They're the band that made eyeliner cool for guys. Duran Duran, who ruled the pop charts in the 1980s, have returned with their original line-up to release their first song for almost 20 years. Out later this month, (Reach Up For The) Sunrise is the first single from their new album Astronaut, which took the English pop band three years to complete and will be on sale next month. Established in Birmingham in 1978 by keyboard player Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, Duran Duran later went through a couple of changes before they found their winning line-up - with guitarist Andy Taylor, drummer Roger Taylor and vocalist Simon Le Bon. After signing to record label EMI, they rose to fame in 1981 with the release of hit singles Planet Earth and Girls On Film. These were followed by chart toppers such as Hungry Like the Wolf, Rio, Save A Prayer and Is There Something I Should Know, which took the band to a new level of success with the exotic, groundbreaking music videos. They also broke the US market with worldwide hits The Reflex, Union of the Snake and Wild Boys. Inspired by style icons David Bowie and Roxy Music, Duran Duran always stood apart from the rest of the New Romantic bands that dominated the 1980s. They are still proud today of their dance-inducing, pop-rock sound. After recording James Bond movie theme A View To A Kill in 1985, the band split - John and Andy teamed up with singer Robert Palmer and drummer Tony Thomson to form Power Station, while the others set up arty, electro group Arcadia with guest performers Sting, Grace Jones and Herbie Hancock. Roger then left the band to live a new life on his farm in Gloucestershire, while Andy moved to Los Angeles to pursue a brief solo career. The trio made a few albums in the following years and managed to produce hits including Notorious, Ordinary World, Come Undone and Serious - but never recaptured the dizzy heights of their earlier fame. Three years ago, John decided to call up his old mates to start again. They rented a house in south of France and wrote 30 songs, 12 of which were chosen for Astronaut. Last week the guys were in town to promote Sunrise and meet their Hong Kong fans. Co-produced by Linkin Park's producer Don Gilmore under a new contract with Sony Music, the easy-listening Sunrise is a departure from Duran Duran's old sound. The uptempo dance/rock track is reminiscent of Rio, but with a more sophisticated arrangement due to technologic advances. 'This song is about letting go of the darkness and embracing the light of a new day,' says Rhodes, who still wears make-up two decades after it was trendy. 'The lyrics parallel the story of the band - that is a new beginning. It's a positive song. We are facing each day thinking there'll be something really special,' he said. Despite being in the industry for 25 years, Duran Duran are still energetic and enjoy their work. They've had a colourful past, inspiring many British bands such as Franz Ferdinand, and their new album promises to inject some excitement into the pop charts.