Daily Duranie Spring Break

Originally, this blog – this post – was to be about a great many things. Simon’s recent interview, what fandom really means, and a plethora of other things that I wrote, re-read and deleted. Repeat.

Instead, this blog post is going to be a good-bye of sorts. I don’t want to get into the details, because in this case, they really do not matter to anyone but Amanda and me. What matters most is that Amanda and I have agreed to take a break, and it will be the most significant break we have ever taken from Daily Duranie. We’ve been at this for four years, six months and three days, as of today. I don’t even know how many posts that is offhand, but it’s a lot. Our collective spirits need a break. It’s not that the blog or being a Duran Duran fan isn’t fun….but it isn’t very much fun right now. We need a real refresher, with hopes that if and when we get back to it, we’ll be recharged and ready. So, we’re calling this our “Spring Break”.

For the next few weeks or so, you can imagine that we’re on a beach somewhere. Well, I am anyway…. Amanda probably isn’t because she’d be telling me that she’s baking alive or something like that. Maybe just imagine us in a bar somewhere. Having many vodka tonics and not talking about Duran Duran or fandom. That’s probably more accurate (well, the vodka tonic part certainly is). The good news is that we can make this whole bar scene happen in a couple of weeks when Amanda arrives in California for a visit.

-R

Duran Duran News: 3/8/15 to 3/15/15

Are you interested in reading all about the latest Duran Duran news from the last week (3/8/15 to 3/15/15)?  If so, read on.  Please note that I summarize official news (as opposed to unconfirmed rumors).

Public Appearances

As mentioned in last week’s summary, Simon was off to India to participate in the Cartier Travel in Style event.  Well, pictures and videos of the event have begun to surface, including this picture posted on Duran’s Facebook:

From Duran's Facebook
From Duran’s Facebook

Nick was also seen out in public this past week.  He attended the Savage Beauty VIP party.  Here is a picture that was posted on Duran Duran Argentina’s Facebook page:

From Duran Duran Argentina's Facebook
From Duran Duran Argentina’s Facebook

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet, one of Duran’s peers from the early 80s in England, is on tour.  Like many bands and artists, they have a tour program that can be purchased by fans in attendance.  Well, guess who wrote the foreword?  No, it wasn’t Tony Hadley or Martin Kemp.  It was John Taylor!  We all know that John is a very good writer so I’m sure that this foreword is quality!  If that wasn’t enough, Spandau also has a film out entitled “Soul Boys of the Western World.”  Guess which band is featured on that soundtrack?  That’s right.  Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf is on the soundtrack along with other fabulous artists like David Bowie and Kraftwerk.  That soundtrack is coming out this week!

Kiesza

Did you hear that the artist, Kiesza, will be collaborating with Duran Duran on their upcoming album?  DDHQ confirmed that this week.  I covered reactions to this news on the blog post here.

Best Synth Pop Tracks of the 1980s

feckingdeadly.com posted a piece this week on the best synth pop tracks of the 1980s.  Which Duran Duran song do you think made the list?  Make your prediction then go here to see if you were right!

What did I miss?  This week was, generally, rather quiet.  Will next week be more entertaining?  Exciting?  We shall see!

-A

Question of the Day: Sunday, March 15, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  Union of the Snake

Which song would be the better 6th track on the ultimate Duran Duran album?  It would follow the songs:  Rio, Planet Earth, Lonely in Your Nightmare, Careless Memories, and Hold Back the Rain.

#DD14 Collaboration: Kiesza

Yesterday, Duran Duran’s official Facebook and Twitter announced that the artist, Kiesza, is officially a part of the Duran’s upcoming album (known to all of us as #DD14 because no title will be shared).  The announcement was accompanied by an article on globeandmail.com, which you could read here, in which she fielded a question about her work with Duran Duran.  Now, this was not completely new information to many (or to me, but, our policy at Daily Duranie is NEVER to post rumors as truth until the rumors have been confirmed.  Call it blog and fan integrity.), but it still got quite a bit of reaction, nonetheless.

Reactions

As always, whenever, Duran Duran, through DDHQ and social media, announces anything, there is always a mixed bag.  That said, there are always some announcements that receive mostly positive, excited responses and others that tend to create more anxious or disgusted responses.  From what I could see, there is a lot of negative feedback from this piece of news.  What are people negative about:

*They don’t like Kiesza’s music.
*There are too many collaborations on #DD14.
*There shouldn’t be any collaborations at all.
*The album is taking too long.

Let’s break these down a bit.

Kiesza

From what I saw by the online comments about this collaboration is that a lot of people don’t know who she is.  I have to admit that I didn’t.  Then, obviously, many checked her out.  I’ll include her video, Hideaway, below so you, too, can judge her musical abilities.

Clearly, she is well-known by many outside of Duranland as the video had, at least, 19 million views on YouTube.  There are many fans who did know her or who did check her out that did not respond to her favorably.  Some simply pointed out that she is better than others Duran Duran has or are rumored to be collaborating with.  Yes, there are some fans of hers responding but…overall, the people responding weren’t excited by her appearance on the upcoming album.  One thing that I will say, in fairness, is that we don’t know exactly what or how much she will be singing on the album.  We also don’t know how her voice will sound with Duran’s music.  I remember people being apprehensive about Kelis and her contribution to Leopard.  Yet, for many, her vocals definitely added to the song.

Too Many Collaborations

Another comment that I saw in looking at the reactions to this update about the upcoming Duran Duran album is that there seems to be a TON of collaborations on the album.  Here is the list that I came up with and I might be missing many:

*Mark Ronson
*Nile Rodgers
*Mr. Hudson
*John Frusciante
*Voce Chamber Choir and the London Youth Chamber Choir
*Ali Lohan
*Possibly Lindsay Lohan
*Possibly Hollie Cook and Natasta Khan from Bats for Lashes (they were both seen at the studio, at least)

These are the ones who have been announced, confirmed, mentioned through official means, in some way, shape or form that I could remember.  Based on that list, the collaborations have been many.  Why do they need that many?  Frankly, many of these collaborators are very different from each other and VERY different from Duran Duran.  What affect will that have on the cohesiveness of the album?  Will it sound like one united album or will it feel and sound disjointed and strangely put together?  Will it feel like or sound like Duran Duran?  Many fans seem genuinely worried about this.  I know that I am.

Why Have Collaborations At All?

Some fans are wondering about the need for collaborations, in general.  These fans are quick to point out that they didn’t NEED collaborations in their early days.  Why do they seem to need them now?  Why can’t they just stand on their own?  Why do they need others?  Why can’t Duran Duran just make an album, by themselves? While I do understand that some collaborations truly do make songs special, I have wonder why they need this many collaborations.  It doesn’t necessarily send a message of confidence in themselves, which many fans are reacting to, I think.

Just Put Out the Album Already!

Let’s face it.  People are running out of patience.  No, obviously, not all people, not all fans are running out of patience but many are.  Many fans (including us!) just want the album out.  It has been taking too long.  (Before you send me hateful comments about how it always takes this long and I wouldn’t want to rush the artistic process, I refer you back to this post here about how long does it normally take Duran Duran.)  My point is that people are frustrated or are getting more and more frustrated.  These fans don’t want to hear about another collaboration.  They want to hear about song titles, album title, a RELEASE DATE.  They care about those things.  After all, none of us can really judge this collaboration or any other until we are able to hear the album for ourselves.

-A

Duran Duran History: Worcester 1984

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 31 years to the Sing Blue Silver Tour when Duran played at the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.  In fact, the band played 2 nights there on this tour.

Did anyone attend this show?  If so, what was it like?  What songs do you remember being played?  Any special memories stick out for you?

-A

Question of the Day: Saturday, March 14, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  New Religion

Which song would make the better 6th track on the ultimate Duran Duran album?  It would follow the songs:  Rio, Planet Earth, Lonely in Your Nightmare, Careless Memories, and Hold Back the Rain.

Duran Duran History: Come Undone Cover

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back three years to 2012 when an American rock band named Adrenaline Mob released the album, Omertà, which was their debut album.  On that album, they featured a cover version of the Duran Duran, Come Undone.

Here it is:

What do you think of it?

-A

Question of the Day: Friday, March 13, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  Nice

Which song would make the better 6th track on the ultimate Duran Duran album?  It would follow the songs:  Rio, Planet Earth, Lonely in Your Nightmare, Careless Memories and Hold Back the Rain.

Two Duran fans with a lot of opinions!