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“Fantasy is quite a powerful thing, it uncovers our desires, enlivens our hopes and energises us to see that things can be different, perhaps radically so,” he says. “In my case, the fantasies are more aligned to be ‘eco’ than ‘techno’, which is probably against the grain of most futuristic thinking.”

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On this day in music history: June 15, 1981 - “Duran Duran”, the debut album by Duran Duran is released. Produced by Colin Thurston, it is recorded at Red Bus Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Utopia Studio in London, and Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK from October - December 1980. The Birmingham, UK band are at the forefront of the New Romantic movement sweeping England at the time of its release. Boasting a wide variety of musical influences including David Bowie, The Sex Pistols and American R&B/dance music pioneers Chic, Duran Duran will marry these musical genres together developing their own unique sound. The album is a huge success in their native country spinning off three singles including “Planet Earth” (#12 UK) and “Girls On Film” (#5 UK). It go largely unnoticed in the US on its initial release, until it is reissued in April 1983 following their breakthrough success with their second album “Rio”. The original US release replaces the original single version of “Planet Earth” and substitutes it with the extended “Night Version” of the song. The track “To The Shore” included on the UK LP is not featured on either version of the US LP. Also, initial US pressings are issued with Harvest labels, with a subsequent re-pressing with maroon Capitol labels in 1982. The 1983 US reissue (w/ black rainbow colorband Capitol labels) is repackaged with redesigned cover art (cover photo taken by photographer Brian Aris), restoring the short version of “Planet Earth”, and adding the then new single “Is There Something I Should Know?” (#1 UK, #4 US Pop). The album is first remastered and reissued on CD in 2003, featuring the original UK LP track listing. It is remastered and reissued again in 2010 as a double CD + DVD special edition, with the first disc including the non-LP B-sides “Late Bar”, “Khanada”, “Fame” and “Faster Than Light”. The second disc includes fourteen bonus tracks including demo recordings, live BBC 1 radio performances, and the night versions and night mixes of “Planet Earth” and “Girls On Film”. The DVD includes the music videos for all of the singles, and television performances. “Duran Duran” peaks at number three on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Young Londoners talk inequality
Gentrification, class, housing, violence … in these excerpts from documentary interviews by film-maker and playwright Penny Woolcock, young men and women reveal what it’s like to be on the frontline of the inequality struggle on north London’s streets

Jogging towards gentrification: Sam, 23

I was standing in an area just outside of my estate by the pathway to Camley Street, which goes into the King’s Cross area, where they’ve just built a new urban nest and cooperative on the same road. But the whole road is the most cracked-out area, because it’s the route from Camden to King’s Cross.

At like 8pm, I looked to the side and I saw 60 white people, all who looked between the ages of 24 and 32, all smiling. Half of them were wearing matching red T-shirts with a slogan on it. There were two leaders at the front … and it was the scariest thing I’d ever seen in my entire life.

It was like they were sending a squad to go and scout the area – like before the Death Star arrives or something. It was absolutely frightening, so weird to see them, all smiling and happy. They looked like they all had jobs in like PR companies and were really successful.

In that area, everyone gets stopped and searched for the wrong reasons, for their appearance – but none of these people would’ve been. It was the middle of winter and had been dark for hours. You could see ponytails and new shoes and big containers full of what I’m guessing was like, kale juice or something.

They were just jogging, on an organised run, but in the most cracked-out part of my area. It’s weird – it’s a sign of things to come. It’s like them saying, “Hey, we’re here, we’re gonna jog round your area at night.” Because very simply, they’re just not supposed to feel safe in the area. The government have made it so that they’re not supposed to feel safe, but people of my social class are, because we have lower standards, right?

The whole reason the area looks so terrible, and the whole reason it’s been neglected and the reason there’s graffiti from the early 90s there, is because they think it’s OK to neglect it. When me, a black person, and when poor people live on the estate, it’s completely OK – it’s part of the system’s intentional neglect of an area until it’s time to move the rich people in.

It’s capitalism, it’s what happens. It’s the belief that some people should be better off than others. You can see it in this borough – my council estate hasn’t been well-kept, and now they’re knocking parts down to rebuild new block. And they won’t give any of it back to those who will be displaced because they’re marketing it to the wealthy. On the other side of the estate, there’s a big sign with a middle-class white lady in a nice dress, which says: “Maiden Lane: a place for everyone”, when the whole point of social housing is that it’s for the poorest people. “A place for everyone”? That’s fucking ridiculous.

And the reason I was so afraid when the runners came through is because I know the higher rents come with them. I know I won’t be able to afford my own area because those people are jogging through it.