Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Retro Single of the Week - Duran Duran - The Wild Boys

My new retro single of the week is Duran Duran's 'The Wild Boys'.

'The Wild Boys' was released in 1984. It was Duran Duran's twelth single and was taken from their album Arena. The album was a live album, but this was the one studio track.

Duran Duran are an English band, and they formed back in 1978. They were new wave and syth, but a bit edgier than some of their counterparts at the time. They've had a few line up changes, but they started with Simon Le Bon on vocals, with Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor on guitar, bass and drums.

They accumulated 14 singles in the top 10 charts - pretty impressive. Wild Boys itself reached number 2 in the UK singles chart, just missing out on the top spot. They were held off the top spot by Chaka Khan with I Feel for You.

Apparently, the video for this single cost somewhere in the region of £1million. In those days, that was mega bucks. It was the age of video though, and this one is a classic. Its more like a mini film!!

It was based on the novel Wild Boys : A Book of the Dead which was apparently quite sexual. The video is a bit wild featuring sci-fi type heads and effects, and the band members being tortured!! Its fascinating to watch, especially lead singer Le Bon being strapped to a windmill!!

This is a catchy song - its more than a nod to the era its in - New Romantics and electro synth pop, but this is bolder, edgier, grittier. Le Bon's vocals are amazing - I had forgotten what a great talent he was. Its a really unique song too - there is nothing like it.

If you haven't heard of Duran Duran, you wouldn't go far wrong listening to this as one of their classics. If you do remember them, remind yourself what a great track this is.

Let me know what you think or how it made you flash back!! For more music, you can check out my previous singles of the week, retro picks plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

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