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Today’s Date in Duran History – Thank You

On today’s date in 1995, Thank You was released in the UK.

Opinions about this particular album vary widely among fans. Some dislike it, others embraced the work.  One very good thing (in my humble opinion) the album did for the band was bring Roger Taylor back into the fray – albeit temporarily – for work on Perfect Day as well as Watching the Detectives. Roger also appeared in the video for Perfect Day.  How can that be bad?!?  (answer: it can’t!)

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – Simon, Simon, Simon…and Dom

Some bands have large fan bases that are happy to get new music. They pay to go to shows, they have fun, and that’s about the size of the fan/band relationship. Then there’s Duran Duran. They have people like me…who are intense (let’s not call it an obsession), long-time fans.  Some of us even blog.

Aren’t they lucky?!?

Originally, I had a “Date in Duran history” all planned out for today, but during some research, I realized we had the date wrong on our calendar. There is a method to what might seem like madness here at Daily Duranie, and so rather than re-run a historical point that we did for this date last year, I came up with my own! The trouble is, it isn’t quite history yet. However, I break rules all the time, and today will be no exception.

Just a day or two ago, I may have casually mentioned that I was nearing the point of resorting to posting videos of Simon’s more “signature” dance moves over the years, using them of course as points of discussion…along with maybe some voting and judgment. (I call it “commentary”) Today I stumbled upon the following video link (linked because of these called “copyrights” that YouTube, and probably the band…insists we follow…imagine that!):

Simon’s short and sweet DD14 update!

So they’re in the “refinement” stage. You know what *I’d* like to know…if I were well, able to ask?? What do they ultimately end up doing with all of the material they scrap? Do they keep it in case they want to return to it at a later point, perhaps for another album or something? I can see a case being made either way. Maybe they want fresh material for each album, and maybe they figure that going back to look at earlier work isn’t exactly the same as starting fresh. But on the other hand, that’s so much creativity. Maybe keeping it all for future reference gets the juices flowing when they need ideas? If “someone” knows, I’d love to hear the answer and reasoning!

Can you imagine the amount of material they’ve scrapped over the years? I’d love to be let loose in that vault (of course that’s assuming they actually keep all of that somewhere)!

But of course, Simon was VERY quick to say he won’t give titles or any information and that we’re going to have to wait. Here’s the thing: I can understand the “No Spoiler” rule. There is something special about hearing a finished song or album for the first time without preconceived notion. Admittedly, it’s been a long time since that last happened for me. Like since hearing some of All You Need is Now. I am very much looking forward to the feeling that comes with hearing brand new music for the first time. Anticipation can be a wonderful thing. That said, hearing absolutely nothing from the band for months on end – or only hearing the things none of us really want to hear, such as: “We’re not going to tour anytime soon – we don’t NEED to tour” or “We’re not sure when the album is coming out, but it probably won’t be until at least 2015.” can be pretty disheartening. So Simon, it’s OK that you won’t share titles or information. I respect that (and I might not necessarily start posting those dance videos. Yet.) But sending us little clips now and again to let those of us who are not in the UK know that yes, you’re still alive and working, and maybe just telling us where you’re at in the whole process, isn’t so bad. It keeps that connection established from the last album going. Many of us have never even been in a studio, and  hearing about the actual process is interesting. It’s funny when you think about it – a lot of fans have been around for over thirty years now and yet there really aren’t many who know much about recording an album or all of the tedious work that goes into the effort. I know it’s commonplace to the band, but for us – the people who care – it’s kind of an intriguing mystery.

If Simon’s little video weren’t enough, I was pretty surprised yesterday afternoon as I checked into Facebook and Twitter between naps (I’m getting over a bad cold and the couch has been my friend this week) to see that Dom Brown is actually alive, and not just an enigma that briefly appears to announce his next gig date on Twitter or Facebook. No, no. Dom showed up yesterday to mention that his wife (I applaud Martha!) has been getting on his case lately (I believe the words “kicking my butt” were used – which makes me like her even more!) to engage on Facebook and Twitter more regularly.

Men are funny. I think they can be far more utilitarian in nature than women. We women tend to be (just a weensy bit) more emotional. We talk. For example, some of the shortest emails I EVER get are from my husband. I will send long, flowing emails to him and I’ll typically get a one or two word reply. (My reply: Really?? You were somehow able to extrapolate ONE thing out of that long email that needed a comment – and a one word comment at that?!) I think that many males, and celebrities are not entirely immune to this and  think that Twitter and Facebook are utilitarian devices only. They are to announce whatever important “thing” is going on – and briefly so. The idea of getting on there to actually chat and get to know people is probably mind boggling. “Why waste that kind of time” That’s why so many resort to only posting their latest sales pitch, their latest gig…and then they run. Fast.

Admittedly, it could be that female fans might be intimidating, downright scary at times…maybe we even “threaten” relationships in that if a wife/girlfriend/significant other sees tweeting or communicating with one specific person going on, she’s undoubtedly going to be concerned. Fair enough. I’m also married. I know how that can be, and I can’t promise that every female fan out there is going to be respectful. For that matter, even I can be cheeky – because it’s fun, and because I don’t actually take it seriously.  Others might, I suppose. But for the most part, I don’t think many of us are out to ruin someone’s life. My point is that we’re not that scary. While yes, there’s always a risk of running into a crazy person here or there, we as fans run that exact same risk, whether it’s with a band member or it’s other fans. You learn rather quickly how to deflect, avoid, and block. My question is how can Twitter be any more frightening than running into the same fans over and over on tour, at the studio, or anywhere else?? At least on Twitter and Facebook you can essentially block the people that scare you. In person, you really can’t.

I guess I’m in the camp that believes it’s important to engage with fans however you can and are comfortable. That last part is key – and I want to make sure that the people who are bound to reply to this post read that last part again. I’m not accusing anyone of misusing Twitter – because I think that everyone has to decide for themselves how to handle social media of any kind. Maybe that’s a departure from how I’ve felt in the past, and I’m OK admitting that.  So what do I mean by “comfortable”? If you’re only comfortable announcing your gigs – then hey, that’s fine. If you’re only comfortable keeping Twitter as a sales tool, then that’s what you have to do. If you’re the type that only uses Twitter to make statements and isn’t entirely interested in the back and forth type of communication that can happen – then that’s how you’ve got to keep it. That might not be ideal, but as I said, we all have our own areas of comfort.

Another issue I see: I don’t think that there’s anything necessarily wrong with replying directly to a fan, even a female fan, if you want; but I also know that not every musician or celebrity is comfortable doing so. I can’t decide if it’s because they’re worried about calling attention to a particular fan, or if it’s because they don’t want to see the “Please RT meeeeee!!!” tweets over and over. The same goes for following fans, I suppose. Once you’ve opened that door, it’s hard to explain why some are allowed through and others are not. I’m not sure that there’s a need to explain actions like that to anyone though. I certainly don’t substantiate the reasons why I’m friends with some people and not with others, but that’s just me. I can’t necessarily say where the line should be drawn – I only know how I handle it for myself. It’s tough thing to find fault with no matter what someone does, and each person has to find their own comfort zone. I have no way of knowing what it’s really like to be a well-known musician, rock star or celebrity because I’m just me: Rhonda from Southern California. I tend to treat people, my friends – whether they are male, female, rockstar or celebrity, pretty much the same. If I follow you on Twitter, I’m going to comment to you as though I think you’re reading, and I’m going to pal around with you as though we’re at least friendly if not actually friends. If that makes me odd, well…then I’m odd, and I embrace the description. I just figure that at the end of the day, we’re all just people anyway.

That’s the longest blog I’ve written in a long time.  Just imagine how it’ll be once the band actually DOES start announcing titles.  I’d better rest my fingers now while I can!

-R

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Date in Duran History – Ellen

Remember when the band did promotion and we would anxiously set our DVR’s or wait for postings of their interviews and performances on YouTube?? Remember hearing that they were playing on a TV talk show, so you’d manage to get down to the studio where they were filming and wait in line so you’d have just the perfect viewing spot? I look forward to getting the last minute notices that they’re going to be on one show or another again…even if most of the time, I can’t run off to be there. I don’t mind catching them on YouTube or even on my DVR. It’s just about seeing them and hearing them again, you know?

While nearly all of the late night talk shows have now left LA almost guaranteeing that the band won’t have to come to La-La-Land and stay for any great length of time (something I’m sure that most of them applaud)…there are a couple of holdouts (Jimmy Kimmel and the fairly new Arsenio Hall show), and there’s still the Ellen show, which is shown here in the middle of the day. I applaud that, since of course, I still live in So Cal along with a reasonable handful of other Duranies. On this date in 2011, Duran Duran appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, promoting All You Need is Now. I was not there that day, but I remember the date. For some reason, this appearance feels particularly long ago to me…. Anyone else there that day??

-R

 

 

 

 

Today’s Date in Duran History – Perth 2012

It is hard to believe that two years ago, we were reading postcards from the band while they were touring Australia in support of All You Need is Now.  I can remember seeing pictures of band members basking in the sun on a boat and having “such a rough time” touring.  Because it’s really hard having to remember to put on sunscreen and enjoy the day on the water, you know.  It’s HARD to be a rock star, right??  That just seems like it happened a few weeks back, not two years!

Where does the time really go?!?  On this date in 2012, they were in Perth, playing in Swan Valley.  Who was there??

-R

Today in Duran History – Top of the Pops: Perfect Day

On this day in 1995, Duran Duran appeared on Top of the Pops to perform Perfect Day.  In case you didn’t know, Top of the Pops was a show in the UK from the 1960s to 2006.  It featured performances of popular music artists and a run-down of the week’s singles chart.  From everything I know, appearing on the show was a big deal.  For an upcoming band, it meant that they had finally made it.  Duran Duran was on the show countless times to showcase everything from Planet Earth to Sunrise.  It is interesting to me that Duran still appeared on the show for a song like Perfect Day since it was a cover.  I was able to find it on youtube.  Here it is.  What do you think of the performance?

-A

Today in Duran History – All You Need Is Now Physical Release

On this day in 2011, the album, All You Need Is Now, was released on CD in the United States.  As a big fan of this album, as someone who truly embraced her fandom during this era, I cannot help but to look at this date, this anniversary and smile widely.

In thinking about this day, I actually went back to read the blog post from that day, which you can read here.  The blog post from that date features my partner-in-crime, feverish and anxious to get her hands on the physical album.  It tells how the local Best Buy had to search and search for their TWO copies of the exclusive edition.  Re-reading this filled me with joy–not that Rhonda was sick or that she struggled to get the album or, even though, it was funny, which it was.  No, what made my heart beat a little harder was how excited she was, I was, the entire Duran world was.  There was new Duran music!!!!  We all wanted this so desperately and, finally, the very long wait was over!

After the smile fades, I feel a wave of sadness.  I won’t lie.  I miss the band.  I miss the excitement of the AYNIN era.  I miss it all.  Instead of focusing on what I’m missing, though, I would rather hear about what your physical album release day was like.  Did you, too, search at Best Buy?  Did you struggle as much as Rhonda did?

-A

Today in Duran History – Decade

On this day in 1998, the album, Decade, went platinum (sold 1 million copies).  As you all know, Decade is the first greatest hits album that Duran Duran released.  It was released in November of 1989.  Thus, it took awhile to sell.  It was not an album that did particularly well in the charts, at least not in the US, as it reached its highest chart position at 67, according to Billboard.  Interestingly enough, the song, Burning the Ground, was done to promote the album; yet, it isn’t featured on the album.  Another thing that is interesting about the album is the songs that were chosen, as not all singles were selected.  Likewise, the songs that were included did not all feature album versions.  I remember hearing or reading somewhere that Duran did not want to do this album, but had to do a greatest hits album, per contractual obligations.  Does anyone know this is true?  Does anyone have a source to confirm this?

Now, I have to admit that I did not run out to the store to get this album when it came out.  I do remember buying it at some point in the early 1990s and became addicted to I Don’t Want Your Love soon afterwards.  What about the rest of you?  Did you run out to buy a copy?  What did/do you think of the song selection?  I thought it would be fun to include the video for Burning the Ground since it was made to promote this album.

-A

Today’s Date in Duran History – Denied!!

Ok, so if you’re paying attention and reading the blog, you’ll remember that yesterday I posted the daily point of interest being that on that day in 2001, reunion rumors for the original five broke out on the internet. I am beyond tickled that today’s tidbit, always in good turn, is that on this day, also in 2001, The Powers That Be (otherwise known in fandom as TPTB…it’s true, check it!) denied such rumors of a reunion on dd.com.

*gasps for overdramatical effect* How I wish this blog had audio sometimes….

The plot thickened…and I’m fairly certain, given what I know about DD fans, that this statement did nothing but continue to fan the flames of gossip, intrigue and rumor about such things. I can almost see the posts now…

“Well, you saw it – management said it wasn’t happening, and until they come out and say it really is happening – I don’t believe it.”

“Do you REALLY think the band is going to admit that they’re reuniting until they’re ready?  Don’t be stupid!  Management is never going to tell us first anyway. ”

Better yet…

“Since when does the band ever bother to really use this website anyway? Remember when a fan hacked into this site just to update it so that people would know what was going on?”

Well, we all know what ended up happening, don’t we? And…I’m pretty sure we can all guess as to why management needed to deny the rumors until the band was ready. Contractual issues between band members past and present (well…I guess that’s past and past now), a web page needed to be constructed and so on. Darn those gossip web sites!!

I still smile when I think about the evening I went online and read the news about the reunion. I must have read the press release five or six times before it really started to sink in. My brain refused to believe what my eyes were reading, and I’m sure that I was not the only one feeling that way. There are many, many times when I really wonder why I got so involved in this community. Like anyone else, I’ve seen my share of cut throat behavior, both in-person and online , and it can really be disconcerting.  But then I think back to pivotal moments I’ve experienced as a fan, and I realize: I wouldn’t want it any other way. This is a perfect point to close this week (for me, since Amanda will be writing tomorrow through Sunday), so I bid you all adieu til Monday.

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – Reunion Rumors

Ah yes, 2001.  That was a very good year if you were a Duran Duran fan.  At that point, I wasn’t very active on the internet – I’d check in to  dd.com once in a while and read the message boards, but admittedly I wasn’t on the boards when the first teensy whispers of a possible fab five reunion started leaking about. I couldn’t say whether or not the rumors were being discussed on the boards or kept totally under wraps.  I only remember the evening I happened to check into dd.com only to find that a new splash page had been put up with five faces on it…and I wasn’t entirely sure who a couple of the faces belonged to!  My brain was saying one thing “Can’t be”, and my heart was saying another “PLEASE! You KNOW who these people are!!”

Every once in a while I’ll see a tidbit for a date in history that Amanda unearthed from one place or another and I’ll be surprised.  I’m either surprised that she stumbled across that little bit of trivia, or surprised that such a thing happened. This is one of those tidbits…for both reasons.  On this date in 2001, rumors of rehearsals for a tour with the original five hit the internet at allstarnews.com.  I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure those rumors must have set dd.com alight for the first time in at least a few years, no?  Anybody out there???

-R

 

Today’s Date in Duran History – Minneapolis 1989

Where were you on St. Patrick’s Day in 1989?

I can tell you where the band was!  They performed at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.  Did any of our readers go?

Let’s see, on this date in 1989 I was in college at lovely Cal State Fullerton.  I was a freshman in college, living in the dorms.  I don’t remember a single thing about St. Patrick’s Day in the dorms that year, so I must have been fastidiously studying, not paying a single bit of attention to the holiday or festivities.

You see, the bit about being the Patron Goddess of Vodka (long story) came MUCH later…. and besides, this is an IRISH holiday!!

Moving right along…anybody at that Minneapolis show??

-R