Brummie fops' weird wilderness years
Once in commercial decline, paunches growing, supermodels fleeing, Duran indulged their youthful influences, resulting in both happy accidents and horrid abominations. Their best singles emerged from this period in the snappy “Notorious” and the implausibly affecting “Ordinary World”. “Skin Trade”, too, is half as sexy as they think it is, and thus fairly sexy. Also here are the unintentionally comical covers, from “White Lines” (don’t, don’t do it) to “Femme Fatale” and “The Needle And The Damage Done”, which are Peter Kay in a white jacket with sleeves rolled up. Demigods of Naff.