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Bassist John Taylor first rose to fame in the 1980s as a member of the internationally successful band Duran Duran.
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Duran Duran, the strikingly handsome pop quintet from Birmingham, pumped out three decades of top hits including "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Rio", "Save A Prayer" and "The Reflex."
Duran Duran's John Taylor describes his early career and his memoir "In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran."
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After a successful stint in rehab for drugs and alcohol, he got sober. "In many ways, I'm lucky to be alive. I could have checked out a number of times," Taylor told Britain's Metro magazine. He left Duran Duran around this time, but his exit wasn't permanent.
Taylor returned to Duran Duran in 2001. Derided by critics earlier in their career, Duran Duran picked up a lifetime achievement honor at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. The following year,
they played live—the first reunion of the original five members on stage in nearly 20 years—at the BRIT Awards. Duran Duran received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the event. That same year, the group had a bit of career renaissance on the charts with Astronaut (2004), which sold more than 2 million copies.
Duran Duran—minus Andy Taylor—continues to record and tour together. In 2011, they released All You Need Is Now and hit the road for a two-year world tour, performing at SXSW and Coachella. They are currently working on a new album set to release in the spring of 2013.
Known for his funk and disco-influenced bass lines, Taylor explored another side of his musical interests in Power Station with singer Robert Palmer, drummer Tony Thompson of Chic fame and his band mate Andy Taylor. This unusual supergroup made the charts with such dance-oriented tracks as "Some Like It Hot" and a cover of the T-Rex classic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)" in 1985. Taylor went solo for the 9 1/2 Weeks soundtrack with the song "I Do What I Do" the following year.
In the 1990s, Taylor paired up with former Sex Pistols member Steve Jones to play as part of the Neurotic Outsiders. The band released one self-titled album together. Taylor has also worked with former bandmate Stephen Duffy, as the Devils.
Taylor is currently married to Juicy Couture co-founder Gela Nash-Taylor. He has a daughter from his first marriage to Amanda De Cadenet.
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