Last weekend, I spent about 30 hours in a car with three of my colleagues and friends as we traveled to and from Washington D.C. for the Women’s March. During the drive, two of us provided the music, the soundtrack for the trip. While I had compiled playlists of social justice songs and songs about women and women’s power, I also played some of my favorite songs. During a long stretch of horrible fog, my friend turned to me and said, “I like many of the Duran Duran songs I have heard but I just don’t know them that well.” She went on to say that she likes Hungry Like the Wolf and Come Undone. Ignoring those specific songs, my brain started reeling. Which songs should I play for her, I wondered.
Before I started picking out Duran tunes, I looked to her music collection. She had lots of Madonna, for example, especially 80s Madonna. The Cure took up space in her collection. Besides that, she had a lot of 90s music on there from the Verve Pipe to Oasis, which makes sense since she is about 10 years younger than me. I took these songs to mean that she likes pop but the fact that she had a lot of the Cure makes me think that she would be open to some darker, more obscure Duran. Here is what I came up with to play for her divided into pop and dark.
Since she clearly knows some classics, I thought I would skip more of the obvious ones like Rio.
Hold Back the Rain:
New Moon on Monday:
I Don’t Want Your Love:
All You Need Is Now:
What do you think of those choices? I wanted feel good songs but also wanted to showcase the fact that all Duran, even those feel good songs, have substance behind them.
Before the Rain:
Out of my Mind:
Friends of Mine:
What did I miss? What else should I include?