18 February 2017 | Rodrigo_Amaro
"Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand...". Duran Duran's power effort in the title track of their smash album "Rio" is one of those bigger than life songs that never gets old, never gets tiring and it's always effective wherever version you hear. John Taylor's funky bass is unforgettable just as the sax solo. From here, you get the idea that I'm a big fan of the song, its sound and appeal. The video isn't so much of a big effort. It's memorable but not that much. "Wild Boys" and "A View to a Kill" were better clips to their great songs than this one. Sure, "Rio" is memorable but it's quite dated and it's brilliancy has lost some touch over the years except for the music.
Frequent director from their clips, director Russell Mulcahy (yes, the same from "Highlander") presents the band performing the song on a boat while they admire a pretty girl (probably Rio); and lead vocal Simon LeBon is the chosen one who'll have to deal with the difficult girl - one of the most unforgettable shots from the clip revolves both talking on the phone, she's on the beach and he's on the boat and when she pulls the phone's cable LeBon's hits the water as if they were connected by a magic underwater phone. It's sexy, edgy for the time and has its charm but in visual terms of video clips were and became over the years, this hasn't much to offer except for a powerful song by one of the greatest bands of the 1980's. You can watch without problem as long as you won't get much demanding in what the clip has to offer: good editing, outstanding locations and Duran Duran at their peak. Nothing more. 8/10