The 80s Come Alive: Girls On Film (Duran Duran)

DuranDuran At the height of their popularity throughout the 80s, Duran Duran was the equivalent of having five Justin Biebers in one group. Each member of the band (the three non-related Taylors, John, Roger, and Andy, plus Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes) had their own legion of fans, complete with organized clubs with membership numbers in the thousands-the majority of whom were female. Individually impressive, but as a whole Duran Duran ruled the charts with a crafty combination of up-beat pop tunes, carefully constructed image, and a pioneering embrace of the new-at-the-time music video format.

It wasn't long into MTV's reign of music video television that Duran Duran became one of the first mainstream groups to push the boundaries of what was suitable for airing to the masses when they released the single Girls On Film and the accompanying Godley & Creme video in 1981. The band never intended for the original video, which featured both male and female nudity, to air on basic cable. Rather, it was intended for promotional use in nightclubs, dance bars, and pay-per-view channels. MTV did eventually air a much teen friendlier, highly edited, primetime suitable version of the video, but the controversy was put to good use by the band's management, who used to it to add fuel to an already massive Duran Duran bonfire raging in the loins of rabid female fans around the world.

Which brings us to a live performance of Girls On Film by the classic Duran Duran line-up from 1982. The band has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, with various members coming and going, including guitarist Andy Taylor quitting and re-joining about ten times since the late 80s. The Andy-less Duran Duran have hooked up with producer Mark Ronson on their newest release, All You Need Is Now.

@amyzesbaugh, this one's for you!

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on January 1, 2011, in The 80s and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. i like to read your posts. thanks for this one.

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