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Duran Duran used to say their early goal was to merge the sounds of Chic with The Sex Pistols. While their debut isn't particularly punky, it does yoke a post-punk/new wave edge to dance grooves, with a dash of the artier end of glam rock. The results were tagged "New Romantic" by the press, and in the early '80s this style was all the rage. The atmospheric synths and thumb-slapping basslines of "Girls on Film" and the Eurodisco grooves plus rock guitar on "Planet Earth" became '80s archetypes. The pure pop glory of "Is There Something I Should Know?" (a post-album single added to the tracklist after the initial pressing) points toward the band's impending pop-idol status.

Customer Reviews

Their best album

This may be the first, but it's also the best DD album, the songs are so perfectly crafted. I am listening to Girls on Film just now. Timeless

Perfect beginning

Duran Duran steps off to a perfectly constructed start to a music career. If you want more?--check out the deluxe version of this album.

Where it all started,

Classic Duran for the first 3 albums. The first 2 being the strongest. This might be my favorite.


Formed: 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Duran Duran personified new wave for much of the mainstream audience. And for good reason. Duran Duran's reputation was built through music videos, which accentuated their fashion-model looks and glamorous sense of style. Without music videos, it's likely that their pop-funk -- described by the group as the Sex Pistols-meet-Chic -- would never have made them international pop stars. While Duran Duran did have sharper pop sensibilities than their new romantic contemporaries like Spandau Ballet and...
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