'Is There Something YOU Should Know' About Duran Duran?

In honor of Duran Duran Appreciation Day on August 10, we look at some fun facts about the '80s English synth-pop band.
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John Taylor  Duran Duran: Big hair, bigger dreams. From left to right: Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes. (Courtesy of John Taylor)

Duran Duran: Big hair, bigger dreams. From left to right: Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes. (Courtesy of John Taylor)

Riding on their devilish good looks and the advent of MTV, Duran Duran was one of the most successful bands of the '80s, with early hits like "Rio," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Is There Something I Should Know?" and the controversial erotic club favorite "Girls on Film."

Check out some of these facts that'll be sure to make you swoon over "The Fab Five."

- Duran Duran is named after the villain Dr. Durand Durand (played by Milo O'Shea) in the 1968 classic Barbarella, also starring Jane Fonda.

John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor are NOT related. Their same last names were just a coincidence.

- Duran Duran was Princess Di's favorite band.

- Of all the James Bond-themed songs, the band's "A View to a Kill" was the only #1 hit in the U.S.

- In 2011 the mayor of Milan honored the band with the keys to the city and the distinguished title of 'Style Icons of the Twentieth Century.'

John Taylor  Duran Duran: The consummate trio gets artistic with their poses. (Courtesy of John Taylor)

The consummate trio (L to R: John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes) gets artistic with their poses. (Courtesy of John Taylor)

- In one of their lesser-known albums, Medazzaland (1997), keyboardist Nick Rhodes performs spoken word on one of the tracks, which was inspired by frontman Simon Le Bon's trip to the dentist. Drowsy from the drug Midazolam that was administered to Le Bon by his oral surgeon, one of the band members exclaimed “You’re still in Medazzaland, buddy.” (Inspiration comes in funny places.)

- Simon Le Bon was an actor before he was a singer. In his youth, Le Bon was in a soap commercial and performed in the West End play Tom Brown's Schooldays.

- Bassist John Taylor's creative juices are quite prolific. Outside of Duran Duran, he's recorded nine studio albums, collaborating with musicians like Robert Palmer, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Duff McKagan of Guns 'N Roses, and fellow bandmate Andy Taylor.