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BOYS ON FILM

MUD WRESTLING! YACHTS! MAD MAX-STYLE DYSTOPIA! DURAN DURAN’S LEGENDARY VIDEOS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN MAKING THEM GLOBAL SUPERSTARS. WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THEIR 2D CAREER…

Few would argue that Duran Duran’s contribution to the visual iconography of the Eighties is almost peerless. Like Michael Jackson and Madonna, they embraced the new medium of the pop video and chartered new waters with ever-more ambitious productions, from the Indiana Jones-style adventure of Hungry Like The Wolf to the playboy thrills of Rio and the post-apocalyptic Mad Max chaos of The Wild Boys.

Their matinee-idol good looks, a not inconsiderable acting ability within their ranks, a raft of nailed-on pop classics and an ambition to work with some of the most creative visual minds of their generation made for the perfect recipe. Grabbing the opportunity that the burgeoning MTV platform presented, Duran Duran effortlessly surpassed the performance video conservativeness of many of their peers to push the genre relentlessly forward. Truly, MTV and Duran Duran were a match made in satellite heaven.

Speaking to Mark Ronson in the recent BBC documentary There’s Something You Should Know, John Taylor explains: “When we first came to New York, I remember our managers meeting with these guys that were putting MTV together and they were like ‘We can’t play Stairway To Heaven all day like we do on the radio. We need to get into new music. It would be great if you guys could give us something.’”

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Key to the band’s small screen success was director Russell Mulcahy and the soon-to-be legendary videomaking team of former 10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. Australian director Mulcahy had already made his mark with Buggles’ Video Killed The Radio Star, but it was his collaborations with Duran Duran that cemented his legacy as one of the most important music promo directors of the Eighties. He would eventually hook up with Duran on no less than 10 occasions.

Duran Duran’s spectacular video oeuvre careers through multiple genres – adventure travelogues, action flicks, high-fashion send-ups and much more besides
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About Classic Pop Presents

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.