After convincing everyone that we wouldn’t take more than 4 hours in the store (do you hear my kids groaning in the background? I still sort of hear it….), we trudged on in, and I immediately made my way to the “D” section of the CD racks. What a sight to behold!! Not only did Duran Duran actually have their own section – but it was FULL! *gasp* No, it wasn’t full of just the new album in all it’s finery, there were plenty of other goodies mixed in with it as well. I found Greatest, the new remasters of Rio and Big Thing (I bought that one), some tribute type albums, and a used copy of Essential Duran Duran Remixes, in the original packaging no less. I snagged that along with the box of Big Thing, and went on my merry way, thinking that I’d scored big. I went on through the store (the Sam Goody at Horton Plaza is really big, by the way!) to discover that yes, they had vinyl! Not only did they have brand new vinyl (no copy of Girl Panic though), but they also had used vinyl. Score!! I delved into the rack nonchalantly, figuring I’d see what they had, but expecting to find nothing. Just as I was about to take a deep breath and walk away, I found a promo copy of Electric Barbarella. It was just a generic white cover with a sticker to indicate what was on it, but upon closer examination I saw that they were remixes I’d not heard of previously. I really figured that I would recognize the music when I got home because I have tons of remixes on my iPod that I don’t know the full-name. (I’m really bad that way and I’m not even going to apologize – there’s just too much to keep track of and I’m far better with recognizing the music than I am anything else) Anyway, I scooped up my finds, purchased them, chatted it up with the salesgirl about her passion for Depeche Mode and my passion for Duran Duran, collected the family and went out the door. Less than one hour, thankyouverymuch!
Last night when we got home, Walt put on the record – I was excited to hear it since I didn’t automatically know what the remixes would sound like. All in all, they were really cool – some were better than others and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard at least one of the versions before, or some sampling thereof, but I really liked it. Then on the B side, we came to the final mix, which was called A Capella. I was curious since I didn’t think I’d ever heard such a thing. Well, the entire song is Simon’s vocal tracks with nothing behind it.(hence the A Capella name…) If you ever had any doubt about Simon’s voice, this track puts it all on the line. Not only do you hear Simon singing each verse without any production effect aside from a bit of an echo, you hear him sing each layer of harmonization in the chorus. It’s gorgeous. The mix is very short since it contains just the stanzas of verse and two choruses, but if I ever get asked why I love Simon’s voice, all I have to do is play this mix. It almost brought me to tears, and had my husband not been there – I probably would have indulged. My only words after it was over were “That is exactly why I love this band so much.” Sure, it was only Simon that was singing, I know that. Sure, on that particular mix there wasn’t an instrument to be heard, but that isn’t the point and any Duranie would know that.
Oh, and the best part of the mix? At the very end…after the final vocal note fades away to nothing…you hear Simon cough just one time. It’s such a silly thing, and I can’t even describe it – but there’s a certain comfort in KNOWING it’s Simon. It’s odd to have such a strange recognition, but it’s just that if you’re a fan – you know what Simon sounds like. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird, maybe I’m just a Duranie, but it was just one of those moments. There were several in the mix where I’d hear him take a quick breath to keep up with the words. (and I can’t tell you how impressed I am that he doesn’t trip over the lyrics “Ultra chrome latex and steel”!) He sings them so fast in the song in order to make them work with the music – I just don’t think I’d noticed before now. Anyway, it’s those tiny moments that make it special. Oddly.
The very best part? I don’t even LIKE Electric Barbarella. Up until the Red Carpet Massacre album, I thought I hated that song and the entire album it came on….turns out, I don’t hate Medazzaland at all. (don’t even begin to tell me it can happen with Night Runner or Skin Divers….)
ps – 11 days and counting!!!!