Duran Duran’s Girl Panic! + Harper’s Party Pix5November 8th, 2011
I should warn that as I type this, I’m in the heady throes of bliss, mesmerized and atomized. The new Duran Duran video for Girl Panic! is nine minutes long, which means you can watch it all the way through six times in one hour. It’s just premiered, and you can watch it here.
I’ll admit that I was apprehensive about the video. I mean, a bunch of miming supermodels? And what’s with the heavy-handed Swarovski and Harper’s Bazaar promos? I shared my deepest, darkest and snarkiest fears with a friend the other night as we wrung our pale hands over what had the potential to be a Falling Down redux, with anorexic models slumping in hallways and lothario band members doing their best to muster up the dashing. And what happened to that whole new “accessible and human” trajectory they spun off on with All You Need Is Now? Still, we couldn’t help but squee with anticipation. “A co-sponsored event video for a dead album track? Count me in!”
Turns out the video is sexy, sassy, flashy — and funny as hell. Another masterpiece from Jonas Akerlund, it’s like a sparkly little pill that lets you imagine yourself as a supermodel AND a rock star AT THE SAME TIME! Flinging the bling in times of economic downturn is what put Duran Duran on the map, and the coolest thing is not simply that the band hasn’t forgotten this, but that they still do it so damn well.
Below are some snaps from the Harper’s Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards last night at Claridges Hotel in London, where the video premiered. It’s no wonder our boys look so happy… they nailed it!
Muchas gracias y besos to Den and Sil for sharing the photos
Ummm…in the last pic on the top row, that’s not just John, Nick’s in there too!
I am amazed at how many people didn’t like the video for Falling Down as I thought it was genius! I’ll have to blog about it sometime…especially since Girl Panic has some similarities. Basically, I think Falling Down showed a lot about what causes(d) the band members to “fall down” in their lives.
I KNOW this is going to sound really catty … but honestly, everytime I look at pictures of Nick with Nefer … I just think he’s out with a kid.
Looking at Simon with Amber … and then Nick and his girlfriend … it’s just … yuck, IMO.
I DO wish Nick happiness. All I’m trying to say is the pictures look sort of awkward.