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He grew up in Birmingham, England, as the son of building contractor.
While those bands certainly blew up stateside shortly after, it wasn't by happenstance.
Durand Durand" in Roger Vadium's 1968 sci-fi cult classic , which sold more than 2 million copies.
Music critics may have been less than thrilled by the band, but Duran Duran started to attract quite a following with their "sinewy stew of rock, funk and electronica," as a writer for , Duran Duran became one of the most popular rock acts in the world.
The videos for such songs as "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio" got frequent airplay on MTV, which gave fans a chance to see the band in action.
A big part of Duran Duran's image was their personal style and artistic sensibilities.