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Duran Duran History – BBC Rock Hour

BBC Rock Hour 548 feat. Duran Duran

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran was featured on BBC Rock Hour.  BBC Rock Hour is a radio show vinyl album that was licensed for broadcast on BBC, and not only featured Duran Duran but also Wham! and Boy George.  The album is in a plain white sleeve and comes with cue sheets for radio presenters.

These are rare albums, but they’re out there for vinyl collectors to stumble across if lucky. If you can find them, snap ’em up!  Duran Duran was featured a few times on the BBC Rock Hour over the years, given their popularity in the 80s.  As you can see below, the albums are numbered, and the album for this particular date in history had the following:

Bands (including Duran Duran) for BBC Rock Hour 548

Human League

Eurythmics

Nik Kershaw

Depeche Mode

Culture Club

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Deep Purple

Julian Lennon

Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakley

Duran Duran

Paul McCartney

Wham!

-R

 

 

 

 

Today in Duran History – Rock USA

On today’s date in 1983, Hungry Like the Wolf was featured on Rock USA: October 22, 1983. 

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This was a 3-LP box set syndicated radio show album that was also licensed for broadcast on the same date. The show was a collection of songs from various artists, and you’ll find the track listing below:

  1. “Brain Damage” / “Eclipse” – Pink Floyd
  2. “Join Together” – The Who
  3. “In A Big Country” – Big Country
  4. “Rock You Up” – The Romantics
  5. “Hot Blooded” – Foreigner
  6. “Evil Ways” – Santana
  7. “Queen of the Broken Hearts” – Loverboy
  8. “Sole Survivor” – Asia
  9. “10th Avenue Freeze Out” – Bruce Springsteen
  10. “Heart & Soul” – Huey Lewis
  11. “Fight Fire With Fire” – Kansas
  12. “Long Distance Runaround” – Yes
  13. “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Duran Duran
  14. “How Can I Refuse” – Heart
  15. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” – The Rolling Stones
  16. “Heartbreaker” – The Rolling Stones
  17. “Monkey On Your Back” – Aldo Nova
  18. “Crumblin’ Down” – John Cougar
  19. “Green River” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  20. “For A Rocker” – Jackson Browne
  21. “Sitting At The Wheel” – Moody Blues
  22. “Foxey Lady” – Jimi Hendrix Experience
  23. “Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix Experience
  24. “Love Is A Battlefield” – Pat Benatar
  25. “Illegal Alien” – Genesis
  26. “Daytripper” – Beatles
  27. “Street of Dreams” – Rainbow
  28. “Immigrant Song” – Led Zeppelin
  29. “Other Arms” – Robert Plant
  30. “Don’t Forget To Dance” – Kinks
  31. “Changes” – David Bowie
  32. “King of Pain” – The Police

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Blame the Machines!

On today’s date in 2010, Mark Ronson became the hero of all Duranies…very nearly our own patron saint! Why is that you ask?  Was this the date he began working with the band? (Nope!) Did they ever name him as the fifth member?? (No. No they did not.) No…Mark did something that will endear him to us forevermore.  He gave us the gift of playing 30 seconds of “Blame the Machines” during his show on East Village Radio.

Do you hear trumpets of triumph or angels singing…or is that just me?

I remember back when we used to get snippets…..*sigh*  In fact if the band wants to send us a gift of a snippet right now as you read this, I am safely out of town…probably without cell service because I’m camping. On vacation for the next several days, in fact.  I might never even know!!!  *gasp*

However, in case that never happens…we have the fond memory of Mark playing brand new, unreleased Duran Duran on his radio show. At least somebody was looking out for the fans….

-R

Today in Duran History – Peter Powell

On today’s date in 1981 (which feels like a very long time ago as I type this…), Duran Duran recorded a performance for Peter Powell’s show on Radio 1 in the UK.  It was not transmitted on this date, however…that came later in August of the same year.

I’m guessing that most people from the UK recognize the name Peter Powell, but for those of us in other parts of the world, his name may not be quite so familiar unless you’re very well-read on Duran history. Peter Powell was a DJ from Birmingham (of all places!). He was hired by Radio 1 in 1977 and shortly thereafter added being a presenter on Top of the Pops to his resume as well.

His shows on Radio 1 included the weekday late afternoon time slot (3:30-5:30 pm) but in 1981, the year that the band performed on the show – he took over the weekday teatime slot from 5-7pm.  Here in America we call that the “drive home” time slot, incidentally! From what I read, he was paramount in getting new bands airplay by introducing new music on his show.  He was a champion of bands like Duran Duran (Culture Club and Spandau Ballet are also cited), and he is still very influential in the industry by owning a large management agency in the UK.

There are four songs from the session included on what I believe is the latest EMI/Duran Duran remaster of the 1st album. If you have a Spotify account you can hear them there, or obviously if you’ve got the most recent remastering – they’re on disc 2 (after the Air studio and Manchester Square demos).  The songs included are Night Boat, Girls on Film, Anyone Out There, Like an Angel and they are labeled BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell Sessions, recorded 19 June 1981 transmitted 11 August 1981.

-R

 

 

Today in Duran History – From Britain with Love

On today’s date in 1984, From Britain with Love – The Continuing British Invasion, featured Hungry Like the Wolf.

From Britain With Love was a radio show vinyl album collection of 12-LPs.  It was licensed for broadcast on the ABC Rock Radio network (in the US) on this date in 1984, and as you may have guessed – it was a 12-hour show. I don’t personally remember anything hearing about this, and so I have to guess I didn’t listen in.  Anyone out there remember this radio program?

-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

 

Todays Date in Duran History – Boston

On today’s date just a few short years ago in 2011…John Taylor was interviewed on radio station 104.5 XLO in Boston.  Anyone hear the interview?

On another note entirely, Amanda and I stumbled across some really good news for the blog yesterday.  We noticed that we’ve been included on the links page for duranduran.com.  For us, this means a lot.  We realize that for most fans, they probably read this sort of thing and think “Big deal…who cares?”  I get that, and you know, yes – for most people it really doesn’t matter.  To Amanda and I though, it is representative of some very hard work over the past three and a half years. Time, energy, and love. We’ve been included among the best fan websites out there. It’s a symbolic gesture that matters, and we truly, truly appreciate DDHQ for including us. It means that we’re working together – and make no mistake, we are.  We’re on board to help the band, and to help the fans. It’s a delicate balance that I tend to destroy on a daily basis because I’m very much the bull in a china shop around here….but it’s fun. Amanda and I laugh a lot even as I’m cursing the latest rumor or thinking of how to word something so that no fan can possibly take issue. (Impossible.)

It’s rare that she and I will publicly congratulate ourselves, because let’s face it, it’s not cool to be a bragger, and neither of us are very good at that sort of thing.  But this time, I’m going to take the second or two and enjoy.

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Sorry I upstaged John’s date in history.  Listen…I don’t even remember that interview!!  😀

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Radio 1995

On this day in 1995, Simon, Nick and Warren were interviewed on KROQ radio.  I was not anywhere around KROQ to hear this interview, but I’m sure it was an interesting one!  I also wonder why John was not present.  Anyone know?

While we are speaking of radio, Duran Duran posted the following on their Facebook page yesterday:

Calling all Audio Collectors – we have a task for you!

John is working on a sound collage project (more details TBA!) that requires Duran Duran stations IDs from 1981 to 1995. If you have a recording of a band member announcing themselves on a radio station (“This is John Taylor from Duran Duran and you’re listening to Z100!”), we’d love to hear it!

Please email Patty@punkmasters.com if you happen to have a cool collection of audio IDs… We won’t be able to respond to the emails to confirm receipt, but would really appreciate your help with this.

Thank you in advance!

Call me fascinated!  What exactly will this sound collage project be?!  I can understand why it starts in 1981 but why end it in 1995?

Anyway, I hope a lot of people help!!!

-A