Sometimes, it is good to be blogging late! As many in the Duranie world know, Mark Ronson played about a minute and a half snippet of Duran Duran’s song, “Being Followed” tonight! For Duranies, there is NOTHING more exciting than experiencing Duranie alerts like this! The only thing better than hearing a new song or part of a new song is having a tour announced!
After listening to the snippet and seeing many fans react to it, I am thrilled to report that pretty much EVERYONE LOVES what they heard! My initial reaction in hearing the first five seconds was how fabulous it is to hear solid instrumentation that Duran is famous for! I loved hearing John’s bass so clearly, especially since he was barely on the previous album. Then, in typical Duran fashion, the other instruments joined in! Many fans have referenced previous Duran songs like the early “Faster Than Light”, the classic “New Religion” and one of my favorites, “Hold Back the Rain”. Once the lyrics begin, I focused in to catch as many words as I could. Here are some of the lyrics I noticed: “To the voyeur, seated in the darkened room…Paranoia-the only valid point of view…I’m not alone, being followed, someone’s always watching what we do, never alone, I’m in the shadows, I dream things I don’t want you to know.” While I will always miss some of the cryptic lyrics of the first few albums, these non-cryptic lyrics entertained me. Are they speaking of their own personal experiences of being famous? Is it really more about a peeping Tom sort of thing? I tend to think of the former, especially with the line, “Someone’s always watching what WE do.” We-as in more than one, as in the band. Overall, this song feels like Duran to me. I definitely can’t wait to hear the whole thing and to hear this one at a show because I believe it will be really fabulous live!
Beyond the song, Mark Ronson also gave us a couple of other clues in regards to the plans for this album. Initially, when introducing it, he said that he believed that the album will be out by the end of the year. This matches with the latest rumors about a potential Christmas release. The other, probably more interesting statement, was one that he made when talking over the song. On the second play, he said, “Exclusive property of Capitol Records.” Does this mean that they do have a deal with Capitol again? Ah…let that speculation continue!
No worry from me about when the album is actually released or how right on as I’m beyond thrilled by this snippet and hopeful that this album will be exactly what the Duranie community needs! What is your reaction?