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Duran Duran Summer Tour 2016: The Sequel!

I am currently glancing nervously around my house as I sit here composing this blog posting. Later tonight, Amanda arrives, and then we prepare ourselves for the next set of shows we are attending together on our Duran Duran Summer Tour 2016. The final four we’ll do on this leg of the Paper Gods tour. (I stopped just short of saying it’s the last four we’ll do for the entire tour because well, you never know. Maybe.)

At this moment, my house looks like we just moved here. Likely because my oldest just moved out this past weekend and took some of my old furniture with her. This only poses a problem because we now no longer have couches in our formal living area, nor do we have furniture in her old bedroom. I have no time, no money (thanks to Duran Duran! Ha ha!!), and really no plans to figure out what I’m going to do with her old room until I get back from my own vacation at the end of August. But hey, at least there’s more room around here!

If that weren’t enough (and it is really is), I’m also trying to find time to help my mom. As most know, she lost her partner last month to a heart attack. All of us are still adjusting, and the agonizing last few details, such as cleaning out his apartment, need finishing. I will no sooner drop Amanda back off at the airport, and I’ll be packing up our trailer for a huge camping trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. In many ways (as per the usual), I have no business leaving this house to see Duran Duran.

Never mind that for me, I’ve continued to put aside the idea that this might actually be the last bit of travel I do for this band, at least for the foreseeable future. To begin with, I continue to hear that they’re planning to tour other parts of the world next year. So that’s 2017, in a nutshell. After that, I’m not sure what they’ll do, if anything.

Isn’t that idea strange? When I was a kid, I was blissfully unaware of anything really being final. I mean, it never occurred to me that they would someday stop recording. I suppose that’s also why when Roger and Andy left, I was so shocked. The thought just hadn’t occurred to me prior.  But then they reunited, and because I had already lived through band members leaving once, I knew it could happen again. Andy left a second time, and since then, I won’t lie—with the close of every album “cycle”, so to speak, I wonder if they’ll dare to try it all again. I want them to keep going, but I admittedly try to prepare myself that they will not.

Fans get furious when we—Amanda and I—even type those words here. No one wants the story to end, least of all us. I mean, think about it—what use is Daily Duranie if there’s no band?!? So before anyone accuses us of wanting them to quit, think before you type. On the same token, we’re not blind, and we recognize they could easily quit now and never look back. I wish I could will myself back to never thinking about it, but nowadays the question just seems to hang in the air, and I cannot tell you how many times I am personally asked the question—“Do you think they’ll record or tour again, Rhonda?“—at every single meet-up or event we attend.

I wish I had a crystal ball. I know that when I go to these last four shows of mine, each time I hear the little bit of “New Moon on Monday” that they’ve incorporated into their set, I’m going to try to live in that moment and not think about anything else. However, even as I type right now, I know there’s going to be a teeny piece of me (one that will probably try to grow bigger with each passing show) that is going to count down the amount of times I will still get to hear that song live. Four, then three, then two, and then one. And then what?

I am really not very good at endings. One of the most difficult things I had to do when writing the manuscript was finish the conclusion. The story shouldn’t end. I never want to write those words: “The end.” So I won’t. I am hoping for more shows, musicals, ballets, and/or work to come from people like Anna and Dom. I’ll be planning another convention for next August in Chicago, blogging each day, and writing more books. Yes, more books!!  And when the band says they’re recording again, I’ll smile.

Duran Duran Summer Tour 2016: here we come for part deux!!

-R

Duranie Homework: RANK PAPER GODS!

Last week, I asked people to rank All You Need Is Now from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Networker Nation
  2. Early Summer Nerves
  3. Too Close to the Sun
  4. A Diamond in the Mind
  5. Return to Now
  6. Leave a Light On
  7. Other People’s Lives
  8. Safe
  9. Mediterranea
  10. Blame the Machines
  11. Runway Runway
  12. Girl Panic
  13. The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  14. Being Followed
  15. Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
  16. Before the Rain
  17. All You Need Is Now

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised that All You Need Is Now was close to the top.  I was pleasantly surprised that Before the Rain was also near the top as it is a favorite of mine.  It is also clear that people were not fond of the extra/bonus tracks for this album.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off PAPER GODS from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • Paper Gods
  • Last Night in the City
  • You Kill Me with Silence
  • Pressure Off
  • Face for Today
  • Danceophobia
  • What Are the Chances?
  • Sunset Garage
  • Change the Skyline
  • Butterfly Girl
  • Only in Dreams
  • The Universe Alone
  • Planet Roaring
  • Valentine Stones
  • Northern Lights
  • On Evil Beach
  • Cinderella Ride

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank PAPER GODS!!  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.  Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, MARCH 6TH.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Paper Gods.  From there, we will rank the favorites!  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank ALL YOU NEED IS NOW!!

Last week, I asked people to rank Red Carpet Massacre from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Nite-Runner
  2. Dirty Great Monster
  3. Last Man Standing
  4. Zoom In
  5. Skin Divers
  6. Tricked Out
  7. Tempted
  8. She’s Too Much
  9. The Valley
  10. Red Carpet Massacre
  11. Falling Down
  12. Box Full O’Honey

Anything surprise you?  I was VERY surprised that Box Full O’Honey was the most favorite choice.  I had no idea that people liked that song so much.  Likewise, I was surprised that Last Man Standing was so low.  I would have thought it would have been higher.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off ALL YOU NEED IS NOW from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • All You Need Is Now
  • Blame the Machines
  • Being Followed
  • Leave a Light On
  • Safe
  • Girl Panic
  • A Diamond in the Mind
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • Other People’s Lives
  • Mediterranea
  • Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
  • Runway Runaway
  • Return to Now
  • Before the Rain
  • Early Summer Nerves
  • Too Close to the Sun
  • Networker Nation

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank ALL YOU NEED IS NOW!  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.  Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of All You Need Is Now.  From there, we will move on to the last album.  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank RED CARPET MASSACRE!

Last week, I asked people to rank Astronaut from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Bedroom Toys
  2. Taste the Summer
  3. One of Those Days
  4. Want You More
  5. Still Breathing
  6. Astronaut
  7. Point of No Return
  8. Finest Hour
  9. Chains
  10. Nice
  11. (Reach Up for the) Sunrise
  12. What Happens Tomorrow

Anything surprise you?  I was actually a little surprised that What Happens Tomorrow ranked slightly higher than Sunrise.  It also seemed to me that people either voted for the “ballads” more or for the more rock like songs.  I was NOT surprised to see Bedroom Toys at the bottom.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off RED CARPET MASSACRE from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • The Valley
  • Red Carpet Massacre
  • Nite-Runner
  • Falling Down
  • Box Full O’Honey
  • Skin Divers
  • Tempted
  • Tricked Out
  • Zoom In
  • She’s Too Much
  • Dirty Great Monster
  • Last Man Standing

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank RED CARPET MASSACRE!  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.  Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Red Carpet Massacre.  From there, we will move on to the other albums.  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank ASTRONAUT!

Last week, I asked people to rank Pop Trash from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Fragment
  2. Kiss Goodbye
  3. Lava Lamp
  4. Starting to Remember
  5. Hallucinating Elvis
  6. The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever
  7. Lady Xanax
  8. Someone Else Not Me
  9. Mars Meets Venus
  10. Last Day On Earth
  11. Playing With Uranium
  12. Pop Trash Movie

Anything surprise you?  This album had some strange results.  There was little agreement beyond not liking the two very short songs of Fragment and Kiss Goodbye.  Other than that, there were songs that some people really liked and others did not at all.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off ASTRONAUT from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • (Reach Up for the) Sunrise
  • Want You More
  • What Happens Tomorrow
  • Astronaut
  • Bedroom Toys
  • Nice
  • Taste the Summer
  • Finest Hour
  • Chains
  • One of Those Days
  • Point of No Return
  • Still Breathing

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank ASTRONAUT!.  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.  Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Astronaut.  From there, we will move on to the other albums.  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: RANK POP TRASH!

Last week, I asked people to rank Medazzaland from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Silva Halo
  2. Buried in the Sand
  3. So Long Suicide
  4. Undergoing Treatment
  5. Who Do You Think You Are?
  6. Medazzaland
  7. Michael, You’ve Got a Lot to Answer For
  8. Be My Icon
  9. Midnight Sun
  10. Big Bang Generation
  11. Electric Barbarella
  12. Out of my Mind

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised to see Out of my Mind and Big Bang Generation near the top but I am surprised that Electric Barbarella wasn’t THE top favorite.  Likewise, I’m surprised that Medazzaland wasn’t the least.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off POP TRASH from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • Someone Else Not Me
  • Lava Lamp
  • Playing with Uranium
  • Hallucinating Elvis
  • Starting to Remember
  • Pop Trash Movie
  • Fragment
  • Mars Meets Venus
  • Lady Xanax
  • The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever
  • Kiss Goodbye
  • Last Day on Earth

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank POP TRASH Thread.  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.    Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Thank You.  From there, we will move on to the other albums.  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank MEDAZZALAND!

Last week, I asked people to rank Thank You from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. 911 Is a Joke
  2. Success
  3. Ball of Confusion
  4. I Wanna Take You Higher Again
  5. I Wanna Take You Higher
  6. Drive By
  7. Crystal Ship
  8. Watching the Detectives
  9. Lay Lady Lay
  10. Thank You
  11. Perfect Day
  12. White Lines

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised to see White Lines and Perfect Day near the top as they were the “singles” for this album.  One interesting thing I noted was how people ranked Drive By.  Some people LOVE it and others HATE it.  There seems to be little middle ground.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off MEDAZZALAND from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • Medazzaland
  • Big Bang Generation
  • Electric Barbarella
  • Out of my Mind
  • Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Silva Halo
  • Be My Icon
  • Buried in the Sand
  • Michael You’ve Got a Lot to Answer For
  • Midnight Sun
  • So Long Suicide
  • Undergoing Treatment

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank MEDAZZALAND Thread!.  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.    Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, JANUARY 31ST.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Thank You.  From there, we will move on to the other albums.  Have fun!

-A

Paper Gods and Chart Success

I don’t pay a lot of attention to chart success, but occasionally something will grab my interest. This past week there were two things! First off, I couldn’t help but notice that David Bowie’s album Blackstar went to #1. I can’t imagine I’m the only one out there struck by the thought that this is his first #1 album ever.  Really?!?  (yes, really!) Secondly, I saw that Paper Gods re-entered Billboard at #45. The year 2016 seems as though it might be full of surprises…

It wasn’t the fact that Blackstar hit number one that surprised me. In many ways, I anticipated as much, and truthfully I think it would have disappointed me had it not charted that way.  No, what really surprises me is that this is his very first #1. I just don’t get it.  I’ve seen all of the love, the devotion, the sadness, the pure emotion…and yet there’s not been a number one hit for Bowie until this album. I guess that really just goes to show how incredibly screwed up the charts and sales can be. I am sure that I could invest many hours of time looking over the past charts, finding out what albums/singles did hit number one during the same periods of time that David Bowie had albums release….but I won’t.  I think we all understand, or we all should understand by now, that artistic merit doesn’t always equal commercial success…in fact it is rare when it does. On one hand, I’m thrilled to see Blackstar making its way into the playlists of so many (including my own), and on the other, there’s a niggling bit of sadness that it took so long and came so late. One might wonder if there would have been the same outcome had it not been for Bowie’s death two days after the album’s release. Another might say that we can’t think that way, because we will never really know. Truthfully, both thoughts run circles in my head today.  I suspect the real journey of Blackstar is only beginning, regardless of how that interest was originally fueled.

Then there’s Paper Gods and it’s chart success. Honestly. Sometimes, I just have to sit back and watch in wonder when it comes to this band. It’s no wonder I am rarely bored when it comes to Duran Duran. When this album first came out, I realized it would chart well, at least initially because of streaming and the sheer force of promotion. Katy’s hard work did not go unrecognized, and the album  was #10. It was a thrilling, welcome moment for the band, whether we fans want to admit that or not. When the album exited the top of the charts just as quickly, I tried not to notice or pay attention.

I know many fans will say chart success doesn’t matter, that they don’t care – they just love Duran Duran and the rest doesn’t matter. I get that. Fans are lucky in that respect. We can like what we like and not worry about the commercial aspect. I don’t personally believe it’s something that the band can or should try for when writing, but we’re all kidding ourselves if we think it doesn’t matter at least in some aspect. Sales matter. Money matters. The album needs to be able to pay for itself, otherwise we’ve all got problems. Let’s be honest: Duran Duran would like to know the album is getting out there to the people. I don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of the music industry, but I do understand the basics. Gotta sell the music, whether by albums, by ticket sales, or something else… to make it all work. I don’t think Duran Duran sees the whole “music thing” as a hobby, and so there’s not much point in doing all of it for free. Hence…charts matter, at least to a limited extent to the band and their management. Let’s all take a moment to be thankful they don’t have to matter to the music lovers out there….

I don’t really know how “The Powers That Be” see the success of Paper Gods, at least not yet. I’d quietly wondered if they’d written it off when it left the charts, not knowing what they were planning next (keep reading). I knew we’d never really see (at least not until much later) if there was any disappointment, because it’s obviously not to the benefit of the band to mention worry when it exited the charts so quickly. In protection and promotion of the band, staying positive is key. Paper Gods hit #10. A Duran Duran album was in the top 10 for the first time in twenty years. Those are not bad notes to hang one’s fedora on, some thirty years into a career, and we cheer those things on. Even so, I had to wonder what the band  was feeling. Does it ever get a bit irritating to know you’ve worked your ass off, put out what you feel to be some of your best work ever, and have it drop off the radar so fast? Is that the way it happens with most bands? I don’t pay enough attention to really know….and we can’t all be Adele all of the time, can we? Nick has mentioned a few times that there’s just so much out there, it’s difficult to get the music heard. He’s right. For all the good that the internet does, I know that even personally, I feel like it’s a constant flood of information. I miss things. I don’t hear every single bit of new music that’s out there, and talk about being overwhelmed? Oh yes. Very. How can they possibly get their music heard? Land-based radio sure as hell hasn’t helped, so what can be done?

Enter in ticket sales. Remember those Ticketmaster or Land Nation purchases we all just made (and probably have now seen on our credit card statements)?? Each ticket came with a copy of Paper Gods. Obviously someone in marketing is fully committed to the success of Paper Gods. At the time, I wondered out loud to Amanda if those albums would in fact count towards album sales. To be completely fair, I am still not entirely sure…but from the reading I’ve done, it appears that yes, they would. I think. The “rules” seem sketchy at best, and they seem to vary based on chart. That said, the proof seems to be in the pudding, and Paper Gods re-entered the charts last week at #45…12,000+ units having been sold.  Was it the upcoming tour that really provoked the sudden buying spree, or was it that the tickets each came bundled with their own copy of the album that are counting towards those chart sales, and… is it artificially inflating the chart position if in fact that is how those CD’s that came bundled with the tickets are being counted?  Does it matter?

For what my own opinion may be worth, I think any time Duran Duran is able to get themselves onto the charts, it is ultimately good.  I have no issue with “artificially” inflating the charts because the bottom line is that if a copy of the album was purchased – then it was purchased, whether with a concert ticket or without; whether due to an upcoming tour or not.  The method makes little difference. After all, what is really the difference between buying an album with a concert ticket as a bundle or going up to the merchandise booth after a show, or going to iTunes, and buying a copy?  All DD has really done is speed up that buying process, and given someone the opportunity to listen. Truthfully, this is indeed the playing field the band has been set on in the year 2015 and 2016 – they have got to get their album heard by as many people as possible. Never mind that I personally have approximately seven extra copies of this album that I really do not need. The idea, of course, is visibility. The band cannot possibly hope to get the album noticed unless they do something to force that exposure. Putting the album in the hands of people who cared enough to buy a tour ticket but maybe didn’t care enough about the new music to make the purchase seems reasonable. Will it convince a casual fan to put the CD in their music player and tell others?  Those chapters have yet to be written in the tale of the Paper Gods, but I look forward to seeing where it all goes.

-R

Duranie Homework: Rank THANK YOU!

Last week, I asked people to rank the Wedding Album from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Shotgun
  2. To Whom It May Concern
  3. Breath After Breath
  4. Drowning Man
  5. UMF
  6. Sin of the City
  7. Shelter
  8. Femme Fatale
  9. None of the Above
  10. Love Voodoo
  11. Too Much Information
  12. Ordinary World
  13. Come Undone

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised to see Ordinary World and Come Undone near the top as it often ranks high in other polling and tasks we have done.  I was surprised that Love Voodoo ranked as high as it did.  I wonder how much that has to do with the reappearance in the setlist.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off THANK YOU from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • White Lines
  • I Wanna Take You Higher
  • Perfect Day
  • Watching the Detectives
  • Lay Lady Lay
  • 911 Is a Joke
  • Success
  • Crystal Ship
  • Ball of Confusion
  • Thank You
  • Drive By
  • I Wanna Take You Higher Again

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank THANK YOU!.  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.    Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, JANUARY 24TH.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Thank You.  From there, we will move on to the other albums.  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank THE WEDDING ALBUM!

Last week, I asked people to rank the Liberty album from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I had a number of people participate, but I have noticed a decrease.  I’m hoping that this week’s homework will get excitement back up!  Anyway, I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Hothead
  2. Read My Lips
  3. Downtown
  4. Venice Drowning
  5. First Impression
  6. All Along the Water
  7. Liberty
  8. My Antarctica
  9. Can You Deal With It?
  10. Violence of Summer
  11. Serious

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised to see Serious near the top as it often ranks high in other polling and tasks we have done.  I was surprised that Can You Deal With It? ranked as high as it did.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off THE WEDDING ALBUM from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • Too Much Information
  • Ordinary World
  • Love Voodoo
  • Drowning Man
  • Shotgun
  • Come Undone
  • Breath After Breath
  • UMF
  • None of the Above
  • Femme Fatale
  • Shelter
  • To Whom It May Concern
  • Sin of the City

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank THE WEDDING ALBUM!.  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.    Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, JANUARY 17TH.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of The Wedding Album.  From there, we will move on to the other albums.  Have fun!

-A