I am not heading to Florida this week. There is a part of me that really wishes that I would be. I recognize, though, that I cannot do everything and be everywhere. Yet, I do have Vegas coming up and a family vacation in a few weeks. That said, I am completely excited for those who are going and feeling nothing but pride for the band to be given the honor to play at the Kennedy Space Center for Apollo’s 50th Anniversary. On top of all of that, I love all the publicity that Duran has been getting. Let’s share some of what I have seen and heard, shall we? (I’m not sharing the CNN interview because Rhonda had a blog about that one last week.)
I think what I have been most excited to see are the videos about the individual band member’s memories about the moon landing. As someone who was not on the planet then, I love hearing other people share stories about historical events that they witnessed. My parents, for example, told me that they were at my uncle and aunt’s house that day to play cards but that they all stopped when the news came through. So, what did Roger, Nick, John and Simon share? Let’s see!
I love that Roger mentions about how he already knew that he was going to be a musician but the idea of an astronaut couldn’t help but come into his consciousness then. I bet that a lot of kids started to think about this as a career choice after seeing this footage and the hero’s welcome the astronauts received.
It is interesting to me that John mentioned how school felt like it was in slow motion that day. I can remember later space flights in which my teachers in elementary school put on the radio for us to listen to the lift-off. Of course, I also can distinctly recall sitting in my classroom in 1986 when the Challenger exploded with what probably was the exact opposite feeling to the one in 1969.
Nick’s story about keeping the Sunday Times Magazine about this historical event reminds me of a quote that I have in my classroom. It says something about how you never know that you are living in history while it is happening. On that day of the moon landing, I’m pretty certain that the whole world knew that history was happening. Nick clearly did.
I love the fact that Roger’s parents woke him up to see the moon landing. Those are parents that I can appreciate!
Leave it to Simon to get philosophical at the end. I agree with him, though, it must be hard to have one’s life to be defined by one event. It could be magical but also limiting.
Besides these video clips, the band has been busy promoting the event through talking to various media. Tomorrow, for example, Simon will be on Sirius XM Volume in the morning to talk about it. He was also on iHeart radio with Martha Quinn this weekend, which you can hear here! While Martha tried to get setlist intel out of him, he instead focused on the drones that will be up in the air during their set.
Did I miss any other press? If so, let me know and I would be happy to edit this post to include it. Excited to cheer Duran from a distance this week while I listen to all the space related songs of theirs.
Anyone see any good videos lately? Anyone?? Anyone?? Bueller? Obviously, we might have taken some time to watch a certain little video for Duran Duran’s Pressure Off a time or two thousand. Then, of course, we took some more time to bring you all another of our ridiculous, why-don’t-we-ever-stop-talking video reviews of it! While we could go on and on here in writing, we won’t. We’ll just let the video speak for itself…after all, we talk enough for the video AND a written blog. (Yes, it seems we are always very wordy!) Enjoy! snort
Now, you probably want to watch something much more…fun so we thought you might enjoy seeing Pressure Off again for the 38,456th time and then the 38,457th time and the 38,458th time…You get our point!
Did anyone see/read any good Duran Duran interviews lately? I was surprised to see a new interview catch my attention as I figured that time for Duran interviews had past since the album had been released over a month ago. Yet, this interview, entitled The Pressure’s Off, popped up this week. If you haven’t seen or read it, I suggest that you do so! It has both a video and a written article and is written by author of Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Life as a Notorious Duran Duran Fan, Lyndsey Parker. Somehow, I always feel better knowing that an article is written by a fan. I guess I figure that the band will get more respect that way. Well, this article/interview/video did not disappoint! In fact, it gave me much to think about!
The Duran Duran Brand:
John started the interview off with talking about the Duran Duran Brand, or the classic Duran Duran sound that we all know and love. He doesn’t define it, specifically, but I think that every fan (or almost every fan) knows it when s/he hears it. John describes it as the classic Duran sound. He goes on to explain that All You Need Is Now captured the Rio sound and mood, which is probably why it was so easy for all of us to digest. It was THE classic Duran Duran sound or BRAND. It didn’t challenge any of us. It felt normal. Comfortable. Familiar–like an old friend. He compares that to Red Carpet Massacre which he described as “electro” and containing really none of the classic Duran sound. A little light bulb went off in my head when I heard that! It makes total sense to me and also why for many of us, Red Carpet Massacre felt so foreign, so unlike Duran. In fact, I want to memorize the link to this interview to play whenever the discussion of RCM comes up. I just want to post it and go: THIS!!! Anyway, he finishes that discussion with the idea that Paper Gods is a mixture. This also rings completely true to me. It is contemporary but it also has the classic Duran sound in it. Now, I understand why the album takes awhile to know and love. For longtime fans hoping to hear ONLY the classic Duran brand, the album will seem weird. Yet, if you listen close, you can hear the known Duran WITH the new. I think it is impressive that they were able to merge both with this album as I have to figure that it would be far easier to go in one direction or the other, but to keep what makes you YOU while also embracing change is something to admire.
It is always music to my ears when any member says something about how important the FANS are. John commented about how important it was to them for the fans to love this album. Sometimes, I think the fans feel overlooked as Duran, at times, seems only focused on finding new fans. While I think most of us understand why new fans are important, it is still so nice to know that we MATTER to them. I thought Simon’s point about the fans was really interesting. He commented about how it gives fans’ validity when other people start liking what you have been into. I never really think about that. I’m so used to people (read: non-fans) mocking my love of Duran, either subtly or overtly, that I wouldn’t know what to do if “regular” people started liking them! It would probably freak me out! That said, I wonder if the mocking would cease, at least to some extent. Would I have to explain myself less? No matter, I do thank Simon for acknowledging the dedicated fan base who have been there through “good times and bad”. Here’s the thing, Simon. We always will be here. You are stuck with us!
Criticism and Female Fans:
In the beginning of the segment of the interview, John and Simon talk about how they were hit hard by the critics but that they have learned to ignore. (That is a hard skill to learn. We struggle on the blog–not with disagreement or constructive criticism but disrespectful statements. While I wish that people would stop and ask themselves if what they say might be hurtful before posting, I know that we have to toughen up because people won’t do that.) What I found more interesting on this part was Simon’s discussion of having female fans. This is a subject that we have talked a lot about on the blog over the years (YEARS?! EEK!). There definitely is sexist stereotype out there that females don’t really know or understand music or have good taste, which means that any band that has a female following must be unworthy, musically. Obviously, Duran Duran is finally showing people how wrong that belief is.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame:
The interview ends with a brief discussion of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It is clear that for both John and Simon, there are more important things to them that being inducted. Simon mentions, once again, that the fans are more important and the only thing he needs to feel validated. John said that he is happy in the seat he is sitting in right now. I definitely admire their attitudes. I think we would all like to be so settled in what we do.
Obviously, I didn’t discuss each statement made in this interview. I just picked out the highlights or the highlights as I saw them right now. If I watched this interview again tomorrow, I would probably pick out different things to discuss. That’s how good it is! I think you all should watch/read the interview and let me know what hit you as interesting and why!
Sometimes things come up so fast that I don’t even have time to add them to the calendar here, and today is no exception.
Are you a #TGIT (ThankGodItsThursday) fan?!? Do you love Duran Duran (I hope so, otherwise…you might be visiting the wrong blog…)?? Tonight is YOUR NIGHT to have your senses tingled!!
Several (many) months back, I believe a photo was tweeted of a certain John Taylor visiting Shonda Rhimes’ office. For those who may be unaware, Shonda is the creator of the Thursday night shows on ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. Many of us who saw the picture wondered what on earth John Taylor could be doing in Shonda Rhimes’ office, but the mystery remained unanswered…until this morning when I saw this tweet:
Gotta admit, I’m pretty excited that one of my favorite songs off of Paper Gods, cowritten by my favorite “not really an official band member but I don’t care” band member is going to be used on one of my favorite TV shows – Grey’s Anatomy. That’s cool!!! Dom should be very proud, although I know this isn’t the first time he’s had his music used on a TV show before! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to go VISIT his website and ORDER his albums!)
Once upon a time, I worked with an indie (unsigned) band named Folio, and as far as they were concerned, my main goal in life was to get their music on to TV shows. (Yes, I was successful!) There was a website I spent much of my time scouring, in search of the perfect licensing opportunities. At the time, I always wondered why Duran Duran music wasn’t on more TV shows where it would be heard by a huge audience…. lo and behold, here’s their chance!! This is huge, so any and all Duranies out there, watch the show, and shout about it on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and even Google+ (if you’re into that sort of thing!) Our word of mouth MATTERS. (and while you’re doing that, throw my guy @dombrownmusic some love – I’m sure he’d appreciate the tweets!!)
If that weren’t enough (and it never is!), later tonight following Grey’s Anatomy and the other #TGIT shows, Duran Duran will be on Jimmy Kimmel. Following the broadcast, the post-show concert will be streamed here on Yahoo! Live. I was in the audience that afternoon, which was held in the back parking lot of the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theatre. It was a lot of fun. I’d never gone to something like that before, and so when I was treated to Hungry Like the Wolf not once but TWICE that afternoon, I smiled, sang and clapped along with abandon! It was a lot of fun despite the 93-degree heat, and the only thing missing was my partner-in-crime, who was flying over the western part of the country at the time to get to LAX later that night. I’m curious to see what takes of the songs they chose to use for the stream, and I’ll be tuning in later myself. When you’re watching the stream later, look for me in the audience!
(On second thought, I spent most of that afternoon willing myself not to faint – note to self: one should ALWAYS take water if they’re lining up outside for the afternoon – I was a hot and sweaty mess by the time the show started, so maybe don’t look for me!)
Must see and hear @duranduran on #TGIT! Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night at all!
I’ll let you in on a little secret, Duran Duran fans: never wear skinny jeans to a show in 90 degree + heat. Just a tip.
The time in the dreaded GA for the Jimmy Kimmel backlot concert (but “preferred GA of course, thanks to MasterCard) line went fast, although there were a couple of points where I felt like I needed to sit just because of the heat…and I live in Southern California! (albeit farther south and much closer to the coast!) My fellow line-dwellers and I passed the time talking about the band, of course, and musing about the shows to come. We saw the band arrive in their customary black SUV (hope I’m not giving much away there), and was treated to sound check, where we soon realized we were going to hear “You Kill Me With Silence” later on. Our line was formed outside of the fence to the backlot, and chain link on the fence was mostly blocked by plastic, but in between sections there were gaps that worked beautifully for catching glimpses. We were able to see that Mr. Hudson was going to join the band onstage, for instance…and then there was that moment that we saw Simon strip off his t-shirt.
So, back to the line…
At about 5:30 (an hour later than we’d been told), we were allowed onto the backlot and found spaces by the stage. My choice in spots is still the topic of discussion amongst friends today because rather than make a beeline for Dom’s area of the stage, which I wholeheartedly admit is my typical first choice, I took a spot at about third “row” directly in front of Simon. I don’t know why I did that, except that I wasn’t with Amanda, I figured I’d get the whole scene that way, and honestly – there seemed to be more room in front of Simon’s microphone. Go figure. After waiting for what felt like forever (I had forgotten how much my lower back hurts while waiting in GA!), we had some dude from the show come out and try to warm up the crowd and explain how it all was going to go.
Not long after that, the show started. And as always, this is where things start to get fuzzy for me. I blame John Taylor for that, because he came out to the front of the stage and genuinely smiled. Like anyone who has ever seen John up close, I was convinced he smiled at me. Yes, there were 500 people in the crowd. No, don’t try to talk sense into me. I write a blog, remember? Good sense left my body a LONG time ago.
Rather than attempt to write my way through the show, I’m going to try to cover this by bullet point summary:
They all looked great. I will applaud the rhinestoned jacket on John, the mouth shirt and black/white leather jacket on Simon, and yes, Dom’s polka dot shirt (that collar had to have been hot though, it was fully buttoned!) I won’t lie, I can’t remember what Nick or Roger wore. My excuse is that they are only out front for a very short period of time, and let’s face it, I stood there for several minutes just coming to terms with the idea that I was there, they were in front of me, and I was about to hear some Duran.
The band played six songs: Pressure Off, Last Night in the City, You Kill Me With Silence, Hungry Like the Wolf, Save a Prayer and Sunrise. They went back and did several of them more than once to account for lyrical cough, cough errors and whatever else the band felt they needed to correct.
As an aside, I was treated to Hungry Like the Wolf not just once, but twice (did they know I was there or something?!?) The first time, I didn’t see it coming when Simon asked the crowd if we’d been fed, and then launched into “Is anybody hungry?” I groaned, and then, remembering that this was for TV, I cheered and sang right along with everyone else….and then did it all again. Yay!!
Back Up Singers:
This was the first time I’d seen Jessie and Anna together live. In a lot of ways, I think it’s good for Anna to have someone to work with, because maybe it gives her a little more energy. I don’t love the current stage set up with the platforms that line the back of the stage, though. It’s very linear, and I don’t know why – but it bugs me. Jessie and Anna are off to one side, and while I was concerned that they’d be stuck back there, they do come to the front of the stage for various songs. They also have every song completely choreographed which really reminded me of the Big Thing era, and I’m not sure I like that. I tend to prefer the more natural movements of when Anna was alone with the band, overall that time felt far more organic and more like a family or team atmosphere rather than a staged production.
Ben was present for this show, and from what I could tell – he was there to play guitar. This puzzles me, and I’m not even going to pretend otherwise. When I realized he was there, I thought perhaps they were going to play “Paper Gods”, but that didn’t seem plausible for this show. Then he came out during You Kill Me With Silence, and took Dom’s spot on stage. That doesn’t mean Dom wasn’t still on the stage – he was, but he moved further back while Mr. Hudson played and sang on the microphone. It just seemed strange. There was absolutely no interaction between Mr. Hudson and Dom, which is completely unlike what I’ve seen with Dom and any other guest artist the band has ever had on stage with them, including Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers – two HUGE names. To be completely honest, Dom looked bored stiff and awkward during the song. There just doesn’t SOUND like there’s enough guitar to go around, and if the band’s goal is to make sure fans understand in these moments that Dom is not a valued member of the stage band (at the very least), it’s working. That’s unfortunate, because on any other song the band does, you can see the love and affection they seem to have for one another. I like Mr. Hudson, don’t get me wrong, but there was no chemistry, no playing off of one another, and instead it felt very much as though Dom was just some guy in the background playing back up to a producer that none of us really know.
Overall, the band played a good show at Jimmy Kimmel last night and it was a taster of what is to come. I’m looking forward to the next three shows with my partner-in-crime, as fun as last night was, it’s never the same without Amanda (even though she is threatening to make me stand alone at GA shows from now on).
My fellow Duranie Stephanie and I entered the chance to win Fan Passes for the band’s Today Show performance on September 17 . We live in Western New York, so the travel time to New York City is at least 6 hours. Not to mention, we both have jobs with limited time off, so our attitude was if we get passes, we’ll just figure out how to go. We really didn’t expect to win them at all. But then Stephanie got the email a week before the show saying she won a Fan Pass (good for 2 people). Our conversation together went something like this:
“Can we do it?”
“Would we be able to take the time off with such short notice?”
“Can we afford to go?”
“It doesn’t matter – we are going!!”
So after an abnormally long train ride, we finally get to NYC around 11 pm. We decided to go to a bar near Penn Station and the sign outside says “Welcome Madonna fans!” Wait – what??? Madonna was at Madison Square Garden that night? That was just a block away! How cool would that have been if we could have seen that show too?!
Back to Duran-land: The Fan Pass instructions said they would start letting people in at 5:30 am and no one would be let in after 6 am. We decided to get there around 5:00 and figured we’d be early enough. We knew that we couldn’t get front-row spots because there’s a VIP section between the stage and the Fan Pass section. But we would be closer than the general admission audience, so we’ll just see what we can get. We saw on Facebook that some fans were there around midnight. We decided that if we were going to stay up all night, we’d prefer to spend the time having a few pints and some food. (I know, I never said we were the most hardcore fans! Just hardcore enough to skip work and travel to NYC for a free show.)
So we got to the Fan Pass line around 5 am. We waited. And waited. I met some (of course) nice people in line and we all commiserated about how early it was.
Finally we received our passes which certified that yes, we are now official FANS!
(*Before judging our appearance in the photo, please remember that we stayed up all night before the show!)
It was after 6 am and we still hadn’t been let into the plaza. Now we were starting to get a little angry – and you don’t want to anger Duranies at this hour of the morning. But shortly after 6, a couple black vehicles pull up to the plaza entrance and we heard some fans squealing. Clearly the band had finally arrived. I debated whether the delay was due to Nick’s primping, John getting his hair to defy gravity, or Simon squeezing into his pants. Whatever the reason, we were all glad they finally arrived! Having been at the last-minute-cancellation in Atlantic City in 2012, I was starting to feel like this show might not happen either. But the boys were here – and we were all eager to see them.
Having watched the Today Show concerts on the plaza, I had an idea of what the venue would be like. However, once I was actually there, I realized (spoiler alert) it was a lot smaller than it appeared on TV. But frankly my reaction was, “Well then, I’ll be even closer to the stage than I thought I would be!” As you can see from the sound check photo, it was still pretty dark out when we were let into the plaza. It was rather strange to watch a show that started in the dark and ended when it was light. But as weird as it was for me, it has to be much weirder for the band.
We get into the Fan Pass area and the band is already doing their sound check and rehearsal. To me, this was the coolest part of the experience. Maybe some of you have been at shows where you’ve seen the band do sound check. This was such a treat and a unique experience. I loved that we saw them in their street clothes. We heard their songs multiple times, starting and stopping mid-song. I was thrilled to see that Kiesza was going to perform with them because “Last Night in the City” is my (current) favorite track off Paper Gods. And every time they played it, I loved it even more.
It was hard to tell if the band was in “sound check mode” or if they were grumpy for having to play so early in the morning. Of course the fans were all excited and we had our second wind and were ready for the show! Simon was a little playful with the crowd but I was hoping for a little more. They finished up sound check and left the stage, so we didn’t know how long it would be until they played again. I think a producer from the Today Show gave us the times the band would be on, but we didn’t listen too closely. I was secretly hoping the band would play an entire concert, but knew that was a little too much to hope for. However I was thankful for whatever we could get.
Here’s the setlist as it happened in real-time:
Ordinary World – This was played/filmed first but actually aired in the last hour of the show. I thought it was a downer to start with, and I worried that Simon wouldn’t hit the high notes, but he killed it. In fact the vocals and sound were amazing all around. I saw some chatter online about how the sound on TV wasn’t great. I thought it was awesome in person.
Notorious (snippet) – The show bumped to commercial with this one. If you watched the show and felt like you got cheated out of the song, don’t worry – we did too. What you saw is all we got.
Last Night in the City (with Kiesza) – If you watch the video you see around 2:52 Kiesza misses the start of her solo verse. She kept missing it in rehearsal too. Methinks Le Bon got Le Pissed.
Hungry Like the Wolf – Overplayed or not, the guys still sold it. And I think this was the one that the crowd was most enthusiastic about.
Pressure Off – When introducing the band, Savannah Guthrie was a little flustered and called the new album “Paper Goods”. She was standing so close to JT I would have been flustered too.
Save a Prayer – This one they played just for us in the plaza. I’m not sure how others felt, but I was kind of bummed that this was the last song. I’m so used to them ending on an upbeat song that it felt pretty weird for that to be the final song.
I was convinced that they’d play Sunrise given that, well, we were all there together for the sunrise that day. And it’s definitely one that the crowd gets into. Next time guys, OK?
Watching the show back on my DVR, I really enjoyed seeing the little bits when the anchors talked to the audience and showed us arriving pre-dawn. Speaking of the anchors, (a) Carson Daly has piercing blue eyes! I wasn’t standing too close to him but man, those are some sparkly blue eyes! And (b) we saw Dylan Dreyer after the show and man, she is tiny!
I had a great time chatting with fans around us. One woman said it was her first time seeing the band ever. I told her it’s never too late! And to be able to see them that close for free, what a way to see your first show!
Having been to a handful of Duran shows now, I really try to not be stuck behind my camera or phone and fret about getting a great photo or the best video. I really wanted to soak in this unique opportunity and have no regrets. My only regret is that we didn’t show more enthusiasm because then we would have been picked to go down in front of the stage and dance. That would have been incredible, however I was a little camera-shy because I was sort of playing hooky from work, so I wasn’t anxious to be all over the TV screen. Next time Steph, OK?
Thanks to my friend and partner in crime for inviting me to be her +1. I had a wonderful adventure and can’t wait to see them on tour in 2016. If you ever have a chance to start your day with a Duran Duran show, I highly recommend it!
I live for weekends. It is my time to catch up on household chores, sleep, grading and, most importantly, Duran Duran, including any and all promotion! This weekend is no different, except for the fact that I’ll also be getting ready to head to the west coast to see some band that I hear is pretty good playing some shows. Before that, though, what do I need to know about this past week and what can I share about my past week that might also be fitting?
Is there anything better than tour season?! I think not! I love attending shows and I love to hear about others attending shows that I couldn’t go to. Since last weekend, the band played in Denver, in Washington and in Reno. Today, they are playing at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. To say that they have been busy is an understatement! So, what have I heard about these shows? I have heard/read nothing but FABULOUS reviews!!! The fan reports have said that Duran has been simply amazing! I’m not hearing a lot of complaining about any factor in the show, including the setlist. That isn’t to say that there aren’t complaints out there, just that I haven’t seen any. Literally, it seems like every single Duranie I know thinks that the band is “on fire” and playing their hearts out! This, of course, just increases my excitement to see them even more (like that is really even possible!!!)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Did everyone get a chance to watch this? I was lucky enough to record it since it aired while I was at work. (Seriously, how did we deal with TV appearances before the ability to record TV?! Yes, I remember setting up the VCR but it always seemed problematic and that wasn’t available in my house until the mid-1980s!) I understand that some people weren’t able to see it as the news broke in with live coverage of the Pope’s visit. I’m sorry that happened to people as I know how frustrating that kind of thing can be! Here it is if you haven’t seen it!
What did you all think about that performance? I thought it was a solid performance but it didn’t “wow” me quite as much as the performance on the Tonight Show. I’m not sure why that is. The only thing I can figure out is that I was a little weirded out by Simon and Janelle starting out by going through the crowd and being separated from the rest of the band. I like it better when they all seem to feed off of each other and hard to do that when Simon is somewhere else. That said, I’m always excited to see them perform on a show!
Spreading the Word:
One of the best parts of TV appearances is how easy it is for Duran to get the message about the new album out, into the general public. It also helps fans help the band with that, too. I have barely had any time for social media the last few weeks but it seems to me that every time a TV appearance happens, I see at least 10-12 friends sharing it. I know that I tell people about TV appearances, too. In fact, I pointed out to my parents when Duran was going to be on the CBS Morning Show. They made a point to not only watch it but also to give feedback to me. It made me smile that both parents (who watched it separately) enjoyed the piece and thought that it thorough and respectful. Just this past week, I found out that my sister also watched it! The best part of that is that my niece was upset with her when she discovered that her mom didn’t save it for her to watch! If nothing else, I’m spreading the Duranie love to my family!
Of course, I’m also spreading the love at work, too. Here are a few stories as examples:
One of my colleagues was out to dinner with some friends when her friends start talking about karaoke. The one friend says, “One of the best songs to perform is Duran Duran’s Rio!” My colleague says, “That’s funny that you mention them as my co-worker is a HUGE Duran fan. Did you know that their new album dropped this month? It’s true!” (Stories like this make me proud!)
My students have heard about Duran Duran a lot in these first few weeks of the school year. In fact, one activity we do asks the students to look at “artifacts” and come to a conclusion, as a means on knowing how to be a social scientist. I showed them a bunch of Duran stuff. They could figure out my fan story!
Just yesterday, one student asked me if I knew who Amy Winehouse was. I said that I did and explained that there was a Duran connection due to Mark Ronson working with both. That student’s responded with how much I know about Duran and how good they must be.
The point here is simple. The shows, the TV appearances, social media, word of mouth are all doing the exact same thing…spreading the word! They are getting and keeping Duran Duran at the front of people’s mind rather than the back. A worthy task, indeed!
I LOVE Duran Duran TV appearances! What fan doesn’t, right? Nonetheless, this one I have been anticipating for a VERY long time since I knew that they had filmed it awhile ago and there is something about appearing on THIS show. To me, CBS Sunday Morning is a serious show to be on. It isn’t just about entertainment like an appearance on Entertainment Tonight (not that there is anything wrong with that!) but this show is about more than the latest in celebrity and Hollywood news. This is about NEWS. It is about diving deeper into various topics. My PARENTS watch this show. (By the way, they were excited to hear that Duran was on! They always support my fandom and I think they are secret fans!) Therefore, I had high hopes for this particular TV appearance. So, how was it?
Duran’s segment was saved for the last half hour, which on one hand is like torture for those of us watching and anxiously waiting. On the other hand, I kinda like it. The best is saved for the end of the program, right? To keep the viewers watching? Oh yeah, we were watching all right! Of course, the tease to Duran’s segment featured Rio but before I even saw the complete part, I was excited. Why? The interviewer did not just adopt this idea of the video for Rio being about excess and that Duran lived this decadent lifestyle. No, they understood that the video was not representational.
The segment was typical, in some ways, as it definitely gave some history and focused a lot on the success of the 1980s. The part that I really appreciated was the focus on how the rock critics didn’t get them and as Simon said…the more girls they had who liked them, the more the press hated them. Ah…the stigma that any band with a young female following seems to have. Clearly, in the press’ eyes, young females should be dismissed as being dumb and uninformed about what good music sounds like, right? Yeah, my women’s studies students would point out that this usual pattern is more of a case of sexism than anything else. Another common discussion point that was included was about how connected Duran was to MTV and to videos. Like the previous talking point, I think the show allowed Nick to make some good points about this connection to videos, which were that they had no idea how “potent” they would be and how they made “iconic” images that, sometimes, haunted them. Both of these talking points were taken seriously by the show and they were shown to be both positive and negative for the band. I always appreciate when the full picture of Duran Duran’s story is told like this.
The rest of the segment continued on to discuss Power Station and Arcadia, Simon’s sailing accident, and their comeback in the 1990s. What I thought was interesting was the discussion at the end about whether or not they are seeking hit records. Both John and Simon indicated that they are competitive and feel like they have as much going for them as anyone else to get that “attention” that comes with fame and commercial success. While I can’t disagree with that (Duh! Of course not!), I appreciated that John acknowledged that there is a part of him that wants to be unconcerned with hits but that there is another part of him that is concerned. I get that. I can understand that and I think we all witness that internal tug-of-war with every project they do.
All in all, this was a well-done piece. They managed to cover a lot of history and topics in a very respectful and informed way. Homework was clearly completed as the segment was accurate and it was obvious that they knew what issues could and should be discussed. Truly, it was one of the best pieces I have seen on Duran in a very long time.
P.S. I did want to thank CBS News for placing a link to this lovely blog on their page about what today’s show was going to be about. To see our blog listed along Duran’s official site and social media sites, makes Rhonda and I beyond proud.
Normally, I like my blogs to be focused on one topic, one idea, one thesis statement (yes, sometimes, the teacher in me pops out. I apologize.). Today, though, I’m feeling a bit scattered. There is a variety of reasons for this, including all the actions with the new album, so much media that I can’t keep up, being super busy with the new school year, and having a parent who needed 24 stitches in his leg last night. Thus, it is hard for me to focus on just one thing and this blog post will represent that! I will try to make it fun despite (or because of) bouncing around!
How about those b-sides?! Oops. I meant—How about those extra tracks? Raise your hand if you got the deluxe edition of Paper Gods and/or the Target edition of Paper Gods?! I DID! Despite the craziness to my day, I managed to hit the local Target at 10 pm in order to get my hands on a copy of that version! (I don’t know if that shows my dedication or my insanity! By the way, yesterday, my students found out about my Duranieness. Let’s hope I got a few teenagers to go and check out the band!) Anyway, I’m glad that I did get a copy of both to have all the songs! In case, you have no idea what I’m talking about, in terms of these extra tracks, here’s a complete listing of songs off of Paper Gods:
Last Night in the City
You Kill Me with Silence
Face for Today
What Are the Chances?
Change the Skyline
Only in Dreams
The Universe Alone
Planet Roaring (available only on the deluxe edition)
Valentine Stones (available only on the deluxe edition)
Northern Lights (available only on the deluxe edition)
On Evil Beach (available only on Target edition)
Cinderella Ride (available only on Target edition)
Interestingly enough, with 17 tracks, it equals the same number of songs as what was available with All You Need Is Now. So, what’s the verdict with these bonus or extra tracks? I’ve seen nothing but positives and, in some cases, rave reviews about them! Some (like me) might even be questioning why some of these weren’t included in the regular album. Then again, we know that many of the best Duran songs weren’t official album tracks but those handy, dandy b-sides like Secret Oktober and Late Bar. Thus, it makes sense that some of the best tracks are these extra ones. I have not seen these songs anywhere online to listen to, stream, etc. My recommendation–do yourself a favor and go buy those other versions to have all the songs. Trust me. You will be glad you did, especially for songs like Planet Roaring (the lyrics to this one put me in tears!), Northern Lights and Cinderella Ride (which is prompting some…RhondacoughRhonda…to declare new favorite songs). As with all these songs, a full review by yours truly and that partner-in-crime of mine will be coming…at some point.
Yesterday Duran Duran played at Bestival, a festival located at Robin Hill in the Isle of Wight. I did have a chance to look at the setlist and see some photos that Duran Duran posted on their social media. My reactions?
What interests me is which NEW songs have they played. So far, between this show and the last show they did at the Gibraltar Festival, they have played Pressure Off and Last Night in the City. I figure we won’t know exactly which new songs are going to be featured until they play the first non-festival gig, which could be the show coming up at Terminal 5 in New York City on the 14th.
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the photos Duran Duran posted on both Twitter and Facebook from the festival, do so! While all the photos are great, there is a picture of DoJo (Dom and John) that really caught my attention!!!! I LOVE their musical chemistry. Thus, I would really, really, really like to see a lot of that at the shows I have tickets for (Hollywood Bowl, Berkeley and Agua Caliente) along with lots of JoSi, of course!!
Like I said, I have really struggling to keep up with all of these! I have been having about 18 hour days so I’m squeezing Duran in, when and where I can! That said, the interview below is totally cute and well worth taking the time for!
Another recent message that is a must read is the little blog post that Simon Le Bon wrote that was posted on the official website, which you can read here. He really recommends listening to the entire album as a whole. I think he is pointing out something that I talked about a few weeks ago, which is how sometimes the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.
Last, but certainly not least, tomorrow is our birthday!!! We are turning 5! That’s right! We have been doing this little blog, website, organization, institution, insane asylum, or whatever you want to call it for 5 years as of tomorrow! In usual Daily Duranie fashion, that means that we are having a party! It is an online party in which we will be watching a little YouTube playlist (link is coming!) which includes some of our favorite Duran clips while having a few vodka tonics and chatting about it all with everyone on Facebook and Twitter! To get all of the details and to RSVP for the most fun you can have on a Sunday, go to our Facebook event page here! We cannot wait to celebrate with all of you!!!
That’s it! That is all we have left to wait to get to hear this album that so many have been waiting for! By now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the restless energy has increased to almost an unbearable level!
What to do with this anxiousness?! We have the answer for you! Our recommendation today is to check out recent interviews and reviews. Yes, there are many, many reviews popping up!