Wild Boys: The Story of Duran Duran

A doc­u­ment­ary (2000) that tells it all about the rise and fall of Duran Duran. With inter­views from the band, and fea­tur­ing: Debbie Harry, Yasmin Le Bon, Duran Duran man­agers Paul and Michael Berrow, Claudia Schiffer, Nile Rodgers and Lou Reed.

Duran Duran came out of Birmingham and conquered the world dur­ing the 1980s. Originally a New Romantic band in full make-up and cos­sack pants, they rap­idly became bed­room pin-ups for a gen­er­a­tion of teen­age girls.

Led by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, Duran Duran dom­in­ated the British and American charts in the mid-1980s with clas­sic singles such as Rio, Save a Prayer and Wild Boys. Pioneers of the MTV-style promo video – from the X‑rated Girls on Film to Raiders of the Lost Ark spoof Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran were the 80s equi­val­ent of The Beatles in America and out­sold Spandau Ballet and Wham! in their pomp.

Sixty mil­lion records later, Le Bon and Rhodes are seen tour­ing America with their Pop Trash pro­ject from the early 2000s. The doc­u­ment­ary reflects on the heady heights of Duran Duran's career, the cracks in their make-up plus the effects of sex, drugs and fame on ordin­ary boys from work­ing-class backgrounds.

Apart from the key Durannies – Le Bon, Rhodes and John Taylor – the pro­gramme also fea­tures celebrity inter­views with Debbie Harry, Yasmin Le Bon, Duran Duran man­agers Paul and Michael Berrow, Claudia Schiffer, Nile Rodgers and Lou Reed.

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