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Trampled but Still Breathing and Reaching for the Sunrise!

Good morning, everyone! (It’s still morning in California!)

This is going to be a crazy week, and I feel compelled to share. I don’t know what anyone else did over the weekend,  but I rebuilt part of our back patio cover, alongside my husband and son. This morning, every part of my body is loudly reminding me that I am no longer a teenager.  I’m very thankful that at the last-minute, my husband decided to hire a painting company instead of going with the original plan to do it all ourselves (a task beginning this morning, as I type).  Today it’s only the outside being washed and painted, but tomorrow they’ll be prepping inside for similar treatment. Not a single wall is to be spared, and we’re going with the popular millennial color choice of “minimalist grey” to clean and update the inside of the house. We’ve hired a realtor, and within the next couple of weeks the house will be on the market. Writing the blog continues to be my source of refuge, particularly during the insanity of this moving process!

I love some of the questions that DDHQ has posed to the community over social media lately. While some of them allow me to answer within a second or two, others challenge me to really think. Today’s question nearly has me stumped.

“Of all the FIRST and LAST songs on Duran Duran albums, which opener and closer do you think make for the most powerful combined listening experience?”

Initially, all I could think about was that I hadn’t yet had my standard cup of coffee and that this question was far too deep for a Monday morning. Or at least my Monday morning.  I also was envious, because it is a great question, and I wish I’d thought of it myself so that we could have used it for Daily Duranie!

It is generally easier for me to consider the most recent album – in this case Paper Gods – because I’ve been listening to it for the past few years. So my knee jerk reaction was to say “Paper Gods” and “Universe Alone. The thing is, if I were in charge, I’d put “Before The Rain” as the opener and “Universe Alone” as the closer.  Not that I don’t like “Paper Gods”, but I personally feel that “Before The Rain” is a stronger song (For me.  Perhaps not so for you, but for me.), and  would have been an outstanding opener for any album. Granted,  “Before the Rain” and “Universe Alone” are on two completely different albums, and “Before the Rain” wasn’t even an opener!

The best news in this case, is of course, that I’m not in charge.

So I’m back at square one. I have to go back and actually look at all of the albums now, which is both pathetic (shouldn’t I know this offhand by now?) and also diligent. (if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right!)

Right off the bat, there are album openers/closers that I discarded. I’m not going to say which ones, but for me, there are albums that just don’t seem to have strong openers or strong closers…or maybe an album has a strong opener but not a strong closer, or vice versa. I’ll be honest, I found this to be the case more often than not at the beginning of their career as opposed to more recently. Whether this is because I have a serious lack in good judgment (!!!) or because the band has gotten better about the song order of their albums is hard to say. (both??)

For me, the answer to this question does not have a lot to do with whether or not I “like” an album. After all, I love the albums of the 1980s, but song order never entered into that. (For me) One of my strongest contenders would be the opener “The Valley” and the closer “Last Man Standing” because I always felt that both of those songs were strong, and even conveyed where the band stood in that moment, and yet Red Carpet Massacre is not one of my more beloved Duran Duran albums.

For me, it comes down to three:

“[Reach Up for the] Sunrise” and “Still Breathing”

“Big Thing” and “Lakeshore Driving”

“The Valley” and “Last Man Standing”

Of these three, I struggle at first, thinking I must pick a favorite. In the midst of my short reverie, I realize that the question isn’t about my favorite, but what is the strongest opener and closer for an album. When I think about that, I think the choice is clear – “Sunrise” and “Still Breathing”.  Aside from maybe “Rio”, I really can’t think of a Duran Duran song written that conveys more joy.  It is a very strong opener, and in my mind, “Still Breathing” is a strong, introspective way to close an album. The song isn’t incredibly loud, but it is powerful in meaning, and even musically – I think the word I’m looking for is “stoic”.  No, it’s not world-ending in the same way that “The Universe Alone” might be, but I have to love that the band chose to end an album meant to signify the reunification of the fab five with a song titled “Still Breathing”. As they were then, as they are now. And so are we.

-R

Interpretations of Only in Dreams

If you have been reading this blog for awhile now, you might remember a series of blogs that I did that focused on interpreting something Duran Duran did, usually a song but sometimes a video.  I haven’t done a blog like that for a long time so I figured that I’m long overdue.  In fact, I have not done any of the songs off Paper Gods and that album came out over two years now.  I’m clearly slacking.  Thus, to get back into this series, I thought about which song would make a good one to interpret, to figure out.  As soon as I thought about the track listing, I knew that I had to cover the song, Only in Dreams.

To remind everyone about the lyrics to the song, here they are:

Only in Dreams

Only in dreams girl am I part of your world
My heart it screams or so it seems
Only in dreams

Only in my - in my dreams - only in my dreams
Repeat

Only in dreams girl where my crime goes unheard
What does it mean to fly the scene?
Only in dreams girl

There's a vampire in the limousine
Sun's going down like a symphony
She keeps a guard up while her nails are wet
I don't want to wake up

Only in dreams I'm in dopamine time
It's in my genes, it get's extreme
Only in dreams

How did I dream you? You're the queen of steel dunes
Look what you done - my colours run
When ever you come too

There's a vampire in the limousine
Sun's going down like a symphony
She keeps a guard up while her nails are wet
I don't want to wake up

Only in my - in my dreams - only in my dreams

There's a vampire in the limousine
Sun's going down like a symphony
She keeps a guard up while her nails are wet
I don't want to wake up

On the rooftop we can feel the drop
She bathes in the moon while the shadows watch
I should be nervous but my eyes forget
I don't want to wake up
I'm not gonna wake up

Only in my - in my dreams - only in my dreams
Don't want to wake up
... dreams

The song starts with the line, “Only in dreams girl am I a part of your world.”  Hmm…before I go even further, this seems like a fantasy.  In the first real verse, the song mentions a “crime that is unheard” and the phrase “to fly the scene”.  What could the scene be?  Could it be that the scene is being a part of a social circle, a group of people?  Where and how would a crime fit into that?  I wonder if the fantasy is the crime?  Hmm…

The chorus talks about a vampire in a limo, a woman keeping her guard up, not wanting to wake up.  What about the next verse?  “It’s in my genes.  It gets extreme”.  Then, there is the repeated line of “not wanting to wake up.”

Okay.  I admit it.  This isn’t easy to interpret, for sure.  A lot of the lines seem to be not connected, at all.  That said, when I listen to this song, I cannot help but feel like it is about fandom.  Could the fantasy be about being connected to the subject of one’s fandom, to our idol?  Being a part of your idol’s world?  If that is part of a dream, I wouldn’t want to wake up either.  I feel like fandom is in my genes.  I’ll go a step further.  The line about the vampire in the limo reminds me of how some fans refer to Nick as a “vampire” of sorts and he certainly might ride in a limo.

Could the subject of the fantasy be a woman?  “She bathes in moonlight while the shadows watch.”  Could this fantasy be mysterious?  The sun is going down after all.  Could it be about being drawn to someone mysterious or other-worldly?  Sure.

So, if I had to guess, the song is probably more about being attracted to a mysterious woman and having the fantasy of meeting her.  That theory fits more of the lyrics, but I really like my theory that it is about fandom.  After all, the night time imagery seems right since a lot of fan activities like concerts happen at night.  Celebrities ride in limos.  Plus, if fandom is a fantasy, a dream, then I know that I don’t want to wake up.

Okay, people, what do the rest of you think?  What is the song Only in Dreams all about?

-A

Blame the Machines: An Interpretation

Today’s lyric day search resulted in the song, Blame the Machines, one of the album tracks off of All You Need Is Now.  As soon as I saw this song on the screen, I knew that I had to do “lyric day” in a different way.  Instead of picking just one lyric to apply to my own life, I thought I would discuss this song as a whole.  In fact, I might treat it like I did with many other Duran songs in which I think about what it might mean.

Let’s start with the official meaning.  How has the band described what this song is all about?  According to the Duran wikia:

“The song is based on a news story from Germany about a man who followed his satellite navigation device and ended up driving the wrong way on the autobahn. The song is a commentary on how reliant the world has become on technology, always assuming that the machines will be right.

The style of music has a hint of early band material and includes British newscaster Nina Hossain singing the sat-nav vocals.

Band comments
Simon:
This started off sounding like a Black Sabbath song but then got tempered by the keyboards – which is always what gives us our particular blend.
John:
The title came from one of Nick’s and my silly games, the idea being, “What would we call our offshoot electro ensemble?” The answer was “Blame The Machines”, which Mark loved. The lyric idea followed on from that, basing it on a story in the Herald Tribune about a German driver who was killed when his GPS sent him the wrong way up a freeway off-ramp.”

I have no reason to doubt this meaning.  It seems totally logical to me.  I could see someone blindly following a GPS up the wrong ramp on a freeway, absolutely.  I personally know how messed those can be.  I remember back to 2008 when Rhonda and I were in Atlantic City and my GPS that I lovingly called, Abigail, tried to direct us to drive on the boardwalk.  Yep, it wanted us to drive on the beach.  So, this story seems very plausible.  Could the lyrics, though, be about something else?  It is not that I doubt the band–more like that it could have multiple meanings or that it could be interpreted differently.

Let’s focus in on the word machine.  According to Google, one definition is:  “an efficient and well-organized group of powerful people.”  Hmm…A well-organized group of powerful people?  So, if I was a member of Duran, what would a well-organized group of powerful people be?  The first thought that popped in my head focused in on the music industry.  Maybe record label people or music industry people like those who control radio play.  Could Duran blame them for something?  It wouldn’t be the first time since they basically did that openly with a song like Too Much Information.  Could they blame the music or record industry people for not experiencing the same level of commercial success as they had in the past?  Again, I think yes.

If I dive into the lyrics even further, do they apply to this idea?

I’m driving up the Autobahn
Losing my way as the night gets long
The headlights shining in my face
Scream out the danger of this place

Obviously, there are lines that definitely support the GPS story.  Yet, “losing my way as the night gets long” could apply to my theory, too, after all I bet that Duran has made some choices that they might consider “losing their way” in order to try to get that machine’s approval or to follow the directions of someone who part of the machine.  Thus, the music industry could scream out danger.

And now there’s no way home
This love affair is ended
I should have known
When I bought into the dream
So like your solid soul
To leave me lost and stranded
I blame myself
And I blame the machines

Would someone really have a love affair with a GPS?  I’m not sure about that.  Could a band be in love with the commercial success that the music industry machine promises?  Sure.  Could that machine leave them behind, lost?  Possible.  I cannot help but think about the fact that Duran was in between labels during this time frame and that things did not go particularly well with Sony/Epic. That adds something interesting.

I’m flying blind
I’m speeding through
I hate to think
I’ve been fooled by you
An interactive nightmare show
Which never ends
It just goes on and on
And on and on

The line during this verse that grabs my attention is “I hate to think I’ve been fooled by you.”  Could they, at some point in their careers, think that the machine has fooled them?  That seems pretty logical, if you think about  it.  Interactive is a fascinating adjective.  Is a GPS interactive?  I don’t remember that.  Could dealing with music machine members bring interaction?  I would say yes on that.

Then, last but not least is the voice of the GPS saying,

“And now, turn left I have control
You are not required to think at all
Everything we hear
(Goes on and on)
Everything we see
Everything we love
(Goes on and on)
Everything we feel
Everything we want
(Goes on and on)
Everything we do
(And on)
Everywhere we go
(And on)
Everything we know
(And on)”

One could definitely argue that a GPS could be given control.  Yet, could it also be about the music industry machine being in control?  That would make sense to me.

Overall, it seems to me that this song could be exactly what it sounds like–a situation in which someone followed bad GPS directions while driving.  On the other hand, it could be about something else like the music industry machine.  I think it show the genius of Duran lyrics in that they could be about multiple ideas and it is up to us as listeners to interpret for ourselves.  On that note, how have you interpreted the lyrics to this song?

-A

Haunted By…

Any idea what our most looked at blog has been?  My goodness…at this point, we have over 4,000 blog posts.  So what would be the most “popular” of sorts???  Was it one that shared big news about a tour or a new album?  Nope.  Was it one that focuses on some controversial topic within fandom or our fandom?  It is not.  Could it have been the interview with Dom Brown?  That would be a good guess but…alas, it is not.  No, the most viewed blog post is the one I wrote about the interpretations of the Reflex.  My reaction to this?  Oh, for the love of Pete…

Let me give some background.  For awhile I was writing blogs that analyzed and/or offered interpretations of certain Duran songs.  Some of these songs were ones that I had been thinking about and others were suggestions from our readers.  It became obvious that I could not ignore one of Duran’s most successful singles and one that is often discussed in interviews.  I can think of countless times that the band, most specifically Simon, has been asked about what the song means.  So, I need what I had to do and looked up the interpretations online then went through the lyrics to determine if the various interpretations were possible or likely.  All of this was done on this blog here.   Since the blog was posted almost 5 years ago to the day, we have had a ton of people look at it.  We still get comments on it.

Now, looking back, was it smart of me to do that blog?  Was it a good idea to really look at that song?  I don’t know.  I’m not ashamed of the blog post.  A part of me really enjoys looking at theories and lyrics and trying to analyze them and always will.  But should I have done that with this song?  I don’t know.  I have seen interviews in which John Taylor has indicated that it is a good thing that the lyrics continue to be discussed like a poem would.  Maybe so.  Yet, I see Simon appeared to be slightly annoyed or frustrated when the topic comes up.  Is it because he feels embarrassed about them?  I suspect not.  I wonder if his feelings are similar to mine when I see the hits on this post or new comments.

I am always glad when someone comes to the blog for whatever purpose.  I am proud of all that Rhonda and I have written over the past 7 years.  Likewise, I’m hopeful that one blog post might lead to more searching on the site or having someone subscribe to check in daily.  I’m sure Simon feels the same way with the same hope that someone into the Reflex will lead to listening to lots more Duran.  That said, it doesn’t always lead to that.  There isn’t always more searching on the blog or new dedicated readers.  If I had to focus on one point, I would emphasis that there is a lot more here on the Daily Duranie besides talking about the Reflex just like there is a lot more to Duran than the song or a lot more to Simon’s lyrics.

So, if you have come to search for the meaning of the Reflex, that’s great.  Please, though, take some time to look around at other interpretations or other blogs.  Consider subscribing.  Come back more often.  We have lots more to offer.

-A

Songs for Intellectuals

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, an intellectual is:  1.  of or relating to the intellect or its use rather than by emotion or experience or 2. given to study, reflection and speculation.  The other day, John Taylor mentioned this term in the band’s oral history of the Rio album.  In that oral history, he stated that The Chauffeur is that album’s song for intellectuals.  He also mentioned about how a friend of his said that every album needs a song for those thinking people.

Anyone who knows me is not surprised to find out that this got me thinking.  (How intellectual of me!)  I cannot deny that I like to think, study, reflect, analyze or however you want to say it.  My parents are to blame as I grew up in a household in which vacations meant museum visits, dinner discussions included current events and basic knowledge, and daily activities involved reading or looking up information.  Therefore, this thinking, speculating thing is part of my DNA.  Intellectual might be going a bit far but I do like to think.

So, what did I think John’s statement regarding The Chauffeur?  What did I think about this idea that every album needs a song for intellectuals?  First, if there is a song for intellectuals on Rio, I agree that it must be The Chauffeur.  While I think the lyrics on many of the songs on that album are fascinating and make me think, the lyrics for The Chauffeur are definitely more poetic than the rest.  Because of this, one might spend more time thinking about what Simon is trying to say and why.  Those lyrics are definitely less straight forward than say Save a Prayer.  Second, do I think that every album needs a song for intellectuals?  Need is obviously the key word there.  Would an album be less good, have less quality without a thinking person’s song?  I’m not sure about that.  Would Rio not be as good if say the song, “Like an Angel” was included instead of The Chauffeur?  The quality might decline a little but that is based on the quality of the song as opposed to intellectual vs. not.  That said, I do love, love, love the songs that make me think.  It is one thing that I really do appreciate about Duran.  While Duran is a lot of fun on the surface, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.  They often make me think with almost every song, video, etc. they do.

If Duran really has followed this philosophy, can we pick out the intellectual song in each album?  When did they start this?  Are there some albums that might have more than one?

Does the first album have one?  If so, I might have to say that Friends of Mine might be more intellectual than the rest.  Yet, at the same time, it fits with the rest of the album.  It doesn’t stand out in the way The Chauffeur does on Rio.  Hmm…What about Seven and the Ragged Tiger?  Is there one on there?  A lot of the lyrics do make me think as they are not obvious about what they are about.  If that is the criteria, then, maybe The Reflex?  Union of the Snake?  Again, I’m not sure those really fit the idea that they are for intellectuals.  What about Notorious?  Winter Marches On?  Ugh.  I think I suck at trying to figure this out!!!

Maybe, I’ll have better luck in the late 80s/90s albums?  I think The Edge of America might fit in the criteria for intellectual song.  What does the edge mean?  Why is there is anger?  The lyrics are not that poetic or obscure.  Yet, the song makes me think.  Nothing pops out for me for Liberty.  The Wedding Album’s intellectual song could be Too Much Information as it might make people consider the role of media.  Breath After Breath is very much a different type of song.  Could that be it?  Could they both be??  Medazzaland might have a bunch since the entire album feels very different.  In fact, it might be easier to pick the songs that are more obvious than the opposite.  I’m not sure about Pop Trash.  Ugh.

Post reunion albums are not really any easier to determine the intellectual songs for.  For Astronaut, I might pick Finest Hour.  While the lyrics could be applied to many situations, it has a connection to Churchill and his speech during World War II.  It makes my historian brain think then.  Red Carpet Massacre is interesting.  There are definitely non-intellectual songs on that album, including the ones produced by Timbaland.  That said, there are songs, like Red Carpet Massacre, that seem to be about one thing but could be about something else.  I bet All You Need Is Now has two:  The Man Who Stole a Leopard and Before the Rain.  For Paper Gods, is it the title track?  Only in Dreams?  Both?

Clearly, the answers are not obvious AT ALL.  I made some guesses but I really have no idea if any of songs I considered are ones that the band would consider.  Maybe, all of you have different ideas about which songs are the ones for intellectuals.  Perhaps, what we should do is figure out actual criteria and then consider each album.  What do all of you think?!  Come on, intellectuals, let me hear from you!

-A

On a different note, I want to wish all mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day!

Look where we are: what three DD songs sum up their career?

Every once in a while, DDHQ will ask a question that gets me thinking. Today became one of those days when they asked fans what three songs best represents Duran Duran’s sound.

First of all, I didn’t ever answer the question. My intentions were good, but life got in the way, and I didn’t even think about it again until late in the afternoon.

Second, where do I even begin?! Not only is there a large catalog of music to consider, but the styles are as varied as their hairstyles. If I take the question seriously, I suppose the best place to begin is, well…the beginning.  🙂

I think the first album must display the humble beginnings of this band. That music is what led them, creatively speaking, in a forward direction from the Rum Runner. That said, I think one song has to come from there. The question is, which one?

My heart says Friends of Mine, but that’s more of a favorite than it is anything else. Next would be Planet Earth, but is that MY beginning (as a fan) or the band’s, I am not sure. So then I think about Girls on Film. It isn’t my favorite off of the album, but it does display their ingenuity (camera clicks), and I think of the bass line along with the keyboards and guitar…and it does add up to quintessential Duran Duran from that period. So, I’ll go with Girls on Film.

The next song is tougher for me, because when I listen to Rio, Seven and the Ragged Tiger,  Notorious, Big Thing, or Liberty…every single album changes enormously. Not enough to where I’d say “that’s not Duran Duran”, but I think you all know what I mean. Personnel changes, style changes…but it is all still Duran Duran at heart. So where do I go from here?

I think I have to go for the obvious, which is a little painful…but it’s honest: Ordinary World. I would have EASILY preferred Rio, or even Hungry Like the Wolf on some days (!!), but then I’m ignoring a very important part of their history. I believe Ordinary World is the turning point, the apex when the band collectively decided to keep going and give it their all, whether as the Fab Five,  Fantastic Four, or Terrific Three….not that I don’t think they did it before then, I just mean, it all came together beautifully, in that moment.

So that leaves one. Goodness. I could have easily done this in five songs. Four songs seems tough, but three? ACK!  One song. Ok. So again, I’m struggling with the changes in sound. Sure, Astronaut brings us back to the Fab Five and Sunrise would have been an easy pick, except that it’s now 2017. We’ve had a few remarkably different albums since then. What song defines their sound best?  Do I pick something off of Paper Gods because it’s most recent? Do I pick from All You Need is Now because it’s a fan favorite? What about Red Carpet Massacre, where does that album fit?

I’m going to work through this the only way I know how – train of thought writing. (which ought to be interesting…) Astronaut was the album, or so I thought, because it brought the band full circle. When I think of the song Sunrise, it brings me right back to all the promise of the Fab Five returning. The trouble is, that didn’t last, and I don’t think it’s a fair representation of their sound.  Then there’s Red Carpet Massacre. Out of all the Duran albums, this sounds the least like anything else they’ve done. That doesn’t make it bad, just not quite what I think represents DD.  That brings me to All You Need is now and Paper Gods. On one hand, All You Need is Now is like the first part of DD’s career revisited. It is comfortable (for me), but there weren’t a ton of surprises, and I didn’t feel like it was innovative…but I loved it right away and still do. Paper Gods has been a different journey. While it’s forward-thinking, it’s still very much the Duran Duran I know and love. In a lot of ways the album feels and sounds very much like the story of DD’s career. When I listen to only a song or two, I feel like I’ve only heard a single conversation. It is the one DD album I own that I listen to from start to finish without skipping around, which is different. I think that’s why it is hard for me to pick a single song and say “Yep, that is the ONE song that tells it all.”  Instead, I find myself thinking about the bonus material. Planet Roaring tells the story of how I feel to be a fan, and if there is any one song that is 100% complete Duran Duran on that album (although it’s only a bonus), it is this one.  My problem with picking it is simply no one knows about it but fans.

Earlier today I perused the replies from other fans on the original post. The one thing I noticed, overwhelmingly, was that fans mainly chose hits, or in other words…songs that can be found on many a set list.

I don’t think that’s an accident. In fact, I would imagine that when the band sits down to think about what they’re going to play on tour, they consider songs that appropriately culminate their career. After all, they are picking a handful of songs that walk (or dance) an audience through their entire career.  It’s kind of like Duran 101 when you go to a show! Duran Duran wants to pick songs that an audience knows.  That’s why choices like Secret Oktober, Fallen Angel or even Virus don’t get played. No one knows them, and as much as it pains me to say, I get it. I don’t love it, but I get it.

So what to do about that third song? The rebel in me says to just go for it and pick Planet Roaring because in my heart, it’s the one song that should be on the main album that isn’t. My head tells me that I should be more methodical. I hate that, so tonight I’m going with my head for two out of the three choices, and my heart for the third. (Two out of three isn’t bad!)

Girls on Film

Ordinary World

Planet Roaring

I’m curious though, what did you pick? My choices aren’t necessarily the best or even the right ones – they’re just what I picked tonight (I’m writing this on Monday night!), and I cannot guarantee I’d pick them again tomorrow.  I’m sure that not one of you would pick the same as me, so it’s your turn…what would you choose!

-R

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 2

Right now, this little blog is in the process of trying to develop an “ultimate Duran Duran box set”.  Obviously, the song choices will not be coming from Rhonda and myself alone but will be from the fans who participate.  A couple of weeks ago, we started with 7 singles.  Then, we have moved on to album tracks.  I figured it would be too hard to just pick 7 songs from all of the album tracks that are out there.  Thus, last week, I decided to break down the choices by albums.  Fans who participated voted for 7 album tracks from the first three albums.  I’ll report on those results tomorrow.  Now, we move on to the next three albums:  Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty.

If you would like to take part in this fun, simply click on the 7 songs that you think should be considered to be part of the ultimate box set.  After this week, we will do two more like this with the remaining albums.  Once all four parts are completed, there will be 28 album tracks to choose from.  I hope that this will be easier for people than all the tracks, all at once.  Enough explanation from me.  It is time to vote!!

Which 7 songs should be considered for the Duran Duran ultimate box set?

-A

 

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 1

Last weekend, I began a process in which fans would create the “Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set”.  Again, this idea came from my friend, Nat, who thought it would be fun to make fans pick 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides or demos, 7 live tracks, and 7 side and solo project songs to create the best box set possible.  I dug the idea and asked fans to pick the 7 singles through a little poll.  Many people participated and I’ll share those results tomorrow as well as give a little analysis.

This week, then, we should be moving on to the album tracks.  I began creating the poll and realized just how many album tracks there are!  I always knew that Duran had a large catalog but I didn’t quite understand the length of the catalog until I started listing all of them.  Eek.  On top of that, imagine taking all of those album tracks and trying to pick just 7 of them to include.  How next to impossible would that be?!  I know that a lot of fans would struggle to pick just 7.  Their frustration might be so high that they would refuse to participate.  I can’t have that!  Thus, I decided to break down the albums into more manageable chunks.

Today, I ask fans to pick 7 album tracks from the first three albums:  Self-titled debut, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  Next week, I’ll ask about Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty.  Two weeks from now, we will focus on The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  Finally, I’ll ask about Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now and Paper Gods.  From there, I’ll take the results from all of those and ask people to pick the final 7.  I recognize that this may not be as accurate as if I listed all of the tracks but I think I’ll have more participate this way.  I hope.

On that note, let’s vote on the 7 album tracks from the Self-Titled Debut, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger that should be included/considered for the Ultimate Box Set.  This poll will be open until next Saturday (March 4)  Happy voting!

-A

 

I Want Your Attention: Duran Songs for Friend

Last weekend, I spent about 30 hours in a  car with three of my colleagues and friends as we traveled to and from Washington D.C. for the Women’s March.  During the drive, two of us provided the music, the soundtrack for the trip.  While I had compiled playlists of social justice songs and songs about women and women’s power, I also played some of my favorite songs.  During a long stretch of horrible fog, my friend turned to me and said, “I like many of the Duran Duran songs I have heard but I just don’t know them that well.”  She went on to say that she likes Hungry Like the Wolf and Come Undone.  Ignoring those specific songs, my brain started reeling.  Which songs should I play for her, I wondered.

Before I started picking out Duran tunes, I looked to her music collection.  She had lots of Madonna, for example, especially 80s Madonna.  The Cure took up space in her collection.  Besides that, she had a lot of 90s music on there from the Verve Pipe to Oasis, which makes sense since she is about 10 years younger than me.  I took these songs to mean that she likes pop but the fact that she had a lot of the Cure makes me think that she would be open to some darker, more obscure Duran.  Here is what I came up with to play for her divided into pop and dark.

Pop:

Since she clearly knows some classics, I thought I would skip more of the obvious ones like Rio.

Hold Back the Rain:

New Moon on Monday:

I Don’t Want Your Love:

Sunrise:

All You Need Is Now:

What do you think of those choices?  I wanted feel good songs but also wanted to showcase the fact that all Duran, even those feel good songs, have substance behind them.

Darker Duran:

Before the Rain:

Out of my Mind:

Friends of Mine:

Secret Oktober:

The Chauffeur:

What did I miss?  What else should I include?

-A

Duran Song Title Themes

Are you someone who pays attention to our questions of the day?  If you are, you know that generally they are poll questions.  They are quick, easy opinion questions.  The goal is just to keep people thinking of Duran each and every day.  Plus, I find it fun to think about which songs or videos I like better and figure that others might, too.

Last weekend, we finished ranking the albums and I blogged about the results yesterday.  Then, I started asking about what might seem to be random songs.  Perhaps, some of you have figured out the connection between the songs I have asked about.  First, I asked about Astronaut or Big Bang Generation.  Then, Faster Than Light went up against Last Day on Earth.  I put these songs into the space, astronomy related Duran songs.  The complete list of those is as follows:

  • Astronaut
  • Big Bang Generation
  • Faster Than Light
  • Last Day on Earth
  • Mars Meets Venus
  • Midnight Sun
  • New Moon on Monday
  • Northern Lights
  • Planet Earth
  • Planet Roaring
  • The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever
  • Sunrise
  • Too Close to the Sun
  • The Universe Alone

I grouped other Duran songs together in themes as well.  The other topics I found included violence, nature, weather, animals, places, religion, science and the calendar/time.  Could I have come up with more?  I’m certain that I could have.  Heck, many songs could be placed in multiple categories.  I am also concerned that I am forgetting songs.  Here is where I need your help.  I need you to send me titles of songs I missed.  First, let me share the lists I have so far.

Violence:

  • A View to a Kill
  • Of Crime and Passion
  • Red Carpet Massacre
  • Sin of the City
  • You Kill Me with Silence

Nature:

  • All Along the Water
  • Burning the Ground
  • Land
  • Night Boat
  • Skin Divers
  • The Valley
  • To the Shore

Weather:

  • Before the Rain
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • Salt in the Rainbow
  • Sound of Thunder

Animals:

  • Butterfly Girl
  • Hungry Like the Wolf
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • Palomino
  • Tiger Tiger
  • Union of the Snake

Places:

  • The Edge of America
  • Lake Shore Driving
  • Mediterranea
  • My Antarctica
  • Rio
  • Tel Aviv

Religion

  • Faith in This Colour
  • God
  • Like an Angel
  • New Religion
  • Paper Gods
  • Save a Prayer

Science

  • American Science
  • Blame the Machines
  • Breath After Breath
  • Lady Xanax
  • Networker Nation
  • Playing with Uraninum
  • Vertigo
  • Virus

Calendar/Time

  • Early Summer Nerves
  • Finest Hour
  • Secret Oktober
  • Taste the Summer
  • Valentine Stones
  • Violence of Summer
  • Winter Marches On

My questions now are simple.  What categories or themes did I leave out?  What did I miss?  Then, which songs did I miss or should I include that I didn’t?  I decided to stick with the titles of songs but should I include lyrics as well?  What do you think would be most fun?

-A