About a month ago, I posted a blog about Duran Duran demos that people might not know about. People seemed to enjoy the post and I promised more. Well, today, I’m finally fulfilling that obligation in a way. Today’s post will be about songs that Duran Duran has covered. Now, we know that they recorded a whole album of covers, Thank You. Today’s covers are ones that might have ended up on b-sides or on bootlegs or something similar. These songs were often ones that Duran covered live, meaning that the only time they never got played by Duran Duran was on stage, in front of a live audience. As with the demos, I tried to choose ones from different eras.
Fame – Originally Written by David Bowie, John Lennon and Carlos Alomar. Released on David Bowie’s album, Young Americans.
Duran Duran covered this one and released it on the 12 inch version of Careless Memories, way back in 1981. If you don’t have the 12 inch, you could also own a copy from the Singles Box Set.
Gimme Some Truth – Written by John Lennon and released on his Imagine album.
Duran Duran performed this one live in 1991 at the Jerusalem for Reconciliation Concert in London. For those unfamiliar with the message of the song, it was a protest song in which Lennon was frustrated by the Vietnam War and politicians like President Nixon. Duran’s cover was included on bootlegs entitled Didn’t Anybody Tell You and Money or Reputation.
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie song from his album, Diamond Dogs.
This song is a well-known for its gender-bending lyrics like, “She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.” Duran Duran performed during promotional activities during the Thank You era. This performance is from the Hard Rock Live in 1995. This song is included on a number of bootlegs, including Thank You Demos, Rebel Rebel – Rarities Live, Boyz on the Side and many more.
House of the Rising Sun – Traditional folk song
This song is said to be a traditional folk song adapted to New Orleans. It was successfully recorded by The Animals in 1964. Duran Duran played this song at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans in October of 2006 as it seemed appropriate to describe a city returning to life after the devastating Hurricane Katrina of 2005.
Showroom Dummies – Originally done by Kraftwerk
During the promotional Broadway shows for the Red Carpet Massacre album as well as the first leg of the tour supporting that album, Duran Duran performed an electro set as seen as the video above. During the Broadway shows, they opened up the electro set with this song. This makes sense since Kraftwerk is an electronic band.
What other cover songs can you think of that Duran Duran has performed? There are certainly plenty more lesser known Duran Duran “songs” that I can share. Perhaps, you would prefer more live songs. Maybe, demos are more your thing. For some people, the preference might be more an era thing. If so, is there a specific era you would like me to focus on? Let me know! I’ll do what I can!