Yesterday’s winner: This is How a Road Gets Made
Which b-side is better: Throb or Water Babies?
Yesterday’s winner: This is How a Road Gets Made
Which b-side is better: Throb or Water Babies?
Our favorite day of the year has finally arrived! While this year might be different for Rhonda and myself, we still appreciate Duran Duran and want to acknowledge them and all that they have given to us. They have provided an extensive and fabulous catalog of music, videos and more. On top of that, they have always been a catalyst to good times as they have brought so many of us together. Sometimes, that gathering only exists online for a few minutes and other times that connection lasts a lifetime. I know that when I look back on the best times of my life, it is pretty common to have Duran Duran factor in there somewhere. My gratitude and love cannot be measured.
As I mentioned last weekend, this year’s special day is not as we would have liked. Ideally, we would be hosting our convention right about now but it was not meant to be. Then, we hoped to at least host a party online to bring people together to celebrate together. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards either. I guess this just means that have to party it up twice as long or twice as intense next year, right? That is what I think, anyway. Of course, I cannot let the day go past with just this little blog post. Nope. I asked for songs, videos, etc. to include on a YouTube playlist. I have included it below. Heck, why not include previous year’s playlists, too. Then, people can easily watch and listen to Duran Duran all day today (if not more).
On that note, Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2018, Duranies! Hope the day is amazing for each and every one of you!!
Sometimes, life does not work out the way you had hoped. At the end of 2017, Rhonda and I began planning for another convention, bringing Duranies from all over to Las Vegas during Duran Duran Appreciation Day weekend. Unfortunately, life got in the way and we had to cancel those plans. Hopefully, we will be able to plan one in the next couple of years. Then, summer came and I had high hopes that we might be able to at least host a party for our special holiday. Like the convention plans, that idea had to be pushed aside as well. My nieces will be in town that day as we prepare to take my eldest niece back to college on the 11th. So much for celebrating Duran Duran.
Yet, I cannot allow that to happen. I just can’t. I have to do something to acknowledge the day, right? So, how can I do that with very limited amount of time? After all, the plan that day is to take my nieces to a nearby water park (something that I have been promising them for literally years). Hmm…I think about what we have done in the past. Well, during our online parties, we usually watch a playlist we put together on YouTube while watching together, enjoying a few beverages and chatting online. While I cannot commit to watching together, I can at least put together a playlist for this year that people can enjoy whenever they are available. Maybe people can have smaller parties, whether online or in person.
Let’s take this a step farther. Why should I create the playlist all on my own? While I think I have pretty good taste when it comes to all things Duran, it shouldn’t be about me or me and Rhonda. It should be about all Duran Duran fans. I will create the playlist from YOUR suggestions. What do you think should be included in this year’s playlist? What is something Duran that you have been really digging? Maybe it is a new favorite song, one that you have a new appreciation for. What is the video that you go to when you need a pick-me-up? What about your favorite video, interview or live track? Perhaps, you have some side project songs or videos that you love, love, love. So, I’m asking all of you. What should be included in this year’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day Playlist?
Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day everyone!! This year we are having a quiet celebration as Rhonda is on vacation with her family and I’m off to work. (That seems really wrong, doesn’t it?!) We figured that we did a lot of celebrating this summer on tour. Next year, of course, we will be REALLY celebrating with Durandemonium 2017, the Duran Duran convention which we plan to hold in Chicago from August 10-13th. Mark your calendars and ask for your vacation time NOW as we hope to see each and every one of you there! We can then celebrate Duran Duran properly and all together!
This year, I asked everyone to send in favorites, including favorite song, video, interview and performance. A lot of you did just that, which I really appreciate! From there, I put everyone’s favorites into a YouTube playlist, which you can see below.
If you still would like to send in your favorites to be added in, please do! If you want to share this playlist on your social media as I will be doing, the link is as follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlTPfAsmYEc&list=PLL4OFP5mGtk1cSoP1zr70L6p94hM9UnmX
As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this list, which I loved. Yes, there were some duplicates, but not that many, which I think is pretty cool!
How else is everyone celebrating the big day?!
It was brought to my attention that Duran Duran Appreciation Day is coming up! In fact, it is on Wednesday. Last year, we hosted an all-day, all-night party. The party featured a video playlist in which everyone watched the same video at the same time and then talked about it on social media. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed picking out some of our favorite videos, which you can see here.
This year, though, we are unable to host a 24-hour party. Rhonda is on vacation and I’m stuck at a bunch of work meetings. Blah. That said, we cannot allow the holiday to happen without doing something!
I would like everyone to pick out some Duran Duran videos on YouTube. In fact, I want everyone to pick out 4 videos that fit the following categories (or to the best of your ability as these categories are tough to decide!):
Let me provide an example:
Then, send your 4 choices to us via Facebook, Twitter, here as a comment, or to our email (email@example.com) by Wednesday. I will create a playlist on YouTube of all of the choices so that everyone can see people’s favorites. Of course, I would also encourage people to share those choices on personal social media accounts all day on Wednesday in order to get Duran Duran trending on our very special holiday! For Twitter, we suggest that everyone use the following hashtag: #DDAD16.
Let’s celebrate Duran Duran properly on Wednesday!
Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day everyone!! Our celebration began last night with our online party! Come join us here! We are going strong all day long! Rhonda offered her holiday thoughts here and now I am summarizing the last 10 questions in our month long Daily Duran Duran Challenge! If you want to read about the rest of the responses you can go here and here!
We knew that some might not appreciate this question, but to us, he is the 5th member of Duran Duran and deserves all of the respect and praise that the others get. Therefore, we couldn’t exclude him from the questions! Interestingly enough, 11 different songs were given as answers. Some of the more common responses were:
The most popular answer was this one below:
How did we respond to this question?
Rhonda–Day Turned Black
Like the favorite lyric question, I truly enjoyed seeing what people chose for this one. 24 different lyrics were chosen! What songs produced the most answers?
The song that people quoted the most was this one:
What lyrics did we choose to represent us?
Rhonda–“Search like the crowd, I’m fixed on your face
I know it well, but it’s a dream I can’t place” (Pressure Off)
Amanda–“Spare us your lives while we need you.” (Winter Marches On)
The answers to this question shows when current fans became fans. As you can imagine, the most popular responses were some of Duran Duran biggest hits, including:
The song that transports most fans back to when they became fans:
What did we choose?
This song asked the question, out of all the songs released after Pop Trash, after the Fab Five reunited which is your favorite? People could have answered from Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now, or even Paper Gods. Indeed, all three released albums were represented. Generally, the most popular answers were from All You Need Is Now and Astronaut.
The fans’ favorite song post-reunion? This one:
How did we respond? We both chose songs from All You Need Is Now.
Amanda–Before the Rain
Not surprisingly, 22 different songs were given as answers to this one! Again, like the previous question, all albums from that era were represented. Some of the more popular responses were:
What was the most given answer? This one:
How did we answer?
Rhonda–Is There Something I Should Know?
Like the other similar questions about favorite songs from different eras, each album from Notorious to Pop Trash was represented in the answers given from the fans who participated. The most common responses out of 24 different songs given were:
The most popular? Not surprising!
What were our answers?
Amanda–The Edge of America
We got 18 different videos as answers to this one. Out of those 18, some of the most popular responses were:
The clear winner (or loser) for this question was:
Our answers matched the rest of the fan base.
Rhonda–All She Wants Is
Interestingly enough, 11 different DVDs/Documentaries were mentioned! Some of the more popular ones were:
The most popular? I bet we could all guess it…
Did Rhonda and I say the same? Nope. While we both love Sing Blue Silver, we really love this one:
This question, perhaps, could have used more of an explanation. A lot of fans answered with a span of years while others mentioned albums. Therefore, it was harder to figure out the most popular era. That said, some of the more popular ones appeared to be:
Overall, though, the most favorite time period for the fans was 1981-1984, featuring the first three albums!
How did Rhonda and I answer this one? Easy! Right now!
This one is very, very personal as the answers can vary to include the first time someone heard a song or saw a video, the first concert, the best concert, meeting the band, meeting other Duranie friends and more. I know this much–I’m enjoying reading every single response given! In order to show a lot of why we write this blog or plan meet ups and conventions, here’s the slideshow Rhonda put together for Durandemonium, our convention in 2013.
So what are our favorite moments:
Rhonda–Having Dom Brown play White Lines right in front of her at the show in Durham in August of 2012. She tells me that she’d waited her entire life for that front row spot, and she finally got it thanks to a friend. Going up there was crazy enough, but once Dom saw her, he continued coming over there, bending down and playing. It was wild to see it happening, and I was worried she was going to need medical attention!! (she survived, obviously.)
Amanda–April 1st of this year. The reason is quite simple. We got to see a few songs performed. Some pictures were taken with some band members and it was the best time with fellow fans. Everyone had a good time and was excited for each other. It is what I hope for with each and every show!
That’s it! These are 30 reasons why Duranies appreciate Duran Duran! We love their songs, their videos, their side projects, the band members, their live performances and all of the amazing moments and friends they have brought each and every one of us! Of course, we aren’t quite done with our celebration! Our online party goes for a few more hours and features some more Duran viewing and the drinking game that accompanies Sing Blue Silver and A Diamond in the Mind! Join us and celebrate until we can celebrate no more!
I’m writing this late on August 9th because tomorrow morning I will be jumping online, hoping to squeeze in a little fun in between the shuttle service I seem to run here at home.
Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2015
When I was eleven, twelve or even thirteen years old, there were many, many days when I would sneak back into the confines of my bedroom – a little 12 ft x 12 ft box that was all mine. I could go in, shut the door, close out the world along with anything that was bothering me, and daydream about anything that really mattered – and for me, that was Duran Duran. I’d put my stereo on as loud as I could get away with, lay back on my bed and stare at the ceiling and aaallllll of those posters on the walls. Never, in all of those hours that I spent in there contemplating the day that Roger Taylor would show up on my doorstep to convince me that I was the girl for him (We ALL have dreams!), did I once consider that someday I would be writing about the band, in any capacity, much less on a computer of all things.
At the time, I don’t think I ever thought about what I’d be or what I would do when I grew up. Childhood seemed like it would last forever, and the days where I would be expected to actually be productive or manage completely on my own seemed like life plans for someone else! Little did I know… Point being, I never really thought I’d write. Writing was something I had to do for school, something that I didn’t necessarily enjoy, and darn it why couldn’t I just take five classes of music or band each day??
So here I am, typing on a laptop at my dining room table amidst the cacophony of my household on a Sunday evening. Grinning as I get a private message from my partner-in-crime telling me that she met Brandon Flowers tonight; mourning the fact that I was supposed to be at that show with her (it always works out that way, I swear!) and yet I’m here in California, I acknowledge my crazy life. I chuckle as I think back to last month’s Katy Kafe where John said at some point that real life is complicated. That is no joke. There are times, like right now, that I almost beg for a little simplicity.
So how does Duran Duran really fit into all of this? That is really the question, isn’t it? I’ve been a fan since I was ten years old. Early 1981. That means about 34 years now. I struggle with that concept. It’s really been that long? How?? In a lot of ways, it was much easier to be a Duran Duran fan when I was ten. I went to school, came home, had chores to do and homework to finish, but other than that – no expectations. I could listen to music, watch TV and spend hours examining each page of Tiger Beat and Bop!, among many other teen mags. The downside was of course that I wasn’t allowed out of our small town to go to shows or try to get that treasured autograph from a band member. Nowadays, I have three “employers” as well as a husband, none of which are exactly supportive or understanding that Mommy needs to write a blog or do research when dinner needs making or when someone needs to be driven somewhere. On the upside, I do have a car now. So there’s that. These days, I struggle to find balance where there is precious little to be found. I am certain I am not alone. The thing is, we fit Duran Duran in however we can, don’t we? There’s no right or wrong way. Sometimes it’s a struggle, and other times we are lucky enough to get a weekend or longer to revel in our fandom. Those times are precious and not nearly often enough, or long enough. I tend to forget to really appreciate them until I no longer have them, like right now.
As much as I struggle with balance, support and encouragement in the outside world that we’ll call “Rhonda’s Real Life”, I appreciate this band. It isn’t just about the music, or the fact that they have the most amazing (and under appreciated) guitar player on the planet, either. Born from the single craziest idea I’ve ever uttered out of my mouth (“We really should write a book, Amanda!”) has come this blog. This insane, full-time BEAST of a blog…and I have learned that I like to write. I need to write. Indirectly, the band led me to the one thing that gives me the most solace and peace in my life.
Duran Duran has been there for me from adolescence. They may not really know who I am, and they might not really even care in any sort of personal way, but they’ve been there. I can’t really imagine my life without them in the same way that I really can’t imagine my life without writing, my friends, concerts, Facebook, or even Twitter these days. I appreciate Duran Duran every single day, but there’s something especially sweet about being able to put aside one day of the year to watch a video or two, chat and laugh online, and allow the band to take center stage.
I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy Duran Duran today. We’re lucky to have them. Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!
Today, I am continuing to appreciate all things Duran Duran by compiling the results from questions 11-20 from our month long daily challenge. Yesterday, I summarized the results of the first 10 questions in part 1, which you can read here. The process here was simple. Each day, we asked a question of Duranies on Facebook and Twitter and kept track of the results. Here is how the questions 11-20 turned out!
Twenty-six different songs were given when we asked which song fans loved to hear live the most. What were the most popular responses:
What song is the most popular to hear live? This one below:
How did we respond to this question?
This question, of course, was the flip side to the previous question. Fans realize that the setlist must be limited. Thus, which song would they like removed in order to free up a space for a different song? Here are some possible suggestions:
Which song would the fans really want dropped? This one below:
We had the same response to this question but different than other fans!
The answers to this one really varied since when and how often people have seen Duran live can be very different for each individual fan. Nonetheless, 44 different songs were given as answers. Some of the more popular ones were:
The most popular response was:
How did we respond? Again, we had the same response! This one (Hint, Hint!!!):
Like all the rest of the questions, we had a lot of different answers to this one (22 in total). The side/solo projects mentioned included Arcadia, Power Station, John Taylor solo, Simon Le Bon solo, Neurotic Outsiders, and Andy Taylor solo.
Most popular were:
The most frequently given answer? There was a tie between these two!
What did we say?
Rhonda–Amazing by Dom Brown
Amanda–Fields of Eden by John Taylor
Like the previous question, a variety of side/solo projects were featured as answers, including Arcadia, Power Station, John Taylor solo, The Devils, and Simon Le Bon solo. What were some of the more popular ones?
The most popular, however was:
How did we respond?
Rhonda–Election Day by Arcadia
Amanda–The Flame by Arcadia
This was, by far, my favorite question because I loved, loved, loved reading all of the different responses. Lyrics from 45 different songs were given and there were very few lyrics that were repeated more than once. This really shows how many different lyrics of Simon’s people really connect with! What were the lyrics that were repeated by more than one fan? These:
By far the song that was most often quoted was the one below:
What lyrics did we choose? Interestingly enough, we chose lyrics from the same song!
Rhonda–“And so we travel, and we unravel”
Amanda–“On the bomb ticks that is my heartbeat”
In most cases, people chose Duran Duran songs for this question, but they could have chosen side or solo project songs as well. 17 different songs were given. What was some of the most given?
The most popular response?
Rhonda and I wanted to choose solo work for this one.
Amanda–Johnny Full of Fear
Again, in most cases, Duran Duran songs were given as answers. Some did chose Arcadia, though. All in all, 12 different songs were given as answers. The most frequently given are below:
The most popular response was:
How did we response? We agree with the rest of the fans with Before the Rain!
Answers mostly focused on Duran Duran with some stating Arcadia songs as ones that best show off Nick’s work. The most often given responses were:
What was the song that most fans chose? This one:
How did we respond?
Amanda–Save a Prayer
Interestingly enough, no fan (besides Rhonda) chose a solo song for Roger despite his project, Freebass, from the 1990s. Everyone else chose a Duran Duran song. Here are the most frequent responses:
The most popular response? This one below:
How did we respond?
Rhonda–Softunderfoot by Freebass
That’s it for today! Tomorrow, on Duran Duran Appreciation Day, I’ll summarize the last 10 questions of our 30 Day Daily Duranie Challenge!
I am well-aware that Duran Duran Appreciation Day isn’t for a couple of days. It isn’t until August 10th. Yet, I have so much to talk about that I need a few days to properly show not just my appreciation for Duran Duran, but the fan community’s appreciation for the band. As you probably know, for the last 30 days or so, we have been asking a question each day about fans’ opinions about all things Duran Duran. We have had a good response and now is when we start to compile the results! Today’s blog will focus on the first 10 questions we asked, how fans responded and how Rhonda and I answered!
When we asked what song were people’s favorite, as you imagine, we got a ton of different responses! In fact, 66 different songs were mentioned as people’s favorites! These songs spanned Duran’s entire history from the first album to the current single. Demos and b-sides were also listed as answers. What were some of the most popular?
What was the most popular? This song below!
What are our favorite songs? If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you might already know this answer!
Rhonda’s favorite song: Secret Oktober
Amanda’s favorite song: Planet Earth
On that note, both songs should be featured in upcoming set lists!!!
Like favorite song, we got a number of different videos when we asked what people’s favorite Duran Duran video is. In fact, 27 different videos were given as answers. What were the most popular?
What was the most popular Duran Duran video? This one:
What about our favorite video? We share the same favorite which you can see below!
Of course, when we asked about fans’ favorite album, we expected a fewer number of responses since there have only been 13 studio albums up until this point. Still, we had 14 different albums given as favorites as some included greatest hits and Iive albums. What were some of the favorites?
What was the most favorite among the fans? This one below:
Like favorite video, we also share a favorite album. Again, you might be able to guess it!
The results of this question went exactly like I expected it to go. There weren’t many instrumentals given (10) but some of the favorites were:
What was the fan favorite? No surprise here!
How did we vote?
Rhonda: Tiger Tiger
Amanda: Tricked Out
Ah…those b-sides, those songs that fans often wish were included on regular albums ! The fans listed 17 different songs. What were some of the favorites given?
What was THE favorite among the fans who participated?
How did we vote?
What about those songs that many, many fans have heard but that never made it to an album or single? Which ones of those do the fans like? Here are some more popular answers out of the 17 demos that were given:
What was the fan favorite?
What did we choose? We chose this one:
This was probably the most challenging question as a lot of fans aren’t familiar with a lot of remixes. Perhaps, a lot of remixes have been heard but the specific names of remixes are unknown. Here are some more popular remixes out of the 29! that were given as answers:
The most common response was Burning the Ground, which some might think isn’t a real remix since it is a mix of MANY songs whereas a remix is a different version of an individual song.
What did Rhonda and I choose? Again, we chose the same answer!
For this song, we did not define underrated or specify whether it was the media or the general public or fans who discounted a specific song. It was left up to interpretation by the fans. Here are the more popular answers out of the 54 given as responses:
Here was the most frequent answer, however:
How did we respond to this question?
Rhonda–Before the Rain
Amanda-Red Carpet Massacre (the song)
This was the flip side to the previous question. Which song gets too much attention or too much praise? Again, we did not specify by whom. How did people respond? They gave 25 different songs as answers and here are some of the more popular ones:
The most overrated song, according to the fans? This one below:
How did the Daily Duranie respond? Interestingly enough, while we both chose songs from the same era/album, we did different tracks.
Amanda–Come Undone (You all knew I would say that one, didn’t you?!)
Of course, many fans didn’t want to answer this one. Yet, we still had a great response as fans can and do have songs that they aren’t fond of. Here are some the songs given frequently out of the 33 songs that were given as responses:
What was the most common response to this question? See below:
What answers did we give? Like the last question, we picked songs from the same album but different tracks.
I loved seeing everyone’s answers to these first 10 questions and I loved compiling them in this format. Not only can we all learn something about our fan community, but we can celebrate the band this way, too! Tomorrow, I will compile the next ten questions and the responses and finish up the last 10 on Monday, on the actual holiday!
Duran Duran Appreciation Day is just days away!!! I always look forward to our international holiday and this year is no different! Like last year, Daily Duranie is hosting an online party and we would love for all of you to attend! You can all RSVP at this link here: Facebook Party Page!
By now, I’m sure that all of you are anxious to hear all of the details. Rhonda and I have created a 24 hour playlist on our YouTube channel. The idea is that Duranies all over the world will be checking into the playlist and watching the same video at the same time. You can find our channel here! Then, as we watch the videos we selected, we will be talking about them on Facebook and/or Twitter! On Facebook, the event page that was posted above will be Party Central! On Twitter, you can certainly follow us (@DailyDuranie). We will be using the hashtag #DDAD15 for all of our celebratory tweets throughout the party!
Here is the schedule for Monday’s Duran Duran video viewing! If you are someone who wants to participate the whole time (and we know you DO!), you want to press play on the Duran Duran Appreciation Day Playlist that will appear on the Daily Duranie YouTube channel starting at the following times:
Now, we realize that some of you will choose to jump in later in the day or at various points due to work, sleep, appointments, etc. Therefore, below is schedule for the more significant or longer videos. Please note that there are often shorter videos in between these. I am not listing each video here on the schedule but just the longer ones.
New Year’s Eve 1982:
Working for the Skin Trade:
Wild Boys Documentary:
Night at the Park 2015:
Three to Get Ready:
One Night Only:
Live From London:
Sing Blue Silver (Please Note—There will be a Drinking Game for this part listed below and a repeated viewing!)
A Diamond in the Mind (Please Note—There will be a Drinking Game for this part listed below and a repeated viewing!)
Off the Record:
Sing Blue Silver (Please Note—There will be a Drinking Game for this part listed below and a viewing earlier in the day!)
A Diamond in the Mind (Please Note—There will be a Drinking Game for this part listed below and a viewing earlier in the day!)
Behind the Music:
Therefore, if you aren’t able to participate for a full twenty-four hours, you know when you might be able to jump in and join us! Let me give you an example. Say you live in the Chicagoland area. You work all day on Monday, August 10th until 5:30 pm. After you get home, you are ready to celebrate Duran Duran and join the party! Thus, you look on the schedule above, see that you can easily jump into to watch Duran’s performance at Coachella in 2011 at 5:45 pm. Thus, you click on the Daily Duranie YouTube channel, find the Duran Duran Appreciation Day Party Playlist, find Coachella and click on it at exactly 5:45. Then, as you begin your viewing, you go over to Facebook and Twitter in order to comment or react to other people’s comments as they watch. Make sense? The idea behind the twenty-four hour playlist is that everyone in the world can participate, at least some of the time!
Of course, like many of you, the part I’m looking forward to the most is when the drinking game will be included in the party! As you probably noted above, there are a couple videos on the schedule that are repeated. This is because they are featured in the drinking game. We wanted to allow both people in the US and people in the UK to participate in the drinking game. Therefore, if you live in the UK, you start your drinking game at 5:30 pm (GMT) with Sing Blue Silver while Rhonda on the west coast of the US might wait until the second airing of Sing Blue Silver at 5:15 pm her time (PDT). Logical, right?
So, what videos are included in the drinking game and what are the drinking game rules? Here is the complete list of what is included in the drinking game part of the party in order:
Let me repeat the times the drinking game begins:
This year in honor of the upcoming album, Paper Gods, we are using the album cover as the inspiration for the drinking game.
Based on these pictures and what they represent, take one drink/sip each time there is a visual (picture) or lyrical (line in a song) mention of any of the following:
Bonus—Finish your drink when the following moment is shown:
I think that’s it! That is everything you need to know to enjoy yourself and the party on Monday! I know that I’m looking forward to it and hope to see each and every one of you online!!!