Though he doesn't play with the Durannies anymore, Andy
Taylor is best known for his work with the group. Taylor was born in 1961 in
Dolver-Hampton, England and played guitar as a lad before answering an ad
asking for a guitarist. He met up with singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick
Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor (none of whom are related)
and began working on their self-titled debut, released in 1981. They fell in
with the New Romantic genre, combining pretty looks and fashion-conscious
clothing with pop, new wave and disco elements, and scored their first hits
with "Planet Earth" and "Girls on Film" -- whose randy video was filmed by
Godley and Creme.
Their second record, Rio, spawned further hits
with the title track and "Hungry Like the Wolf," while their third, Seven
and the Ragged Tiger, included "The Union of the Snake" and the mega-hit
"The Reflex." By this time the band was well-known for its combination of
synth-pop and rock elements, as well as Le Bon's intelligent, pained and poetic
lyrics. Their extravagant videos won the heart of MTV, and the group traveled
to exotic locations for filming with gorgeous models in scant clothing (Andy
Warhol once remarked that he masturbated to Duran Duran's lush videos).
Arena chronicled the band's first four years in live fashion, and
the band lent their skills to the title track of the James Bond film A View
To A Kill. However, the strain of super-stardom, touring and drug use began
to take its toll. Roger and Andy Taylor formed a side band, Power Station, with
singer Robert Palmer and bassist Tony Thompson, scoring hits with "Some Like It
Hot" and a cover of T.Rex's "Bang a Gong (Get It On)." Meanwhile, the other
Durannies formed the art-rock project Arcadia, also releasing one album.
The band attempted to reform, but Roger Taylor complained of heavy stress
levels and departed. Andy, on the other hand, left in favor of a solo career;
he played on Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You" and recorded an album of his
own, including the hit "Take it Easy," but has since faded from the public eye.
After a few rocky years, Duran Duran has again achieved success with guitarist
Warren Cuccurullo and the 1993 release Duran Duran: The Wedding Album,,
including the hits "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone."
Sonny Bono, Lyn Paul (New Seekers), James Ingram and Tony Kyle (Blow Monkeys).
-- Beth Winegarner