Duran Duran

1978-
Simon Le BonVocals
Andy TaylorGuitar
John TaylorBass
Roger TaylorDrums
Nick RhodesKeyboards
  • None of the Taylors in the band are related.
  • They are named after a character in the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.
  • They first toured in the US in 1982 as the opening act for Blondie.
  • In 1985, John and Andy Taylor released an album with Power Station while Rhodes, Le Bon, and Roger Taylor formed a group called Arcadia.
  • Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy spent some time as lead vocalist before they settled on Simon Le Bon. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark - San Francisco, DC
  • John Taylor once described Duran Duran's sound as "Sex Pistols meets Chic." For the 2005 reunion album Astronaut, John Taylor played late Chic bass player Bernard Edwards StingRay. John has cited Edwards as a big influence on his playing style and approach. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark - San Francisco, DC
  • John Taylor's full name is Nigel John Taylor. He didn't like the name Nigel, because he thought it didn't sound "Rock N Roll Enough" for a Pop star. So, when he joined the band, he told them his name was John Taylor. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Annabelle - Eugene, OR
  • Princess Diana said soon after her royal wedding that Duran Duran was her favorite band - she and Le Bon went to the same gym. On July 1, 2007, Duran Duran played at a memorial concert for her at Wembley Stadium.
  • Rolling Stone described them as "The Fab 5" when they put them on their cover in 1985. This was in reference to the Beatles-like throngs of screaming girls the band attracted.
  • When he was 6 years old, Simon Le Bon starred as a little boy with an off-white shirt in a Persil washing powder TV advert.
  • Forget "Yours Sincerely" and "Kind Regards." Simon Le Bon signs off his emails with "WHOOSH."

Comments: 8

  • Daniel from Bryan, TxTo answer Annabelle's question, I think your dad was talking about John Taylor, the bass player.
  • Branden from New Orleans, LaAs far as I can remember, warren replaced andy on the notorious album. andy did play some on the album too.
  • Caitlyn from Jacksonville, FlAnnabelle, Roger Taylor of Queen is Roger Meddows-Taylor, born in 1949. Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is Roger Andrew Taylor, born in 1960. It's easy to see how they might be confused as the same person, though, considering they both play drums.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrWhich one of Duran Duran's band members is "The One With The Big Hair"? The reason I ask this
    is because when I asked my Dad which band member of Duran Duran was his favorite Band Member, his answer was, "The one with the Big Hair".
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrI wonder, is Roger Taylor of Duran Duran the same Roger Taylor that played with Queen?
  • Nunu from Bangalore, IndiaWarren Cur...lo never really fitted in. I saw that especially on VH1 storytellers, where the band has an interactive sessions with a selected audience asking questions. When asked on Virgin Radio U.K, if Warren was asked to leave, Nick meant the obvious when he said that phase was over, it was time to move on.
  • Marlow from Perth, Australiaordinary world (1993) is their only real decent song the rest are all teeny boppy
  • Richard from Alva, Okandy and roger left in 1985, duran duran continued on as a trio for two studio releases--warren cuccurullo joined on guitar and sterling campbell joined on drums for the 1990 release "liberty." warren stayed on but sterling campbell left to join soul asylum and help them tank their momentum. the foursome of nick/simon/john/warren made a nice comeback with the self-titled album known as the "wedding album," but blew up w/the all covers album "thank you." john left making duran a trio again...only to have two more albums come and go...before having simon and nick announce that the original five are back together working on a new album for release soon.
see more comments

Francis Rossi of Status QuoSongwriter Interviews

Doubt led to drive for Francis, who still isn't sure why one of Status Quo's biggest hits is so beloved.

Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsSongwriter Interviews

The (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.

Album Cover InspirationsSong Writing

Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.

Gary Brooker of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.

Music Video Director David HoganSong Writing

David talks about videos he made for Prince, Alabama, Big & Rich, Sheryl Crow, DMB, Melissa Etheridge and Sisters of Mercy.

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.