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Today in Duran History – Someone Else Not Me

On today’s date in 2000, Someone Else Not Me was released in Germany.  Obviously I’m getting older and the years are running together because I had to read that calendar entry twice.  Pop Trash seems like a long time ago (to me), and yet the year 2000…well, wasn’t that just a few years ago??? Yep, old age is just about knocking me over…

So Someone Else Not Me was single #30 from Duran Duran, and the only single off of Pop Trash.  According to wikipedia and a couple of other sources online, this is the only song off of the album that had lyrics written by Simon. The others were written by Nick and Warren.  As we all know (or should know!), on the album this song is slow (I believe Simon mentioned that this is a song he would like to re-record a bit faster).  It’s a melancholy ballad.  However, in the live performances during 1999-2000, this song was played with a little more of an edge, perhaps a tad bit faster with more prominent guitar.

Obviously this back information pertains to the song itself and not its German release.  I couldn’t find a lot online about how it did in Germany, but I did find the CD cover to share.

Someone Else Not Me (German Single)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as a special Thursday bonus: below you’ll find links to a couple of fun videos on You Tube.

Someone Else Not Me – You Tube

Someone Else Not Me – Chicago House of Blues 1999 (YouTube)

-R

 

Today in Duran History – KMEL Radio

On today’s date back in 1985, John and Andy (remember that guy?) were interviewed on KMEL radio in San Francisco, CA.

Ever curious about the back story, I did a search for KMEL radio, and it turns out that it’s “San Francisco’s home for Hip Hop and R&B these days.  Somehow, I suspect the format may have changed a bit since John and Andy graced their doorstep.   So I dig further to find that yes, when the station began in 1977 (prior to that it was known as KGO), it had an Album Oriented Rock format. It played cuts from about 30 known rock albums.  (Only thirty? Huh…and we wonder why some bands get no airplay…)  Then in 1984, they changed the format from AOR to modern rock (same basic idea as AOR, but the albums played were new as opposed to only playing rock from the 70s), and finally to contemporary hit radio.  An example of a contemporary hit played?  Well, the music coordinator at the time, Nick Bazoo, was credited with breaking the hit “One Night in Bangkok” in May of 1985.  So it’s easy to see where Duran might have fit into their formatting at the time.  And now KMEL plays Hip Hop.  You just never know…

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Boca Raton, FL

On today’s date in 2008, Duran Duran played at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL.

I decided that since this show was relatively recent (as opposed to say, back in the early 80s), I would attempt to find the set list.  Well, I did one better.  I found a review of the show AND the set list, which you can read for yourself here.   Happy reading!

Let me know what you think of the review, especially if you were there that night. Drop us a line in our comments below!

-R

Today in Duran History – Atlanta 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  This is the same venue that Rhonda and I saw them play at, in the summer of 2012.  What was our experience like there?  Well, it was difficult to get to without a car as it is in a residential area.  It was also extremely hot and muggy.  Humidity was very strong.  Perhaps, it would not be as bad in May as it was in August.

Was anyone at this particular show in 2008?  How was it?

I did find a number of videos from this show on YouTube, but chose to include the band intros video as they are always a favorite of mine!

-A

Today in Duran History – Brighton 1987

On this date in 1987, Duran Duran played at the Brighton Conference Centre in Brighton, UK.  Were you there?  If so, what was it like?  For those people who are curious, this show was in the middle of the European leg of the Strange Behaviour.  Based on my tour polls, this tour seemed very popular to attend.  What was it like? Any highlights that you remember?  Any disappointments?

-A

Today in Duran History – Andy and the Reunion

On this date in 2001, Andy Taylor confirmed that the band was reuniting on his website at the time, andytaylor.com.  I wish that I had been around to see that, but I was not paying a whole lot of attention to Duran Duran in 2001.  I was overwhelmed with becoming a good teacher and going to graduate school for my Master’s.

I find this particular fact in Duran history very interesting considering that I posted a poll yesterday about the Up Close and Personal Tour, which lasted from February to June of that year.  Clearly, this confirmation took place in the middle of the tour,  a tour that featured Warren on guitar.  While I knew that the reunion became known during the tour, it is another thing to see actual dates in black and white.  Then, the impact of this news is greater, more significant.

Do any of you remember seeing this and/or discussing this?  I would love to hear about how the fan community reacted to this.

-A

Today in Duran History – Montreux Pop Festival

On this date in 1985, Duran Duran played at the Montreux Pop Festival in  Switzerland.  This festival was part of a larger jazz festival, which is probably the best known festival in Switzerland and a big one for all of Europe.

I found a performance of them doing Wild Boys, which you can see here:

I have to wonder how things were for this performance since we now know that life in Duran Duran wasn’t all that happy for them at that time.  What do you think of their performance?  Do you see any unhappiness?  Any tension?

-A

Today in Duran History – Las Vegas 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is one of those shows that I so wished that I could have attended.  Many of you might be thinking that my desire to have been there has to do with Vegas and how Duran shows are typically crazy there.  While that might or might not be true, depending on how you look at it and who you talk to, the more significant reason is that Duran had a couple of guests appear on stage with them.  Typically, I am not super wild about that as Duran is all I really need at a Duran show.  Yet, this one I would have been down for!  Who was the surprise guests?  They were David Keuning and Brandon Flowers from The Killers!

People who have been reading this blog for awhile now know that both Rhonda and myself really, really like The Killers.  At times, we have even talked about going on tour for them!  Thus, this would have been an ideal special guest for us.  Lucky for us, I did find some video of them all doing Planet Earth!  How cool is that?!

Were any of you there?  What was it like in person?

-A