YMMV / Duran Duran

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Save a Prayer- "You saw me standing by the old corner of main street, and the lights are flashing on your windowsill. All alone ain't much fun so you're looking for the thrill." Anyone else think the song is from the perspective of a hooker?
  • Awesome Art: Patrick Nagel's iconic painting on the cover of Rio.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The song "A View To A Kill" is still the only James Bond song to go to #1 on the Billboard charts. (The previous best, topping out at no. 2, was "Live and Let Die" by some guy named Paul...)
  • Ear Worm:
    • Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand...
    • But I won't cry for yesterday; there's an ordinary world, that somehow IIIII HAVE TO FIIIIIIIIIIND!
  • Face of the Band: The band's lineup has been... eccentric over the years.
    • Since the band's founding in 1978, only keyboardist Nick Rhodes has remained for the entire run. Singer Simon LeBon appears on every album, though.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Duranies.
  • Narm: "Ordinary World" is a beautiful, introspective ballad, and arguably one of the best songs of their career. The issue is not the song itself, but the music video — it depicts the band singing the song to a woman wearing the most ridiculous bridal ensemble in the free world. One of the guitarists even plays with it at one point.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The controversial Girls on Film caused quite a stir and Simon Le Bon would later complain that its notoriety had overshadowed the message in his lyrics- the song is actually a rather scathing deconstruction of the objectification of women in media- one possible interpretation of the lyrics is that its about the death of a starlet at the hands of a Stalker with a Crush and a camera.
  • Seasonal Rot: Since their mid-eighties hiatus they've demonstrated an uncanny ability to follow up their most successful albums with a string of disappointing ones. The first post-hiatus release, Notorious, did fairly well, but Big Thing and Liberty were mediocre at best. The next release, The Wedding Album, was a big hit, but Pop Trash, Thank You and Medazzaland ranged from So Okay, It's Average to just plain awful. When the original five members got back together for the first time in twenty years they had another success with Astronaut, but they followed it up with the less successful Red Carpet Massacre.
    • It seems like this has been wonderfully averted with their 13th album, "All You Need is Now", which has been largely hailed as their best work since their heyday by both the fanbase and the critics. The 2015 follow-up Paper Gods got good reviews as well and became their first top 10 album on the Billboard Charts since 1993's The Wedding Album.
  • Tear Jerker: Save a Prayer, Out of My Mind, Ordinary World, Come Undone, and others.
  • Uncanny Valley: The disembodied heads floating above the stage during the Diamond in the Mind show. Especially once they start singing during "The Reflex."
  • Vindicated by History: "Serious" was their lowest charting single up to that point, performing so poorly that a proposed third single was shelved the day before shooting began for the video. Today most fans consider it an ignored classic and one of the main reasons Liberty manages to avoid Fanon Discontinuity.