Village People: They were hot hot hot disco up until about 1980 - 1981 when they went from disco giants to disco flops virtually overnight. Their fictional biographical musical / comedy movie Can’t Stop the Music failed and the disco world collapsed. They then ditched some of the mustaches and wiped out the mishmash of blue collar costumes in favor of a more space age glam look and androgynous makeup with their next album, Renaissance. They dropped the disco beat and violins in favor of new wave keyboards. Result: ugh!
Duran Duran: They started as an “edgy” new wave group with their first album … at least as “edgy” as one can be with frilly shirts, in about 1980. They went mainstream and hit it big with huge new wave hit albums through 1986, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger. At this point, they defined the times instead of vice versa. Then, they went more jazzy and funky with Notorious in an effort to become more “respected” instead of being seen as just a teeny girl pop band. The music scene shifted to more house / dance, and rap was on its way up, and the band followed suit with Big Thing and Liberty. The music scene shifted to grunge and keyboards fell out of sight. The band went more soft rock with The Wedding Album. Then, og help them, they tried rapping on Thank You. A few rock albums later, and they are trying to stay “relevant” by teaming up with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake with Red Carpet Massacre, which is due out in November. Result: We’ll see, but their efforts to change with the times have not gone well, except for Ordinary World and Come Undone.