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  Who are Duran Duran?
Updated 17 February 2004, 22.37
Roger, Simon, John, Nick and Andy
Roger, Simon, John, Nick and Andy

Duran Duran have just been honoured with a special award at the Brits. Last year, they got an MTV lifetime achievement gong. But who are they?

The short answer is: "Ask your mum!" Back in the 1980s, Duran Duran were as massive as Busted or Blazin' Squad.

But in case your mum wasn't a fan, here's our guide to the 80s superstars.

Who's who in Duran Duran?
Simon Le Bon's the singer. John Taylor plays bass. Most girls used to fancy these two, although keyboard player Nick Rhodes, guitarist Andy Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor had lots of fans too.

How long have they been around?
More than 25 years. They rose to fame in the early 1980s, thanks to a string of catchy singles and their distinctive style. They reached the peak of their fame in the mid-80s, then the original line-up split.

What happened then?
The band members worked on other music projects. Simon and Nick ended up carrying on using the name Duran Duran.

When did they re-form?
They started working on new songs two years ago. They went on a couple of mini-tours. Then everything snowballed and they played sell-out gigs in the US and UK. They start an arena tour in April.

Why are they winning awards now?
They've sold 70 million records. Enough said!


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