Reflex action: Duran Duran lose court battle over song rights

Duran Duran members Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor, who wanted to terminate copyright agreements for the US. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Members of the pop group Duran Duran have lost a high court battle over US rights to some of their most famous songs. They failed to […]

30 Years Ago: Duran Duran Regroups and Finds New Paths Forward on ‘Notorious’

Duran Duran released its fourth studio album, Notorious , in November 1986. Stylistically, the Nile Rodgers-co-produced LP was a departure for the U.K. band, one that paired funk, soul and R&B flourishes—sharp horns, corrugated bass lines and falsetto crooning—with a radio-friendly, contemporary production sheen. Standouts include the sleek “American […]

However, Notorious‘ highlight was the title track, a tongue-twisting number (sample lyrics: “You own the money, you control the witness / I hear you’re lonely, don’t monkey with my business“) which landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains a Duran Duran setlist staple to this day. “We have to thank Nile Rodgers for that [song],” bassist John Taylor told Complex in 2012 “I think we have to thank Prince because Prince was into the minor sevens and Nile was giving us a tutorial on basic funk guitar. Out of that, that song was born. And yeah, that’s been a huge song for us.”

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Duran Duran released its fourth studio album, Notorious, in November 1986. Stylistically, the Nile Rodgers-co-produced LP was a departure for the U.K. band, one that paired funk, soul and R&B flourishes—sharp horns, corrugated bass lines and falsetto crooning—with a radio-friendly, contemporary production sheen. Standouts include the sleek “American Science” […]