-songwriter Bernard Edwards – were at a loose end and soon joined forces with the Taylors, intrigued by the musical crosspollination that was floating in the wind.

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In the latest 132-page special edition of Classic Pop Presents, we celebrate 40 years of Duran Duran. Inside, we explore the band's roots in the New Romantic movement and take an in-depth look at their phenomenal success in the Eighties when they defined the decade with a string of chart-topping hits across the globe. We also tell the story of their critical and commercial rebirth in the Nineties and bring things bang up-to-date with the band fully enshrined as elder statesmen of pop. Elsewhere, we profile the band's best albums including the timeless Rio, Seven And The Ragged Tiger and Notorious plus we look through the lens at their blockbuster videos that shaped the MTV generation. We also hear from the band themselves through numerous archive interviews as well as a rare chat with former member Stephen Duffy. For your ultimate Duran Duran playlist, Classic Pop serves up the band's Top 40 greatest songs. The music. The videos. The style. The decadence – it's an unmissable treat for any Duran Duran fan.