Category Archives: interviews

Duran Duran History: Simon & Hitline

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1993 when Simon was on the show, Hitline USA.  This particular show was a radio show in which people/fans could call in to the show.  Obviously, Simon then answered questions from fans during his time on the show.  During this time in 1993, the band was deeply involved in promotion for the album, The Wedding Album.

If Simon was on a show like this now, what question would you call in to ask him?

-A

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