Sunday, June 20, 2010

80's Jams #71: Duran Duran "Planet Earth" (1981)

Duran Duran's debut single is a good example of their early sound, a sort of new wave/ disco hybrid that crossbred the icy cool of groups like Roxy Music with the propulsive rhythms of groups like Chic. The lyrics of "Planet Earth" name-check the new romantic movement that spawned the group ("like some new romantic looking for the TV sound") and present the kind of bleak futuristic scenario popular with these groups as the song's narrator looks at the night sky and tells any aliens who may be watching that "there's no sign of life." -- Allmusic

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