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Throwback Thursday: "Rio" by Duran Duran

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Released in May 1982, the song, “Rio,” appeared as the first track on the album of the same name by the English new wave band Duran Duran. The band, named after the evil scientist, Durnad Durand, from the 1968 movie Barbarella, consisted of John Taylor (bass), Simon Le Bon (lead vocals), Dominic Brown (guitar), Roger Taylor (drums), Andy Taylor (guitar), and Nick Rhodes (keyboards). Incidentally, none of the Taylors in the band are related to each other. (imdb.com) The song Rio was the last single released from the album. Critics count Rio as one to the quintessential pop albums of the 1980s. Duran Duran notably rode the rock video craze driven by the emergence of MTV in the early 1980s. Duran Duran’s videos were often shot in 35mm film and had a very cinematic quality. The video for “Rio” was shot in and around Antigua in the Caribbean.