This part of the game started with two album tracks off the self-titled first album: Sound of Thunder and Friends of Mine. It seemed that most people preferred Friends of Mine. Yet, when thinking about Duran Duran, Sound of Thunder has a more significant history. I’m sure that I’m not telling anyone anything new but it was the very first song that the Fab 5 wrote together. The legend has it that the band wrote the song as soon as Simon came and auditioned. On top of that, I remember reading, maybe in an Ask Katy question, that Sound of Thunder captured the sound that they hoped to create. After all, Duran Duran was designed to be a combination of punk and disco, right? I have heard that John wanted to combine the sounds of Chic’s Good Times with the Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant. Apparently, they thought that Sound of Thunder did that the best. As for Friends of Mine, I do know that Georgie Davis is a real person who was sentenced to prison and recently got out, I might add. Yet, that story doesn’t strike me as much as Duran’s first song or the perfect combination of influences does. Thus, in terms of sentimental value, Sound of Thunder wins the competition, hands down. What do you think, Duranies? Would you still vote on Friends of Mine? Obviously, that’s cool if you would. You might just think that the song sounds better.
Then, yesterday, I asked about Last Chance on the Stairway and Hold Back the Rain. Many people talked about how Hold Back the Rain was played at a gig where it was actually raining. Some mentioned about how NASA used it in the hopes of keeping a storm away in order for the space shuttle to land. Yet, a few more mentioned about Simon wrote the song about John. Here’s a clip from a documentary that explains the story:
Like the story behind Sound of Thunder, as a Duranie, I can’t ignore it. It tells so much about the band. It shows how much Simon cares about John. It shows how far John Taylor has come. It shows what life must have been like for them at this time with the partying and the women. This history, this feeling speaks to me. Of course, many people have personal connections to Duran songs. Memories, feelings become attached to songs. I can’t help but to think of touring life whenever I hear this song. Specifically, the lyrics: “No time for worry cause we’re on the roam again”. For me, then, the personal connection combined with the Duran history puts this song way at the top of my list of favorites. Of course, I think it sounds good as well! 😉
Maybe, my desire to know the story behind the song is strange. Perhaps, I’m the only one who cares about stuff like this. After all, I do have a history degree so I do tend to think about what is historically important. Obviously, in my opinion, both Sound of Thunder and Hold Back the Rain are important to the Duran story. What do you think? Do you think the story behind a song matters? How much does it matter? Does it change the way you view a song? Does it change how much you like or don’t like a song? Then, do you think these two songs are important in understanding Duran Duran?