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Working for the Skin Trade
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video by Duran Duran
Released 20 June 1988
1991 (UK)
Recorded 1987-1988
Format Beta video, LaserDisc, VHS video
Genre Concert film
Length 57 minutes
Label EMI, PMI
Director David Gasperik
Executive Producer Anthony Eaton
Duran Duran

Working for the Skin Trade is a concert video by Duran Duran, released by EMI-PMI on 20 June 1988.

About the video[]

The video features live Duran Duran performances recorded during The Strange Behaviour Tour in 1987 and 1988.

Included is footage from the Praca De Aporteose in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on 8 January 1988, which was filmed in front of 100,000 people. There are also recordings from the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View in San Francisco, USA on 31 July 1987.

The title originated when Simon Le Bon was starting out in the music business and his mother asked him "When are you going to get a PROPER job?", which he felt was like "Working for the skin trade".

Working for the Skin Trade was released on the VHS video, Beta video and LaserDisc formats. The video was not released in the USA.

In 2006, the DD Fan Club released an unofficial DVD version with 4 bonus tracks. This release also features the original sleeve artwork, a Japanese obi-strip and an 8-page foldout booklet.

Sleeve notes[]

In a burst of smoke and a flash of light, the core of Duran Duran - Simon Le Bon (lead vocals), John Taylor (bass guitar) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards) - took their place on stage along with the seven instrumentalists and vocalists added for the tour.

The nearly two-hour show kicked off with "A View to a Kill", while a three-piece horn section added a brassy punch to the title track from the James Bond film of the same name.

It was songs such as "Hold Me", "Meet El Presidente" and "Skin Trade" from the then-recently released album Notorious, which were the true indications of the group's new, more mature musical direction.

Track listing[]

  1. Intro
  2. "A View to a Kill"
  3. "Notorious"
  4. "New Religion"
  5. "Vertigo"
  6. "The Chauffeur"
  7. "Save A Prayer"
  8. "Skin Trade"
  9. "Hungry Like the Wolf"
  10. "The Wild Boys"


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  • Director - David Gasperik
  • Executive Producer - Anthony Eaton
  • Co-producers - Douglas C. Forbes, Carolyn Brookes
  • Brooks / Gasperik Film
  • Tall Pony Production

See also[]