Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, Duran Duran derived their name from the villain Durand Durand in the Jane Fonda Barbarella science fiction movie. After some tinkering of the line-up, their first established themselves during 1980, after touring with Hazel O’Connor. This earned them a recording contract, and the following year saw the start of their chart domination that would last for most of the 80s. The huge popularity they enjoyed in the UK was matched by success in America, and in several other countries around the world. Their slick, synthesizer-heavy sound saw them associated with the new romantic movement, and they coupled strong, catchy pop songs with high budget music videos to boost their popularity. During the mid-80s, they looked to be winding down, despite their still-huge popularity, as members pursued various side-projects. As the 80s wore on, their popularity had declined significantly, and critics began to turn on them. With various line-ups, they continued through the 90s, enjoying occasional success. The line-up reverted to the original five members in 2001, although Andy Taylor left the band after their 2004 album Astronaut.
Followers: Barenaked Ladies, Britney Spears, Tears For Fears, Mansun, The Bravery, The Killers, Scissor Sisters
Influenced By: David Bowie, Roxy Music, Gary Newman, Japan...