Duran Duran - Skin Trade (1987)

This is an excellent live performance and Simon le Bon's vocals are on top form here. You can watch the official video on the main Duran Duran page.

Skin Trade was the second track to be released from the Notorious album, and the band's 15th single release overall. Released in February 1987, the song peaked at a disappointing #22 in the UK and only #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, although it made #3 in Italy.

Skin Trade was the first Duran Duran single not to make the Top 10 since My Own Way in 1981 (which reached #14 in the UK), and the change of style and direction probably have had something to do with this and it didn't go down too well with some fans, although some grew to like it. They could have chosen a better designer for the single cover, too!

The next single Meet El Presidente was the last single to be released from the Notorious album and didn't fair any better, peaking at #24 in the UK, but they were still breaking into the Top 30, at least.

Duran Duran - Skin Trade - Vinyl Sleeve front

Skin Trade - Vinyl Sleeve

  
Duran Duran in thje 1980s