Category Archives: side projects

The Survey Says…

Last weekend, I did a little blog in which case I questioned the depth of fans’ Duran Duran collections, which you can read here.  In that blog, I asked fans to participate in 4 surveys, including the Duran albums they own, albums they heard completely, side/solo projects they own and side/solo projects they have heard completely.  As people participate, one factor became obvious.  I should have probably listed the extent of the side and solo projects.  For example, Power Station had two albums during their existence.  Thus, the results might not be as accurate as they could be. That said, this was all in fun so not a big deal.

Duran Duran Albums Owned:

For this survey, the question was asked:  Which Duran Duran albums do you own?  The results surprised but also did not surprise me.  The most commonly owned album?  Rio.  I would expect everyone who identifies as a Duranie to own that one.  Here are the results by most owned to least owned:

Rio
Seven and the Ragged Tiger
The Wedding Album
Self-titled/Arena/Paper Gods
Astronaut/All You Need Is Now
Notorious/Red Carpet Massacre
Greatest
Big Thing/Decade
Thank You
Liberty
Medazzaland
Pop Trash
Live from London
A Diamond in the Mind

I will describe my reaction to this list tomorrow, including when/where the big drops in ownership were.

Duran Duran Albums Heard Completely:

Ownership is different than having heard albums.  For example, some fans might have heard various albums but never bought or no longer own certain albums for whatever reason.  Unlike albums owned, there are not huge gaps between albums heard and albums heard a lot less.  Again, here is the list of which albums people have from the most to the least:

Rio/Seven and the Ragged Tiger
Astronaut/Paper Gods
Notorious/The Wedding Album/All You Need Is Now
Self-titled/Red Carpet Massacre
Big Thing
Medazzaland
Liberty/Thank You/Pop Trash

Like the first survey, the results surprised me and did not surprise me.  More reactions from me to follow on tomorrow’s blog.

Side/Solo Project Owned Completely:

Like the previous two surveys, the results both matched and did not match my expectations.  When I made the list, I left out Warren’s solo work simply because I forget about him (and I’m not really a fan).  Perhaps, if he had been included, the results might have been different.  Here are the most owned to the least owned by fans:

Arcadia
Power Station
John Taylor
Neurotic Outsiders
Devils/Simon Le Bon
Andy Taylor
TV Mania
Dom Brown
Freebass

Side/Solo Project Heard:

For this question, I asked fans which side/solo projects they have heard completely, have heard some of, and have heard none of.  Let’s start with the ones fans have heard completely from most to least heard:

Arcadia
Power Station
The Devils
Neurotic Outsiders
John Taylor
Simon Le Bon
TV Mania
Andy Taylor
Dom Brown
Freebass

Have heard some of from most to least:

Simon 
Andy
John
Power Station
TV Mania
Dom Brown
Neurotic Outsiders
The Devils
Arcadia
Freebass

Have heard none of from most to least:
Freebase
Dom Brown
Neurotic Outsiders/The Devils/TV Mania
Andy Taylor
Simon Le Bon
John Taylor
Power Station/Arcadia

All in all, I found the results fascinating.  I will dive into the results and give my reaction in tomorrow’s blog.  Before I do, what do you think of the results?

-A

You Have to Make a Choice

Last week, I blogged about diffuser.fm’s ranking of Duran Duran albums, which you can read here.  While I wrote the blog, I began to wonder if all Duranies who read this blog own all of the band’s albums.  The hypothesis that I created in that blog is that there are some Duranies who do not actually own all of the band’s albums.  For example, I suspect that there are some who don’t own Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  Instead of just guessing that, I figured that I would create a survey to find out if my guess is accurate, which is below.  In the survey below, please click on all the albums you OWN.

Are there fans who don’t own the albums but have heard them?  Let’s find that out!

Beyond the band’s albums, I also wonder how many of the band’s side and solo projects fans have, too.  Maybe they have heard more than they own?  I want to know that, too, so I created more surveys to find out!

After I give everyone a chance to participate, I will do another blog to share what I learned or what I think I learned.  Of course, if you have predictions (and I bet you do!), please share them!  What will we find out with these surveys?

-A

P.S. If I have forgotten a side/solo project, just let me know.  I’ll add it with a separate survey.

Charli XCX vs. Simon LeBon

Simon talks Hunger Games and Charli XCX with Lori Majewski

If you haven’t caught the Yahoo! music news article written by none other than Mad World author and fellow Duran Duran fan Lori Majewski – you really should.

Personally, I’m looking forward to getting the song. It’s the first time in recent years that I am going to brag to my oldest that she likes an artist (Charli XCX) that collaborated with someone from MY main musical interest. Oh yes, I plan to buy that song and play it non-stop. I’m looking forward to hearing what Simon describes as dark lyrically and the nursery-rhyme melody. Sounds like a perfect fit for me!

The soundtrack is out on November 17th…just a mere 13 days away now. New music, here we come!

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Terroristen

On today’s date in 1998, John Taylor’s band, Terroristen played the Birch Hill nightclub in Old Bridge, New Jersey.  This date was included on their tour, named Baby Steps.

You say you don’t know much about Terroristen?  Well, this is a band that John started in 1998 while he was taking…let’s just call it an extended hiatus…from Duran Duran.  The line up featured John on bass, Gerry Laffy on guitar, Michael Railton and later Tio Banks on keyboard, Larry Aberman on drums and John Amato on saxophone and flute.

You might be able to find some songs and video on YouTube, but as for CD’s…I wish you luck. They’re pretty rare.  For now, here is the audio to Planet Earth/Good Times:

My favorite of this period though is Hey Day, which is included on the Terroristen EP 5.30.98….and you’re getting that here as a bonus because well, it’s my blog.  You’re welcome.  Listen to the lyrics, because the song is about Duran Duran, and in turn, it’s really kind of about being a Duran fan, too.

-R

 

 

Today in Duran History – Neurotic Outsiders at the Viper Room

On today’s date in 1995, the Neurotic Outsiders (with John Taylor) played at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California. The Viper Room was known to be “home” for this group, as this was the club where the band first began jamming, and is also the location where an unofficial live album was recorded in 1999.

-R

Lorde & Le Bon…is anybody Hungry?

Are you groaning at my title yet???  Happy happy Monday to ya!

If you’ve been reading social media at all this morning, you might have run across this little tidbit from a newspaper in New Zealand.(original reports are from New York)

For my friends who don’t want to click a link to read, the basics are that Lorde has asked Simon (and Grace Jones) to sing on a soundtrack for the Hunger Games.  Many have sent messages to Ask Katy, who has responded with “YES. Stay tuned!”

How about that, Duran fans?

From my perspective, I think this is good news for a Monday morning. I’d love to see the entire band involved on such a project, and I would pay good money to see the band get a little more in touch with their slightly sinister and dark side as a whole. However, I’m curious to see what’s ahead for LeBon.  And Lorde.  That girl’s got good taste!

-R

 

 

 

Today in Duran History – Neurotic Outsiders in NYC

On this date in 1996, Neurotic Outsiders played at Webster Hall in New York City.  For those people who don’t know about Neurotic Outsiders, I’ll point you to the following blog:  Duran History 101

Initially, this side project’s of John was meant to be a one-off.  Then, they were just going to play in LA.  Eventually, they toured around the country and recorded an album.  Here is a clip from a different show in September of the same year.

-A