Tel Aviv
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instrumental by Duran Duran
Released 15 June 1981
Recorded December 1980
Genre Pop
Length 5:16 minutes
Label Capitol, EMI
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer Colin Thurston
Duran Duran

"Tel Aviv" is an instrumental by Duran Duran, released on the band's debut album Duran Duran by Capitol-EMI on the 15 June 1981.

About the instrumentalEdit

Originally the instrumental was titled "On My Own in Tel-Aviv" and had lyrics. This was one of many songs that Simon Le Bon wrote in his notebook of poems, which he brought with him to his audition for Duran Duran in 1980.

Simon has stated that "Tel Aviv" is about when he was in Israel working on a Kibbutz. The track was the first to be recorded by the band, originally at AIR Studios in London, "Tel Aviv" eventually became a completely different track (and, according to Nick, the only thing that remains on the released version is the title) [1].

"Tel Aviv" is primarily instrumental but does feature some ethereal vocalizations by Simon, possibly words in Yiddish or Arabic. Strings were arranged by Richard Myhill, which was the first time Duran Duran used an orchestra.

According to the band, the album version was used as the opener for their first concerts, however they had a recorded version that Duran Duran did not actually perform. In recent years the band have in fact performed the song live, at times even accompanied by a full orchestra (violinists, etc.) in order to authentically recreate the live strings found on the original recording.[2]

Other appearancesEdit

Apart from appearing on Duran Duran's first album, the only other appearence of the song is on some bootleg albums, as well as a 12" UK "Sound of Thunder" promo single.

Track ListingEdit

  • Release information pertains UK release only

12": EMI EMI PSLP344

  1. "Sound of Thunder" - 4:06
  2. "Anyone Out There" - 4:02
  3. "Tel Aviv" - 5:16


Duran Duran are:

Also credited:


The afternoon, it's one maybe two
Slipping away at my last Goldstar, not much to do
Dream away the sunny day until it's time to leave
I'll just watch you pass on by
When I'm on my own in Tel Aviv

With the blocks to one side
The beach to the other
And the trees and the leaves
On my own in Tel Aviv
And the trees and the leaves
On my own in Tel Aviv
  • Lyrics for the unreleased original song

See alsoEdit


Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

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