Notorious (Duran Duran album)

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Studio album by
Released21 November 1986 (1986-11-21)[1]
RecordedJune–September 1986
  • Abbey Road (London)
  • AIR (London)
  • Davout (Paris)
  • Maison Rouge (London)
  • Skyline (New York City)
  • Westside (London)[2]
Duran Duran chronology
Big Thing
Singles from Notorious
  1. "Notorious"
    Released: 20 October 1986
  2. "Skin Trade"
    Released: January 1987
  3. "Meet El Presidente"
    Released: April 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
Rolling Stone[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]

Notorious is the fourth studio album by English new wave band Duran Duran, released on 21 November 1986 by EMI. The album peaked at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 12 on the US Billboard 200. Produced by the band with Nile Rodgers, the album showcased a new 'funk-pop'[9] musical direction for the band, emphasizing bass and brass, as exemplified by the singles "Notorious" and "Skin Trade".

In 2010, EMI released a raft of material surrounding the Notorious reissue consisting of a two-disc set, a deluxe three-disc set, a digital only EP and a digital only live album. The box set also includes remixes, live tracks and the Working for the Skin Trade live video (for the first time on DVD).


After their extensive 1984 world tour Duran Duran took a break and eventually split into two different side projects, Arcadia and Power Station. When they reconvened in 1986 to record a new album with Nile Rodgers the band faced several problems and conflicts. Drummer Roger Taylor was too exhausted to continue in the music business, and guitarist Andy Taylor soon also left the band after taking part in some early recording sessions for the album. The remaining three members continued as a trio, recruiting Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and drummer Steve Ferrone to play on the album.[10]

In years to come, the band would refer to Notorious as their Alfred Hitchcock-inspired album. This is due to having a number of tracks titled after Hitchcock movies. In addition to the album and lead single named for the film Notorious, there was also Vertigo and Rope, the original title for "Hold Me".[citation needed]


The album's first single "Notorious" was a commercial success, reaching number two in the United States and number seven in the United Kingdom. It was the first Duran Duran single to be released with a second remix 12-inch single, led off by a remix by The Latin Rascals.

"Skin Trade" was a Bowie-flavoured track notable for Le Bon singing in a Prince-like falsetto, as well as featuring The Borneo Horns quite heavily. John Taylor has since been quoted as saying that his disillusion with the charts began when "Skin Trade" failed to reach the UK top 20.

The sleeve to the "Skin Trade" single was banned in several countries, as it featured an airbrushed naked female buttock. In the UK and US, the single was released in a plain pink/red sleeve, though the original sleeve was released in Canada and France.

To commemorate the band's 1987 Strange Behaviour Tour, several promotional-only remixes were commissioned for "Skin Trade", including the "Parisian Mix" and the "S.O.S. Dub". These were initially released on a US-only promotional 12-inch single with mixes of "Meet El Presidente" on the flip-side.

"Meet El Presidente", released to coincide with the tour in April 1987, reached #24 in the UK. It was their first single to be released on CD (catalogue number CD TOUR 1), which featured all the tracks from the 12-inch vinyl single. In the US, the single was released under the title "The Presidential Suite".

"A Matter of Feeling" was released in January 1988 as a promotional single in Brazil. Prior to this it was included on the original soundtrack to the Brazilian telenovela Mandala (1987–1988), produced by Rede Globo.[11]

To drum up further interest in the album, a collection of otherwise unavailable remixes was released on a promotional double 12-inch pack titled Master Mixes in the US and Hong Kong.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon.

Side one
2."American Science"4:43
3."Skin Trade"5:57
4."A Matter of Feeling"5:56
5."Hold Me"4:31
Side two
6."Vertigo (Do the Demolition)"4:44
7."So Misled"4:04
8."Meet El Presidente"4:19
9."Winter Marches On"3:25
2010 remastered edition bonus tracks: Single versions and B-sides
11."We Need You"2:54
12."Notorious" (45 mix)4:01
13."Skin Trade" (radio cut)4:28
14."Meet El Presidente" (7" remix)3:38
2010 remastered edition bonus disc: Mixes
1."Notorious" (extended mix)5:18
2."Meet El Presidente" (Presidential Suite mix)7:15
3."Skin Trade" (Parisian mix)8:08
4."American Science" (Chemical reaction mix)7:45
5."Vertigo (Do the Demolition)" (Mantronix mix)6:34
6."Skin Trade" (Stretch mix)7:44
7."Notoriousaurus Rex"8:19
2010 remastered edition bonus disc: Duran Goes Dutch EP (recorded at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, 7 May 1987)
8."Notorious" (live)4:15
9."Vertigo (Do the Demolition)" (live)5:28
10."New Religion" (live)5:50
11."American Science" (live)5:00
12."Hungry Like the Wolf" (live)5:07
2010 remastered deluxe edition bonus DVD: Working for the Skin Trade (live during the Strange Behaviour Tour in Rio de Janeiro)
2."A View to a Kill" 
4."New Religion" 
5."Vertigo (Do the Demolition)" 
6."The Chauffeur" 
7."Save a Prayer" 
8."Skin Trade" 
9."Hungry Like the Wolf" 
10."Wild Boys" 
2010 remastered deluxe edition bonus DVD: The videos
13."Skin Trade" 
14."Meet El Presidente" 
2010 remastered deluxe edition bonus DVD: Top of the Pops
5.Untitled (6/11/86) 

2010 digital-only releases[edit]

Remix EP
1."Skin Trade" (S.O.S Dub)7:19
2."Meet El Presidente" (Meet El Beat)5:33
3."American Science" (Meltdown Dub)7:29
4."Vertigo (Do the Demolition)" (B-Boy Mix)6:04
5."Notorious" (Latin Rascals Mix)6:24
Live at The Beacon Theater, New York City, 31 August 1987
1."Introduction/A View to a Kill" 
3."American Science" 
4."Union of the Snake" 
5."Vertigo (Do the Demolition)" 
6."New Religion" 
7."Meet El Presidente" 
8."Election Day" 
9."Some Like It Hot" 
10."The Chauffeur" 
11."Skin Trade" 
12."Hold Me" (incorporating "Dance to the Music") 
13."Is There Something I Should Know?" 
14."Hungry Like the Wolf" 




Certifications for Notorious
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[29] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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