Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Duran Duran - Rio

Duran Duran - Rio.

Duran Duran were the mersh Japan, but they were fucking amazing in that role.

Their videos were totally groundbreaking for their time, pairing catchy dance pop with breathtaking scenery, glamor and fun, and they raised the bar for all the MTV clips that followed.

Their visual style and omnipresence made a lasting imprint on my childhood memory. Watching the video for "Rio", I realize again how much my memories of the '80s are intertwined with the flash and color of the early MTV stars and their video clips.

Saw the VH1 "Behind the Music" special on the band last week and noticed Brad Elterman talking about the guys from Duran. You can find some of his photos from the group's early days here.