Lesser Known Songs Duran Duran Covered

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!


5 thoughts on “Lesser Known Songs Duran Duran Covered”

  1. Realy???? Duran Duran covered Kraftwerk.
    Whitch year was it? I saw and heared for a few sec. on your
    blog from this video.
    I don’t like the other cover songs. But Kraftwerk Great.
    Thanks Amanda

  2. While most know about Thank You and the cover of Come up and See Me (Make Me Smile) on the Reflex single, there were also those tracks that were released as bonus tracks in Japan or on CD singles from the Thank You era. Bowie’s Diamond Dogs and Velvet Underground’s Femme Fatale were covered, as well as Niel Young’s Needle and the Damage Done, which I think they covered BRILLIANTLY! Also, while on their first tour with Hazel O’Connor in 1980, Simon and possibly Andy (?) jumped up on stage with her to perform a cover of Suffragette City. (They love their Bowie!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F-vv7pUylo Simon, on his own has appeared many times on stage with people to perform songs, but most of the time it was a cover of a Duran Duran song he joined them for. I am hoping this time around we will see Nile join the band on stage for a Chic cover or two.

      1. Clearly, the goal with my blog post wasn’t to include EVERY song that Duran has covered over time, just like I did not include all of the unreleased demos on that blog post. People would lose interest if I included all in one post. Therefore, I just chose a few at random to include with more posts to follow. -A

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