How many bands can you think of that, decades into their career, are still capable of springing surprises, of blazing fresh trails, creating new music that is up there with the imperishable songs that first propelled them to fame, fortune and critical acclaim? Its an interesting exercise, and a brief one a list you can make on the fingers of one hand. In 2015, Duran Duran will cement their place in that illustrious grouping with a new studio album their 14th, no less that burnishes their role in the story of pop, and puts the many young pretenders whose music they have influenced firmly in their place. As part of a major new recording deal with Warner Bros. Records, Paper Gods starts the next chapter in the history of the band, with a host of A-list collaborators including Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson, Janelle Monae, John Frusciante, Kiesza and Davide Rossi joining the party. We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album, says the bands keyboardist and aesthetic overlord, Nick Rhodes. We were talking the other day about artists that have been around for a long time our contemporaries and some older ones, and theres only a handful of the latter now, still out there playing shows. And we were saying, What albums did they make this far down the line that we own? And that was a difficult one.