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Duran Duran and the glamour v grit music wars of the 80s
Ahead of tonight's BBC4 Duran Duran night.. There is one rather interesting section of my interview with John Taylor and Roger Taylor we couldn't quite get into the final Front Row edit on Monday night. So here's the transcript. Growing up in the 80s it's clear that not only was there an enduring sneering attitude against any band that had a large female teenage fan following, but bands were politically labelled. In the era of Red Wedge, the yachts, the sharp suits and the models saw the band put alongside yuppies and bankers on one side of what felt like a rigidly policed divide about class and attitude. You can listen to the broadcast interview here. It features a broader discussion on their roots, the way traditional indies like NME and Melody Maker sneered at bands with a large teenage female following, and how Duran Duran made a stonking great Bond theme with a very grumpy John Barry. Samira Ahmed: The thing about the 80s was it was a time when music could be quite political,