September 5, 2008

Naked Girls Helped New Romantics Band

Duran Duran, GIRLS ON FILM, 1981, by Smooth Radio's Gary Burton.

HERE'S a way to get the most out of your manager - use him to provide sound effects on your record!

The first few seconds of Duran Duran's number five hit features manager Paul Berrow's Nikon camera clicking and whirring as a prelude to a song about the glitz and glamour of the fashion world.

The band had been formed in the late 70s (and at first featured singer/song writer Stephen Duffy) in Birmingham.

Their early playing days centred around the infamous Rum Runner nightclub where they quickly became early players in what was to become known as the "new romantic" era of pop.

The name of the group came from an adaptation of a character's name in the 60s sci-fi film Barbarella - Dr Durand Durand.

The name gave an indication of the flights of fancy which would occupy many of their lyrics.

Taken from their debut album, Girls on Film was the first real sign of the band's knack of writing extremely accessible hit songs with the kind of lush synthesiser arrangements being pioneered by the likes of David Bowie.

A controversial video, featuring naked models cavorting, was banned by television stations, although it was only ever intended to be played in pubs and clubs.

A little scandal goes a long way, however, and it helped boost interest in both band and song.

Ironically, Simon Le Bon has expressed some sorrow that the video somehow eclipsed the meaning of the song's message about what he called "model exploitation".

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