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Indeed, Duran Duran have never been so highly rated by their peers.British club DJs who used to turn their noses up at bouncy - some said cheesy - anthems such as "Rio" and "Girls On Film" now feature them in thumping house remixes."Sunrise" is the theme tune to the television makeover show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.Two of the hottest new bands, Scissor Sisters and Goldfrapp, cheerfully cited Duran Duran as a major influence - and duly landed support slots on their recent UK tour.John and Andy Taylor, hankering after the respect of the grown-up rock audience, were playing with Robert Palmer in Power Station.

When they first appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1985, Duran Duran were described as the Fab Five.

They seemed hopelessly out of time, marooned in the brash-flash era of the early 1980s.