Category Archives: interviews

Duran Duran History – Fairlight

Duran Duran history for January 5: On today’s date in 2001, the Fairlight portion of the series The Shape of Things That Hum, including interviews with Nick in 2001 is aired on channel 4 in the UK.

Every once in a while, I will run across a particular point in history for Duran Duran that I have no idea about – and this is one of them. So I did some research and have discovered a few things:

  1. The UK has way better TV than we’ll EVER get here in the US.  An entire show on synthesizers?? Where do I sign up for THAT cable?!?

  2. No matter how long I’ve been a Duran Duran fan, I still have not seen or heard it all.  That makes me smile. Wanna know why I’m still a fan and why I can still write this blog? THAT’S why. There’s always more to learn.

  3. This show is on YouTube. Thank the UNIVERSE for YouTube!!

  4. I love the title of this show. That alone is a keeper.

-R

Duran Duran History: Gottschalk Live

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 3 shorts years to 2012 when John Taylor and Simon Le Bon appeared on the German TV show, Gottschalk Live.  The show was filmed in Berlin.  During this time, Duran Duran were touring Europe as part of the All You Need Is Now Tour.

I did manage to find a clip of this show.  Simon and John come out at about 13 minutes in.  They talked about vinyl records, working with John living in LA, Duran’s audience and lots more.

What did you think of it?  Reaction to it?

-A

Duran Duran History: Richard & Judy

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back ten years to 2005 when the band was doing promotion for Astronaut.  On this date, Simon and Nick were interviewed on Richard & Judy (Channel 4) in the UK. From what I know, Richard and Judy are a married couple who had a number of different TV shows over the years in the UK.  In 2005, their show was in the format of a daily chat show that aired in the early evening.

This interview apparently has been included on the bootleg entitled “Astronaut Promotion 3”.

Has anyone seen this?  If so, please share some details!

-A

 

Duran Duran History – Loose Ends

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back just four years ago to 2010 when Simon was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.  Based on the date (late 2010), I would assume that Simon was doing some initial promotion both for the All You Need Is Now single, which was released on December 8th, and for the album, which was released on December 21st.

Perhaps, some of you would be able to hear this here.  Maybe, others of you could check it out here.

What do you think?  How does this compare to how Duran Duran seems now?

-A

Today in Duran History – Rosie

On today’s date in 1997, Duran Duran performed on the Rosie O’Donnell show in support of Medazzaland.  I remember this show very clearly because it was the very first time I’d seen the band on TV in many years – probably since college.  I sat and watched the show with Heather on my lap (she was a tiny baby back then!) and saw them perform “Electric Barbarella” and of course, “Hungry Like the Wolf”.  I watched it again this morning and felt like I’d been shipped back to 1997 for a brief visit.

-R

Inside this gilded cage

I was able to take some time and catch the Robert Elms (BBC London) interview with Lori Majewski and Nick Rhodes. Here’s the link for those of you who want to listen. (It starts with Girls on Film at about the 2:31:00 mark)

For the first half, Robert spoke with Nick as they were having “technical difficulty” getting Lori patched in from New York. They talked about New Wave, and how even on American charts – most of the acts were British. Nick spoke of how British acts really wanted to make their mark in America. He also talked about the diversity of the charts and what was available at the time.  At this point, Lori is on the line and is able to say that we were very much caught in “middle-aged” American tastes. She’s right. I can remember being at my sitter’s house after school and having to listen to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” over and over again. On 8-track. It really is a wonder how I made it through that year before I finally discovered KROQ and heard Planet Earth for the first time.

They continue on this theme, and it seems almost astounding to Robert Elms, and I suppose many Brits, that here in America it wasn’t places like New York and LA that drove New Wave. It was suburbia.  Lori makes the point that MTV didn’t arrive in NYC or LA (proper) until 1983, but places in middle-America had MTV far earlier. It was when radio stations began getting requests to play Girls on Film in the middle-of-anywhere Kansas or Florida that suddenly New Wave got a foothold. Thank goodness, otherwise we might still be listening to the Piña Colada Song…

Lori also talks about John Hughes films, which, if you’re not from America, I’m just not sure the importance comes across. You just cannot really imagine how vital those films were to 1980s coming-of-age. Movies such as Pretty in Pink, the Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire…those films were what framed our adolescence. They set the bar for what American teens wanted to look like and be like, and that music really became not only part of the soundtracks for those movies, but for our lives. Much of that music IS New Wave.

I think back on my pre-teen/teen years and it’s really impossible to untangle it all. Unlike many people who chose to write off the 80s as some sort of style experiment gone off the rails, those years matter to me. They made me who I am. I interviewed Lori Majewski several months back (you can read that interview here) and we talked the reasons why Duran Duran fans respond so emotionally to the band, even today. Why does this band matter so much to us?  Many of us were so young when the band was at the height of its popularity, I know that in my case, I didn’t even have the opportunity to see them (Duran Duran) until I was in college.  Even seeing them today has the potential to live out (some of) the fantasies that rolled through my head back when I was twelve. That undaunted, unbridled, RAW teen emotion still exists within. For many, that emotion is not only what keeps us returning for more, it is also what drives us to do some of the crazy things we hear about. Not that I’m judging.  After all, I’ve bought tickets to shows I openly swore I would not be attending, I’ve fawned over a band member or two in my time…and I write a blog. When I picture my fandom, I see it as that leopard in a cage that a certain song mentions. Occasionally, the leopard gets out. I’ll bet yours does too.

-R