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Duran Duran – Girl Panic!

Duran Duran‘s latest video premiered yesterday – Girl Panic!, featuring the original supers. Naomi (Campbell), Helena (Christensen), Eva (Herzigova), Cindy (Crawford) and Yasmin (Le Bon) make up the composite parts of the band, writhing around a plush hotel room, giving …

Wed, Nov 9, 2011, 08:30

   

Duran Duran‘s latest video premiered yesterday – Girl Panic!, featuring the original supers. Naomi (Campbell), Helena (Christensen), Eva (Herzigova), Cindy (Crawford) and Yasmin (Le Bon) make up the composite parts of the band, writhing around a plush hotel room, giving interviews all to what is a rather good tune. Obviously Duran Duran aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s something almost nostalgic at this stage about their specific sound, and it’s one that brings me to a place I was born too late for, but somewhere utterly fabulous all the same.

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The video is a veritable sight for sartorial sore eyes: limber, lithe supermodels roll around in a hotel room in six-inch heels with the odd shot of Balenciaga and Balmain for good measure. It’s also, to my feminist side, a highly objectifying and objectionable video: do we really need to see more gratuitous girl-on-girl action in videos? Really?

But, that said, I could watch it over and over again – there’s just so much to take in, and each watch (I’m on four now) yields something new. That look on Cindy’s face, that smirk from Naomi, those leg muscles, and, oh so many crotch shots . . . What do you think of the video? Are you a Duran Duran fan? Is it as much a museum-worthy time capsule for you as it is for me?

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