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Best Of New Wave Music: Duran Duran – The Wild Boys

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Best Of New Wave Music: Duran Duran – The Wild Boys

NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — “The Wild Boys” is the twelfth single by the English new wave band Duran Duran, released on 26 October 1984 in the United Kingdom and on 3 November 1984 in the United States. The song was the only studio track on the band’s live album Arena (1984), and was produced by Nile Rodgers, who had previously remixed the band’s previous single “The Reflex“. It was recorded at the end of July 1984 at Maison Rouge Studios in London.[1] It’s a classic music video in a terrifying future landscape — one of greatest videos of the 80s. “The Wild Boys” became one of the band’s biggest hits, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, behind “Out of Touch” by Hall & Oates and “Like a Virgin” by Madonna,[2] and also hitting number one on the US Cash Box.[3] It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,[4] and also reached the top position in Germany,[5] South Africa and Canada.[6] It also became the band’s biggest charting single in Australia, reaching number three.[7] Since the Rich TVX News Network tends to program very different kinds of popular music, this strategy also captures a number of genres of music most popular among young people: Rap/Hip-hop, Trap, but also New Wave music. The response, particularly from the target demographic — younger generation — was passionate. The younger generation is much better equipped than previous generations to discover good old music, thanks to the internet. The Rich TVX News Network cares about you.

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New Wave Music

New wave is a broad music genre that encompasses numerous pop-oriented styles from the late 1970s and the 1980s.[2] It was originally used as a catch-all term for the music that emerged after punk rock,[21] including punk itself, but may be viewed retrospectively as a more accessible counterpart of post-punk.[22] Although new wave shares punk’s do-it-yourself philosophy, the artists were more influenced by the lighter strains of 1960s pop while being opposed to the generally abrasive, political bents of punk rock and what was considered to be creatively stagnant corporate rock.[5] Common characteristics of new wave music include a humorous or quirky pop approach, the use of electronic sounds, and a distinctive visual style in music videos and fashion.[22][5] In the early 1980s, virtually every new pop/rock act – and particularly those that include synthesizers in their sound – were tagged as “new wave”.[22] By the 2000s, critical consensus favored “new wave” as an umbrella term that encompasses power popsynth-popska revival, and soft strains of punk rock.[8] New wave commercially peaked in the late 1970s and the early 1980s with numerous major artists and an abundance of one-hit wondersMTV, which was launched in 1981, heavily promoted new-wave acts, boosting the genre’s popularity.[22] In the mid-1980s, new wave declined with the emergence of the New RomanticNew Pop, and New Music genres.[23] Since the 1990s, new wave resurged several times with the growing nostalgia for several new-wave-influenced artists.[24][25][26]

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Duran Duran

Duran Duran (/djʊˌræn djʊˈræn/) are an English new wave[4] band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The group was a leading band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US in the 1980s.[5] The group was formed by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, with the later addition of drummer Roger Taylor, and after numerous personnel changes, guitarist Andy Taylor (none of the Taylors are related) and lead singer Simon Le Bon. These five members featured in the most commercially successful line-up. When Duran Duran emerged they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene,[6] along with bands such as Spandau Ballet and Visage.[7] The video age catapulted Duran Duran into the mainstream with the introduction of the 24-hour music channel MTV. Many of their videos were shot on 35 mm film, which gave a much more polished look than was standard at the time.[8] They also collaborated with professional film directors to take the quality a step further, often teaming up with Australian director Russell Mulcahy for some of their most memorable video offerings. In 1984, the band was an early innovator with video technology in its live stadium shows.[8] The band was one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, though by the end of the decade, membership and music style changes challenged the band before a resurgence in the early 1990s. After a couple of minor singles, the band’s first major hit was “Girls on Film” (1981), from their self-titled debut album, the popularity of which was enhanced by a controversial music video, which in heavily edited form, played in rotation on MTV. The band’s breakthrough album was Rio (1982), their second album, which peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US, number two in the United Kingdom, and number one in Australia and Canada. The songs “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf“, which featured cinematic music videos, became two of their biggest hits, with the latter winning the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 1984. Their follow-up third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger became their only UK number one album; it also reached top ten status in the US, Canada, Australia, and several other countries, and featured the US and UK number one single “The Reflex“. In 1985, the band topped the US charts with the single “A View to a Kill” from the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor both left before the recording of the band’s fourth album, 1986’s Notorious, which was produced by Nile Rogers and featured the top ten single, also named “Notorious“. The band spent the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s continuing to release albums and singles, to only moderate success. Their comeback album, 1993’s Duran Duran (commonly called The Wedding Album) returned the band to their former superstar status, featuring two top-ten worldwide hits “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone“. A 1995 album of cover songs, Thank You, produced a minor hit in the critically acclaimed cover of Lou Reed‘s “Perfect Day“, but was otherwise critically panned. After John Taylor left in 1997, the band released a number of albums and singles which (compared to prior releases) underperformed on the sales charts. A full reunion of the original lineup of LeBon, Rhodes, and all three Taylors in 2001 led to a number of highly successful concert tours and the 2004 album Astronaut, which reached number 3 in the UK and top 40 in numerous other countries. The album’s lead single “(Reach Up for The) Sunrise” was an international dance hit, and reached number five in the UK. Andy Taylor left again in 2006, and the band has released four additional albums, with the most recent being Future Past in October, 2021.

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