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Duran Duran played by supermodels in new video

November 10, 2011

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Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon play members of Duran Duran in a new nine-minute promotional video for the song ‘Girl Panic!’ from the band’s latest album, All We Need Now.

Cindy Crawford plays the part of bassist John Taylor, Helena Christensen sits in for drummer Roger Taylor, Eva Herzigova is Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon’s wife Yasmin plays a guitarist, and Naomi Campbell is upfront as lead singer Le Bon. They are seen playing instruments and wearing the band’s trademark suits.

The real members of Duran Duran have cameo roles as bellhops, waiters, chauffeurs and paparazzi.


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Lou Reed denies preventing Susan Boyle from performing ‘Perfect Day’

September 12, 2010

Fans of Susan Boyle may not have to threaten to burn copies of Transformer after all. Former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed insists it was not him who barred the Scottish singer from performing his song ‘Perfect Day’ on America’s Got Talent. It seems it was all down to a “licensing mix-up”.

TV companies have to obtain a licence from the copyright owner before they can broadcast the performance of a song. According to representatives for Reed, ‘Perfect Day’ was cleared to be performed in the UK, but was not licensed for a US performance in time for the America’s Got Talent recording.

Susan Boyle reportedly flew to Los Angeles especially to perform ‘Perfect Day’ – one of her favourite songs – for the season finale of America’s Got Talent. But when she arrived at the studio for the taping of the show, she was told she had been refused permission to perform the song. According to reports, SuBo was left “crushed and heartbroken” and left the stage in tears. She flew back to the UK immediately.

Reed, now 68, was turned into a villain in the media because of the incident. But his spokesman insists the singer had no idea about the drama surrounding Susan Boyle’s version of the song.

‘Perfect Day’ was written in 1972 for Lou Reed’s first solo album Transformer. It has been covered by artists such as Duran Duran, Patti Smith and Kirsty MacColl, and performed live by Coldplay and Luciano Pavarotti. It was also released as a chart-topping charity single in aid of Children In Need in 1997.

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