Idol revival

Duran Duran’s pin-up bassist John Taylor lived life on the edge in the 80s amid a haze of parties, but now he’s sober, the band are reunited doing what they do best – and he believes his fans have given him permission to be in love

2nd April, 2011
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For millions of fans around the world in the 1980s, Duran Duran were less like a band than a religion.

Lipsticked, lush, romantic, optimistic and flush with beauty and youth, between 1981 and 1985 they bestrode the music charts like pouting pop colossuses.

At primary school, I had a friend whose elder sister didn’t wash her hand for weeks after lead singer Simon Le Bon touched it at a concert.

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