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Duran Duran “thank God” for Mark Ronson

Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor says that the band are thankful for Mark Ronson’s help in recapturing their classic sound and keeping them relevant.

Although the group’s last album ‘Red Carpet Massacre’ in 2007 failed to dent the charts, Ronson brought the 80s hitmakers in to work on his second record and subsequently helped the group out on their own new album.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Taylor said:  "We all knew it was a very important album for us, it was do or die actually. After our last record didn't perform that well, we thought: 'The next one better be good, because it could be our last.'

"Thank God that we fell in with Mark Ronson, who showed us the way. Mark said: 'You need to rediscover your sound and how you made records back in 1983.'

"He had a vision that we could still be contemporary but recapture the ground that we used to occupy, one that other bands like The Killers had jumped onto."

Duran Duran's latest will be dropping later this month (December 21).

Watch some footage from the album's recording here: