It has been a week. My thoughts and feelings mirror many of the posts, tweets, messages I have seen, sent, and read since Monday. I’m exhausted. Mentally. Certainly emotionally. I feel very heavy and like I’m struggling to swim upstream. This, of course, is common when is grieving, even if that person or persons are not known to us, personally. This week, the world lost two greats in David Bowie and Alan Rickman due to the horrific disease of cancer and many of us are truly still mourning the loss. Yesterday, Rhonda blogged about her emotional connection to Alan Rickman and the Harry Potter fandom. While I do not share that specific fandom, I still get it. I truly get it. I understand how tough it is to lose someone who is a significant focus of a fandom one belongs to. While David Bowie might not have been the focus of Duran Duran fandom. He certainly had a direct connection. Since after all, it is probably safe to say that if there was no David Bowie, there would be no Duran Duran. He inspired them. He motivated them to not only form a band but to form the kind of band they are. His influence cannot be measured. Yet, it remains so evident, so clear in so much of what Duran has done and continues to do.
The love that Duran Duran has for David Bowie is so strong that they have covered his music more than anyone else, I believe. They love the music so much that they wanted to recreate it for themselves, to show the world how much the songs meant to them, or at least this is how I’m interpreting their choice to cover Bowie music. Over Duran’s career, they have, in fact, covered 5 David Bowie songs. One thing I have learned in my life is how important it is to celebrate someone you have lost. Thus, it seems fitting to me to celebrate David Bowie and his influence on Duran Duran by checking out those 5 cover songs.
Duran Duran included their cover of the song, Fame, as the b-side to their second single, Careless Memories, in 1981.
While they did, indeed, play this song live. I could not find a live clip of it. Therefore, I chose a montage video.
Duran Duran released this cover on the Japanese version of their Thank You album in 1995.
I do not believe that they ever played this song live.
This cover was played live and during TV/promotional appearances during the Thank You era of 1995. It never appeared on an official release, which is really unfortunate.
This clip is from 1995 at a Hard Rock Live performance.
Boys Keep Swinging
After the Thank You era, which focused on cover songs, Duran Duran seemed to take a very long break from covering other artists’ work. They broke out from this break to record Boys Keep Swinging for the album, We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie, released in 2010. This song was available as a limited edition 7″ vinyl single as well as a download.
They did not play it live much, but they did play it for the Fendi private party in 2010 as seen above.
Here is the recorded version as well:
Duran Duran played this song live in Greece in the summer of 2012 to commemorate Bowie’s first performance of the song on the UK’s Top of the Pops TV show in 1972.
Personally, I would love to see them perform this one live…perhaps in..say..the summer of 2016!!
The loss of David Bowie is immeasurable. I, for one, am thankful that his work, his music lives on and that we can all celebrate him forever.