Category:Duran Duran songs
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1. Duran Duran – Duran Duran are an English new wave and synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band grew from alternative sensations in 1982 to mainstream pop stars by 1984, by the end of the decade, membership and music style changes challenged the band before a resurgence in the early 1990s. The group were a band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. They have placed 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, when they first emerged, they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet. Soon they would shed this image, using fashion and marketing to build a more refined and they were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The video age catapulted Duran Duran into the mainstream with the introduction of the 24-hour music channel MTV, many of their videos were shot on 35 mm film, which gave a much more polished look than was standard at the time. They also collaborated with film directors to take the quality a step further. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their stadium shows. These five members featured the most commercially successful line-up, the reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the bands fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the once again in mid-2006, and guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player. John Taylor and Nick Rhodes formed Duran Duran in Birmingham, England in 1978, at the club they were doing jobs such as John working the door and with Nick deejaying for £10 a night. They began rehearsing and regularly playing at the venue, There were many nearby nightclubs, and the one significant one, where bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash played gigs, was called Barbarellas. They would go on to name the band after a character from Barbarella, the character, played by Milo OShea, is named Dr. Durand Durand. The bands first singer was Stephen Duffy, Simon Colley soon joined Taylor, Rhodes and Duffy. Colley was the original bass player, as John Taylor was the guitarist at this point. This was the first complete line-up of the band played live shows. For drums and percussion, a drum machine belonging to Rhodes was used. Colley left the prior to the addition of Andy Taylor
2. Perfect Day (Lou Reed song) – Reed re-recorded the song for his 2003 album The Raven. A version by Duran Duran reached number 28 on the UK Singles Chart in 1995, the original recording, like the rest of the Transformer album, was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson. The song begins in its verse, which is a progression of major triads in descending perfect fifths, the song then explodes into the chorus, which is written in the parallel major key to the verse. The song has a vocal delivery and slow, piano-based instrumental backing balancing tones of sweet nostalgia. It was written after Reed and his then fiancée, Bettye Kronstad, Reeds original recording was featured on an AT&T commercial featuring snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler that ran during the 2010 Olympics. The song appeared in the trailers for the film Youre Next, the advertisement debuted on North American television in October 2013 two weeks before Reeds death. The song was featured incidentally in the TV shows Fear the Walking Dead, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, Bones and it featured Lou Reed himself and other major artists in what the Financial Times described as an astonishing line-up of world class performers. In reference to the fee, the film ends with the message Whatever your musical taste, it is catered for by BBC Radio. This is only thanks to the unique way the BBC is paid for by you. This message appears over the repeated words Youre going to reap just what you sow which The Guardian described as a none too subtle message, keep writing the cheque. In response to accusations from commercial competitors that the corporation had wasted vast sums on the film it was revealed that each artist received a token £250 because of their belief in the BBC and it was the UKs number one single for three weeks, in two separate spells. The record contributed £2,125,000 to the charitys highest fundraising total in six years, the release featured two additional versions of the song, one entirely sung by female performers, one by male performers. The BBC also produced a Christmas version of the music video. In Ireland, the song was also a success, remaining at number one for seven weeks. Performers in order of appearance, parentheses indicate mute appearance, the first, Future Generations, in December 1998, did a similar multi-celebrity montage with favourite BBC childrens programmes. The second, called Shaggy Dog Story, featured various comedians and comic actors telling a long-winded shaggy dog story, a second, shorter shaggy dog story, entitled Mammals vs. Insects, was also broadcast on 4 January 2000. Seventeen years after Perfect Days release, the BBC produced a campaign for their new music division where 27 musicians covered the Beach Boys God Only Knows, the only person to appear in both campaigns is Sir Elton John. The cover was parodied on a 1997 special Harry Enfield and Chums, as well as by Matt Lucas, the single inspired Sony Music to release a various artists compilation album, Perfect Day, in early 1998
3. Lay Lady Lay – Lay Lady Lay is a song written by Bob Dylan and originally released in 1969 on his Nashville Skyline album. Like many of the tracks on the album, Dylan sings the song in a low croon, Lay Lady Lay was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie Midnight Cowboy, but wasnt submitted in time to be included in the finished film. Dylans recording was released as a single in July 1969 and quickly became one of his top U. S. hits, the single did even better in the United Kingdom where it reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Like many of the tracks on Nashville Skyline, the song is sung by Dylan in a warm, relatively low sounding voice and it was one of those awestruck moments. In a 1994 interview Don Everly further explained the encounter, stating that It really wasnt a business meeting and it wasnt that kind of atmosphere. The Everly Brothers later covered the song on their EB84 album,15 years after Dylans release, according to country musician Johnny Cash, Dylan played the song first in a circle of singer-songwriters at Cashs house outside of Nashville. Drummer Kenny Buttrey has said that he had a difficult time coming up with a part for the song. Dylan had suggested bongos, while producer Bob Johnson said cowbells, in order to show them how bad their ideas were, Buttrey used both instruments together. Kristofferson, who was working as a janitor in the studio at the time, was enlisted to hold the bongos in one hand, Buttrey moved the sole overhead drum mic over to these new instruments. When he switches back to the drums for the choruses the drumset sounds distant due to not being directly micd, the take heard on the album is the first take and is one of Buttreys own favorite performances. I used to listen to one record, Lay Lady Lay, in my brothers bedroom in the basement of our house. Id lie on the bed and play that song and cry all the time, I was going through adolescence, I had hormones raging through my body. Dont ask me why I was crying – its not a sad song, but thats the only record of his that I really listened to. Written in the key of A major, the chord progression features a descending chromatic line. The chief hook in Lay Lady Lay, a song with far more hooks than is typical for Dylan, is a recurring four-note pedal steel guitar riff. The songs distinctive drum part is performed by Kenny Buttrey, who regarded his contribution to the song as one of his best performances on a record, lyrically the song speaks of romantic and sexual anticipation as the singer beseeches his lover to spend the night with him. Performances of the song from 1974 and 1976 are included on the Before the Flood, the song has frequently been performed by Dylan since the late 1980s during his Never Ending Tour. The song was recorded as a single shortly after the release of The Byrds seventh studio album
4. Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) – Make Me Smile is a song by British rock band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released as the lead single from the bands 1975 album The Best Years of Our Lives. It was written by Harley, and produced by Harley and Alan Parsons, in February 1975, the song reached the number-one spot on the UK chart and received a UK Silver certification. It spent nine weeks in the Top 50, and as of 2015, has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, the song was the first single to be released under the name Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, as opposed to simply Cockney Rebel. In July 1974, the original Cockney Rebel disbanded, and Harley then assembled a new line-up later in the year, Make Me Smile described Harleys feelings on the bands split. For many years, it was believed that Harley purposely chose to disband the original line-up, however, years later, Harley began to reveal the truth behind the bands split. Between May and July 1974, Cockney Rebel embarked on a major British tour to promote their second studio album The Psychomodo, as the tour progressed, the band began facing growing tensions, which ultimately led to their split at the end of the tour in late July. On 18 July, the received a Gold Award for outstanding new act of 1974. Jean-Paul Crocker, Milton Reame-James and Paul Jeffreys had approached Harley, Harley, the bands sole songwriter, felt this was unfair as he had been the one to originally hire the musicians for his group, and explained the deal to them at the time. After the band split, only the original drummer, Stuart Elliott. In a television interview recorded in 2002, Harley described how the lyrics were directed at the former band members who. On The One Show in October 2010, Harley called the lyric a finger-pointing piece of vengeful poetry and its getting off my chest how I felt about the guys splitting up a perfectly workable machine. I wrote it saying Look, youll learn how well were doing here, were doing well and he elaborated, Three of them came to me in a little posse with several ultimatums. They wanted to write songs for the album, and I said Well you know I started the band, and I auditioned you. Were not moving the goal posts here and they knew this, and they came to me demanding that they could write songs too, and I just said Well go and do it then. Harley began writing the only days after the bands split. The original vision for the song was different to the one that was recorded. Harley had written the piece as a blues track with a dark mood. In January 2012, he told Uncut magazine that the first verse was written at four in the morning after a bottle of brandy
5. Girls on Film – Girls on Film is the third single by Duran Duran, released on 13 July 1981. The single became Duran Durans Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, the band personally selected the song for release following the failure of its predecessor, Careless Memories, which had been chosen by their record company, EMI. Its popularity provided a major boost to sales of the eponymous debut album, Duran Duran. The song did not chart in the United States on its initial release, the song was used as the opening theme song for the anime series Speed Grapher and the night version appeared on 2012 Square Enix video game Sleeping Dogs. The song begins with a recording of the whirring of a motor drive on a camera. Both manager Paul Berrow and photographer Andy Earl claim to have supplied the camera for the recording, the song, along with Rio, was originally omitted from the 1984 live album Arena to make room for newer and less familiar album material from 1983s Seven and the Ragged Tiger. Both tracks were included as bonus material in the 2004 CD reissue of Arena. The song fared well on the radio and the charts before the video was filmed, but the controversy that helped to keep the band in the public eye. The video was made with directing duo Godley & Creme at Shepperton Studios in July 1981 and it was filmed just weeks before MTV was launched in the United States and before anyone knew what an impact the music channel would have on the industry. The band expected the Girls on Film video to be played exclusively at nightclubs that had video screens, or on Playboy Channel. The raunchy video created an uproar, and it was banned by the BBC and heavily edited for its original run on MTV. A Video 45 for Girls on Film and Hungry Like the Wolf was released in the United States in March 1983, the VHS-format tape contains the MTV-friendly edited day version of Girls on Film, while the Betamax format contains the original uncensored night version. The Video 45 won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1984, the uncensored video was also included in the Duran Duran video album and the Greatest video collection. The edited version would later be used in the 2008 karaoke video game SingStar Pop Vol.2, simon Le Bon commented in the audio interview on the Greatest DVD collection that the scandal of the music video overshadowed the songs message of fashion model exploitation. The band performs on a stage behind a models catwalk. They straddle a shaving cream-covered post at either end and move toward the centre, sliding their crotches along the horizontal candy-striped shaft in a slow, the models proceed to have a pillow fight, which causes their breasts to become partially exposed. Upon finishing, they kiss and return to their dressing room, a petite female Sumo wrestler with her hair flared up in a tall tophawk ponytail mounts the catwalk to confront a lumbering, heavyset male Sumo wrestler. The woman is wearing a top and a mawashi loincloth
6. Hungry Like the Wolf – Hungry Like the Wolf is a song by the British new wave band Duran Duran. Written by the members, the song was produced by Colin Thurston for the groups second studio album Rio. The song was released in May 1982 as the fifth single in the United Kingdom. It reached the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart, Hungry Like the Wolfs Russell Mulcahy-directed music video was filmed in the jungles of Sri Lanka, and evoked the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although the band failed to break into the US market. Subsequently, the group gained much exposure, the peaked at the number 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1983. The video won the first Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1984, Hungry Like the Wolf was written and recorded on a Saturday in the spring of 1982 at the basement studios of EMIs London headquarters. Nick Rhodes started the songs demo in the morning with a sequencer, the song was built throughout the day as each member arrived. That track came from fiddling with the new technology that was starting to come in and this refers to the rhythmic backing track they came up with by joining a Roland TR-808 drum machine with a sequencer and a Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard. Rhodes came up with an idea for the track in the car while he was going to the studio. He started playing with the Roland Jupiter 8 keyboard, while singer Simon Le Bon was working with the lyrics, Andy Taylor worked out a Marc Bolan-ish guitar part, a very Marshall-sounding Les Paul guitar lick that was added to the track. Then the bass and drums were added, and the track was finished that day, including Le Bons vocal melody. The laugh at the beginning of the song and the screams during the songs fade-out were performed and recorded live by Rhodes girlfriend at the time, Thurston and the band decided to keep the demos original electronic backing track and just re-record the other instruments and vocals. Hungry Like the Wolf received generally positive reviews from pop music critics. The band had a vision of jungles and exotic women, and Mulcahy suggested Sri Lanka, EMI spent $200,000 to send the group to Sri Lanka, the band made a stopover there in April, en route to a scheduled Australian tour. In the video, singer Simon Le Bons head rises in slow motion out of the river as rain pours down and he then chases a beautiful tiger-like woman played by Bermudian model Sheila Ming, from open markets in the city through obstacles in the jungle. During the chase, Le Bon has his face mopped by a boy and overturns a bar room table, culminating in a final chase and struggle in a jungle clearing. In the meantime, the band members hunt for Le Bon
7. Is There Something I Should Know? – Is There Something I Should Know. is the eighth single by British pop band Duran Duran, released on 19 March 1983. The song was released as a single and became the bands first UK number one record. It debuted in the one position on the UK Singles Chart on 26 March 1983. Is There Something I Should Know. was recorded in London, although generally regarded as a stand-alone single, it was added to the 1983 US re-issue of the bands 1981 debut album, Duran Duran. The first album on which the featured in the UK was the inaugural Now Thats What I Call Music compilation at the end of the year. However, by the end of 1982, the bands Rio album was rapidly climbing the American charts, the band and their label, Capitol/EMI, decided to re-release the debut album in the United States with the inclusion of this newly recorded single. Because of the limitations of vinyl records, the inclusion of Is There Something I Should Know. Required the omission of the album track To The Shore on the reissue, to The Shore was reinstated on later compact disc pressings. In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco wrote that the deal with a difficult romantic relationship in rather obtuse terms. Although Guarisco questioned the lyrics, he praised the melody in the song and he wrote, The melody of Is There Something I Should Know. is one of Duran Durans catchiest, matching twisty verse melodies full of ear-catching hooks with a harmonized chorus. The memorable and much-played video for Is There Something I Should Know, featured colour clips of the band members, in blue shirts with tucked-in white ties, interspersed with surreal images in black-and-white. The video also included clips from several earlier Duran Duran videos, including some filmed for album tracks which were never released to MTV, the video was directed by Russell Mulcahy, and was one of the most popular videos of 1983 on MTV. I look very uncomfortable doing this and cringe every time I see it to this day, the B-side to Is There Something I Should Know. in the UK is the instrumental Faith in this Colour. Duran Duran has not confirmed this, though, the mainly instrumental Monster Mix of Is There Something I Should Know. was completed by producers Ian Little and Alex Sadkin and Phil Thornalley at RAK studio One. In the US, the song Careless Memories is the B-side of Is There Something I Should Know, the music video for Is There Something I Should Know is a major plot element in the Venture Brothers episode Maybe No Go. Is There Something I Should Know, –4,11 Faith in This Colour –4,06 Is There Something I Should Know. –6,43 Faith in This Colour –4,06 Is There Something I Should Know, –4,07 Careless Memories –3,53 Track 2 is the Album Version. Is There Something I Should Know, –6,40 Faith in This Colour –4,05 Is There Something I Should Know
8. Red Carpet Massacre – Red Carpet Massacre is the twelfth studio album by English pop rock band Duran Duran. It was released on 19 November 2007 in Europe, and on 13 November in the United States. Most of the music on the current incarnation of the album was completed in late 2006 after the departure of band member Andy Taylor, when music producer Timbaland began working with the band. For the week of 19 November, Red Carpet Massacre debuted at #36 on the U. S. Billboard 200 chart, however, the following week the album fell to #116. For the week of 26 November, the album debuted at #44 in the UK, the album entered the Italian chart at #10. As of 2 May 2008, the album has moved 88,000 copies in the U. S, the album spent only three consecutive weeks in the Billboard 200 chart. It was the second and final album released with Epic Records. The band parted ways with Sony Music in 2009, the band did its initial recording for its follow-up to Astronaut with producer Michael Patterson between September 2005 and April 2006. Trade magazine Billboard reported that one of tracks was Nite-Runner, featuring Justin Timberlake. Two additional songs on which the worked with Timbaland were titled Skin Divers. Also mentioned were two tracks,48 Hours Later and Transcendental Mental, that were not used on the album. Dominic Brown, who had taken Taylors place at several previous missed concerts in the past, was hired as Duran Durans guitarist, Brown has since performed with the band as their full-time touring guitarist. Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine that he was in favour of an electric sound, whereas Simon Le Bon wanted to go in a different direction involving people like Justin Timberlake. According to Taylors autobiography, the final came when he discovered that the bands management had not been able to secure a working visa for him to record in the United States. The band decided to rewrite the album following Taylors departure. Following the New York sessions in September, Duran Duran moved to Metropolis Studios in London with Danja, ultimately, a female vocal on the album never came to be, however. In June, Duran Duran announced on their website that they were recording yet another track with Justin Timberlake. Several other album tracks were played over the system at the concert
9. Ordinary World – Ordinary World is the first single from Duran Durans self-titled 1993 album, better known as The Wedding Album. The single reached number one on the U. S, Hot 100 Airplay, the Mainstream Top 40 and the Canadian Singles Chart. It also peaked at three in the Billboard Hot 100, No.2 on the U. S. Alternative rock chart and number six on the UK Singles Chart, the song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994. Lead vocalist Simon Le Bon later sang the song with Luciano Pavarotti, to children affected by war in Bosnia. By the early 1990s, Duran Durans popularity had faded and their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts. It was not until Capitol leaked Ordinary World to a station in Jacksonville. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, the keyboards in the song were arranged and performed by Nick Rhodes and John Jones. The drums were played by Steve Ferrone at Maison Rouge, the guitar solo that characterizes this song was arranged and performed by Warren Cuccurullo, former player with Frank Zappa. His instrumental rock trio version became a staple of his shows and was included on one of his solo albums Roadrage. The music video was filmed by director Nick Egan at Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California, Simon LeBon later performed the song with Pavarotti at a WarChild benefit. The performance was released on video as Pavarotti & Friends. The lyrics to Ordinary World were written by Simon Le Bon as the second of a trilogy of songs for his late friend David Miles, the others being Do You Believe in Shame. and Out of My Mind. In a retrospective review of Ordinary World, AllMusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco described Simon LeBons vocal as being rich in emotion but tastefully restrained. Ordinary world is one of two Cucorullo-era songs which were played when Duran Duran did their reunion tour, both Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor insisting on playing it, cuccorullo was brought in to teach Andy Taylor how to play it. It has remained in the set list ever since and my Antarctica, a song from the bands previous album Liberty, featured as the main B-side of the Ordinary World single. Many other older singles were used as B-sides. To capitalise on the success of Ordinary World and the new Duran Duran fans it was finding and this mini-Decade was spread over the two CD singles released during the campaign
10. The Reflex – The Reflex is the eleventh single by Duran Duran, released worldwide on 16 April 1984. The song was remixed for single release and was the third and last to be taken from their third album Seven. The Reflex became the bands most successful single and it was their second single to top the UK Singles Chart, after Is There Something I Should Know. in 1983, topping the chart on 5 May, and would prove to be their last UK no.1. The single entered the charts in America on 21 April 1984 at no,46, became Duran Durans first of two singles to hit no.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 23 June 1984, and was a huge hit internationally. It was also the first of two songs that kept Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen out of the top spot, the remixes for both the 7 and 12 singles were created by Nile Rodgers, of Chic fame. It was his first work with the band, and he would go on to produce The Wild Boys single as well as the album Notorious. Producer Ian Little recalled the sound Nick Rhodes came up with on his Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard. whenever I hear that steel-drum part it always brings a smile to my face because its so out of tune. Steel drums always are, but it was right in terms of rhythm. So a wood-block sound was mixed in to make it even more percussive and, successfully, the video for The Reflex was shot during the Sing Blue Silver tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario on 5 March 1984. Director Russell Mulcahy filmed some of the footage in the indoor arena that afternoon. The Reflex is primarily a video, accurately portraying Duran Durans Sing Blue Silver tour performance style. At one point, a appears to pour out of the video screen above the stage to soak the audience. The computer graphics used to achieve this were typical at the time, keyboard enthusiasts have taken special note of the Fairlight CMI that Nick Rhodes operated with a light pen in this video, and throughout the tour. In addition to the 4,26 single remix, the 12 also included a remix of The Reflex. The live b-side Make Me Smile is a cover of a Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel song, recorded 16 November 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London, with lead Rebel Steve Harley joining the band onstage. A second live b-side released on the US single, New Religion, was recorded 7 February 1984 at The Forum in Los Angeles and this is not the same live version that appears on the Arena album. The Reflex –4,20 Make Me Smile –4,54 The Reflex –6,35 The Reflex –4,20 Make Me Smile –4,54 The Reflex –4,25 New Religion –4,52 The Dance Mix-Edited is the version as the regular 7. The Reflex –6,35 The Reflex –4,25 The Dance Mix-Edited is the version as the regular 7
11. Skin Trade (song) – Skin Trade is the second single from Duran Durans Notorious album, and the bands 15th single in total. It was released in January 1987, reached #22 on the UK Singles Chart, the music for Skin Trade was written long before Simon LeBon finally finished the lyrics. The title for the song was derived from the Dylan Thomas book Adventures in the Skin Trade which John Taylor had on him during recording of the album. It was shortened to Skin Trade and LeBon eventually wrote the melody, the lyrics reflect on how everyone is selling themselves, and theres a little hooker in each of us. The single was quite a departure for the band, not only was Simon LeBon singing in a Prince-style falsetto, but a horn section played a prominent role in the track, as played by The Borneo Horns. The band persevered with the single and many aspects of their business took inspiration from Skin Trade. They called their publishing company Skin Trade Music Ltd. and the Notorious tour was called the Strange Behaviour Tour, likewise, a 1987 remix EP and a 1999 double CD collection of remixes were also called Strange Behaviour. In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song, the Skin Trade video was the second filmed for the band by directors Peter Kagan and Paula Greif, after Notorious. Film of band members performing was treated with a rotoscope-like effect, like so many other Duran Duran videos, Skin Trade included a beautiful woman - in this case German supermodel Tatjana Patitz. Her image was rotoscoped for some scenes as well, and her figure was superimposed on several different vividly colored abstract backgrounds. Session drummer Steve Ferrone and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, who would become a full member of the band, appeared in the video. Cuccurullo also contributed the power chords and harmony parts on the bridges of the album track, the b-side to Skin Trade was the only original b-side released during the Notorious era. Entitled We Need You, it was written and recorded in 1986 while the band awaited the return of Andy Taylor for a recording session and it was the first recording to feature just the three remaining members of Duran Duran - Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Simon Le Bon. Two further mixes of Skin Trade were completed, but not released commercially during the Skin Trade release cycle and they appeared on a US12 promo and on a UK12 promo, backed with remixes of the next single Meet El Presidente. The Parisian Mix was also released on the promo-only Master Mixes EP, the Parisian Mix was finally released commercially in the UK and in the U. S. on the All She Wants Is 3 CD single. Skin Trade - We Need You - Skin Trade - Skin Trade - We Need You - Skin Trade We Need You Skin Trade Skin Trade Skin Trade was the first chart disappointment in the bands career. Not only did it fail to repeat the success of Notorious but it failed to get the top 20 on either side of the Atlantic. Skin Trade later grew to become a fan favourite, but the change of style, #22 UK Singles Chart #39 Billboard Hot 100 #3 Italy Apart from the single, Skin Trade has also appeared on, Albums, Notorious Master Mixes Decade Now Thats What I Call Music
12. Duran Duran (1993 album) – Duran Duran is the seventh studio album and the second self-titled album by Duran Duran, released on 11 February 1993. After dwindling commercial success in the early 1990s, Duran Duran returned to the UK Top Five and US Top Ten with this album, the singles Ordinary World and Come Undone reached the US Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The cover art by Nick Egan features wedding photos from the parents of the four band members, recording of the album was completed in early 1992 with an impending release by Capitol Records in the United States. Duran Durans new management company, Left Bank, was distressed at the apparent lack of enthusiasm for the album and had it pulled from the release schedule. Manager Tommy Manzi later told HitQuarters it was the industry that were unenthusiastic about the return of the rather than the music consumer. As it happened, the album reached No.4 in the UK Albums Chart, their highest charting album since 1983s Seven, in the UK, three singles from the album reached the Top 40 including Ordinary World, Come Undone and Too Much Information. Four singles taken from the album charted in the US, Ordinary World, Come Undone, Too Much Information, Breath After Breath, a collaboration with Milton Nascimento, was released only in Brazil, None of the Above in Japan and Femme Fatale in France. The song Sin of the City is about the Happy Land arson fire that killed 87 people trapped in a social club in New York City on March 25,1990. Frank Zappa and Lou Reed were collaborators in the post-production of the album, all tracks written by Duran Duran, except where noted