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Dust off your skinny tie: Duran Duran has new album; Janelle Monae features on 1st single

If you grew up in the 80s, you watched MTV. If you watched MTV, you knew about Duran Duran.

The 80s boy group rose to prominence on the (at least at one time) all-music-vids-all-the-time TV station your parents didn’t want you to watch. Your girlfriends could all pick their fave hot guy (Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor or Roger Taylor) and plaster him all over their Tiger Beat bedroom wall. (Trust me, they were unstoppably hot once).


“Her name is Rio, hear them shout across the land”

Duran Duran is hoping to reignite a bit of that 80s magic with a new album and recording deal. Duran Duran announced March 27 that it signed with Warner Brothers, as well as released details on their upcoming album, their 14th, due in September.

The British heartthrobs, which seemed tailor-made for the sheer excess bred by the Me Generation, exploded on MTV with their sleek, sometimes androgynous look. Their rock/pop blend of racy music was pretty catchy too. Songs like “Rio,” “The Reflex,” “The Wild Boys,” “Girls On Film,” and “Save A Prayer,” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” were all mega hits in Reagan’s day. Hell, one of their albums was even called “Arena.”

Duran Duran Rio

Duran Duran pioneered the over-saturated, sexy music video in the early 80s.

Bassist John Taylor added his thoughts to the band’s new deal. “We are also excited that this deal means we will be reunited with our catalogue after years apart – and in that sense it really feels a little like coming home,” said Taylor.

The first single from the album, “Pressure Off,” will feature singer/songwriter Janelle Monae. Former Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante and Kiesza also feature on the album.

Producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson have all put their funk-rock stamp on Duran Duran’s latest album. Ronson (“Uptown Funk”) produced Duran Duran’s album “All You Need Is Now” in 2010.

The group’s not one to mess with a good thing by sticking with Rodgers, who produced “The Wild Boys” in 1984, after remixing their number 1 hit “The Reflex” (remember that video? — when the flood comes out of the giant screen at the concert?), as well as produced the group’s album “Notorious.”

Duran Duran's video for "The Reflex" featured magic water.

Duran Duran’s video for “The Reflex” featured magic water.

More details to come. Check out what all the buzz was about by watching the video for “Rio” “Girls On Film,” and “Save A Prayer.” If you have no idea who they are, here’s a Duran Duran primer.

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