And so now a history of Duran Duran.
Duran Duran came back as a trio with their single and album both titled “Notorious.” A bonafide hit! Two more singles from the album followed in 1987: “Skin Trade” and “Meet ‘El Presidente’”. Both the later singles did poorly in the charts, but Duran Duran continued with a successful world tour called “Strange Behaviour.” I saw them twice and for the first time!
Duran Duran’s record label release a greatest hits compilation called “Decade.” The band put together something new to help promote the album. They created a new song called “Burning The Ground” by sampling all of their previous hits.
The album was simply titled Duran Duran, like their debut album. However, the cover of the album was a collage of the weddings of the band members. Because of that, most fans refer to this album as the “The Wedding Album.” Two more singles were released from the album: “Come Undone”, which was another massive hit and “Too Much Information”, which was a moderate hit.
Two months later, Duran Duran down to a trio: Simon, Nick and Warren released the first single “Out Of My Mind” which was featured in the movie “The Saint.” The album “Medazzaland” followed in the fall with the next single called “Electric Barbarella.” It was very much a homage to the early Duran Duran sound. It was a minor hit in the US. The album wasn't released in the UK. The band toured to promote the album.
The new single from Duran Duran in 2004 was called “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” and it was a feel-good track. The album was called Astronaut and it was very good. Unfortunately, the second single “What Happens Tomorrow” took all the wind out of the sails in the US, although it was a hit in the UK. The band continued successfully touring. A promo single for the brilliant song “Nice” was released in 2005, but it got no video and no airplay.
The band returned in the fall of 2007 with a track co-written with Justin Timberlake and an album produced by Timbaland. The single was called “Falling Down” and the album was called “Red Carpet Massacre.” The album did well, but the single was only a minor hit in the UK. A promo for "Skin Divers" never turned into a single.
P.S. A big thanks to the lovely Kelly Wright, Gimme A Wristband, and to wiki Duran Duran!