BBC In Concert Hammersmith Odeon 17th December 1981 is an early concert recording of Duran Duran made and broadcast by the BBC in the UK.
It was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London..
At this stage they’d only released one studio album, the self-titled Duran Duran and they were a leading band in the New Romantics movement in new wave. Girls On Film had been a top 5 single in the UK whilst Planet Earth and My Own Way made the top 20.
Of course, they’d go on to become a huge teeny-bopper band but, at this stage, they sound very fresh.
Songs On Duran Duran BBC In Concert Hammersmith Odeon 17th December 1981
Anyone Out There – 4:16
Planet Earth – 4:50
To The Shore – 3:56
Late Bar – 3:08
Last Chance On The Stairway – 4:53
Khanada – 4:37
Night Boat – 5:26
Sound Of Thunder – 4:12
Faster Than Light – 5:10
My Own Way – 4:06
Careless Memories – 4:49
Girls On Film – 6:08
Planet Earth (Night Version) – 6:53
Try not to let their later pretty boys image put you off, the group had plenty of talent and play a commercial style of new wave dance rock.
The New Romantics may have had a funny dress sense but they knew good tunes when they heard them and bands like early Duran Duran and Ultravox needed to be rediscovered.
I prefer guitars to synthesisers but there’s a place for live recordings like this.
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