It’s New Romantic Friday! Time to tease your hair, put on your shoulder pads and pat on heavy makeup – today let’s revisit the ’80s for Duran Duran!
WHO: Duran Duran
GENRE: Synthpop/New romantic/New wave
Duran Duran reigned supreme during the 1980’s – they were certainly one of the most flamboyant bands during that time, and enjoyed the spotlight even if it meant dabbling in a bit of controversy. They hired fashion designers to build a signature look, making them the “prettiest boys in rock.” More interestingly, they were among the first bands to have their videos created using 35mm film movie cameras!
“Girls on Film” was released in 1981. The song opens with the whirring sound of a camera – a Nikon – which belonged to their band manager’s father.
The original music video gained controversy for its use of models in racy clothing and nudity. Watch the censored/edited version below:
It was speculated that the song was about the exploitation of fashion models; others argued it was about pr0n. What do you think?