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Friday Night Videos: Daily Duranie Style Part 4

Happy Friday, everyone!!!!  I, for one, am super duper glad that it is Friday because this work week felt like it was 3 weeks long instead of being one week long!  Anyway, I’m ready for some fun and that means it is time for a little Duran!  Yep, it is the 4th installment of the Daily Duranie Friday Night Videos Challenge!  Before my exhaustion shows too much, here are the answers to last week’s questions:

21. Which video shows a band playing in a darkened room except for a row of small, square windows?
Answer:  I Might Lie by Andy Taylor

22. Which videos does it appear that Nick’s makeup gets messed up by a pair of hands?
Answer:  Goodbye is Forever by Arcadia

23. Ropes, a compass, a wood deck…what video is this?
Answer:  Rio

24. Which video has Jane Fonda shown on screen as none other than Barbarella?
Answer:  Wild Boys

25. In which video does Simon end up in a bathtub?
Answer:  The Flame by Arcadia

26. Which video takes place in a courtroom where funk is on trial?
Answer:  I Don’t Want Your Love

27. A red walkman takes center stage as the villian in this video.
Answer:  A View to a Kill

28. This video shows Roger in a bed. Is there anyone else IN the video because Rhonda didn’t notice?
Answer:  (Reach Up For The) Sunrise

29. Fire and someone on stilts…what video is that?!?
Answer:  Serious

30. Which video shows a bird sitting on a person’s shoulder and then on a person’s head?
Answer:  Follow in My Footsteps by Simon LeBon

Now, for the next set of questions!  This is the usual drill.  Send us answers by commenting here, an email (, a private message on facebook or a direct message on twitter!  This allows everyone a chance to play without seeing any hints or answers!  Happy video watching!!!

31.  Which video features a book that shares the title with the song title?

32.  Which videos shows a little kid watching a guy try to break into a car?

33.  Which video showed someone in jail?

34.  Which video showed Simon wearing a white, winter hat?

35.  Which video has Nick on a typewriter as opposed to a keyboard?

36.  Which video uses black and white drawings of skulls?

37.  Bonfires…animals…any Duran know this one?

38.  Which video shows Simon singing on a balcony above a pool?

39.  Which videos shows an old lady sitting and drinking sherry?

40.  In which video do people eat popcorn?

Friday Night Videos: Daily Duranie Style Part 3

I apologize that the blog is late today.  I am struggling with getting back into a groove with work, which has been kicking my ass.  After work today, I ran an errand and decided to allow myself a little nap.  Somehow, the alarm got turned off and the next thing I know it was an hour and a half later.  Think I was tired?  Anyway, working late hours and taking a nap equals a late blog!  Sorry.  On to happier topics, it is time for the Daily Duranie’s Friday Night Videos, or our weekly video challenge. 

Here are the answers to last week’s questions!
11. Which video has the crowd in 3D glasses?
Answer:  Too Much Information

12. In which video does two different women throw the same red glove?
Answer:  Election Day by Arcadia

13. This video demonstrates that remote controls don’t always work!
Answer:  Electric Barbarella

14. Which video shows milk being spilled?
Answer:  Get It On by Power Station

15. This video features tribal dancing.
Answer:  Lonely in Your Nightmare

16. What video shows Steve Ferrone on drums and Nile Rodgers on guitar?
Answer:  Notorious

17. Which video does Nick pull petals off of a rose twice?
Answer:  The Promise by Arcadia

18. Which video shows John putting on a tie?
Answer:  Feelings Are Good by John Taylor

19. In which video does Simon look like he needs lunch since he is carrying around a fork?
Answer:  Is There Something I Should Know?

20. If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that Rhonda didn’t realize that Roger was in this video until recently?
Answer:  Perfect Day

Thank you to those people who played and sent in answers, whether those answers were 2 or 10!  Here are the next 10 questions!  Remember videos will not be used twice so the answers listed above and the answers to last week’s challenge cannot be used for this week’s answers.   Also, please, send us your answers via our email (, direct message on twitter, private message on facebook or a comment here! Happy video watching!!!

21.  Which video shows a band playing in a darkened room except for a row of small, square windows?

22.  Which videos does it appear that Nick’s makeup gets messed up by a pair of hands?

23.  Ropes, a compass, a wood deck…what video is this?

24.  Which video has Jane Fonda shown on screen as none other than Barbarella?

25.  In which video does Simon end up in a bathtub?

26.  Which video takes place in a courtroom where funk is on trial?

27.  A red walkman takes center stage as the villian in this video.

28.  This video shows Roger in a bed.  Is there anyone else IN the video because Rhonda didn’t notice? 

29.  Fire and someone on stilts…what video is that?!?

30.  Which video shows a bird sitting on a person’s shoulder and then on a person’s head?

Friday Night Videos: Daily Duranie Style Part 2

It’s Friday!!!!  I’m particularly excited by that because I suffered through my first week back at work.  Now, I am sure that many of you are expecting me to discuss, comment, talk about last night’s rehearsal show (even though I wasn’t there) and I will.  I need some more time to see what people are saying!  On top of that, it’s Friday which in the land of the Daily Duranie means it is time for Friday Night Videos!!!  Thus, I’m about to do the big reveal about the first set of questions for our Video Challenge and then give you the next set!  We would like to thank everyone who sent us messages on email, on twitter, or on facebook with your answers!  It seemed clear that most people were pretty good on the official Duran videos but struggled more with the side projects and solo videos!  My recommendation, then, is to watch those first!

Now, on to the answers of the first 10 video challenge questions!

1.  In what video is John wearing a black and red sweatshirt?
Answer:  Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band-Aid.  The sweatshirt was in fact a Duran Duran one!

2.  What unreleased, yet official, video has the band sitting around a table talking while Simon is incorrectly lip syncing the lyrics?
Answer:  Friends of Mine

3.  What video has dominoes in it?
Answer:  Do You Believe in Shame?

4.  Which video shows a phallic rocket in the background?
Answer:  Some Like it Hot by Power Station

5.  What video has a shot straight up Roger’s nose?
Answer:  Planet Earth

6.  Which video features motorcycles that none of the band are riding?
Answer:  Violence of Summer

7.  Which video makes you feel like you have been sent back in time to see The Beatles Yellow Submarine?
Answer:  Someone Else Not Me

8.  Which video shows a bald man getting black marker on his head?
Answer:  Communication by Power Station

9.  Simon ages right before our eyes in this video.
Answer:  Out of my Mind

10.  Which video has the band members’ shirts going back and forth between white and black?
Answer:  She Can Rock It by Power Station

Now, on to this week’s!!!  Remember that the videos can’t be used twice so the ones listed above aren’t going to be answers.  Also, please, send us your answers via our email (, direct message on twitter, private message on facebook or a comment here!  Happy video watching!!!

11.  Which video has the crowd in 3D glasses?

12.  In which video does two different women throw the same red glove?

13.  This video demonstrates that remote controls don’t always work!

14.  Which video shows milk being spilled?

15.  This video features tribal dancing.

16.  What video shows Steve Ferrone on drums and Nile Rodgers on guitar?

17.  Which video does Nick pull petals off of a rose twice?

18.  Which video shows John putting on a tie?

19.  In which video does Simon look like he needs lunch since he is carrying around a fork?

20.  If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that Rhonda didn’t realize that Roger was in this video until recently?

Friday Night Videos: Daily Duranie Style Intro and Part 1

Alright everyone, it’s time for the new challenge!  This time, we’re doing a video challenge, and it’s no holds barred!  We have a clue for every single video that the band, the side projects, or the solo projects from the original 5 members that have been done.  That means there are clues for every Duran Duran, Arcadia, Power Station, John Taylor, Simon LeBon, Andy Taylor AND The Devils video.   Bands that the members may have done production for (for instance the Dandy Warhols or Kajagoogoo) are not included.  Some clues are going to be ridiculously easy, we are sure…and some are going to be more difficult and you might even need to watch videos to find the answer.  That’s the whole point!  Too many of us have only seen the most popular DD videos, and so here’s your chance to brush up on the video history! 

Each week on Friday we will post a set of 10 clues, and then the following Friday we will post the answers to the previous 10 along with the new clues for that week.  We encourage you to have your own version of Friday Night Videos at home in order to find the answers! 

In order to keep the game going for everyone, we are asking you to either send your answers directly to Daily Duranie by commenting (we see the comments before we post, and we won’t “post” answers until the following week when the answers are posted).  You can also send us an email with your answers (, contact us on twitter (@dailyduranie), or find us on Facebook and send us a private message.  Please don’t post your answers directly on our Facebook page until we’ve posted the correct answers here first, just so that everyone has a chance to play!

What do you win?  Daily Duranie’s undying respect and some bragging rights.  That’s right – this is just for fun.  We are just fans like all of you, so we’ve got nothing to give away!  It’s a friendly game, so join right in and let’s see how well you’ve paid attention to the videos over the years!

Week 1 Questions:

1.  In which video is John wearing a red and black sweatshirt?

2.  What unreleased, yet still official video has the band sitting around a table talking while Simon (incorrectly, we might add) is lip syncing the words?

3.  What video has dominoes in it?

4.  Which video shows a phallic rocket in the background?

5.  What video has a shot straight up Roger’s nose?

6.  What video features motorcycles that none of the band are riding?

7.  What video makes you think you’ve been sent back in time to see the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine?

8.  Which video shows a man getting black marker on his bald head?

9.  Simon ages right before our eyes in this video.

10.  Which video has the band’s shirts going back and forth between white and black?

We can’t wait to get your answers and remember we will give answers next Friday to this first set!!!

A & R

Essential Duran Viewing

I have spent yesterday and today with my cousin-in-law.  Well, normally, this isn’t really blog worthy material, but now it does connect with Duran.  I have known for a very long time that my cousin-in-law was a Duran fan.  I’m not sure when or how it came up in conversation years ago but it has been a situation that whenever the family gets together, she would always ask what the latest Duran shows was.  This past spring I offered her a ticket to see Duran in Chicago.  She jumped at the chance and appeared to have a great time at the concert!  For this visit, I decided to bring down some Duran viewing material.  While it is easy to bring a few DVDs, what is most difficult is deciding what to watch, especially when you have a lot of Duran related DVDs.  This got me thinking.  What are the most essential viewing items? 

I started the process of figuring it all by dividing them up into years/eras and then general.  Otherwise, I was overwhelmed!!  For general viewing, I chose some obvious choices.  First, I picked Greatest.  What Duran fan doesn’t appreciate their videos?  Besides, if you were a fan back in the day, videos were a big deal.  Plus, I still have work to do on the Daily Duranie’s upcoming video challenge!  ;D  I chose two other programs as well that were on youtube at one point, which are Behind the Music and Duran’s Millions.  I think Behind the Music does a pretty good job going over the band’s history in a way that captures the spirit of the band.  Duran’s Millions also talk about the band’s history but in the guise of figuring out how much money they made.  There is lots of cool footage in that one.   

As I move in the different Duran eras, I am reminded of all the good footage on the remastered editions.  I thought those first performances on the 1st album’s remastered edition were really cool.  Likewise, the Hammersmith DVD from the Rio era is cool, too.  Interestingly enough, many people were talking about that one with the 30 Day Challenge and how great their performance was.  While still in the Rio era, there is always the Classics album.  This is a great one for people who are really into the music and the process of songwriting.  Then, of course, there is the Seven and the Ragged Tiger era.  Essential footage must include Sing Blue Silver, right?  How many times did I watch that as a kid?!  Countless times!  I swear that I could say every  line!  The remastered edition also contains As the Lights Go Down for those who just want the concert. 

The Notorious era has 3 to Get Ready, which I have only seen released on VHS.  It is still a good one for all those behind the scenes footage.  The remastered edition has Working for the Skin Trade, which was another one brought up a lot during the challenge.  Apparently, Wild Boys worked for a lot of people!  Another concert is featured on the Big Thing remaster.  In my opinion, that one is fun for a drinking game or with running commentary, which I say with all of the love in my heart!  After the reunion, there is lots to watch!  The Astronaut DVD is a favorite of mine as it felt a little like Sing Blue Silver to me.  Beyond that, the Live from London is a great one, too!  It has the concert and the extra interviews!  Good stuff! 

Clearly, there is a lot of Duran stuff to watch!  Perhaps, I will not be the only one watching Duran related DVDs this weekend!  Maybe this will get some of you to bust out your Duran DVDs or click on youtube! 


Models and Duran Duran…who would have thought?!?

Today and yesterday, we’ve been treated to a few posts here and there on the progress of the of the “Girl Panic” video shoot in London.  Apparently the video is featuring some well-known supermodels: Yasmin LeBon, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell amongst a few others.  
Honestly – I’m bored with the very idea of it.  If this isn’t *the* most cliche thing they’ve done as of late, I’d be surprised.  When this news byte popped up in my news feed on Facebook yesterday I actually rolled my eyes.  Yes, I know what the name of the song is.  Yes, I’ve seen Girls on Film “a few times” over the years, and yes, I know exactly who Duran Duran is.  That’s the trouble, isn’t it?
Back when I was 12, I think I was enamored with the idea that this band could attract supermodels.  I loved the idea that the band, the boat, the girls….they went together.  I wanted that life, in as much that I wanted the jet-setter lifestyle, the excess, the money…the band.  (they could keep the girls – I was kind of thinking I’d just have one of the band members, thank you.)  As I grew older, I can remember reading interviews where Simon would talk about marrying Yasmin, and how his tone indicated that OF COURSE he’d marry a supermodel.  As if there were no other choice for him.  Now, this blog isn’t a slam against Yasmin at all – I have great respect for her, primarily because she’s been able to deal with Simon for over 25 years now.  😀  That takes quite a woman!   Regardless, my opinion about models and the band going together changed a little over the years.   Mainly because I look at the band with a little more familiarity, and I realize that they’re people just like you or I.  I don’t put near as much stock in the idea that just because they’re rockstars, they are better looking and should only be in the company of the so-called beautiful people of this world.  Perhaps that’s just my 40 years of cynicism coming out to visit, I’m not sure – but I just don’t buy into it the way I did when I was 12.  Does anyone really?  I guess that’s part of the fantasy that lingers.  
Maybe I’m annoyed because doing a video like this tends to make the band look as though they don’t walk on the same sidewalks the rest of us do.  I’ve always felt that the band and their management worked very hard to keep the band looking “untouchable” to the rest of us.  Rather than appealing to the fan base, rather than allowing friendships and bonding to occur,  by creating that space – that “untouchable-ness”, it would create demand.  It worked, and worked well…in 1985.  It’s 2011, and sometimes I think the band and their management forget that.  They still believe that the band is as much in demand now as ever.  While that’s a fantastic notion, it’s not real.  The days of hit after hit and platinum records are pretty much over.  The days of pinups, coke parties and excess should pretty well be finished by now, don’t you think?  Many of their fans have stuck by them through 30 some years of highs, extreme lows, vocal problems, band members leaving and returning, canceled shows…etc.  There are many fans who have done quite well for themselves, with homes, cars, children, furry children, fantastic careers, they go on fabulous vacations, and travel to see the band all over the world.  There are many who have used their credit cards to their hilt in order to see the band and support them.  There are many who see the band once or twice when their on tour, but can still name all of the band members (past and present), their birth dates, their children….and even their wives!  We’ve all been around a long time now, and part of me wants to just say to the band “Cut the crap and get real.  The old routine of holding yourselves at arms length is no longer appealing. We know you’re rockstars, but we also know you’re human. I know it’s hard to believe.  Sorry.”  I recognize that the entertainment industry is far more about fantasy than it is reality, but the premise of this video seems to be taking a giant step backward in time.  Aging rockstars with models just doesn’t have a good ring to it for me, nor does the Rolls Royce with the G1RL PAN1C license plate (although it’s a nice car).  
What I find almost funny is that in reality – the videos are made for the fans, or at least they’re supposed to be.  The band chooses to put girls in their videos however and whenever they can.  As far as I’m aware – there’s always been a fair percentage of female Duran Duran fans over the years.  I know back when I was a kid – I wanted to chop the tongue off of the girl in Hungry Like the Wolf who kisses Roger.  I simply refuse to believe I’m the only one.  I’m fairly sure that there are women out there (and maybe even some guys) who wanted to drown the girl in Rio. (and especially when she laughs at Roger tripping on the beach and being “pinched” by the crab….)  The list goes on and on.  The band could make it much easier on us by just having themselves in videos, but I can hear John and maybe even Nick saying that we’d get bored of that.  (and they would be very, very wrong…)  It’s just kind of funny when you think that here we are, a bunch of women who can’t wait to see videos of the band we had as pinups on our walls, and yet we’re about to see the band sharing the spotlight with supermodels.  AGAIN.  Go ahead and continue driving that stake into my heart, why don’t you?  If you can’t agree with anything else I’ve written today – surely that statement has to hit a nerve!
Oh sure, there are some that can’t wait for the video because they’ve always aspired to be a supermodel, or they’ve always admired Yasmin, or they love the fashion, the art, the visuals, the whole fantasy package.   There isn’t anything wrong with that, and I think the band appreciates fans like you out there.  (they certainly aren’t going to be appreciating me much today, and that’s OK.) They think it’s fabulous that the band still hangs out with models.  I think it’s fabulous when the band decides to go to the same bar that they know fans are going to be at after a show.  Now that takes real bravery.  🙂 
The truth of the matter is, I haven’t seen the video.  I’m merely commenting on what’s been posted on Facebook and Twitter.  I’m fully expecting to receive hate mail from fans, and a severe scolding by the band, which I probably deserve to some extent.  I only know what I know about Duran Duran – and that all comes from what I’ve gleaned over the years as a fan.  I could very well end up eating a large amount of crow after seeing the video several months (Really Nick?  Months??) from now, and I’m OK with that, and I’ll probably laugh and poke fun in spite of myself. 
The real test comes much later when we see the end result.  I’m just hoping for a lot of onscreen time for the band, a LOT of screen time for Roger and Dom (throw the fans – i.e. ME – a bone and put the guitar player in the video!!!), and pretty much the rest of it will fall into place.   -R

Things change…and the making of the Girl Panic video

In the last couple of days, Duran has been posting about how they are filming the video for Girl Panic in London on June 6th and 7th. They have included some details, including the director’s name, the location being a posh hotel in central London and that supermodels are being flown in. These details all sound very Duran Duran. You would think that this would excite the fan base but not so much. Some people are confused by the choice of Girl Panic. Others question the importance of videos all together, especially Duran Duran videos. Both are fair points, I think.

I remember learning about Duran’s musical history as a kid. It seemed really easy to follow and understand the pattern. There would be a single and a video to go with it. Most albums had about three singles, on average. The songs would be played on the radio and the video would be played on MTV and other video shows. Now, this pattern doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, which is why the fan base reacts as cynically as they do. People knew that All You Need is Now was the first single of the album. The song was released on a different day than the album and could be downloaded independently. Then, of course, the video soon followed after that. This felt like the regular pattern for Duran, the pattern that we are all used to and comfortable with because that is what it has been like for the past 30 years or so. Then, there were statements about how Girl Panic was the second single. Okay. Everyone seemed okay with that. Yet, there was no video to follow or accompany this second single. Of course, neither song received much, if any, airplay, from what I have heard. While the video for AYNIN was played at least once on VH1. Then, we heard or read tweets from John about how they were releasing Leave a Light on as a single. Okay. Does this mean that it became the second single or the third? Then, strangely enough, we hear about the video shoot for Girl Panic. Huh? What’s really the second single? If Girl Panic was the second single, how come they waited so long to do the video shoot? While I suspect that they had this planned for awhile to go in between the UK tour and the Europe tour, could they really not find a time before this? Then, of course, some people question the purpose of videos at all.

Fans have wondered what the point of doing videos is for Duran. MTV doesn’t exist as it once did. Yes, VH1 shows videos but it isn’t like it used to be. Generally, videos are shown early in the morning only. Kids are not glued to these video channels like I once was. Of course, now we have youtube. That certainly isn’t the same either. I don’t know how many people go to youtube and just browse. Even if they do, what would make the random person land on a Duran clip. I think it is much more common for people to go to youtube and type in something specific. People have the choice of what to watch. That wasn’t really the case with MTV. We had to watch every video that came on if we wanted to watch videos. We were a captive audience. We could not just pick and choose which video to watch. This is why I know a ton of 80s songs, including the ones that I can’t stand. I doubt that kids could today say the same thing about current music. So, why would Duran film a new video? They aren’t going to get played a bunch of times each day on MTV. Maybe it will be on VH1 a couple of times but nothing significant. Will it get enough hits on youtube? I doubt it. Of course, one thing that must be acknowledged here is the purpose of videos to begin with. They are promotional pieces, a way to get people interested in buying the album. Will the Girl Panic video be able to do that? I doubt it. I would love to say and think differently, but I have to live in reality (at least some of the time!).

Based on this change of pattern and lack of actual promotion, I should be against them making a new video. Yet, I’m not. Why? I’m a Duranie and part of that means that I love their videos and am excited about seeing a new one. Of course, Rhonda and I will review this new video like we did for AYNIN. It was always so exciting to see a new clip when I was a kid and I still have that feeling now. Therefore, rationally, I might acknowledge that it probably won’t do much, especially if Girl Panic really isn’t the current or next single. Yet, emotionally, I’m all for it. I want to get excited and squee when there is a cute shot of one of the boys. I want to see what creative idea they came up with! I also really like the song so I look forward to seeing how they matched the visuals with the song.

Thus, if I am to interpret the reaction to this news, it has everything to do with our history as being Duran fans. Some fans are annoyed because things have changed both with how singles are announced and when as well as the role of videos. Others of us are still excited by seeing a new video. Of course, a big issue is that I’m just thrilled that they are continuing to do work. This gives me hope that everything will be okay with Duran and Simon, specifically. This week I will be glued to their Facebook and twitter to see if other details are released and to see how Simon is doing. Then, I will get excited to see the finished product as well!!!


Escape from Reality

I honestly have no idea what is happening in Duranland and that is pretty much a first for me in years.  Years!  I won’t go into too much detail (for the sake of your sanity and mine) but I’m a teacher in the state of Wisconsin and, if you have seen the news lately, you understand my lack of time and energy for Duran.  So, here I sit after a VERY long, stressful, exhausting week and think about Duran and what the band and being a fan brings to me.  It seems to me that life is hard.  It is really hard for all of us.  Yet, for many of us, Duran Duran provides the escape.  The music can definitely give you an escape from whatever you are dealing with at any given moment.  The videos do, too.  The tours even more so. 

I always have found it interesting when I hear/read statements talking about how Duran Duran exhibits Margaret Thatcher politics in the 1980s.  I honestly have no idea what they thought of her or how they voted.  I have often wondered where that assumption has come from and the only thing I can figure out is that people took Duran’s videos as reality.  They believed that Duran really did live on big, beautiful yachts and drank champagne everyday.  Obviously, Duran had plenty of money then and seemed to live a very glamorous life.  Does that mean that they would support more Conservative politics?  Who knows?  Who cares?  It certainly didn’t matter to us fans during the 1980s as those videos and images meant something different to many of us.  Yes, they did show wealth and luxury but they also showed a world VERY different from the one we experienced.  For many of us, these video clips allowed us to escape for a few minutes as we were transformed to their world of glamour.  Now, of course, we attempt to reach the same type of escape by touring. 

One element of touring that I love the most is the lifestyle I lead for that day(s).  When I go to a Duran show, I must travel.  I have never attended a Duran show where I live.  Now, they have come to my city but it was in 1984 and that was before I lived here.  Thus, I always have to go somewhere to see a show.  It may be a close city, which I can get to in a couple of hours, or it could require a plane ride.  Nonetheless, Duran shows mean that I get out of town, which is always a good thing.  It is nice to get out of town and let it all go.  Then, typically, a show always means that I get to stay in a hotel and, if I’m lucky, a half way decent one.  (I am spoiled on this front!)  Obviously, staying in a hotel is very different than staying at home.  Of course, the show is (with any luck) a perfect two hours of escape.  Let me ask you, fellow fans, do you ever think about your problems when you are watching a good Duran show?  I don’t.  Every problem seems to melt away, at least for a little bit!  Then, if things go well, the escape continues after the show by whatever my friends and I do, whether it is going to a club or just hanging out in a nearby bar.  In many cases, after show times means having a ton of fun by hanging and partying with my friends and fellow fans. 

I long for this escape right now.  I would love to have a show tomorrow.  Unfortunately, I have to deal with reality for a bit longer.  Perhaps, this will just make me appreciate this escape even more when it does come!



A strange occurrence seems to take place within fandoms in that rumors said so often are believed to be true.  Lately, I have seen a number of rumors or assumptions written about on Duran message boards in which most, if not all, of the posters give as fact.  One example is the rumor regarding Duran Duran’s record label.  For some time now, we have heard that Duran Duran is going with EMI for the actual physical release of All You Need Is Now.  They released the download version themselves through TapeModern but that they have gone with a major label for the physical release in either February or March, depending on which of those rumors you believe.  Of course, the label has been one that has been debated since word got out that Sony/Epic dropped them after the lack of success with Red Carpet Massacre.  Since then, there has been many different labels mentioned, including using UMG for distribution.  The one that everyone keeps coming back to, for whatever reasons, is EMI.  Will I acknowledge that it is possible?  Of course.  Like many other fans, I heard Mark Ronson claim that the snippet of Being Followed that he played on his radio show was property of Capitol Records (Capitol and EMI are the same).  I have also read the rumors over and over again from various sources.  I also heard John Taylor praise EMI’s efforts in regards to the remastered editions that have come out and heard his statements on Katy Kafes saying that he thinks it would be good, from a business point of view, to have all the catalog together.  Yet, there has been no official announcement.  This fact hasn’t stopped people from talking about it as such, though.  Some fans seem to believe that the lack of an actual date for the physical album or that it is being moved back to March is because of EMI.  Others have claimed the same about lack of tour dates.  Obviously, these people may be right but what I find interesting is that they are just making these statements like they are a given when, in reality, they are just presuming the rumor is true. 

Another assumption is in regards to the videos for AYNIN.  A few months ago, on some interview, there was an announcement that the band plans to release a video for each track of the album.  Many people, including myself, were terribly thrilled with this idea.  Again, many people believed that these videos might be included on the DVD part of the deluxe edition of AYNIN.  There are so many assumptions within that one belief.  Yes, I do believe that there was a statement regarding a deluxe version of the album as part of the official press release.  Yes, in many cases including the last two albums, they have featured DVDs.  Are we sure this will the same?  Did I not read something carefully enough?  (This, of course, is ALWAYS possible!)  Then, did they say that the videos would be included?  Did I miss that, too?  Personally, I think it is very likely that we will get a DVD with the deluxe copy.  Will it have all of the videos on it?  I doubt it.  They would have to do a lot of videos in a short amount of time for an album coming out in February or even March.  Is it possible for AYNIN, the video, to be on it, if there is one?  Sure.  That video is already complete.  Then, a contest enters the picture.  This contest, which was advertised on the band’s official website, is for people to make videos of all of the tracks on AYNIN, including for the title track that the band already finished.  Many fans have taken this contest to mean that these will be the videos for the album and that the band isn’t doing anymore.  They also then assume that they will be what is included in the deluxe version.  Wow.  Again, there are assumptions on top of assumptions there.  How will the video deal play out?  I don’t have a clue. 

I admit that these rumors or assumptions might absolutely be correct.  Maybe I don’t like them.  Maybe I want to keep them in the not-yet-confirmed category because then I don’t have deal with my feelings about them.  Perhaps, I’m the one in denial.  Sure.  That is possible.  What is also possible, though, is that people are drawing a whole bunch of conclusions here.  It will be interesting to see as time goes on which, if any, of these are proved to be true.


All You Need Is Now-The Daily Duranie Video Review

Now that we are done with the reviewing the album, we thought it would be logical to turn towards the video that came out on the same day as the album.

Amanda’s thoughts:
I have to admit it didn’t take much for me to *squee* out loud that day as it was such an exciting day for all Duranies!  Thus, I had to watch it a number of times to really get all of the little details (oh, how I suffer for the sake of this blog!).  The first thing that I noticed was that the video seems shaky in the beginning and at the end.  There might be a couple of other little moments of shakiness but generally it is clearly shaky at the very beginning and at the very end.  After I got over feeling a bit motion sick, I wondered why they would choose that.  What significance does it have?  Yes, it could just be a little cool addition to the video but I tend to think that there is more to it.  Could it be that, if you are living in the present, appreciating the “now”, things are clear?  There is decisiveness and strength for those who live in the now and the beginning and the end represent the past and the future.  Perhaps.  I also noticed that the video began as it ended with the empty stage.  Thinking about how the song represents a message from the band to the fans.  Could this shot be part of that message?  The band isn’t always here and won’t always be around.  I liked that it came full circle. 

There were many other larger elements to notice.  A few of these parts included the use of color, the use of words, the archival footage from the reunion through RCM days, and the inclusion of the 3 young people dressed in New Romantic clothing.  I believe that all of these pieces definitely make the video a little bit more special than a simple performance video.  Obviously, the video is mostly filmed in black and white with flashes of color.  I believe that these flashes of color along with the use of words, especially the word, “now”, are used to grab our attention.  Isn’t that part of what the song is trying to say?  We shouldn’t just go through the motions of life but really embrace the present.  Don’t we all need to be reminded to do that?  I did find it interesting that the only other words I saw beyond the title or the word “now” was the phrase:  “Act Now.”  Stronger message than just a simple “Now.”  Again, we must take action, rather than be passive.  Then, there is the footage from the reunion on.  Obviously, this is supposed to remind us of the good parts of the past and where Duran has come from.  I loved it in the sense that I felt like I had experienced all of that with them, in a way.  I am left wondering why didn’t use any footage earlier than that time period.  Didn’t the music that they want us to stay with start decades before?  It just seemed like they wanted to use what footage they had.  It was more convenient or something.  Yet, they did add these younger people going together to a club to have a good time.  They were dressed as new romantics of the early 1980s, but were clearly in current times based on their use of cell phones.  I thought they were a nice touch as a means to show that it is possible to embrace what was good about the past (in this case-fashion and hairstyles) while living in the moment (as evidenced by the make out session!).  I did wonder if this bit was a smidge too obvious.

Beyond the larger elements were some smaller details that got my attention as well.  I noticed, of course, that shoes seemed to be featured a lot.  No clue on that one.  I also spotted both Mark Ronson and Ana Matronic.  I liked Nick’s trip to the cemetery and definitely felt like that added some weight to the message as did the end with a shot of the band (including Dom!  Yay!) all together and then gone.  I loved the outside shots and wished that there were more of them.  I loved that John seemed to be laughing a lot throughout the shoot!  Who didn’t adore the JoSi?!  The band looked fabulous and HAPPY.  The performance seemed solid and definitely needed to be in a video that speaks about music. 

Overall, I think the video is fun.  The elements that give it more meaning (the kids, the use of color and words, the band footage, the cemetery, the performance) all fit but do seem a bit obvious.  I wished that there had been more footage of the rest of the guys in their location shot like Nick’s.  Perhaps, they didn’t fit but I still would have loved to have seen them.  The important thing, really, is that they seem like they are having fun, which means a LOT to me!

Rhonda’s turn:

I have to say that I really looked forward to the release of this video.  Serious anticipation!!  I felt that with the content of the song, there would be much to “say” in video form, and the band (and Director Nick Egan) didn’t disappoint.

I noticed that the video opened and closed with the familiar film “shake”….as in film like from a film reel. (you youngsters out there that are younger than say, 30 probably wouldn’t pick up on why they’d done that…I won’t hold it against you.)  I also recognized that the video opened and closed with an empty set.  I don’t even want to THINK about what that could mean, metaphorically, so I choose not to chat about it.  My first thoughts of the video is that I really like the idea of the lion’s share of it being in black and white – it’s very visually appealing, especially with the tin foil background.  I also feel that it’s very much in Nick Egan’s “style” of direction given his past work with Duran Duran.  The band looks terrific, and I really would like to own Simon’s boots.  A similar pair, of course.  🙂

My favorite part of the video are the trio that are dressed straight from the 80’s (those were good fashion times and I love their hair!), yet they are using their electronic gadgets straight from 2010.  Honest-to-whatever-you-believe-in, I’d swear they could easily pass as Duranies…on our good fashion days.  ;D  It’s as though they’re living in the moment, yet they still love the music from the past.  Don’t we all???  I really loved the brief flashes of the band from previous, yet still fairly recent times (although I have to question why they didn’t use pictures from further back), and of course the word images of “Now What” and “Go Now”, along with other short sayings throughout really carry the entire message of the song through the video.  I personally did not care for Nick’s little stroll through a cemetery – again, it’s that dark side I don’t even want to consider. (I know it’s there, but I don’t wanna think about it.  Too busy enjoying the NOW!)  I understand the point though,  I do.

I love that they incorporated Dom into the video, I know that point is probably controversial with a lot of fans, but the fact is – he was listed as a writer for the song and obviously played guitar, so it’s not a stretch to include him.   They caught moments of the band laughing and enjoying the moment as well, which was a welcome sight – it’s been a long time since I really felt the band looked relaxed, happy and enjoying themselves.  They should be proud!!

Overall, I really enjoyed the video.  I’m not at all sure that video has the same power it once had in the 80’s – but with the popularity of youtube and other video websites, it may be about finding how to really use the video to benefit the band more than it is about whether or not to actually do one.  It’s an interesting road to be on these days, and I’m happy to see that the band is willing to try to find their own niche….or reclaim it, actually!

With that, as of tomorrow we’ll be returning to our usual Daily Duranie blogs.  I know that both Amanda and myself look forward to complaining about the lack of information regarding upcoming tour dates, the excitement of an upcoming tour, the joys of seeing the band live, and  the happiness of celebrating our fandom with the rest of the fan base.  See you tomorrow!