Cleopatra Records a four-song Duran Duran demo recorded in 1979 and featuring early singer Andy Wickett on vocals, a collection that includes the original version of hit single “Girls on Film” and a song called “See Me Repeat Me” that later would be re-worked into the song “Rio.”
The EP, titled Girls On Film 1979 Demo, also features the songs “Reincarnation” and “Working the Steel,” and can be streamed below via Bandcamp, where it is now on sale digitally and in CD and vinyl formats.
The young group recorded the demos in September 1979, with Wickett joined by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor at Bob Lamb’s studio in Moseley, Birmingham. Wickett played a major part in writing “Girls on Film” — check out the harmonica on this version — according to Cleopatra Records, which cites Andy Taylor’s autobiography.
Wickett is quoted in the press release announcing the demos EP as saying:
“It is important for people to understand the true origins of the song ‘Girls on Film’ and to hear the edgy sound that Duran Duran had in the beginning. This song was inspired by the dark side of the glitz and glamour, where these perfect idols suffered tragedy and addiction. The film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ was also a big influence with its tale of a fading movie star.”
Wickett would be out of the group the following year, replaced by Simon Le Bon. And Duran Duran went on to release “Girls On Film” in July 1981 and “Rio” in October 1982; both songs were Top 10 hits in the U.K., helping propel the group to superstardom.
Check out the full EP below.