Duran Duran has released a new album 40 years after their debut.
LONDON: Duran Duran, a British pop band, didn’t sure how long they’d last when they debuted.
The new wave ensemble is still going strong 40 years later, with their 15th studio album, “Future Past,” being released on Friday.
“We would never have expected to be still making music together after all this time. We were just kids and we came together in punk rock,” according to Reuters, bassist John Taylor
“(In) the late 70s where nobody was thinking long term, it was like, could we just play next year?”
Duran Duran, founded in 1978 by Taylor and keyboardist Nick Rhodes, soared to stardom with classics including “Girls on Film” and “Rio”.
The band has sold over 100 million records worldwide and won two Grammy Awards, with lead singer Simon Le Bon and drummer Roger Taylor.
Their new song “Anniversary” commemorates the 40th anniversary of their debut album, which was released in 1981.
“‘Anniversary’ is a song that kind of celebrates the time that we’ve been together as a band, but it’s also open to everybody and anything anyone might want to celebrate,” Taylor said.
The band worked with producers Erol Alkan and Giorgio Moroder on their new album, which includes tunes by Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, Japanese punk band CHAI, and rapper Ivorian Doll, among others.
“We set our parameters very broadly from the very beginning. Our first album had dance songs on it … but it also had a six, seven minute instrumental with an orchestra and some darker songs,” Rhodes said.
“We always feel comfortable trying out different things in different genres musically”.
The band started working on the album in late 2018 and continued to work on it intermittently in 2019.
They had to cease for nearly ten months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“In some ways it was actually advantageous to have had a break because we’d never had that experience before, and we could look at it with fresh eyes and listen with fresh ears” Rhodes said. “It’s got a whole new feel for us”.
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