U.S. fans almost missed the genius of Duran Duran's 'Night Boat'
While the slasher movie was maybe not born but perfected in the '80s, I think most of us agree that the best horror movies go beyond the blood and the gore as psychological terror is equally scary as a classic monster. In that vein, comes one Duran Duran video that wasn't played non-stop on MTV in the '80s called Night Boat.
In 1981, Duran Duran was all the rage in the U.K. with the release of their self-titled debut album, but it the U.S. it didn't catch on. However, when Rio went gangbusters in the U.S. in 1982, it stimulated a re-release in the U.S. of the album that included favorites like Girls On Film and Planet Earth. Included on the album is the album track Night Boat.
As the Duranies wetr so prone to do, they made videos for songs that were not in even singles, such as Night Boat. The video finds a Shakespeare-quoting Simon LeBon being driven into madness while waiting for the Night Boat. A missed distress call soon puts Simon, Nick, Andy, John and Roger in the wrong place at the wrong time as a ghost ship awaits. While the song is quite eerie in nature, how can you overlook the obvious that they guys in Duran Duran were incredibly "hot" even when being chased by female voodoo zombies that are equally interested in tearing the clothes off of Duran Duran just as much as non-zombie females in the '80s.
Night Boat was shot in the exotic locale of Antigua during the same sessions that Duran Duran filmed the video for Rio. Despite their initial slow start in the states, Duran Duran ended up being ranked by Billboard as the 17th most successful chart band of the '80s. Things have been pretty quiet on the DD front as no new material has emerged since 2015's Paper Gods.