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Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Final Vote

This is it!  This is the final vote for our fan-created Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  Over the course of months, fans/readers of this blog have voted for 7 songs in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, B-Sides/Bonus/Demos, Live Tracks,  and Side/Solo.  Now, fans will vote on the final category.  People will select 7 remixes that best represent Duran Duran to finish the box set.  After this week, I will put together playlists of all the categories to provide a finished box set.  For now, though, we vote on 7 remixes from the following list of remixes:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
  • Ordinary World (Acoustic)
  • Serious (7″ Edit)
  • Fallen Angel (Alternate Version)
  • Love Voodoo (Remix)
  • Too Much Information (Trance Mix 12″)
  • Come Undone (Mix 1 Master)
  • Out of my Mind (Perfecto Mix)
  • Perfect Day (Acoustic Version)
  • Starting to Remember (Acoustic Version)
  • Someone Else Not Me (Peter’s Honor Radio Mix)
  • Electric Barbarella (All Fired Up Mix/Dom T Remix)
  • Medazzaland (Extended Instrumental Version)
  • White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)
  • All You Need Is Now (Youth Kills Mix)
  • Nice (Eric Prydz Mix)
  • Pressure Off (Radio Edit)
  • Other People’s Lives (Night Version)
  • Girl Panic (David Lynch Remix)
  • Sunrise (Eric Prydz Mix)
  • Sunrise (Jason Nevins Radio Mix)
  • Sunrise (Jason Nevins Club Mix)

Like previous weeks, I have created a playlist that contains most of these remixes.  Some were not on YouTube, unfortunately, but I did the best I could to find them.  So, listen to the following playlist, then vote on the 7 remixes that should be included on the fan created Ultimate Box Set!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 5

We have three weeks left in our task to create an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set!  This week, we finish picking possible remixes for it.  Then, we will take all of the remixes chosen for consideration and pick the final seven.  Lastly, we will put all of the categories together to see exactly what the box set contains!  In case you have no idea of what the heck I’m talking about, I’ll give a brief summary.  My friend suggested that fans create the Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  This set would contain 7 tracks in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, B-Sides/Demos/Bonus Tracks, Live Tracks, Side/Solo Project Tracks, and finally Remixes.  The idea is that then we have shown Duran from all sides.

Remixes in the running include:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
  • Ordinary World (Acoustic)
  • Serious (7″ Edit)
  • Fallen Angel (Alternate Version)
  • Love Voodoo (Remix)
  • Too Much Information (Trance Mix 12″)
  • Come Undone (Mix 1 Master)
  • Out of my Mind (Perfecto Mix)
  • Perfect Day (Acoustic Version)
  • Starting to Remember (Acoustic Version)
  • Someone Else Not Me (Peter’s Honor Radio Mix)
  • Electric Barbarella (All Fired Up Mix)
  • Medazzaland (Extended Instrumental Version)
  • White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)

Now, we finish picking out possible remixes by looking at the remixes from the last four albums, including Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now, and Paper Gods.  As with the other remixes, I have created a playlist of as many remixes as I could find.  Therefore, I recommend you listen to the various tracks, then vote on the 7 that you think should be considered for the box set!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 4

Last weekend, we paused on our continuing task to have the fans, the readers of this blog create a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  We did this to continue to celebrate DD Appreciation Day.  Now, though, we return to picking out remixes that we think might be good ones to include on our fan create box set.  So far, we have chosen songs to represent the band’s singles, album tracks, side/solo projects, live tracks, and b-sides/bonus/demos.  Now, we are working on the last category in remixes.  So far we have asked about remixes connected to the first album through the Wedding Album.  This week, we focus on the Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash eras.

The remixes that fans have chosen to be considered include:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
  • Ordinary World (Acoustic)
  • Serious (7″ Edit)
  • Fallen Angel (Alternate Version)
  • Love Voodoo (Remix)
  • Too Much Information (Trance Mix 12″)
  • Come Undone (Mix 1 Master)

Like previous weeks, I have created a playlist of as many remixes that I could find to help you with your task.

So, go through the playlist and through your Duran collection, then vote for the 7 remixes you think should be considered for the box set!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixed Part 3

We are getting closer and closer to finishing the last part to the box set.  To back up slightly, the readers and fans who read this blog are voting through polls to create an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  People have chosen 7 songs in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, Side/Solo songs, B-sides/Bonus tracks and live songs.  We are now voting on the last category:  remixes.  This week, people will be voting to determine which 7 remixes from Liberty and the Wedding Album should be considered for the box set.

So far, the remixes that are under consideration include:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)

If you are anything like me, you may not be super knowledgable about each and every remix.  Thus, I did create another YouTube playlist with as many remixes I could find from the Liberty and Wedding Album era.

So, I recommend that you listen to each of them and then vote for the 7 you think should remain in the running!  Happy listening and happy voting!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 2

Last weekend, we began the last of the categories for the fan created Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far, we have picked 7 songs in each category to represent the band’s singles, album tracks, live tracks, b-sides/bonus tracks, and side/solo project songs.  Now, we focus on remixes.  In the first poll in this category, we focused on just the remixes from the first two albums.  After all, there were something like 60 official remixes for those albums alone!  That’s a lot.  The winners, or remixes, that will remain in consideration are:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)

In part two, for this week’s poll, we will focus on remixes from the next three albums:  Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Notorious and Big Thing.  If you are anything like me, some of these remixes are not super known.  Like last week, I put together a YouTube playlist with as many of these remixes as I could find.  Listen away and then vote!

-A

 

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 1

This is it.  This is the final category for our Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far, the readers of this blog have chosen songs to represent the band’s singles, album tracks, live tracks, b-sides/demos and side/solo project songs.  The results so far are:

Singles:

  • Planet Earth
  • Save a Prayer
  • Ordinary World
  • Girls on Film
  • Pressure Off
  • Rio
  • New Moon on Monday

Album Tracks:

  • New Religion
  • The Chauffeur
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • Friends of Mine
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • The Seventh Stranger
  • Paper Gods

B-Sides/Bonus Tracks:

  • Secret Oktober
  • Late Bar
  • Beautiful Colours
  • I Believe/All I Need to Know
  • Salt in the Rainbow
  • Planet Roaring
  • Faster Than Light
  • (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile

Live Tracks:

  • New Religion
  • Careless Memories
  • The Chauffeur
  • Rio
  • Wild Boys
  • White Lines
  • Planet Earth

Side/Solo Project Songs:

  • Some Like It Hot by Power Station
  • Election Day by Arcadia
  • Get It On/Bang a Gong by Power Station
  • Goodbye Is Forever by Arcadia
  • Grey Lady of the Sea by Simon Le Bon
  • The Flame by Arcadia
  • The Promise by Arcadia
  • I Do What I Do by John Taylor

Now, we will finish with remixes.  Initially, this category was not going to be included, but many who read and participate asked for it.  I have to admit that remixes are not an area of expertise for me.  I know lots of Duran info but I have not spent a great deal of time to collect each and every remix and to determine the differences between them.  Thus, I did what any good researcher would do.  I sought out the band’s official website that includes a list of official version, which you can read here.

I am well aware that there are LOTS of remixes out there of Duran Duran songs.  I am only going to ask about official ones, as in the ones that Duran has acknowledged and/or released themselves.  As I started to create the poll for remixes, I noticed just how many there are out there.  In fact, with just looking at the first two albums, there are well over 60 different remixes.  Like with other categories with a large number of options, I chose to break off the poll after the first two albums.  The rest of the remixes will be asked about in future polls.  Because I am not super familiar with remixes, I figured that some of you might not be either.  Thus, I created a YouTube playlist of the remixes I could find.

On that note, let’s vote on the remixes from the first two albums.  Remember that you can and should vote for 7 songs!

-A

Today in Duran History – Lady Gaga Mix

On this date in 2010, DJ Hero Party Mix Pack was made available for download and featured Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” mixed with Duran’s “Girls on Film.”  For those, like me, who didn’t know what the heck the DJ Hero Party Mix Pack was all about, it is for video game systems.  It is in the same genre as other games like Guitar Hero. The point of the game is to create a new song from using previously recorded songs through the use of record players and other sound effects.  The Party Mix Pack contained some well-known mixes that appear to be used for the game or as downloads on their own.

I was able to find a clip on YouTube so you can see a little bit of what the game is like and what it sounded like:

Has anyone played this game?  What do you think about the remix??

-A

 

Luxxury Edit – Girls on Film

Remember Moby’s Rio from last week?  I still see (and smell!) the smoke-tinged air from Duran Duran’s Facebook burning up with flaming comments from Duranies and diehards that weren’t necessarily in support of Moby’s interpretation.  I just don’t think I’ve seen that kind of anger and (mostly unjustified) vitriol regarding something that Duran Duran has been involved with since….well, ever.

Well, this is another week…and what I’m about to share here is certainly no Moby’s Rio. This week, Manimal shares an edit (By LUXXURY) of Girls on Film. To my ears, it’s pretty much a remix, and well-done at that. What you’ll hear when you listen is a fantastic bass line brought to the forefront with a solid dance beat not unlike the original, just a bit reimagined and brought up to date.

The only complaint I can imagine reading from fans is that it’s just a remix…and if I see that today, I’ll chuckle to myself knowing that once again…there is really no pleasing everyone.

This edit will not be on the upcoming Making Patterns Rhyme album, in fact a LUXXURY edit of Planet Earth will take that place; but Manimal chose to share this edit with the world as a bonus. Here’s the link, check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

Luxxury - GOF

Girls On Film – LUXXURY (Soundcloud)

-R

“You’re about as easy as a nuclear war”

A few months ago or so, I asked people for songs that people might a discussion around the lyrics, specifically to try and analyze the lyrics to figure out the meanings of them.  I got a list of songs that I have been slowly moving through.  (By the way, I would welcome other songs for this so if you have a song that you want me to blog about, just let me know!)  One of the songs mentioned was “Yo Bad Azizi”.  I just put it on the list and didn’t think too much about it until today when I checked that list.  This song was a strange one to mention in terms of lyrics, since there really aren’t lyrics in the same way as we would think of a normal song.  This then led me to think about the era in which this song was made (1989-1990).  Obviously, this era saw quite a few songs that were “experimental” in nature, including Burning the Ground and Decadance along with Yo Bad Azizi.  So, instead of having a blog in which lyrics are discussed, analyzed, and interpreted, I thought I would talk about these three songs and what is known about them and their histories.

Burning the Ground-
This was a “stand alone” single that was released in December 1989 to go along with Decade, the greatest hits album.  Strangely enough, Burning the Ground wasn’t featured on that album.  If you are unfamiliar with this song, when you hear it, you will recognize that it is just like a mix of Duran hits in the 1980s.  Some of the features include some very well-known lines from the hits like, “Can you hear me now” from Planet Earth and some of the sounds like “flex flex flex” from The Reflex.  The one thing that I remember sticking out to me when I first heard it were the samples from the movie, Barbarella, which, of course, every fan knows is the movie in which the band took their name from.  Those samples put a big smile on my face as they chose the ones I would have chosen, including, “Your mission.  Find Duran Duran.”  Every Duranie I know, responds with, “Okay!  I will find them!”  It made sense to include those samples in a song like this, too, since it really was about their history up to that point.  Barbarella was part of that history.  Despite the focus on the band’s history and hits, I don’t know that it has ever been a big fan favorite.  Maybe, it was in 1989.  I don’t remember.  They did use the song to open their shows in 2006.  When I heard that, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go over but once I heard it in person that way, I thought it worked to get the audience excited.  Here is the video, which is similar in that it uses mostly old footage along with some shots of the space shuttle, both as a tribute to Duran’s history and focus on recurring space theme along with the album cover for Decade.  What do you think of the song?

Decadance-
Before you know anything about this song, you can tell that is dance focused based on the name.  It isn’t Decadence.  Instead it is a play on that word, which means indulgence in pleasure or luxury.  No, this indulgence is about dance and about music.  Clever.  This song was the b-side to Burning the Ground and similar in nature.  It feels a bit more experimental, which is probably why it was chosen to be the b-side.  Nonetheless, it still is like a big mix of Duran material.  Here is a clip of the song.  What do you think of this one?

Yo Bad Azizi-
This song is a little bit different than the other two.  In this case, it was the b-side to Serious, a single off of Liberty.  The title is, obviously, a funny way of stating the line “You’re about as easy as a nuclear war” from the song, Is There Something I Should Know.  According to Duran’s wiki, which you can find here, this song was a response to a fan letter that Simon received in which the fan asked what “yo bad azizi” meant.  Clearly, this fan didn’t think that Simon was singing the real line very clearly.  Technically, I suppose that this song has lyrics of sorts, which you could read here.  Basically, they are the same lines about “yo bad azizi”, “yo bad azizi nuclear war” and “nuclear war”.  Clearly, they didn’t take time to write real lyrics for this one.  Thoughts on this one?  Here is the link to a mix of the song on youtube:  Yo Bad Azizi (Gets Made Mix).

Looking at these songs, a couple of ideas pop into my head.  First, it seems clear that this time was such that songs like these, remixes like songs, must have been popular then.  I wonder why.  Was technology such that they could remix songs better at that time?  Was this in connection to the rise of house and techno music?  Second, while part of me can appreciate them for what they are, another part of me can’t help but to think…they didn’t have to write new songs or lyrics for these, did they?  Was that helpful, especially for the ones surrounding Decade, which from what I heard the band wasn’t that excited about in the first place?  No matter what we think of these songs, they definitely make for an interesting little piece to Duran’s musical history.

-A