For their 2007 release "Red Carpet Massacre" Duran Duran hooked up with producer Timbaland and pop sensation Justin Timberlake in an effort to reach a broader audience. Of the 14 tracks on the album, Timberlake produced 2, Timbaland produced 3, and the rest were produced by Nate "Danja" Hills.
On August 23, 1993, Duran Duran received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their star is located at 1770 Vine Street.
In January of 1988, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor were replaced in the band by Warren Cucurrullo and Sterling Campbell. "Big Thing" is the first album which features them on lead guitar and drums respectively.
At the beginning of their career, Duran Duran was nicknamed "The Fab Five." Their fans are affectionately called "Duranies."
The late Princess Diana once stated that Duran Duran was one of her all-time favorite bands.
Duran Duran has had several of their music videos, including "Girls on Film" and "Falling Down," banned or edited by MTV and BBC due to nudity.
Duran Duran's 1995 release, "Thank You," which featured the band covering some of their favorite songs, was called "the worst album of all time" by Q Magazine. However, Lou Reed, who's song "Perfect Day" was covered on the album, was quoted as saying the cover was "the best cover ever completed of one of my own songs."
To help promote their 2007 release "Red Carpet Massacre," Duran Duran held a nine night engagement in late 2007 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway. Each night they performed the entire new album plus several of their classic songs.
In 2003, Duran Duran received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brit Awards in the UK.
In 2005, Duran Duran recorded a "politically motivated" album entitled "Reportage," but when their record label let them know they were looking for an album with more singles on it, the band ditched the album and returned to the studio. The new album was 2007's "Red Carpet Massacre."
In the mid-80s the members of Duran Duran formed two "spinoff bands." John Taylor and Andy Taylor joined Robert Palmer, Bernard Edwards, and Tony Thompson to form Power Station. Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor, and Simon Le Bon formed the trio Arcadia. Both "spinoff bands" released one album a piece.
Duran Duran covered the John Lennon classic, "Instant Karma," in 2006 for Amnesty International's "Make Some Noise" campaign.
Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes, designed the world's first ever prototype video guitar. The guitar was auctioned for charity in London on May 31st, 2007.
Although three members of Duran Duran share the same last name, Taylor, none of the men are related.
Duran Duran's two music videos "Hungry Like The Wolf" was ranked #11 and "Girls On Film" was ranked #68 on MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.
Duran Duran's song "Hungry Like The Wolf" was ranked #80 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.
Duran Duran's two music videos "Hungry Like The Wolf" was ranked #31 and "Rio" was ranked #60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.
They were ranked #20 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Duran Duran's most covered song is Ordinary World from 1983. It was covered by 5 different artists, the most known cover version was sung by Aurora feat. Naimee Colemann (2000).
Duran Duran was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1986 for their song "A View To Kill" from the James Bond film of the same name.
The band was named after the character "Durand Durand" from the 1968 cult classic Barbarella.
(on the 1995 release "Thank You")
Simon Le Bon: We came out of being a nostalgia item and became a current item, which was very important for us. But we never stopped working. We released three albums in a row - we tried and tried and tried again to become current. It wasn't a comeback as far as we were concerned, but as far as people's consciousness, it definitely was a comeback.
John Taylor: Bruce Springsteen is as popular as he is because he's mediocre. No one's going to tell me that Born in the U.S.A. is Stravinsky or Lennon or McCartney. To be popular and get through to millions of people means that you have to be on a fairly low level. Personally I find that frustrating, because I want to do something that will change things, something that's just amazing.
Moby: (about Duran Duran) They were cursed by what we can call the Bee-Gees curse. Which is: Write amazing songs, sell tons of records, and consequently incur the wrath or disinterest of the rock obsessed critical establishment.