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Duran Duran is gearing up for the release of their 14th album, Paper Gods, September 11, and now you can hear the title track (play the video above).

When spoke to the band’s longtime collaborator Nile Rodgers, he told us that their new music is the culmination of everything he has been trying to do with them since they first worked together in 1984.

Related: Chic’s Nile Rodgers: ‘Duran Duran is Truly Like My Second Band’

“Duran Duran is truly like my second band,” he told us. “I’m so proud of them: from their begininngs to where they’ve come to now. Their earliest stuff was amazing: ‘Girls on Film,’ ‘Rio,’ those were fabulous records. But now, there’s a maturity that I was trying to bring out of them when I did the song ‘Wild Boys.’ I was very conscious and aware of the fact that they had sort of this ‘pretty boy’ image and they were the MTV band, and I knew what they were capable of, given the right direction. There’s no Duran Duran record that sounds like ‘Wild Boys,’ this was a real departure. And we did unbelievably well with it. So I thought, ‘Once they feel this vibe, and this kind of excitement from this semi-avantgarde record, now we’re in the Bowie neighborhood.’ And when you hear their new record, you’re gonna say, ‘They finally got it!’ It’s very semi-underground… until that hook kicks in.”

We’d say that’s an apt description of this song. 

Duran Duran will be back in the U.S. for a string of dates in September, check their website for more info.



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