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Today in Duran History – Last Day on Earth

On this date in 2000, Last Day on Earth was released as a single in Japan.  As far as I know, it was only released as a single there and marked only the second single off the Pop Trash album with Someone Else Not Me being the first.  I wonder why they decided to release this song only in Japan.  Anyone know?  As for the song itself, it is a track off Pop Trash that I do enjoy and really seems to fit the Duran philosophy of living in the moment since this song asks what you would do if this was the last day left.  It is all about the idea of seizing the moment and living one’s life fully each and everyday.  The same philosophy  was more recently heard in the song, All You Need Is Now.

Like All You Need Is Now, it is a song that often opened up the band’s shows on the Pop Trash tour.  Here is a live clip of it here:

This particular clip was recorded at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

What does everyone think of this song?  What do you think of this live performance?

-A

Today’s Date in Duran History – 1993 Munich

On today’s date in 1993, Duran Duran played Flughafon Rien/Terminall (you try typing that without rechecking the spelling 50 times…) in Munich.

In 1993, I wouldn’t have even dreamt of attending a show in Germany (or the UK…or really anywhere outside of California for that matter!)… I was just about to graduate from college at the time, and for Duran Duran was far from being at the forefront of my mind, and probably had been that way for a few years by then.

However, thinking of Germany does remind me of 2011 when Amanda and I traveled to the UK for what was to be the beginning of the tour for All You Need is Now.  Before I’d even left my house, I’d heard that the first shows I was to see had been canceled, so when I eventually met up with Amanda in the UK the following day, our wheels began to spin, trying to figure out what we could do to salvage the trip.  One particularly insane idea we’d had at the time was to go to Germany. My memory of the time has really faded, but I think John and perhaps Nick were in Berlin, doing some press. (I’m not sure if they had originally been slated to do a show there, but I think so – and in checking the dd.com website – they don’t have any of those dates listed since the entire tour was shelved)  We took the time to calculate how we could get there, how long it would take, and of course the cost and ended up staying in England as planned.  Admittedly, I’ve always wondered what the adventure would have been like had we decided to throw caution to the wind and go.  I think I have a teensy bit of wanderlust inside me, and when the band is involved, well, they’re pretty motivating that way.

-R

Today in Duran History – The Reflex

My friend Jessica will love (too strong a word, maybe??) me for pointing out that on today’s date in 1984, parts of The Reflex were filmed.

I won’t lie. I LIKE the video for The Reflex.  I always imagined what I might have been like in that audience. (I’d have lost my teenage mind, I’m sure) I wonder what it was like to be in the arena, knowing that if you were anywhere near the front – you’d be seen in a DD video for all eternity.  I can certainly think of worse things!  And then there’s John Taylor, all up on stage and cute in his red/silver/white jacket/shirt/I-really-don’t-know-what-to-call-it up there with his bleached bangs and cheekbones, alongside Simon and Andy, with Nick and Roger towards the back but still ever-present.   I still like the video.  How could I not?

The Reflex on YouTube

Today in Duran History – Come Undone Video

On today’s date in 1993, Duran Duran filmed the video for the single, Come Undone.

According to the wiki on Come Undone, this video was directed by Julian Temple and filmed at the aquarium at the London Zoo.  So, what do you think of this video?  It isn’t a favorite of mine despite the fashion nod to the New Romantic era and how good the band looks.

Today in Duran History – The Philippines 1989

On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines.  They played there as part of their Big Thing tour, which had quite a few  dates in many Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Taiwan.  What I find really interesting about looking at the tour dates from that tour is that these Asian dates occurred in between dates in the States, meaning that they played in the States before going to Asia and after going to Asia.  I wonder why they chose to do this.  Does anyone know?

I was not lucky enough to see the band during this era.  I was too far away from Chicago, my closest big city, and didn’t have means to get there.  On top of that, I didn’t have anyone to go with me as my friends who were Duranies had moved on by then.  I, of course, have seen concert footage from this era and I have to admit that the shows seemed pretty interesting.  For those of you who did attend, what were the shows like?

On a less historical note, it seems that Duran has been busy thinking about charity and giving of themselves.  First, on dd.com, there is a press release that the band is part of an auction that includes meeting the band and enjoying time in the studio with them to support the David Lynch Foundation.  You can read the details here. Also, Simon and Dom performed at a fundraiser to benefit the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in honor of Simon’s good friend and his daughter who had lost their lives in a boating accident.  To read about this, you should go to Duran Duran’s Facebook page.  Good deeds are a nice way to end the week!

-A

Today in Duran History – The Houston Rodeo

We used to play a game on my old DD message board called “Things Nick Rhodes would never say”.  As follow ups, we also had games like “Things Nick Rhodes would never wear”.   I can remember wickedly cackling out loud as I tried my hand at coming up with the most outlandish ideas.

Today’s item for this date in Duran history would have EASILY been one of those things I never thought I’d hear of the band doing.   On today’s date in 2001, Duran Duran played the Houston Rodeo.

I’ll just let that sink in for a second.  It’s still early my time and I’m not even done with my first cup of coffee.  That’s right – the band known for champagne, yachts and models actually played a rodeo, and lived to tell about it.   Maybe this was a particularly glitzy sort of rodeo.

Bonus Duranie points* will be awarded to the lucky fans who have photographic evidence of this show.  Send ’em in!

Ahh…makes me miss those days of one-upping each other with wild tales of what we thought Nick wouldn’t ever caught dead doing….

-R

 

 

*If you thought Duranie points were actually worth anything…well….no.  Yay!

Today in Duran History – Staples Center 2005

On today’s date in Los Angeles, 2005 – Duran fans were anxiously awaiting the evening’s festivities at the Staples Center.  This is a show that I missed, even though I live here.  You see, while the band was playing their heart out on stage – I was “very busy” on a cruise ship somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.   No, I wasn’t working, I was vacationing. It’s a tough job.

As much as I enjoyed that trip, there is a certain part of me that wonders what it was like to see the band at Staples Center that night.  Unlike a lot of fans, I actually do enjoy the arena shows from time to time – there’s an excitement in the air that is just very, very different from the shows at smaller venues.  I love turning around at the arena shows just to get an idea of what the band sees – I really liked doing this during Leopard on the last tour, for instance.

Oh, let’s face it: I like ALL the shows, as long as I’m near the front.  Don’t we all?

-R

 

Todays Date in Duran History – 1986 Grammy Awards

Hey, what were YOU doing on this date in 1986?

Nick Rhodes was presenting a Grammy Award to Sheena Easton for Song of the Year!

On this date in 1986 I was 15 years old and in the 10th grade, which meant that I was a sophomore in high school. I can remember seeing Nick give the award – I liked his hair. (An important note, right?) And that was the most exciting part of that entire evening for me….and probably a lot of you.  Little did we realize (Maybe some knew. I’ve thought about this and I don’t believe that at the time of the Grammy’s I really knew/understood that Andy & Roger weren’t coming back.)  that later that year Notorious would be released (November of 1986) and the Fab Five would really and truly be down to just three.

Now that I’ve brought you all down, you can go read Nick and Katy’s Oscar Picks to bring you back up!!

 

Today in Duran History – Perfect Day

On today’s date in 1995, the video for Perfect Day was filmed.  In case you’re wondering and aren’t exactly caught up on your Duran history – Perfect Day was a cover (Lou Reed) included on the Thank You album.

Interestingly enough, Roger Taylor played on Perfect Day, and if you watch the video – you’ll see him back on the drums, which is of course, exactly where he belongs.  I didn’t know that Roger had played on the song or was even in the video until the days of the reunion.  Truthfully?  I didn’t even know there was a video for Perfect Day (I guess you could say that I was busy back in 1995 and video watching was not on top of the list), and even when I eventually did see the video, I didn’t recognize Roger!

*gasps*

And there’s your Day in Duran History for this Monday morning.

-R

Going Right Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Earlier this week, my writing partner dared to say, “Durantime sucks”.  She explained that she is impatient and gave reasons why she might be more impatient this time around than previous times.  Fair enough.  The blog post, which if you didn’t read, you can find here focused on how her fan experience and Durantime.  Yet, this post is going to focus not on how Durantime hurts me (and it does) but how it hurts Duran Duran.  It seems to me that fans just aren’t talking or thinking about Duran Duran much despite many efforts, including ours to keep the conversation going on a daily basis.  It feels to me that apathy is growing.  I’ll give you an example from my personal life.  Recently, Duran Duran posted a couple pictures of John in front of a computer screen with captions to increase our interest.  Now, I don’t think it is any secret that my Duran fandom is a big part of my life.  I’m half of a blog that writes EVERY SINGLE DAY.  We have written a book on fandom with Duran Duran as the case study.  We have planned a convention and meet ups and working on a future convention.  Yet, when those pictures were posted, I found myself (ME!!!!) saying, “Yeah, whatever.”  Honestly, it didn’t catch my attention or make me excited.  Then, what was the result?  That John did a video about his perfect album?  That’s fine–no criticism there, but it just didn’t excite me or interest me, when in the past, it would have.  This led me to start looking around at Duranland.  If I’m finding myself apathetic, what is the rest of the fan community like?

In general, it seems to me that people just aren’t that interested right now.  Conversations about Duran have dwindled.  Just look at our stats.  They have gone down and every time we bring up the question of why–we get the same response.  “There is no news right now.”  Twitter seems much, much quieter on the Duran front than it did a year ago.  Of course, two years ago during the height of All You Need Is Now, twitter was filled with constant activity.  I felt like I couldn’t keep up at all.  Now, I don’t even feel like I need to check in much to know what is happening.  What about Facebook?  Well, there are always groups posting pictures and things and some people participate but it seems like a small dedicated group rather than a vast population of fans.  Now, of course, you might be saying something like, “As soon as the album comes out, fans will be back.”  Will they?  Have they always?

Ask anyone who has been around Duranland for a long time about momentum.  Long time fans will point out that Duran often doesn’t capitalize on momentum.  The examples are many…from doing side projects in 1985 rather than continuing as a five piece, not touring after Liberty was released, doing an album of covers right after a comeback album, etc.  The time in between albums has always been a problem since the mid 1980s.  I am willing to bet that each and every time Duran has taken a long time between albums or chosen a path that doesn’t capitalize on success, they have lost fans or lost potential fans.

When I look around at the Duran fan community now, in 2014, I’m struck by the fact that the majority of us are adults with some significant responsibilities.  Many of us have families that we need to worry about.  Careers are screaming for our attention.  We have a lot of real life worries to focus on.  This makes it even easier for any or all of us to walk away.  We have other things that need our time and energy.

Now, of course, people are going to point out to me that they are still on Twitter and still talking about Duran.  Yes, I know that there are some.  I would point out that many of us who are still around have made CONNECTIONS with other fans.  Many of those connections have been made on tour or online, sure, but many of them have been made through attending meet ups and conventions.  Having time to meet face-to-face solidifies any connection made online.  I know that there are people I feel closer to after having met them in person.  For example, there are many people I now call friends after having met during the summer of 2012 during one of our meet ups and having the chance to get to know better at the convention last year.  These connections are keeping people in the community during this downtime.  I would go so far as to say that they might be keeping many of us…fans.  Certainly, we know that excitement is infectious.  Thus, if you are around other people who are thrilled about something, it is likely that you will become that way, too.  This means that those with significant connections will feed off each other once there is news and something to really be excited about.  Those without connections might not even care when news happens.  The band have completely slipped from those people’s minds.

Connections matter.  They, especially matter, in a fandom in which the idols take a long time between projects and don’t always capitalize immediately on success.

-A