Rio - as seen in 1982

A contemporary review from May 1982. Melody Maker was not necessarily a Duran-cheering publication, sitting half-way between Smash Hits and NME. It was able to recognize the skills of and craft of the pop song without sneering at the commercialisation of being a success. The cue to their position within the pop critiquing circles is their allusion to the punk era and the lack of a political agenda which was crucial in those times.

Note how the reviewer uses Spandau as a comparison and considers them washed - before their biggest successes. I assume Tony Hadley has become re-acquainted with Altered Images at his recent Butlins gigs.

Also fun to pick out is the songs that matter to the reviewer. He misses Hungry Like The Wolf and heads to Lonely In Your Nightmare, whilst dismissing The Chauffeur which has become the favourite track of non-Duranies.


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