Yoplait used Duran Duran‘s song Hungry Like the Wolf in an ad and the band took their website today to express their displeasure about it.
Many of you have written to us, voicing your dismay about the recent license of our song Hungry Like the Wolf, to a yoghurt commercial. Please know, Duran Duran do not support this usage of their music and unfortunately, this particular license was granted without any prior notification to any of us. Had we known, under no circumstances would we have backed it.
Thankfully, the ad has now been taken off the air and moving forward we hope to avoid any further situations like this.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with the song’s usage in this commercial. I don’t think it is that bad. To be honest, I prefer this to what H&M did their hit Girls on Film.
But what is really interesting about their message, is that we found out that musicians don’t always have control over who uses their tunes. It’s sad that they don’t have power over their own music. I wonder how many other musicians have been in D²’s situation and what advertisements used their songs without their permission. I’d like to think that is what happened to Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman because I detest the M&M’s commercial with I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Simon Le Bon came out for an event yesterday and he looked more like an aristocrat from the early 1900′s than a rock star in the year 2013. Rockers from ’80s are supposed to be Wild Boys wearing leather pants or jeans with holes in them, black boots and a T-Shirt, not a suit with an ascot. Now when it comes to that mustache at least he lost the curled up handlebar and that is the only positive thing I could say about it.
I don’t get how his model wife lets him out of the house looking like that, you’d think all she wants is her husband to be fashionable for this century and not for a hundred years ago.
The Duran Duran lead singer’s look is A View to a Kill, but not in a good way. So please someone kill that style now, so I don’t have to view it again.
For years we have seen Simon Le Bon with a full beard, but he recently shaved it off and now he is donning a handlebar mustache. So I am wondering if Duran Duran’s lead singer is switching genres going from New Wave to Barbershop Quartet. I mean I am just trying to come up with some rationale why he is curling his mustache like that because it looks ridiculous. I love D², but all I want is for him to shave that thing off.
UPDATE: Simon Le Bon has a sense of humor about his facial hair because here is what he Tweeted this morning, “Rumours abound his morning that the producers of Lithuanian Idol want to book my ‘tache to be on the judging panel.” Personally I think it is crazy enough to judge on American Idol, since that seems to be the requirement.
John Taylor has been highlighting his bangs since Duran Duran first took the top spot on the charts in the ’80s and now he is giving us a behind the scenes look of him getting a New Moon haircolor on Monday. The bassist said “Always a good look” on Twitter with the photo and I am sure he meant that sarcastically. But you know what he will always look good to me. Seeing him with foils in his hair was the highlight of my day.
If you want to see how it all turned out then click here!
Last week Duran Duran launched one of the most talked about music videos of the year and yesterday Simon Le Bon took to Twitter to say how Girl Panic could actually air on MTV. He said, “MTV excited about a DD vid! Whoever would’ve believed it?” And then he added, “Of course, I do mean MTV the website. To get on MTV the TV channel we’d have to do some reality nonsense about setting teddy bears pants on fire while on spring break in Ft Lauderdale, or suchlike.” You know what’s sad is that he so right.
Here are some other ways D2 could get on MTV. Simon could be a pregnant 16 year old girl? Or he could get his GTL on, do a crap load of sit ups and show off his abs as he tries to smush as many women as possible? The 4 members of the band could move into a house in some strange city as the cameras follow them around? Or wait since he has the beard maybe he can be a Teen Wolf? How do you think Duran Duran’s and other musicians could actually get their music videos on MusicTV?
Back in the days when the M in MTV stood for Music and the V in VH1 stood for Videos, Duran Duran was the King of Music Videos. Even though those glorious days of MTV and VH1 are long gone, Duran Duran proves that they are still just as regal as they were back then with their new video for Girl Panic.
I can’t think of any band that can top what they just did with their latest single off of their album All You Need Is Now. Something they teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar to do. You would think that the man that said, “Why rock stars marry models? Because they can! It’s the same answer to the question: ‘Why do dogs lick their balls?’ Because they can!” would be the one the came up with the concept for this video, and you would be wrong. It was not Simon LeBon’s idea, but Nick Rhodes and he told OK! how it came about. “Harpers had approached us about collaborating with the magazine on something really special… I’d had had this crazy idea for a video for the song Girl Panic! that looked fantastic on paper but that I thought in reality would be impossible to pull off. The idea was to recreate a day-in-the-life of the band, with five of the world’s greatest supermodels playing all of us. (They) loved the idea of doing a cover shoot within the video itself – and so it all began.”
This band that has wowed us with videos like Girls on Film, Rio, Wild Boys, A View to a Kill and so many more, and those all seemed rather daring. Well Simon LeBon added this about Girl Panic, “We have made some pretty ambitious videos over the years, but this one was certainly the most challenging to date.”
Why was it one of their most challenging, try working out the schedules of Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell and of course Simon’s wife Yamin. That is not an easy feat, but they did it. And I am so happy that they did because Girl Panic is one of the most impressive videos I have seen in a really long time. I can’t begin tell you how mesmerized I was watching it. It was as beautiful as the women and men involved with it.
So take about 10 minutes of your day today an enjoy Girl Panic!
John Taylor has always been my dream man, but after seeing the Duran Duran bassist dressed like the walking dead he is now the man of my nightmares. So Save a Prayer for me now because his View to a Kill is totally horrifying. Seriously isn’t his costume the scariest one of them all?
Back in the ’80s John Taylor was as known for his hair as being a member of a Duran Duran. Well the 51 year old has been back with the band for a while and now he is bringing back those blonde bangs he made so popular in 1984! I will do what I do to have him keep that look because it worked for him 27 years ago and it is working, oh so well, for him now!!!
Seriously don’t you think he looks as good with his blond bangs off his forehead as he does with them cascading over it!
Shh can I tell you a secret, I was a such a Duranie I tried to dye my bangs blonde like him, but it never looked like John’s…:-(
You know John Taylor‘s song I Do What I Do from 9 1/2 Weeks, well now we know what face he uses to get woman to do what he wants to have them. Seriously how sexy is the Duran Duran bassist in that picture showing off his new haircut? I would do what I do have him. I am happy now, because you don’t want to know what I fantasized about him after seeing that photo of him doing as he said “Suck ‘em in JT!?” I can think of something, I would like to…
Duran Duran recently did a photoshoot for Paper Magazine and the group’s Twitter page posted this behind the scenes picture from the shoot. I know this picture got my Reflex started when I saw the Wild Boy looking at himself like that. Seriously after that shot All I Need Is Now some alone time. Please don’t Come Undone with the Too Much Information I just gave you.
In all seriousness, I just love the shot of D2′s lead singer looking at his reflection in the mirror because it is very Rock’n’Roll. To me he has always been one my all time ultimate rockers ever since I read the answer he gave to this question, “Why rock stars marry models? Because they can! It’s the same answer to the question: ‘Why do dogs lick their balls?’ Because they can!” After I read that quote, I just had to respect the sh!t out of him because it is such the perfect answer from a rock star.