An awesome gift to yourself or another dedicated Duran Duran fan: 13 CDs in a flip-top box featuring 40 singles, B-sides, remixes and rarities! Includes two versions each of Girls on Film; Hungry Like the Wolf; The Reflex; The Wild Boys; Hold Back the Rain; New Moon on Monday; Planet Earth , and A View to a Kill plus Fame; Like an Angel; Tiger Tiger , and more!
Duran Duran's The Singles
arrives with perfect timing. With the impulse to treat 1980s pop with nostalgic irony finally dying, and cutting edge American bands such as the Rapture and the Faint directly sourcing from Brit synth-pop, this lavish box set suddenly sounds like a key dance-rock primer. Unlike the other major players in the early 1980s British Invasion of America, Brummie boys Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes were not afraid to rock. And it was the early singles where they rocked hardest, as this glossy black box of the first 13 singles, lovingly recreated for CD, irrevocably proves. The first eight--from the turbo-powered disco of "Planet Earth" to the synthetic Beatles-ims of "Is There Something I Should Know?"--work on the tension between the band's megapop ambitions and the rudimentary playing, creating an eerie, erotic desperation. The full compliment of B-sides--particularly a hysterical, uber-youth club stab at David Bowie's "Fame"--charm with their gung-ho ridiculousness. By the final "A View to a Kill" they were doing slick, Americanised Bond themes, but this set is so evocative of strange pop times that you'll end up with the promos for "Rio" and "The Wild Boys" on a permanent mind-loop. --Garry Mulholland