Hip-hop be damned, Duran Duran invented bling. Long before Notorious B.I.G. and P.Diddy née Puff Daddy cruised the waves in their massive motorboat in the 1997 video for “Hypnotize,” the boys in the late Princess Di’s favorite band sailed on yachts in Armani suits, scored with a harem of supermodels, ventured to exotic locales to shoot videos, and did enough blow to prang out an elephant herd.
It was the ’80s, the era of sweatbands and legwarmers, Nintendo and MTV. Thanks to the latter, the Birmingham quintet, consisting of vocalist Simon Le Bon, innovative keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, guitarist Andy Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor (none of them related), became superstars. Duran Duran took the music video to the next level, pouring more money into the three-to-four minute clips than anyone before, buoyed on a string of first-rate, sexually charged singles such as “Girls on Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and “Wild Boys.”