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Chloe
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Happy Birthday, Nick Rhodes!
Have an amazing birthday! [Big Grin]

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I take it your a big fan Chloe
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You now have to do this for every member of Duran Duran...

... but not Spandau Ballet.

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We've just missed Tony Hadley, but Martin Keeble is up on July 6th... [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by TerdNthePoolGGB:
I take it your a big fan Chloe

He's my favorite member of Duran Duran! [Smile]
But I like Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, too. [Smile]

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He's my favorite member of Duran Duran! [Smile]
He's was my favourite member too. Why does it feel odd saying that?

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We've just missed Tony Hadley, but Martin Keeble is up on July 6th... [Big Grin]
I predict a stony silence when Keeble comes up...

I also think there has been a mite too much self aggrandising from the Spandau's since they reformed. 'Soul Boys of the Western World' indeed.

I buy the magazine 'Classic Pop', and I feel the same way about that magazine's perspective on A-ha. If you read it you come away with the feeling that A-ha were the best pop group of the 80's and are vastly underrated. And they devote very little time to George Michael and Wham! Yet for anyone who lived through the 80's (some of us!) we remember Wham! and George Michael as being consistently massive and almost critic proof largely due to the sheer likeability of the music. A-ha had a great 1-2 punch with their first singles, had a few pretty good singles afterwards, but also some very very weak singles. They were very much a brief bridge between the ending of Wham! / the trio comeback of Duran and the rise of Stock Aitken and Waterman.

They've had a few polls in the magazine, and 'Hunting High and Low' was in the top 10 best albums of the 80's, but Wham's 'Make it Big' was something like 90. Bizarre. (Equally bizarre was the presence of 'Prince Charming' and 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' in the top 10 - with Prince being higher than Kings - since when has it been a better album than Kings?! It was considered a somewhat weak album at the time and it still sounds that way to me now). And then when they had the mini poll between 'View to a Kill' and 'The Living Daylights' - Living Daylights won! How?! Since when has that been a better song?! People voted with their money at the time, and I'm pretty sure Duran outsold A-ha by a wide margin! I'm ranting.

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A-ha deserves all the praise it gets! I like that mag already [Wink]
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But don´t take me for a 2x Duran hater.

I love both Bond tunes and recently listened Notorius and Big Thing albums, excellent stuff!

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A-ha deserves all the praise it gets! I like that mag already [Wink]
That's only because you know Norwegians are better than Fins! I jest...

I like them just fine, but this magazine makes them look like they were the second coming. They were good, but they weren't that good. And in terms of importance within the 80's they were dwarfed by Wham! and Duran both in terms of sales and impact.

You listened to two of Duran's later 'funk' albums! Odd choice.

I like 'Living Daylights', but it borrows heavily from what Duran did on 'View to a Kill' - only it doesn't do it as well.

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You know, back in the 80s (i was there!) we (bro and i) lost Duran Duran when Notorius happened.
The first single was a bit odd and heavy metal was our choice anyway.

Now, my bro bought the fantastic extraspecialcool editions (Notorius and Big Thing) with bonus discs and dvd´s and we love this stuff.
There´s so much more than the single here. Less guitar yes, but lots of lovely tunes and i´ve always liked Le Bon´s voice.
Gotta love the dvd´s too, the live shows are great.

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You know, back in the 80s (i was there!) we (bro and i) lost Duran Duran when Notorius happened.
The first single was a bit odd and heavy metal was our choice anyway.

A lot of people did. A number of factors happened at once: They lost two members which affected their female fanbase, they took 2 years to come back with Notorious (a lifetime for a pop band - and A-ha had come along in the meantime to pick up the slack), and they changed their style to something people found a little jarring compared to what they were before. 'Notorious' the single sold well because it was good, but after that the curiosity about their comeback kind of waned and they gradually started to fade.

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