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Today in Duran History – I Do What I Do and American Top 40

On this date in 1986, American Top 40 featured John Taylor’s I Do What I Do.  In the past, when we have mentioned how certain songs were featured, people weren’t sure what we meant.  This means, in my understanding, that the song was played or mentioned during this broadcast.  It doesn’t mean that the song was number one or even in the top 10.  It was just played.  For those of you who are not familiar with the American Top 40, it is a radio program that began in 1970 to count down the songs on the charts.  Over the course of its history, I’m sure there were plenty of Duran Duran songs or Duran Duran related songs played.  I know that I often listened to it when I was a kid, during the 1980s.  Now, I could care less due to the songs that actually chart these days.

All of that said, how did John’s first solo song do on the charts?  Here is what I found, which may or may not be accurate.

According to Wikipedia, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Top 100 and number 42 on the UK singles chart.  Does this seem accurate?

-A

 

Today in Duran History – Mexico 2011

On this date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico.  Did any of you attend this show?    This show was one of the first shows of the long All You Need Is Now Tour.  I remember April of 2011.  I was so anxious for my shows.  I kept hearing about other people’s shows, which would only increase my excitement.  Why was I so excited?  Simple.  I loved this album and so could not wait to hear/see the songs performed live.  I already had my favorites and was intensely watching the set lists, wondering which songs from they were playing and which they weren’t.  I didn’t see all of my favorites performed but I did see quite a few.

Speaking of All You Need Is Now, I am continuing with the poll questions about how popular various tours were.  In looking into tours, I discovered just how many Duran tours there actually were.  I also found out that some tours were super short and some were super long.  Most recent tours have been lengthy and early tours were often really short.  Thus, when I beginning to compare which tours were more popular, I will do it by simply counting the number of shows people attended and the percentage of shows people attended.  Thus, watch this space to let us know how many shows you saw during the All You Need Is Now tour.

-A

Today in Duran History

Today I have a Duran history tidbit that is finger licking good!!  (shout out to my pal Krista…this one is for YOU, my friend!)

On this date in 1993, Come Undone reached it’s peak of #13 on the UK charts.  Anyone know where it peaked in the US or elsewhere??  Go ahead and chime in with comments!

A fan favorite, it is done live fairly often (like almost all the time) on tour…it is one of Amanda’s least favorite songs ever, and Rhonda likes it, sans the aforementioned finger licking. (Avert the eyes! Avert the eyes!) Ah, we joke, we kid, we even tease…but we love.

-R

 

 

 

Today in Duran History

Alright all of you 2005 Astronaut tour-goers, this one is for you!!

On this date in 2005, Duran Duran played at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA!  Who was there??

On another fun, yet entirely random note, I had a dream last night. It is very rare that I’ll dream about Duran Duran (because let’s face it – that’s a sign that it’s time for a vacation.), but last night it happened. I don’t know where I was or why I was there, but I was speaking with a woman who had short blonde hair.  She was thin, a little older than me, and spoke with a friendly, but clipped English accent (very similar to that of my mother-in-law, oddly enough).  I didn’t recognize this person, but in my dream I knew who she was and that she was to be trusted.  (dreams are so bizarre sometimes) For some reason I was telling her that we still (I’m assuming I must have been talking about Daily Duranie) get questions all the time about Dom and whether or not he’s touring with the band. For some reason it must have been quite a while since any of us had seen him with the band.  (Probably because it HAS BEEN…) The lady turned towards me and I noticed she was stacking Dom’s CDs on a folding table in front of us, and she said “Yes, but he won’t be touring with the band. He’s going north…and then on to Italy.”  Italy?!? Admittedly geography is not my best subject, but Italy is definitely not north of the UK on the world maps I’ve seen lately! I must have given her an odd look because she followed that sentence up with “You know he’s going to start playing oboe, right?”  <insert completely blank look here>

I remember going through the seven stages of grief right then in my dream, as I thought about how I was going to handle this information going forward, and then I woke up very confused.  What was that about?!

Oboe???  Interesting choice.

I need a vacation.  😀

-R

 

 

 

Today in Duran History – Germany

Think back to 1987…what were YOU doing on April 7th??

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying “I have no idea”.  However, I can tell you that at this point in 1987, I was a junior in high school and was 16 years old.  I drove a Suzuki Samurai soft top that was probably “death on wheels” back then (somehow I survived and never once came close to tipping it over).  At this point in the school year, I would imagine I was getting close to finding my prom dress (I wore this incredibly large white dress – no, it didn’t really look like a wedding dress but it WAS big), and starting to think about college more seriously.  What’s really funny (to me) about this scenario is that my daughter is a junior in high school now, she’s starting to look at prom dresses, and yes…I’m forcing her to start really thinking about college.  Good times!

All of that aside, I can tell you that on this date in 1987, Duran Duran played at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany.  Were any of you there??

-R

Today in Duran History – Miami Signing 1995

On this date in 1995, Duran Duran did a record signing at a Blockbuster Music in Miami.  Based on the year, I assume that this signing was for the album, Thank You.  Did anyone go to that signing or another signing of that year?

Having only been to one signing, I have to wonder how different they are.  Obviously, in 1995, Warren would have been there.  Rhonda went to a signing for Astronaut so Andy was at hers.  Mine took place in 2007 for Red Carpet Massacre so it was just the four of them.  Despite the line-up changes, are there many differences?  Yes, I am sure that different stores having slightly varied rules and procedures for how to get to go, what could be signed, etc.  At the end of the day, though, do all signings feel the same?  Let’s face it.  The point of going to a signing is to get those autographs but also to have a minute or two with the band.  I also have to wonder how they decide these are the albums that should have signings and these aren’t.  Why not do more of these kinds of things?

By the way, if you want to read about our experiences at our signings, you can link here for Rhonda’s and here for mine.

-A

Today in Duran History – Behind the Music 1999

On this date in 1999, VH1 aired the episode of Behind the Music on Duran Duran.  I have to admit that I’m a complete sucker when it comes to documentaries on Duran Duran.  Even though, I feel like I could tell their story myself (and probably have to some poor sucker who got stuck talking Duran with me!), I still love how documentaries present their story.  I love to see who they are going to interview, what visuals they will use and what parts of the band’s story will be focused on.  For a time, I had a friend who would watch a lot of these with me.  We started to make predictions.  The people interviewed usually included Nile Rodgers, one or both of the Berrows brothers, the band, someone representing MTV, and Russell Mulcahy.  Some of the standard video footage would include videos of Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film along with scenes out of Sing Blue Silver.  The side projects of Power Station and Arcadia were always featured as was the success of the Wedding Album.  Despite being able to predict what was going to be shown and said, I still love watching them and this one is one of the best out there.  I suspect that I like Behind the Music so much because they made it all sound so dramatic.  Plus, I love what Richard Blade, the famous LA DJ said at the end.  He said something about how we weren’t there for The Beatles but we were there for Duran Duran.  Exactly.  They were/are that huge to all of us.  *sigh*

Of course, this episode of Behind the Music was redone or remastered as the band was finishing up All You Need Is Now.  I love that one, too.  Yet, I did find this original one on YouTube, in case you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in awhile.  What do you think of it?  What is your favorite part?

-A

Today in Duran History – New Orleans

On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at Saenger Theater in New Orleans.  Were you there??

I remember New Orleans…I’ve been there twice now, and both times were because of Duran Duran.  The first time was for a fan convention in 2004 (can you believe that in September of this year it will have been TEN YEARS since Friends of Mine in New Orleans?!?), and the second time was for the VooDoo Festival in 2006….or as I like to call it “The Day I Discovered What It Is Really Like to Have Your Face Smooshed Into a Hairy Man’s SWEATY Armpit…All For The Love Of A Band.”  😀  Good times.

*shudders*

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Marvin Gaye

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the Capitol Center in Largo, Maryland and dedicated Save A Prayer in memory of Marvin Gaye, who had been shot and murdered by his own father the day before.

Save a Prayer is a song that many Duranies have equated with uplifting spirits in times of sadness or crisis. There are a few DD songs that tend to be on the short list for those moments, and the band has been very kind in dedicating performances of their songs when appropriate.  Sometimes it’s the simple acknowledgment of grief that helps us get through the toughest of times.

-R