Duran Duran - Duran Duran


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Duran Duran - Duran Duran
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Studio album by
 Duran Duran
Released 15 June 1981
Recorded December 1980
Studio Red Bus Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Utopia Studio and Chipping Norton Recording Studios
Genre
  • New wave
  • synth-pop
  • dance-rock
Length 39:42
Label EMI
Producer Colin Thurston
Duran Duran chronology
  Duran Duran
(1981)
Rio
(1982)
 
Singles from Duran Duran
  1. "Planet Earth"
    Released: 2 February 1981
  2. "Careless Memories"
    Released: 20 April 1981
  3. "Girls On Film"
    Released: 13 July 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10

 

  "Duran Duran" is the debut studio album by English new wave band Duran Duran. It was released on 15 June 1981 by EMI.

The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart and remained in the UK top 100 for 118 weeks, achieving platinum status by December 1982. The initial US release was unsuccessful, though the album was reissued there in 1983 following the success of the band's second album, "Rio", reached number 10 on the US Billboard 200, and spent 87 weeks on that chart. "Duran Duran" was certified platinum (a shipment of one million units) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in June 1985.

 

Contents

Production

The band was influenced by a variety of musical styles and sounds, including David Bowie, Roxy Music, Giorgio Moroder and Chic, to a sound that has been described as "space-age keyboards, post-punk guitars, disco-inspired bass lines and Le Bon's vocal croon – which was at times yelping and enthusiastic, and at other times mysterious and edgy – collided for a decidedly modern sound."

The most apparent and obvious influence, yet never authorized or acknowledged, is Japan, whose song title alone "Gentlemen Take Polariods" lends a distinct kinship to their track title "Girls On Film". The hair stylings and wardrobe are almost unmistakably out of Japan's repertoire.

The album was formally recorded in December 1980 at various recording studios in London (as well as Chipping Norton Studios) with record producer Colin Thurston, shortly after Duran Duran signed their record deal with EMI. In interviews, the band has recalled the struggle to continue recording after hearing of the murder of John Lennon on 8 December.

Music videos for "Planet Earth" and "Careless Memories" were also filmed in December.

 

Singles

The first single of the band's career was "Planet Earth" (released on 2 February 1981), which reached No. 12 on the UK charts.

The band followed up with the release of "Careless Memories" on 20 April 1981, but it only reached UK No. 37.

The third single from this album was the most successful. "Girls On Film", released 13 July, went to No. 5 in the UK. The video for the single was directed by Godley and Creme and was filmed in August, just two weeks after MTV was launched in the United States, before anyone knew what an impact the music channel would have on the industry. The raunchy "soft porn" video which featured semi-naked women created an uproar and a heavily edited "day version" was aired on MTV (though the uncut version did receive regular airings on the Playboy Channel), and the band enjoyed and capitalized on the controversy.

 

Track listing

Original 1981 release

All tracks are written by Duran Duran.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Girls on Film" 3:32
2. "Planet Earth" 3:57
3. "Anyone Out There" 4:03
4. "To the Shore" 3:50
5. "Carlesss Memories" 3:56
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Night Boat" 5:26
7. "Sound of Thunder" 4:07
8. "Friends of Mine" 5:46
9. "Tel Aviv" 5:22

 

 

 

 

Duran Duran - Duran Duran

UK EMI Records EMC 3372 stereo (1981) 1st UK press.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original printed inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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