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One Perfect Day

Every now and then something comes up in Duran Duran’s history that I didn’t already know. Occasionally, it will even be timely!

For example, did you know that “Ordinary World” was used on a soundtrack for a movie released titled One Perfect Day, which was released on this date in 2004?

Not only did I not know or remember that this happened, I don’t know the movie at all.  It turns out that this was an indie movie, which probably explains why I’d never heard of it. I can barely keep up with the larger releases much less anything else.  The story is about this music student who wants to write this song called One Perfect Day. He has a girlfriend in Australia who goes out clubbing with his sister, and unfortunately his sister ends up dying, and the girlfriend admits to having a part in her death. The musician ends up getting involved in the underground rave scene in Australia himself, and as the story goes – tragedy looms.

More fascinating than the movie itself, is the idea that a song released over a decade earlier was being licensed for a movie. If that doesn’t say “timeless”, I just don’t know. Yes, Duran Duran struck musical gold (and probably real gold as well in one aspect or another!) with “Ordinary World”.  That song, along with several others in the Duran Duran catalog, will live on forever, I think. And we wonder why they still play them live….


February is out of focus

February is killing me this year. There are days when I can pretend that everything is nice and fine, and then there are other days where I just can’t.

Today, and really by “today” I mean the past few days, it is the latter. I don’t want to get into it all because to most people—what is happening at home is not blog-worthy. Everything really IS fine, just a little more stressful than a normal week might be, and I can’t focus. So I’m not going to try. When things are a little more settled, hopefully I will think clearly enough to be able to focus long enough to write more than two sentences.

I will say that early February is kind of, well…boring when it comes to Duran Duran. Take February 12, for instance. On this date, I actually have it on my calendar that John went to Fashion Week in 2012.  Not surprising. I mean, he IS John Taylor.  That said, Fashion Week? Really? Out of all the things we could commemorate on our calendar, we’ve got John going to Fashion Week up there?

Yep. I also have that the band played a show in Tampa at the Blue Line Theatre in 2005.  Like I said, February is a slow month. Painfully slow.

Interesting. On this same date in 2008, Playboy magazine featured Duran Duran. Definitely a deliberate move to reach out to more men, apparently…

because men read Playboy for the articles, right??

I could write an entire post on that one liner. Sometimes, this blog just writes itself.

Today is not that day.





Running Against the Tide

I apologize for the lateness of the blog today.  I have no good reason other than I’m being kind of a bum.  My to do list is relatively small, at least in terms of work, which means that I have spent most of my day on the couch, relaxing.  Of course, I should be using the time to catch up on other activities that often gets pushed aside and I will.  I’ll get back on track by writing this little blog.

In what comes to a surprise to no one, I don’t tend to think of myself as being like everyone else.  No, the word that often comes to my mind when I think of myself is “outsider”.  I never really fit it in and always felt like I was going against the grain, swimming upstream.  Even now, as an adult, I feel this way.  I’m not into what lots of other people are into.  The examples are numerous.  I won’t be watching the Super Bowl (not even for the commercials).  I don’t have a husband or kiddos to occupy my time.  Instead, I spend a lot of time working, focusing on politics and volunteering on political campaigns.  Not normal, I know.

As a kid, this wedge between me and common, ordinary, normal was just as strong.  I avoided buying the cool clothes and never even tried to fit in.  In fact, at times, I rejected that strongly and openly.  I did go through most of my high school career wearing only black, white, dark green and grey, after all.  Major high school activities were ones that I avoided.  It wasn’t like people hated me (although some did.  I spoke my mind and went against the common ideas of the time and place).  Needless to say, I was a political and religious minority in my home town.  I’m not sure why this is the case.  I didn’t reject normalcy as a elementary school student.  It just was.  It is who I am.  I don’t think that’s bad but I get it when people don’t like me or cannot relate.

My tastes also were not common for the vast majority of my life.  Sometimes, this means that I push aside that which is popular.  (The Super Bowl is one example.  I never got into Harry Potter for the same reason.)  For some reason, when something is so popular, I move away from it.  Maybe I think I won’t be able to call it “mine” with such popularity or that I worry that others connected to whatever is popular will reject me.  There is one exception to this rule.  One.  Duran Duran.

When I became a fan of Duran in 1983/1984ish, they were pretty much the biggest band in the world.  I don’t think that anyone reading this would disagree.  I was pretty dang young at that time (8-9 years old).  I didn’t really know what was popular and what wasn’t.  I didn’t over think things and let my best friend take the lead.  She had heard/seen Duran first and decided we must love them.  I didn’t realize that I would be one of millions of fans.  How could I have known that I would be part of a mass of people?  Yet, there I was, loving what was super popular.

Even now, as an adult, I feel like Duran Duran is my one anchor to normalcy, which sounds weird.  Being a fan isn’t typically what determines an adult’s social status.  Too often being a big fan of something would make an adult look weird.  Many stereotypes and assumptions tend to follow.  Yet, I accept all that because it is the one thing that people seem to be able to relate to me.  I don’t know that a lot of other Duranies can relate to my political work but they can relate to my loving Duran.

On most days, I’m cool with who I am and how I spend my life.  Sometimes, though, I wish that I could be more like everyone else, to stop swimming against the tide.  Yet, I cannot or won’t deny who I am or what matters to me.  On good days and not-so-good days, I always appreciate having Duran in my world  On that one thing, for one moment I was and am just like everyone else.


Happy 37th Birthday, Planet Earth!

Is there something special about today’s date?  Is there something I should know about February 2nd?  (Pun intended.)  Groundhog Day?  Is that it?  Hmm…it must be something Duran related.  What could it be?  Oh yeah…some song got released on this day. What song?!  Hmm…Thinking.  Thinking.  That’s it!  Planet Earth!  This song was released on this date in 1981.  37 years ago.

Part of me definitely thinks that this date should be a holiday.  No, I’m not talking about Groundhog Day.  I don’t even pay attention to that.  After all, I live in Wisconsin.  It doesn’t matter what the little critter determines.  We will have at least six more weeks of winter, no matter what.  Anyway, the holiday I’m talking about is celebrating the song, Planet Earth.  Now, some might say that I haven’t been very clear about my feelings about this song.  I’m kidding.  I think everyone knows what I think about this one.  It is my very favorite Duran Duran song.  I’m not quite sure when it took this prized placement in my heart but now that it has…I don’t think it is going anywhere.  As a kid, I probably would have said that the Reflex was my favorite because it made me the Duranie I am today…but I don’t love that song like I once did.  If I had to make a guess, it was seeing and hearing Planet Earth live that did it.

Why do I love the song live so much?  Simple.  It has everything I could ever ask for, including a little John Taylor solo, JoSi moments, audience participation and a means of separating casual fans from diehard ones with “switch it off”.  (Fun fact:  I once tested Rhonda’s husband about that before the three of us went to a show together.  He felt certain that he should be up in the front with us as opposed to his section six spot in the back.  I asked him about that and he did not do well clearly indicating his proper seat placement.)  Back to Planet Earth, I simply love it.  Let’s watch a clip.

The audience participation starts right away with this clip as John and Simon get the crowd clapping.  Later, there is more clapping encouragement for John’s solo.  (My personal favorite is when John used to push us to action by calling the crowd “motherfuckers.”)  Then, of course, there is all the JoSi for the “look now, look all around” and “voices, another sound” parts.  Sigh.  Heck, in this clip, there is even DoJo about 1 minute into it.  Dang.  It really does have everything.

While I always love this song live, I remember one performance in particular…Biloxi, Mississippi in August of 2012.  (Please note.  Planet Earth starts about 6 minutes in.)

Unfortunately, as you know, they have had not this song in the set list much lately at all.  Did I just accept this or did I put up with a little fight?

Here’s a picture of a little love note that I might have left on the stage last year…

a harmless suggestion, right?? Photo courtesy of Janet McCabe

Oh, heck, if you want to know the story, check out this blog here.  Rhonda has no problem sharing my insanity.  (Not that I can blame her.  I can be pretty ridiculous.)

In all seriousness, beyond the live performances and adorable intro video that I will include at the end of this, this song is so much more.  It captures a time when humanity was thinking about our place in the universe and questioning whether or not we are alone, which I love.  More than that, it represents the beginning of Duran Duran and their career.  Where would Duran be without having this song as their very first single?  I cannot begin to know.  I’m just grateful that it exists.  So, today, I’ll celebrate it and the story of the band that I love that followed.



Duran History 2009: Songbook

On this date in 2009, Duran Duran taped a live performance and interview called Songbook in London.  Have you seen it?  Basically, the idea behind the show was a simple one.  The band would discuss the story behind many of their songs then they would perform them.  While there have been many, many, many TV shows or performances that I have appreciated over the years, there was something special about this one.  I’m not sure if it is because I learned something new about some Duran songs, because they played some amazing songs or both.  

The set list for this was as follows:

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Late Bar
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. The Valley
  5. Box Full O’Honey
  6. Do You Believe in Shame
  7. A View to a Kill
  8. Skin Trade
  9. Ordinary World
  10. (Reach Up for The) Sunrise
  11. Rio
  12. Thank You

Thankfully, this show can be found on YouTube.  Let’s watch part one and I’ll comment on some of the highlights.

Part 1:

Like many other documentaries, this one starts out with the band’s history.  While I feel like I know the start of the band so well that I could recite it in my sleep, I never get tired of hearing it.  There is something magical about understanding their influences and how dedicated they were to being a success.  As someone who has tried to organize people for a variety of purposes, I can totally understand how hard and how important it is to find committed people.

Then, to my shock and amazement, they discuss Late Bar!  I love how the Rum Runner and the Tritec bar influenced it.  Likewise, I appreciate how Nick said that when they first started out they didn’t analyze everything to death, which is the mood that produced Late Bar.  There is a big part of me that wish that they could replicate that mood again but I get it.  You cannot go back.  On a related note, this live performance of Late Bar is so, so, so good.  One of my favorites.

Unlike Late Bar, there was some discussion on the Chauffeur, which did not surprise me at all.  One thing Nick said that I really appreciated is that while they were self-taught, the fact that they were such fans taught them a lot.  Rhonda and I often worry about whether or not our education on fandom is good enough since we are self-taught both through our reading and our observations.  Hearing Nick makes me think that we really are.

Similarly, when the band talked about the making of the song, Rio, Nick mentioned about how magical songwriting is in that you never know what is going to get created.  I feel the exact same way about writing.  Sometimes, I reread something I have written and I just shake my head, wondering how certain words or phrases gotten added, gratefully, to the sentence or paragraph.  The creative process is an awesome one, for sure.

Part one finishes up with Skin Trade and the story about how Nick and John weren’t going to let go of the song even when Simon couldn’t develop any lyrics.  Luckily, the lyrics finally came to Simon!

Part 2:

This part opens with a discussion on how tough Seven and the Ragged Tiger was to record and how disappointed they were when the album debuted at number four as they were expecting number one right away.  Clearly, expectations matter.  This was followed up by the story behind A View to a Kill where the pressure continued since they had a week to write it and it was for a Bond movie.

Before the next song, Do You Believe in Shame, Simon shares the death of his friend.  While I definitely appreciated his willingness to be open and vulnerable, I found the discussion surrounding egos to be just as fascinating.  They claimed that the band ego was bigger than any individual so they aren’t too proud when someone finds something amazing to work with for a song.  I know I am grateful for that.  I shudder to think what might have been dropped if they didn’t trust each other and their work.

The logical follow-up was Ordinary World, of course.  Every time I hear the story behind this song, I end up appreciating it a little more. Clearly, it is an essential one to the band’s history.

Interestingly enough, they jump to Sunrise.  John describes it as an “anti-depressant.”  The interviewer bravely asked about Andy Taylor and Simon describes him as “a rock guitarist through and through.”  Fair enough.  Nick shifted gear by explaining that the live version ended up very different than the album one based on audience reaction.  For the record, let me just say here and I’m happy to provide feedback for any future music.

Finally, the show reaches an end with a discussion surrounding the Valley off of Red Carpet Massacre.  What I found hilarious about this story is how much Simon hated it and had a mental block about it.  He didn’t really get what it was about even though John connected with the lyrics right away.  Fascinating.  Sometimes, I guess, people cannot see the quality of one’s work oneself.

Yep, I still love this.  Now, I have to wonder.  If there was another Songbook to come out, which songs would I like to know more about?  Of course, I think about songs from the last two albums that were released after Songbook, but were there others they should have covered?  What do you all think?


For me, the music will continue to linger. RIP Dolores O’Riordan

I must admit that sometimes, having a paying job outside of the house really slows me down. I can’t always respond to things as quickly as I might like.

On Monday, after I’d already written blogs for that day and the next, I read that Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries had suddenly died. She was found in her hotel room, and she was only 46 years old.

The Cranberries were one of the few bands that my husband and I could consistently agree upon during our early days of dating and marriage. Long car ride? The Cranberries could easily be found in the CD player.  I loved Dolores’s voice, as did everyone.  Calming with just a touch of sadness, sometimes more than others, I could listen to her sing all day, and sometimes, I did.

I can’t remember how many years later I discovered that Simon, of all people, had done a duet with Dolores O’Riordan for Luciano Pavarotti’s Together for the Children of Bosnia concert. The duet is special, not just because of Simon or Dolores, but because their voices were so incredibly unique, and went together beautifully.  Like most DD fans, I have a few MP3’s of duets that Simon has done with other vocalists over the years, but this one is probably my favorite. Thankfully to Billboard, I now have seen the video for it (I’d only ever heard the sound from the performance).  Click the link to see the article and the video clips.

Watch Simon and Dolores O’Riordan perform “Linger”

I think I’m still a bit melancholy over the news. As I said to my husband on Monday, I really dislike this part of life in a lot of ways. So many of the people I grew up admiring most in this world are beginning to pass on, and if you focus solely on the loss, it can be incredibly depressing.  Simon had said something about the music Dolores O’Riordan left behind, and I’m going to try focusing on that. She left behind an incredibly gift that will never go away.





On this date in 1984, Seven and the Ragged Tiger went Platinum

I was beginning to do some cleaning the other day when I ran across my Seven and the Ragged Tiger album.  That’s not really surprising, because I still prefer to listen to vinyl when I have the opportunity, and back in the day, this album was probably my favorite.

On this day in 1984, Seven and the Ragged Tiger went platinum. I don’t know that I ever really thought much about that at the time, but I do remember that nearly everyone I knew had a copy. The slanted DD logo, the design featuring the eye in the middle of the compass/sunburst, the crescent moon and star, the “7” symbol near the right corner, and the photo on the front seemed to be everywhere, from t-shirts and pins to carefully sketched drawings on school folders. I spent hours scouring the album, trying to decipher the map on the back as though it coded with specific directions for fans (I’m still not entirely convinced there’s not a hidden message in there somewhere).  My friends and I knew every single word to every song (probably not unlike those of you reading), and we painstakingly studied each line of lyric as though it were classic prose. If only I’d taken that kind of time with my eighth grade English class….

I know that today, Seven and the Ragged Tiger tends to take a lot of heat from die-hard fans who have now grown up and decided that the album isn’t nearly as good as we once thought. I read a lot about how over-produced it might have been. The space between the notes that Simon talks about enjoying on Paper Gods is pretty non-existent on SATRT. I too, recognize that perhaps the album wasn’t as mind-blowingly perfect as I once thought at the age of thirteen.  I can say that about a lot of music I liked then, though. For me, my love of Seven and the Ragged Tiger isn’t solely about the album itself. The memories I have of that time help to continually elevate the album to superstardom in my head. I loved being a Duranie, and this one album, likely above all others, illustrates that time.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I still get the silliest grin when I hear “New Moon on Monday” or “I Take the Dice”.  That’s really all I need in order to tell me that Seven and the Ragged Tiger is still worth its weight in platinum, and then some.


What is the function of a single in 2018?

My “Day in Duran History” desk calendar reminds me that on this day in 2011, BB2 announced that “Girl Panic” was the next single off of All You Need is Now.

Although I am the first to admit my memory isn’t what it used to be, I do remember hearing that “Girl Panic” would be the next single. I found that fascinating because up until that point, I hadn’t heard “All You Need is Now” more than a couple of times on the radio, if at all. I didn’t really understand the point of naming a single, unless of course we were talking about the physical release of a single – like on a 45. Sure, I’m dating myself here, but I really didn’t see the point, particularly if land-based radio wasn’t going to play anything the band released anyway.  I did buy the vinyl single, and like everyone else I waited on pins and needles for the video. But beyond that, I never quite got the necessity of the single.

My questions about singles lingered on through the release of Paper Gods, although on second thought I wonder if it’s simply that I have the wrong expectations in my head for what a “single” really means. Take “Pressure Off” for example. I never once heard the song played on any of the radio stations in Southern California. Not once. I didn’t hear about it being played anywhere, either. I don’t remember any kind of physical release, CD, vinyl, or otherwise for it…so what’s the point?

On the other hand, I know LA radio pretty well. In this market, there really isn’t a station that plays a genre that lends itself to recent Duran Duran. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard “Rio”, “Girls on Film”, “Ordinary World”, “Come Undone” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” on at least three, if not four stations in my area. It is rare that I can get into my car and drive the whole way home from work (45 minutes on a bad day) without hearing one of the above songs played. That said, as far as LA radio is concerned, Duran Duran hasn’t released even one song since 1993.  I’m pretty sure I don’t need to go into a full diatribe on that kind of stupidity, so I won’t.

I do have to ask though – what is the point behind putting out a single these days? Is it beneficial for Spotify? For subscription services like Sirius XM? What about internet radio? Does a band really need to release singles? I suppose that leads me to the question of an album, too. Are albums still necessary?

I know that recently Nick suggested that perhaps the studio time the band has casually thrown around in mention during their Katy Kafe wouldn’t necessarily lead to a full album. He’s said similar things in the past. I can’t say I’ve liked the idea enough to shout from the rooftops about it. I’m a big fan of full albums, myself. I like the idea of a complete story being told through music. I hate the idea of losing that format.

Are albums really any more necessary today than singles? I’m not sure.  Let’s not confuse this with whether we want more albums and singles. Rather, let’s consider their necessity and usefulness in this current business model and market.




Expectations are just future resentments: 2018 and DD40

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I’m still trying to settle into the expectations of 2018. I went to work yesterday and survived. I’ve got to say, I’d be way happier about that if the day didn’t hadn’t begun at 5am. I also found out that I’ll still have a job next year.

It’s a long story, but in short, my school has secured it’s charter. There are going to be a lot of changes, one of which is that my particular region, or campus, will be expanding. The powers that be are looking at the possibility of my role being full-time. On one hand I’m thrilled because it’s touring money. I need that! On the other, I’m considering the expectations for this blog and writing in general. Time is of the essence, and I have had none lately. With the added wrench of my husband’s continued job search, who knows what will happen! We will see in the coming months.

Situations and plans change all of the time. One of the worst things to do is attempt to make plans, so I’m finding. One day I’ll blog about something I’m hoping to do, and the very next, the earth beneath me explodes, and I’m realizing that nothing is going to work as I’d written. Expectations are future resentments, so I heard once upon a time.

It is not a big shocker to read or hear that Duran’s plans for #DD40 are changing. But are they really changing?  Or, is it just that fans had huge, unverified expectations for what 2018 might bring? The supposed “build up” for the 40th anniversary seems to have been something that fans invented on their own.  While it was mentioned a few times over the course of the past year or two, the band itself never focused on it the way the fan base seemed. Perhaps fans let their imaginations run wild with anticipation over what might come.

I don’t think it’s very surprising that Duran Duran is not giving us a firm idea of when or how they plan to commemorate the occasion. The fact that there are only going to be limited dates in 2018 shouldn’t be a concern. No, it’s not a full tour. Why did anyone jump to the conclusion that it would be?

In listening to the end-of-year Katy Kafes,  the band tried to readjust  expectations. Not only was that fair, but wise. There have been some pretty amazing things mentioned about what the band is going to be doing to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The trouble is, none of that information came directly from the band. It was all assumption, rumor, and flat-out wishful thinking on the part of fans. The band never actually said they were going to tour non-stop for the next three years, for instance. Just because John Taylor said they’d probably celebrate beginning in 2018 and culminating in 2020 never meant they were going to be on the road the entire time. John didn’t elaborate publicly,  so any assumptions made based on that comment were simply that – assumptions.  Furthermore, there have been no press releases saying they were going to release Reportage, invite Warren back, sing Kumbaya with Andy, or release an anthology.  In truth, the band itself has said very precious little, at least publicly. Given the voracity of this particular fan base, I don’t blame them one bit.

The band didn’t cancel #DD40. 1978 happened whether the band acknowledges that specific timeframe of the inception of the band or not, and it isn’t as though a huge celebration was planned.  Simon simply mentioned that this year was only the beginning – and he did use the word “only”, should probably clue overzealous fans in. Yes, 2018 is the beginning, just as 1978 was just the beginning. Duran Duran went through a few alliterations before coming to be the Fab Five as we knew them in the 80s. It isn’t a surprise that for their 40th, they are going with 2020 as the “official” date. It’s called business.

Let’s just think back on 78-03, or as we all call it – The Reunion. Naming that tour as 78-03 was convenient. With the press that the band reunited and that it was the 25th anniversary of Duran Duran, it was a golden marketing moment. They needed to get out and play live, and there was the reasoning for doing it. Simple, and the crowds went wild.

This time though, timing is likely different. Duran Duran likes to tour  with new music. Simon didn’t join the band until later on anyway. Since they’ve been saying for a year or more now that the celebration would begin in 2018 and culminate in 2020, it would seem to me that not much has changed, and rest assured nothing has been “canceled”. Once again, the band never said there would be a gigantic tour, that is something that only fans have said. It is easy to make the assumption that the band would tour their 40th anniversary, but it is still just an assumption. Expectations are indeed only future resentments. Watch your footing.

While many are lauding their plan to write and go into the studio this year, Daily Duranie sits here applauding it. How many of your favorite bands are still writing?!? How many are still recording forty years in? Not many. Why are people finding fault with that?

I have even seen groups surveying the fan base about what they want, and then making incredibly leading statements that perhaps the band is actually going to listen.  If only the world actually worked that way. There is far more involved with merchandising than simply what diehard fans may want. If the world worked according to diehards, the set list would change for each show. Talk about setting someone up for a big fall! It is no wonder that John, Nick, Simon and Roger never go into great detail about their plans, and that most of them even mentioned that there would be limited dates next year. Dialing back the expectations seems to be the right way to go because the high level of expectation is palatable. Even as we wrote Daily Duranie over the course of the past year or so, Amanda and I wondered how it would be possible for the band to meet fan expectations for the 40th. In reality, they couldn’t.

It is entirely possible that fans are putting an awful lot more pressure and stock into this 40th anniversary than the band might. This is not a band rooted in nostalgia, no matter what the rest of the world may believe. Duran Duran continues to look forward, not back. This is why they are going back into the studio and creating  more music, whether it’s a full album or even a few songs. I don’t care how long that takes.

Not that long ago, someone mentioned to me that the band has nothing left to prove, that they write and perform for the sheer love of doing so. I’ve thought a lot about that, and damn, we’re lucky they do. Forty years and counting.


Chicago Theatre in 2007, were you there?

On this date in 2007, Duran Duran performed at the Chicago Theatre. This was one date included in their Red Carpet Massacre tour, and I’m pretty sure my partner-in-crime was there!

The Chicago Theatre is a gorgeous venue in the heart of downtown Chicago. I have my own memories of seeing the band there for the All You Need is Now tour, a few years later.

Thanks to – here’s what they played!

The Valley

Red Carpet Massacre

Nite Runner


Planet Earth

Falling Down

Skin Divers



Ordinary World

The Reflex

A View to a Kill


The Wild Boys


So, were you there?