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Ultimate Box Set: Side/Solo Projects Part 5

In the last few weeks, our Saturday polls have focused on side projects.  The idea is to pick 7 songs from various side and solo projects each week until we have asked about all of them.  Then, we will have one final poll to pick the 7 side and solo project songs that Duranies believe should be included on the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far, we have asked about Power Station, Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania, Neurotic Outsiders, Dom Brown, and Freebass.

Last week, we started asking about John Taylor’s songs.  Instead of asking about all of John’s songs, I split his long list of songs in half to make it more manageable.  The songs of John’s that people picked last week were:

John Taylor:

  • I Do What I Do
  • Feelings Are Good
  • Always Wrong
  • Anon
  • Don’t Talk Much
  • Losing You
  • Look Homeward Angel
  • Silent Skin
  • Lovers Afternoon

The rest of the possible side/solo project songs are:

Power Station:

  • Some Like It Hot
  • Get It On/Bang a Gong
  • Communication
  • Murderess
  • Harvest for the World
  • Still in Your Heart
  • She Can Rock It

Neurotic Outsiders:

  • Feelings Are Good

Arcadia:

  • Election Day
  • The Promise
  • Goodbye Is Forever
  • The Flame
  • El Diablo
  • Lady Ice
  • Keep Me in the Dark

Dom Brown:

  • Amazing
  • Day Turned Black
  • Crocodile Tears
  • Changing
  • Chocolate Fever

Freebass:

  • Love Is Like Oxygen

This week, then, we will finish voting on John Taylor’s solo songs.  Before you vote, here is a playlist of many of the songs on this poll.  I put as many of John’s songs that I could find on the playlist.  Now, go listen, vote and have fun!  Which of these 7 songs of John’s should be considered for the Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set?

-A

 

Ultimate Box Set: Side/Solo Projects Part 4

This week, we continue to tackle the side and solo project songs for the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far, we have picked out songs by Power Station, Neurotic Outsiders, Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania, Dom Brown and Freebass.  We have two solo projects to go:  John and Simon.  This week as promised we will focus on John Taylor’s solo work.  Originally, I thought I would be able to list all of John’s songs and have people pick out the 7 that should be considered for the box set.  That won’t work, though, as John has a ton of songs.  He has too many for just one poll.  Therefore, this week we will look at half of his songs and next week we will do the other half.

Before I list the poll, I do want to do two other things.  First, I want to share the songs under consideration for this category.  Then, as many of John’s songs that I could find will be posted here.  You can listen before you vote!

Side/Solo Project Songs Under Consideration:

Power Station:

  • Some Like It Hot
  • Get It On/Bang a Gong
  • Communication
  • Murderess
  • Harvest for the World
  • Still in Your Heart
  • She Can Rock It

Neurotic Outsiders:

  • Feelings Are Good

Arcadia:

  • Election Day
  • The Promise
  • Goodbye Is Forever
  • The Flame
  • El Diablo
  • Lady Ice
  • Keep Me in the Dark

Dom Brown:

  • Amazing
  • Day Turned Black
  • Crocodile Tears
  • Changing
  • Chocolate Fever

Freebass:

  • Love Is Like Oxygen

Now, here’s a little playlist that I put together of some of John’s solo work.  It does not include every song on the poll but a lot of them.

On that note, you should be ready to vote!  Which 7 John Taylor songs should be considered for the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set?  Please note that I Do What I Do is spelled wrong on the poll.  I apologize.

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Side/Solo Projects Part 3

This week, we continue on with our polls surrounding side/solo project songs that fans feel should be considered for the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  The goal is to pick 7 songs each week until the readers have gone through all of the various Duran related side and solo projects before having a final vote.  So far, songs have been picked from Power Station, Neurotic Outsiders, Arcadia, The Devils and TV Mania.  This week, we will tackle both Dom Brown and Freebass.

Before I attach the poll, I have to say something about these two projects.  Dom Brown, Duran’s current guitar player, has done work on his own.  In fact, he has released two solo albums, “Touch the Flames” and “Between the Lines”.  If that was not enough, he has a blues band, Blue to Brown, with his father that also resulted in an album.  If you haven’t heard these albums, I highly recommend them and can be purchased on Dom’s official site.   Normally, when I have done these polls, I have put up YouTube playlists to provide the opportunity to hear the songs before voting.  Unfortunately, there are only a handful available.  I will post the ones I found:

I can provide even less about Freebass.  According to the Duran Duran Wikia  page, Freebass was formed in 1997 by Roger Taylor and Marco Silver in Birmingham.  An album was recorded and the band’s only single is “Love Is Like Oxygen“, a cover of a song done by the British band group, Sweet, was released in January of 1998.  At the same time, the band broke up.  Marco Silver continued on and is now using the name, Free Bass Inc.  You can hear “Love Is Like Oxygen” by clicking the link above.  I will include the other songs on the album on the poll, but lack means of providing all of you a chance to hear them.  I apologize.  If someone knows where/how I could share, please let me know.

Before I get to voting, let’s take a look at what side/solo projects remain in consideration so far:

Power Station:

  • Some Like It Hot
  • Get It On/Bang a Gong
  • Communication
  • Murderess
  • Harvest for the World
  • Still in Your Heart
  • She Can Rock It

Neurotic Outsiders:

  • Feelings Are Good

Arcadia:

  • Election Day
  • The Promise
  • Goodbye Is Forever
  • The Flame
  • El Diablo
  • Lady Ic
  • Keep Me in the Dark

Now, it is time to vote on which Dom Brown and/or Freebass songs should be considered for the Ultimate Box Set.  Vote here:

-A

 

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.

Today in Duran History – Techno for Two

On this date in 2001, John Taylor released Techno for Two.  Our comments have been VERY quiet lately…so if you have this (Amanda you do not count!) or know about it, please share with the rest of the class!!  Whenever we post something about John’s solo efforts, or for that matter – anything that doesn’t have to do with Duran Duran directly, we receive comments that they didn’t even know such a thing existed.  Here is your chance to learn.  Look it up.  Check it out.

-R

Today in Duran History – I Do What I Do and American Top 40

On this date in 1986, American Top 40 featured John Taylor’s I Do What I Do.  In the past, when we have mentioned how certain songs were featured, people weren’t sure what we meant.  This means, in my understanding, that the song was played or mentioned during this broadcast.  It doesn’t mean that the song was number one or even in the top 10.  It was just played.  For those of you who are not familiar with the American Top 40, it is a radio program that began in 1970 to count down the songs on the charts.  Over the course of its history, I’m sure there were plenty of Duran Duran songs or Duran Duran related songs played.  I know that I often listened to it when I was a kid, during the 1980s.  Now, I could care less due to the songs that actually chart these days.

All of that said, how did John’s first solo song do on the charts?  Here is what I found, which may or may not be accurate.

According to Wikipedia, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Top 100 and number 42 on the UK singles chart.  Does this seem accurate?

-A

 

Today in Duran History – I Do What I Do Broadcast

On this day in 1986, the Rock Over London broadcast featured John Taylor’s first solo song, I Do What I Do.  Like many Duranies then, when this song came out, I rushed to get a copy.  In fact, I still have my original 45 of this song.  As a John Taylor fan, it was a must have.  I knew that the song was connected to the movie, 9 1/2 Weeks.  I also knew that my 10-year-old self had no chance of actually seeing the movie.  Did I want to see the movie?  Of course, I did!  I didn’t want to see it because of the stars of the movie, the storyline or even the sex.  Oh no, I wanted to see it solely because of the connection there was with John Taylor and because he liked the movie!  Yeah, at that time, I really did think that anything the band was into must be good!  I hadn’t learned that I could still be a fan and not like everything connected to them.

As for the song itself, I remember just being so excited to HEAR John!!!  Before this song, every piece of video was watched and rewatched countless times to see if I could even SEE John sing.  I loved every video moment of him talking, whether it was in the video for Nightboat, an interview, or in the hallway scene of Arena.  Then, this song came out and I didn’t have to try so hard to hear him.  Of course, now, we have a large solo catalog in which to hear John.  I would also argue that he has come a long way from this song in 1986 to his solo career in the late 1990s.  If you don’t have John’s solo stuff, I would highly recommend hunting down each and every album.

What are your memories of this song?  What did you think of it?  What do you think of it now?  In case you forgot what this song sounds like, here’s the video:

-A

Side and Solo Project Videos

Yesterday marked the end of the set of daily questions about people’s favorite song of any Duran related side or solo project.  It came out exactly as I thought it would with Arcadia’s The Promise on top as the favorite.  This didn’t surprise me for a couple of reasons.  First, most Duran fans have heard Arcadia and are familiar with them as opposed to projects like The Devils or Neurotic Outsiders.  Second, when we asked about favorite side or solo project, Arcadia came out on top of that, too.  Thus, it would make sense that whatever favorite song of Arcadia’s would win.  Now, we turn to the videos connected to the various side and solo projects of Duran Duran.  In order for people to participate, I will post the videos that I will be asking about and clips, if I can find them.

Power Station—Some Like It Hot

Power Station—Get It On

Simon LeBon—Grey Lady of the Sea

Arcadia—Election Day

Power Station—Communication


Arcadia—The Promise


Arcadia—Goodbye Is Forever


John Taylor—I Do What I Do


Arcadia—The Flame


Arcadia-Missing


Andy Taylor—Take It Easy


Andy Taylor—When the Rain Comes Down

Arcadia—Say the Word


Andy Taylor—I Might Lie


Andy Taylor—Don’t Let Me Dies Young

Simon LeBon—Follow in my Footsteps


Neurotic Outsiders—Jerk


Power Station—She Can Rock It


John Taylor—Feelings Are Good


Simon LeBon—Dreamboy


John Taylor—Anon


John Taylor—Hey Day

The Devils—Dark Circles


TV Mania—Beautiful Clothes

TV Mania-Euphoria


I did my best to put these in chronological order by when they came out.  I probably missed a few as well.  If you know of a song that has a video that I forgot, let me know so that I can add it.  Until then, please, enjoy the videos and I look forward to all of you voting each day until we finally get a favorite video from a Duran related side or solo project.  🙂

-A

Favorite Songs from Side and Solo Projects

As you all know, each day we ask a question related to Duran Duran on Facebook and Twitter.  The most recent sets of questions revolved around the side projects and solo projects that members of Duran Duran have done that were officially released.  We went through each one, song by song, until each side project and each solo project had a favorite song as voted on by the fans.  We included Power Station, Arcadia, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Neurotic Outsiders, The Devils, Dom Brown and TV Mania.  Now, though, I’m curious as to how these favorite songs would do going against each other, in order to just make the fan favorite side/solo project song.  Thus, in order for people to be able to participate, I’m going to not only list the previously voted on favorites but also include videos for people to be able to hear them.  Let’s face, not everyone has copies of all of these side and solo projects.  This would give people an opportunity to participate, which is what we want.

Power Station–Some Like It Hot



Arcadia–The Promise


Andy Taylor–Take It Easy




John Taylor–Immortal


Neurotic Outsiders–Jerk


The Devils–Big Store


Dom Brown–Amazing

Here is a link to Dom’s Facebook page.  Amazing is the first song on the playlist.  🙂


TV Mania–Beautiful Clothes


Now that you know all the previous winners and can listen to each of the songs, you can vote!  Voting starts today and there will be as many rounds as possible in order to determine a big winner from this very cool list.  I look forward to the results!

-A