Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2014 Part 2

Earlier this year, I asked people to list 10 things that they love about Duran Duran, which you can read about here.  In fact, I asked people to list the first 10 things that came to their minds.  I didn’t want a lot of thinking–just reacting.  We all know what we love about Duran Duran, right?  I honestly was so thrilled with the various responses that it seemed logical to compile the list for this very holiday that we celebrate today.  On that note, I give you some of the reasons, in no particular order, Duranies LOVE DURAN DURAN!

Songs:
The Reflex
B-sides
Finest Hour
Mediterranea–to quote a fellow fan “perfect melody, perfect lyric, perfect guitar riff”
Their cover of Perfect Day
Their cover of Lay Lady Lay
A View to a Kill
Remixes
Skin Divers

Albums:
Japanese releases
All You Need Is Now–justified love of the band and changed people’s lives
Thank You
Remastered box sets of albums
Strange Behaviour Remix album

Tours:
The Strange Behaviour Tour of 1987
78-03 Tour–seeing the Fave Five standing across the stageAYNIN Tour–pure bliss

Specific concert elements:
Electro set
Nick taking photos of the audience and being able to tag oneself
Nick’s speaking part during the Reflex
John’s faces when he is playing live
Tweeting during the show
Anime during Careless Memories
Anytime Secret Oktober is played live
Band intros, especially “Play the F’ing Bass, John!”
Andy upside down
Including other songs within their songs
Performing covers

Specific concert performances:
Coachella 2011
Live Aid
The Prince’s Trust
Durham, North Carolina 2012

Birmingham 2005, especially (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile

Videos:
John saying “Hiya” in the Nightboat video
Nick chewing gum in the Serious video
Wild Boys, especially the ticker tape parade at the end
Videos filmed in Sri Lanka
Roger’s edit of Sunrise
Movie version of New Moon on Monday

How the videos are like small films with story lines

DVDs:
Three to Get Ready
Sing Blue Silver (favorite highlights include Nick playing video games and Andy’s “Hello, Good Evening and Welcome to our Show!”)
The Video Album
Greatest, especially the Easter Eggs
Rio-Classic Albums

Personal Qualities of the band:
The fact that they haven’t given up through tough times and personnel changes
Appreciating the fans
Reuniting
Taking their time to get the music right
Not being afraid to include instrumentals
Getting Roger back
Use of artwork and graphics on albums, DVDs, etc.
Participation in Second Life
Adopt and use new media and technology
Can poke fun at themselves
GREAT LIVE SHOWS
Not afraid to take risks

Innovative

Projects they have done:

Band-Aid
John Taylor’s autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove
Andy Taylor’s autobiography, Wild Boy
Upstaged
Side projects

Band members:
Dom Brown–to quote one fan, “This man has what it takes to hang with this band”

John Taylor’s bass grooves

People who have been/are involved with Duran Duran:
Mark Ronson
Nile Rodgers
Timbaland

TV Appearances:
Simon and Nick on House of Style in a dress
Hungry Like the Wolf live on the Tube ( “This one’s for Paul. Hello Paul!” to quote a fan.)

Performance on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1982

Personal:
Personal collections of vinyl, CDs, photos, etc.
To quote a fan, “The amazing ability that when I hear them I instantly feel good!”
Of course, this list is in no way, shape or form a complete list!  I suspect that there will be many add between now and next year.  Nonetheless, this long and varied list shows how strong the fans’ love of Duran Duran is.  While we take the time to especially appreciate them today, I know that I speak for many when I say that we appreciate them everyday and all of the joy they have brought into our lives.  They have been the catalyst to so many friendships, projects, and creations that mean so much to all of us.  The best times in my life have come as a result of this band.  Truly, I cannot thank and appreciate them enough.
-A

4 thoughts on “Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2014 Part 2”

  1. Great list everyone! There are so many great things that the band has brought to us, including this online community of Duranies!

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