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80s Singles Discography
1981 Planet Earth #12
1981 Careless Memories #37
1981 Girls On Film #5
1981 My Own Way #14
1982 Hungry Like The Wolf #5
1982 Save A Prayer #2
1982 Rio #9
1983 Is There Something I Should Know? #1
1983 Union Of The Snake #3
1984 New Moon On Monday #9
1984 The Reflex #1
1984 The Wild Boys #2
1985 A View To A Kill (James Bond Theme) #2
1986 Notorious #7
1987 Skin Trade #22
1987 Meet El Presidente #24
1988 I Don't Want Your Love #14
1988 All She Wants Is #9
1989 Do You Believe In Shame #30
1989 Burning The Ground #31
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So what was your favourite Duran Duran single? For me, that's extremely hard to answer, but I'll go with The Reflex as we used to sing it all the time during my final year at school.
Quite obviously, Duran Duran were one of the most successful bands of the 80's. They released no less than five albums between 1981 and 1988, and had 21 Top 40 hit singles in the UK (8 of these being Top 5) during this period alone. Their first three albums all went 3x multi-platinum.
There first single "Planet Earth" was released in 1981 and was taken from the self-titled album "Duran Duran". Many critics thought their career was over when the second single "Careless Memories" only managed to reach No.37 in the UK charts.
However, the critics were proved wrong when the third single "Girls On Film" hit No.5.
The next album "Rio" - released in 1982 - was extremely successful with four more hit singles taken from it. "My Own Way" released before the album in late 1981 reached No.14, followed by "Hungry Like the Wolf" (No.5), "Save A Prayer" (No.2) and "Rio" which reached No.9. The glamour and excess in the video for Rio has to be one of the most memorable moments from the eighties.
The third album "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" also went multi-platinum during 1983. From this, they released three more singles "Union Of The Snake" (No.3), "New Moon On Monday" (No.9) and "The Reflex" which reached No.1 in 1984.
Also in '84 Duran Duran released a live album "Arena" and the single "The Wild Boys" which reached No.2. In 1985 they released the theme for the new James Bond movie (starring Timothy Dalton) "A View To A KIll".
In 1985 Duran Duran were put on hold as John and Andy Taylor went on to form the supergroup "The Power Station" with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson. Meanwhile, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes formed "Arcadia" who released just one album "So Red The Rose". The single "Election Day" hit the top ten UK singles charts.
In 1986 Duran Duran reformed without the drummer Roger Taylor, who retired from exhaustion. Andy Taylor was also involved in a legal dispute with the band and went on to start a solo career. However, he reluctantly played on a few of the tracks of the new album "Notorious".
Although still quite successful, Duran Duran never quite reached the same levels of success as they did during the first half of the 80s.
(Studio) Album Discography
Remembered by many for the stuttering vocal effects and strange fart-like sound effect, The Reflex reached No.1 in the UK singles chart and was taken from their third 80s album Seven And The Ragged Tiger, which went platinum.
Planet Earth was Duran Duran's debut single that was taken from their self-titled album. It was released on 2 February 1981 and peaked at No.12 on the UK singles chart, but did better in Australia where it reached No.8. Three other singles were also released on the Duran Duran album; Careless Memories, Girls On Film and My Own Way.
The 12th single from the band was released in October 1984 and reached No.2 in both the UK and the U.S. (on the Billboard Hot 100). It managed to top the German singles chart. Wild Boys featured on the live album Arena and was the only studio track.
The video cost a whopping $1 million to make which was a pretty hefty sum back in the 80's. The B-side featured the track "(I'm Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement" which was recorded live at the Maple Leaf Gardens show in Toronto.
The Arena album went Platinum in the UK, reaching No.6 in the album charts. It reached No.4 in the U.S. (2 x Platinum) and No.8 in Australia.
The album cover of Duran Duran, the band's self-titled 80s debut album.
The front cover of Duran Duran's fourth 80s album, Notorious, which was released in 1986.
The band's third 80s studio album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger was released in 1983. It featured the hit singles "Union of the Snake", "New Moon on Monday" and "The Reflex".
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