9 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Duran Duran used to say their early goal was to merge the sounds of Chic with The Sex Pistols. While their debut isn't particularly punky, it does yoke a post-punk/new wave edge to dance grooves, with a dash of the artier end of glam rock. The results were tagged "New Romantic" by the press, and in the early '80s this style was all the rage. The atmospheric synths and thumb-slapping basslines of "Girls on Film" and the Eurodisco grooves plus rock guitar on "Planet Earth" became '80s archetypes. The pure pop glory of "Is There Something I Should Know?" (a post-album single added to the tracklist after the initial pressing) points toward the band's impending pop-idol status.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Duran Duran used to say their early goal was to merge the sounds of Chic with The Sex Pistols. While their debut isn't particularly punky, it does yoke a post-punk/new wave edge to dance grooves, with a dash of the artier end of glam rock. The results were tagged "New Romantic" by the press, and in the early '80s this style was all the rage. The atmospheric synths and thumb-slapping basslines of "Girls on Film" and the Eurodisco grooves plus rock guitar on "Planet Earth" became '80s archetypes. The pure pop glory of "Is There Something I Should Know?" (a post-album single added to the tracklist after the initial pressing) points toward the band's impending pop-idol status.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

mcac2010 ,

Where it all started,

Classic Duran for the first 3 albums. The first 2 being the strongest. This might be my favorite.

Franklinfan075 ,

Music video

Artist: Duran Duran
Music video: Girls on Film (Uncensored Night Version)
Year: 1981
Description:
Partially nude models "strutting" on catwalks. This video was edited for MTV play, but even that form was controversial.

Smallville0608 ,

Great

Loved it as much as I did when it was 1st released, fan for life.

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