Greetings from Austin, Texas, where the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals are well underway. Two nights ago, Duran Duran headlined at Stubb’s. I was happily immersed in the Film Festival while they performed, but my brother Andy was at the show and said the band delivered a good mix of songs. Crowd-pleaser “The Chauffeur” was awesome. Furthermore, the band opened with “A View to a Kill” (how wonderfully unexpected)!
Also unexpected is Duran Duran’s video for “Planet Earth.” Before band members donned designer suits and jetted off to exotic locations in adventure-filled music videos, they danced on a platform for this track. No candy-colored jackets or casual island-wear. But there were ruffled shirts a la New Romantic style. A quick glance may mislead you–this looks more like Spandau Ballet than Duran Duran.
Then another glimpse reveals hints of the signature style we all know and love: energetic delivery (these guys are true performers), an ever-changing array of hair colors and styles, and just the right amount of make-up. Why don’t my cheekbones ever look that defined? Seriously.
Equally noteworthy is the video’s set. With a background that screams Art Deco, lo-fi effects, and some interesting abstract overlay that rivals the best in ’80s graphic design, it’s hard not to get carried away by the geometric visuals in this gem of a video from the early days of Duran Duran. 1981 ruled!