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1970Edit

1971Edit

Date Event
 ? Simon makes his first ever record with Mr. Turvey, the Church organist in Pinner.
 ? Roger begins "bashing away at milk bottles with [his mum's] knitting needles"
 ? John paints metal soldiers and plays wargames with longtime friend David Twist (who attends school with Nick Bates)
 ? David Twist introduces Nick and John at a music swap meet
 ? Nick and John find they live right around the corner from each other in Hollywood (a suburb of Birmingham)

1972Edit

Date Event
May 9 Simon makes his London West End debut at the Cambridge Theatre in a production of Tom Brown's Schooldays, which included Keith Chegwin and Russell Grant.
 ? Simon buys A Clockwork Orange (soundtrack), featuring instrumental music that would later open Duran Duran shows during 2008 and 2009.
 ? Andy's mother Blanche leaves the Taylor family; some time later his father remarries, to Sandra, who brings Andy's two step-sisters to join the family
 ? Andy receives first "real" guitar
 ? John is kicked out of music class at school for showing more interest in Alice Cooper than in the standard curriculum


1973Edit

1974Edit

Date Event
 ? David Black secures Andy an audition with a covers band; at thirteen, Andy leaves school and tours men's clubs around Northern England for £30-40 a week
 ? Warren graduates from Canarsie high school, plays in local New York bands, gives guitar lessons, and travels to any Frank Zappa show within 500 miles, trying to meet Zappa and submit tapes of his guitar work
 ? Roger begins drumming along with his favorite records, and occasionally with local bands
John begins washing cars for money to spend on his hobbies: wargames and music
 ? Nick buys his first record -- David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Apr 23 John goes with Nick to attend his first concert - Mick Ronson at the Birmingham Town Hall
Sep John and Nick stand in line for hours to get tickets to a Roxy Music show

1975Edit

Date Event
 ? Sterling Campbell begins playing drums at 11
 ? Simon performed with punk band Dog Days when he was 17. At one gig they were fourth on the bill and were not allowed to play on the stage, they had to play on the floor!

1976Edit

Date Event
 ? Roger works in a yacht shop and buys his own boat
 ? Roger sells his boat to buy a drum kit, sets it up in his bedroom, and drives his parents crazy

1977Edit

Date Event
 ? Roger joins punk band Crucified Toad
 ? Simon plays in a pub band called Bolleaux; works as a hospital porter, and does one term at art school
 ? Andy joins pop punk band The Gigolos, which soon changes its name to Motorway
 ? Motorway signs a singles deal with A&M Records, and put out their first and only record, a single called "Teenage Girls"
 ? Warren becomes friends with Frank Zappa and his band (including Vinnie Colaiuta, Patrick O'Hearn and Terry Bozzio, who had recently begun living with girlfriend Dale)
 ? A Newcastle contest for punk bands under 16 offers as a prize the opportunity to be recorded in studio; the producer is unable to be there and offers Andy a chance to fill in
 ? At sixteen, Andy produces a single for the contest winners, Ward 34 (who were about thirteen at the time)
 ? John joins first "real" band, Shock Treatment, with singer David Twist
Jul Shock Treatment: Forshaw Heath Rugby Club, Birmingham, England
John plays his first live show; TV Eye, which Dave Twist would later join, also played that night
 ? Roger moves on to join another punk band, the Scent Organs (frequently referred to as Sex Organs), with singer Jeff Thomas
 ? The Scent Organs take turns rehearsing at band members' houses, until Roger's mother arranges for them to practice at the local church hall
 ? The vicar turns The Scent Organs out of the church hall for annoying the neighbors
Aug 22 Shock Treatment: Rebecca's, Birmingham, UK (with The Verdicts and The Prefects)

"My first band - Shock Treatment [...] played their debut gig at Rebecca's club in Birmingham in late '77....we couldn't play a note...the guitarist (John Taylor - later of Duran Duran) simply made a 'bar' across all the strings with with his left hand and strummed till he, literally, bled. Gareth, our bass player, stood with his back to the crowd, Stu Sutcliffe style, to hide his lack of ability. My lack of ability as a rather camp 17 year old Johnny Rotten wannabe was all too apparent. We left the stage to stunned silence." -- Dave Twist, Sleazegrinder Magazine

 ? Shock Treatment plays a couple more dates supporting The Prefects
Oct Warren is filmed backstage as part of Frank Zappa's movie Baby Snakes
Dec 31 Warren attends Zappa's New Year's Eve show in Los Angeles and is invited to Zappa's home after the show to listen to the unreleased Baby Snakes soundtrack


Andy Taylor forms a punk band with legendary blues man Byron Baddoo on bass and vocals as well as practicing at andys home in they also practised at Byrons mums house in the attic. Andy moved on to perform in USA army bases in Germany while Byrons mum made him complete his apprenticeship so he would have "something to fall back on" if the rock n roll life style failed

1978Edit

Duran Duran founded: see 1978

1979Edit

Duran Duran searches for success: see 1979

<< 1960s 1970s 1978 >>

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