Friday, October 23, 2009

The Chauffeur

One of Duran Duran's more esoterically arty compositions is the haunting, eerie epic tone poem 'The Chauffeur', originally found on their 1982 sophomore blockbuster 'Rio'. This drama-in-song constitutes a discernible and welcome change of pace and mood from the more chart-friendly likes of 'Hungry Like the Wolf', 'The Reflex' and 'Girls on Film', and also offers a darker, edgier musical sensibility, as proven in its ghostly, icy synth ostinatos, steadily crawling drum-machine undertow and nightmarish, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Check out an appropriately theatrical live performance of the track, shot during the band's triumphant 'Sing Blue Silver' tour of 1984, during the period when they had all their Taylors together.


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