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Duran Duran
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1. Girls On Film

2. Planet Earth

3. Anyone Out There

4. To The Shore

5. Careless Memories

6. The Night Boat

7. Sound Of Thunder

8. Friends Of Mine

9. Tel Aviv

Performer Notes
  • Duran Duran: Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor.
  • Along with Spandau Ballet, Visage, and others, Duran Duran led the early-'80s charge of the New Romantics, a movement heavily inspired by the fashion-conscious, synth-colored art-school antics of Bowie and Roxy Music. Duran Duran and their peers updated that sound for a new decade, adopting punk's DIY attitude and helping to give birth to dance-rock along the way by adding a disco-ish beat.
  • Subsequent releases would find the band moving more toward straight pop, becoming simultaneously less dance-oriented and less arty. The 1981 debut, however, is full of thumping, club-friendly beats and long, atmospheric tunes full of extended synthesizer-centered interludes. The fact that the boys were pop-savvy enough to add irresistible choruses to "Girls on Film," "Careless Memories," and "Planet Earth" doesn't hurt matters.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/4/03, p.146) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Simultaneously atmospheric and dance-floor-directed...a synth-rock blueprint..."

Q (10/03, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Naturally, it's all terribly glamorous..."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.8) - Ranked #19 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
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