Just Get Me to the Track

By, C.K. Shortell
Rhonda and Amanda do a great job of very cleverly tying in the title to their blogs with a Duran song, so of course I followed suit. Any guesses on where today’s title came from?  Think remixes…specifically, The Power Mix of Violence of Summer (Love’s Takin Over).  (What, this isn’t the first Duran remix that comes to mind?)
Remixes are a central part of Duran’s legacy. I am not a musician and readily admit that my taste in music is narrow, but within those tastes (including REM, U2, Dave Matthews Band, The Police, Steve Winwood), I can’t think of any other band with such a history of tinkering with their music. (U2 has issued their share of remixes as b-sides but mostly for club play).  In fact, when I sat down to actually think about which Duran remixes I liked the best, or at least which were most memorable to me, it was a list that kept growing, and it spanned all eras and lineups. Where to begin? Well, why not at the beginning…of the day.
Reach Up For the Sunrise: I am still very much basking the glow of “ADITM” as well as the August 24 show (which as we know ended up being their last on the 2012 tour and one I was lucky enough to attend in my home state of Connecticut). One of the highlights of that show and what inspired me to write this blog is “Sunrise.” I believe that the current live version of Sunrise—based on the Jason Nevins remix—is my favorite remix in the entire catalogue. I love it because I believe I it, more than any other Duran remix, most improved the song from its original version.
Think back to 2003 and those first concerts in Japan with the reunited original lineup. Sunrise was one of the four new songs featured. It was definitely catchy but felt unfinished in places (especially the beginning “la la la la” that seemed forced to me). Fast forward one year: The version that appeared on Astronaut was significantly improved, especially by taking more advantage of Nick’s synths and adding Roger’s GOF-esque drum solo during the bridge. Then came the Jason Nevins remix, which featured Andy’s guitar more prominently and began with Simon singing “The music between us…” which ended up also being the version that opened the Live from London DVD. During the RCM tour, they further improved it, adding in much more guitar to the beginning and a longer solo at the end (thank you, Dom!) Put it all together, and you have an amazing song that is light years better than its original incarnation on the 2003 tour. It has also become a crowd pleaser and quite possibly a staple in the live set for years to come. It’s gratifying to see everyone at a show—hard core and casual fans—all dancing and singing to a song the band wrote in the 2000s! (And if you caught Duran’s appearance on Good Morning America this past June, you’ll note that host George Stephanopoulos introduced “Sunrise” by saying it was “#1 on the charts a few years back.” And he is 100% correct—Sunrise did reach #1 on the Billboard dance chart in 2004.  So while it may not have garnered radio play, it certainly is “out there” and can at least be considered as much of a hit as some of the other releases in the catalogue like “All She Wants Is” or “Skin Trade” etc. )
The Reflex: We all know the story on this one. Nile Rodgers took a so-so song and turned it into the band’s first US #1.  I have a bootleg from the ’84 tour, when they were performing the album version live, and I think it stands up fairly well. Would the song have had such success had Rodgers not worked his magic? Who knows—it seemed that everything the band touched in their heyday turned to gold, but it’s also undeniable that Rodgers improved the song. As such, it is rightly considered one of the best remixes in the catalogue.
Out of My Mind (Perfecto versions): It’s one thing for a remix to vastly improve a song (Sunrise) or at least make it more palatable to mainstream radio (Reflex), but in this case, they took one of the strongest cuts off Medazzaland and created…another amazing version!   Simon’s vocals remain unchanged in the “Perfecto” remixes, but the song is darker and more rock-oriented and the guitar and bass seem more prominent than in the original version (again, disclaimer:  I am not a musician so please correct me on this if you disagree).  Some of the longer versions also include a brief sample from the “Save a Prayer” synth line which actually works well. During the 1999 Let it Flow tour, they played the Perfecto Version and it was unbelievable—one of the best Duran tracks I’ve ever heard live. If you are even a casual fan of the album version of “Out of my mind” but have not heard the perfecto remixes, you need to get them. Or reach me on Twitter (@poptrashed) and I will burn them for you. 
I Don’t Want Your Love (Shep Pettibone 7” mix): Remixes aside, I think this is one of Duran’s most underappreciated singles. I remember the first time I heard it, as a junior in high school in the fall of 1988. I was initially a little shocked—it sounded somewhat like the stuff off Notorious but had more energy, more of an edge…and then I finally bought Big Thing and heard the studio version. Similar to The Reflex, the remix of I Don’t Want Your Love improves what was already a decent song. I think the addition of the horns and the dance section in the bridge is a big improvement. My only quibble is that I love the guitar solo from the album version, and this gets shortened in the remix. (Although we do get more rhythm guitar throughout the remixed track so I guess it’s a wash). I remember this video being all over MTV in late 1988, and this song getting huge airplay. To me, it was evidence that Duran Duran was still relevant and could make music people wanted to hear even though they were already half a decade away from the huge success of Rio andSATRT
Girls on Film (Night Version): I think we all know the back story on the night versions:  that the band needed longer versions of the songs to play live and they actually re-recorded new, longer versions of the songs. Of course, you can find the Night Versions on any number of CDs, including the singles box sets, Night Versions CD released in 1998 or Strange Behavior remix CD released in 1999. I’m not a huge fan of many of these as I don’t think they add or improve upon the original. And for all the hoopla over the band actually recording a new track…it still feels like a lot of filler before getting to the lyrics and chorus.  (And I feel much the same way about the latest “night version” from the band for “Other People’s Lives.”  However…I am deeply conflicted about that track anyway—I’m usually quick to label it as one of my least favorite on AYNIN and yet often find the chorus in my head. Very disturbing and a topic for another day). The best of the lot is Girls on Film, parts of which the band has incorporated into the live version over the years, with Planet Earth a close second. 
Meet El Presidente (7” version): This is my least favorite song on “Notorious” and would not have been my choice for a single or remix. The band took a weak song, remixed it and slightly improved it (added more drums, added a synth line or something—the musicians out there can fill in the blanks here), but unlike The Reflex, still left us with a track that I think is the weakest on the album. I remember the scene from “Three to Get Ready” when the band were listening to the extended 12” version (basically the remixed version but more torturous just longer); the hope was that this would generate record sales via air play on urban radio. Around that same time they also did a lip synched live version on Soul Train that is also featured on the documentary. Why they didn’t choose any one of the better tracks as a single—Vertigo, So Misled, Proposition—is beyond me. 
Skin Trade (Parisian Remix): This showed up as a b-side on one of the CD singles for “Come Undone” in 1993. Like the night versions, it’s long but for some reason it works and is much more high energy than the “stretch mix” that was also released. I can listen to this without getting impatient as I often do when listening to the “Night Versions.” 
Too Much Information (Jellybean Mix): This shows up on disc 2 of Strange Behavior.  While it treads dangerously close to sounding like C&C Music Factory…it also does a nice job of blending piano with the guitar riff to form a dance version of what’s a rock song at its core. This is my favorite of the many Wedding Albumremixes out there—and there are a ton.
Violence of Summer (Love’s Takin’ Over) (Power Mix): Well, this remix inspired the title for this blog. This remix is a train wreck—I won’t even try to defend it or say it’s good.  Violence of Summer is arguably the band’s least popular/worst single (even Simon has criticized it) and the band did a ton of remixes for it that can be found on the Singles Box Set or on the vinyl single released in 1990 which I inexplicably own.  And for whatever reason, I simply…love this remix. Even though I know in my heart it’s just awful. Calling this a guilty pleasure would be insulting to guilty pleasures everywhere. But, it’s catchy and for some reason I enjoy it. And since we began with this, I figured we would end with it, too. 
This list just scratched the surface…we could have discussed everything from the David Kershenbaum Rio remixes to the recent Steve Aoki version of Hungry Like the Wolf. When you think of Duran’s remixes, which ones stand out for you (for better or worse)?
C.K. Shortell is a lifelong Duran Duran fan who lives in the northeast with his wife and two sons, both of whom love watching concert footage of the band.  When he’s not struggling to explain to a three year old why the guitarist always looks different or just what exactly Nick is doing, C.K. is constantly reminding co-workers and friends that the band never broke up.

I dream of ostriches and chariots…

The mystery continues…

I cannot help but comment once again on @TVManiaMusic – and if you’re not following them on Twitter, you really should. As I mentioned yesterday, the tweets are mildly chilling at times, probably over the fence in freakyland, but amusing all the same. The fact is, they get you thinking, even if you’re not into seeing broccoli shaped as a purse, or an eyeball looking at you on someone else’s blog.  
I tend to be curious about the actual content of what is being tweeted – I want to know why I am looking at a lady riding an ostrich-pulled chariot, for instance; or what is significant about a voice-activated tape recorder (although one of those saved my behind in college, and I don’t mind dating myself to say that!!)  Though I suspect that it isn’t the tweets as a whole that should be considered, but rather that each tweet is independent of one another…kind of in the same respect as what would happen if you changed channels on your TV.  (TV Mania…get it?!?) These tweets are sort of like sound bytes.  If they had sound…. 
Others are obsessed with trying to discern who is tweeting.  Is it Nick?  Is it Warren?  Is it Katy?  (I said that if Nick was emailing all of this to Katy who then in turn tweeted – she wasn’t being paid enough. I stand by that assessment.)  My Twitterfeed was all abuzz last night with friends discussing the possibilities, as well as the freak-factor, and I too wondered just who could be responsible. Yesterday there seemed to be a preponderance of tweets with subtle messages regarding art, fashion and even pop culture…but there were also at least a couple with regard to every housewife’s favorite drug – Prozac. (Hey, I hear that’s the case. Personally I wouldn’t touch the stuff, but those are my own control issues at work and I make no judgements otherwise.) I’m still slightly obsessed with the idea of an ostrich pulling me around on a chariot though.  I think I’d prefer a male peacock.  More showy…  I still haven’t solved the puzzle of whom is tweeting, but I have come up with a question of my own.
Does it really matter?
As I mentioned to some friends last night, I don’t think the point of @TVManiaMusic is to chat with followers.  Maybe that will change (I’m doubtful), but I think the point is exactly what it is doing – it’s getting us talking about it, and thinking.  While I think it’s natural to be curious of who might be working behind the scenes, the goal of the twitter isn’t necessarily to communicate on that sort of level with fans. It is to get the fans talking to one another. It’s to market the cause. The more we talk, the more we mention the name, the more our own friends and followers get curious, follow and so on. It’s funny because while I do think the band has gotten closer to the fans as a result of Twitter, I am not so sure it’s an effective marketing tool in so far as sales. Think about that.  How many of us who are following them right now (@DuranDuran, @ThisistherealJT, @SimonJCLeBon, @DomBrownMusic) would NOT have bothered buying All You Need is Now if it hadn’t been for Twitter?  I would argue that number to be very, very few – if any.  However, @TVManiaMusic seems to be utilizing the media much differently, and while right now their follower number is low (if you are reading this right now and are already on Twitter – follow them – and if not, go grab yourself an account and get following!), those who are following are curious.  Curiosity might actually lead to sales.  
I still hope, as do the rest of you who are obsessed with broccoli purses, eyeballs and ostrich-driven chariots, that Nick or Warren will make themselves known…but until then, I look forward to being baffled yet again, and in case you were wondering, I’m very curious about that album now!

Fingers in my brain

Are you on Twitter yet?  If not, there’s still time…

A few days back, I noticed, thanks to Duran Duran’s Facebook, that TV Mania has it’s own Twitter. I won’t lie, I was curious. First of all, who would be tweeting and would I be able to tell? Secondly, what would they say?? Thirdly, I really kind of wondered if they’d use the account of all. Let’s face it, there are plenty of celebs out there that have Twitter accounts and never use them. So, I did what any other curious fan might have done – I followed @TVManiaMusic and heard nothing. At some point over the weekend, I wrote it off – figuring that someone on the “Social Media” team from the band set up the account, but that neither Nick nor Warren would ever tweet. Then I promptly forgot about the whole thing.

Well, yesterday late afternoon my time, I was on Twitter and noticed a few tweets in my timeline from @TVMusicMania. Surprise!! Let me share them with you…and more than a few came with their own photos to illustrate.

Is it possible that she’s been dreaming all this time? Heaven forbid that she ever comes down, for her fall will be all too sudden.

Wide eyed and restless, Sassy was in no mood to settle down.

I found this in your purse.

They promised to keep all information entirely confidential.

He would’ve been 32 this year. 

Job 17:14 “I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and my sister”

And finally….with bravado…

First of all, I want to know how they got hold of that first photo, clearly from in the middle of the night when my youngest snuck into my room. Back when she was about two, she developed this habit of sneaking into our room in the middle of the night. I would stir and there’d she’d be – staring at me. Scary.

Truthfully though, some of the tweets are very much on the other side of creepy. The “dark side”!  …“I found this in your purse.” I actually had to fight the urge to run to check!  ….”He would have been 32 this year.” And then there’s a blurred photo. No, that’s not creepy at all.  

If I have nightmares, I’m blaming Nick and Warren. Anyone else?

So I have to ask, dear readers – what does it all mean? Nothing? Something? And I forgot to mention that somewhere in the midst of the sudden burst of tweets last night, a very cryptic-but-not-really-so-cryptic map was shared. Not a single word added…just a tweet of a link to a map. Of Queens…because that’s not going to get speculation going at all, right?

I must admit, it’s all a little intriguing. (and creepy. Have I mentioned that?)  What’s even worse is that I keep going back to check for more! I have to applaud them for two things: getting my attention; and making me think. I like that. It’s been a long time since I was able to sit and overanalyze something to death, and obviously, we like that sort of thing here on Daily Duranie.  

On the other hand, I never thought I’d actually tweet Warren.  


Book Discussion–In the Pleasure Groove (Chapters 70-72)

It’s book discussion Monday!  We are getting to the end of our discussion on John Taylor’s autobiography.  This week, we discuss chapters 70-72.  These chapters cover the years 1998-2003.  During this time, John dealt with the death of his mother and his new marriage to Gela.  Professionally, the band reunited and despite challenges faced, the reunion was successful and John maintained sobriety.  For many of us, this reunion reawakened our inner Duranie and many of us found ourselves participating in Duranland in amounts and intensity not seen since the 1980s.  With that context, let’s dive in!  As always, feel free to respond to the discussion questions posed and/or add your own!

Chapter 70:  A Different Kind of Profound
What were your thoughts while you read of the passing of John’s mother?
A – This is one of those chapters that I definitely found myself in tears.  I am fortunate to have both of my parents still with me and absolutely dread when one of them goes, partly because of what John talked about with his dad.  As John pointed out, after his mother died, his dad was never the same and found himself in isolation.  I’m sure my father would be the exact same way.  Despite my utter sadness reading this, I found myself relieved for John and his parents that he was sober for this event.
R – I swear that this book, or at least parts of it, were almost therapy (for me). I found myself relating to much of it, and probably in completely different ways, or at least on different levels, than John probably ever considered. My point is simply that many people, fans, friends and probably family alike – can probably find something in this book that is relatable and speaks to them.  Like many of you, I have lost a parent.  My dad was sick for the last three years of his life, and he spent the last three weeks of his life on a ventilator in the hospital.  It’s so strange how you can think you’re over the sharpest pains of grieving and then just one sentence can send you right back, feeling the knife dig in just a little farther to remind you that it is something that will be carried forever.  That’s how reading this chapter was for me.  

Chapter 71:  The Reunion of the Snake
Were you surprised by Gela’s role in encouraging the reunion?
A – I admit that I was.  It isn’t that I don’t think she is supportive.  I know that she is as I remember the big billboard Juicy posted in Times Square when Astronaut came out.  I also knew about that Juicy promo show in which Simon did a guest appearance.  In fact, I’ll include that here.  I think it is important for Duranies to watch it and see if the vibe towards the reunion was there.

Anyway, I just didn’t realize that it was Gela who proposed that Simon participate in this show. I’m grateful that she did.
R – I was very surprised, to be honest. I didn’t know Gela on any level prior to John’s return to the band. I wasn’t there at the time and I have no idea what really happened – but sometimes all it really takes to build a bridge is someone innocently providing the pathway to begin, and I think that was Gela’s role.  

Based on what John mentioned with the reunion, what do you think was the most challenging aspect of it?
A – The possible choices here are obvious, including having Warren leave, repairing relationships, managing the band and financial decisions, musical differences or lack of interest from the fans and the general public.  It seems to me that having Warren leave wasn’t tough, at least that was the impression I have from reading this.  I was surprised that John didn’t focus more on the manager and financial debates as Andy seemed pretty fixated on these elements.  Is that because Andy was given such a different percentage of their earnings?  Maybe.  Is it because, for John, other issues were more difficult?  Possibly.  Whatever the reason, it seems like the toughest element of the reunion, even though John didn’t mention much in detail, was repairing those relationships.  I knew that Nick was upset that John left but I didn’t realize that their relationship suffered more than brief disappointment.  Yet, of course, it makes that sense that it would.  It seems clear to me that we are all lucky that they were able to overcome enough to see the reunion through as it seems like it was fragile.  Very fragile.
R – I never felt completely confident in the reunion.  I don’t know that I recognized that at the time, but looking back – I think that’s why I was so set on seeing them as often as I did that first summer out (2003).  I have mentioned before that when it was announced that Andy wasn’t returning that I was shocked at how much I was not shocked. I think I saw it coming.  I’ve said many times that the reunion of the original five was so perfect, it just wasn’t meant to last – it was meant to be a precise moment in time, and that it was. I don’t believe there was ONE aspect more challenging than any other, it was simply “A Challenge”.  Did they meet the challenge?  Yes, I think they did.  I think they did what they set out to do – and while it might not be the most popular opinion, I believe that their time as that particular five person band was simply finished.  (I’ve also learned never to say “never”.)  

Chapter 72:  Osaka Time
This chapter is a tough one to discuss since so much of it deals with religion, God and spirituality.  Do you think that John addressed this the best way he could?
A – First, let me say that I think most people, most John fans, most Duran fans reading this chapter are interpreting this description of John’s spirituality through their own personal lenses of religion and spirituality.  What I mean by this is that we have all very strong feelings when it comes to this topic.  Thus, we are all reading this chapter and interpreting how we want to interpret it.  This isn’t a criticism of any reader as I’m sure I’m guilty of it, too.  My point here really is to say that John was very careful to not alienate anyone.  He admitted that he has a new version of God but did not specify much to that, other than the idea of a higher power.  It seems to me that John wanted to be open and truthful about what he thinks and feels but understands and respects others enough to not say too much.
R – I think John relayed what he felt was important to relay. I don’t personally have issues with what ever his relationship with spirituality might be, only that I’m glad he found whatever he needed to find to get through that particular moment in time for him; and that would have included being absolutely supportive had he said he had NO spirituality in that “power above” sense.  I guess I just feel that we all find our way through life, and there’s so much to have opinions about – in this one particular area I have no answers, and my beliefs are no better or worse than anyone else’s.  

What role did fans have in Osaka, do you think?
A – John ends this chapter by saying that the band still had it and the fans still wanted it.  It made me feel that it was the fans that pushed the reunion to keep going.  The band could see and feel that the fans were still here and still loved them.  That was enough of a reason to keep going even when tensions were high.
R – Do you know what strikes me most about the reunion?  The fact that the band seemed surprised by our reaction to them. I must really be living in a bubble, because there seemed to be no other possible reaction to the original five members reuniting.  There is very precious little of which I am absolutely sure of in life – but when the band announced this reunion, I had no doubt whatsoever that fans would embrace them as before. I knew I couldn’t possibly be alone – it was a dream come true that (at the time) I was convinced would never happen.  I remember proclaiming all over the boards at DDF (duranduranfans.com) that we – the fans – never really left them; but the band left us. I felt that way again after Andy left during the time of Red Carpet Massacre. They’re back now though, and this time, I’m hopeful they stick around.  

Final Thoughts:
In a recent book club, the section of chapters we read and discussed seemed to all fit into the idea of lessons learned.  These chapters seem to be the application of the lessons.  John worked hard to learn how to cope with difficult situations without the use of drugs and alcohol.  These chapters saw tests of his effort.  First, he had to deal with his mother’s death then he had to struggle through the difficulty of the reunion.  The band’s trip to Japan could have been a disaster for John and the band.  Instead, John found a way through and he and the band got stronger because of it.

On that note, we will finish the book next week by discussing the last remaining chapters of 73 and 74.  After that, Rhonda and I will present our thoughts of the book overall in the following week.



Step Into My Flame: Reflecting On Arcadia

By C.K. Shortell
I could walk into a room full of Duran fans and incite a riot with any number of comments. I could pick on Andy or Warren, as each has a dedicated following; I could shout out that Red Carpet Massacre is actually one of their best albums (don’t worry—I don’t think that—but confess to loving half of it); I could say they were better off with Sterling Campbell than Roger…(well maybe that’s just bordering on the absurd…)….I could say that if Dom were the guitarist from the get-go, Duran would have more hits and more stability and would be rightfully enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and routinely performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl (okay, now I’m just blatantly kissing up to the management of this blog)…anyway, I think we DD fans are an easy group to get riled up, on any number of topics. 
However, I’m not here to do that today. I don’t think I will, anyway—we shall see. Rather, I’m curious about what the readers of Daily Duranie feel about one of the band’s most famous and successful side projects: Arcadia. My general sense of the fan community’s attitude to the album is that, in context, it was a relief to know that Simon/Nick and (sort of) Roger were “doing something” while Andy and John were off with Robert Palmer and The Power Station.  Thus it was nice, in 1985, to hear Simon’s voice on a song on the radio while “Some Like It Hot” and “Bang a Gong” were being played nonstop, and John and Andy were jamming out in front of toilets and scantily clad women on MTV.   
I also think there is a segment of the fan base that treated So Red the Rose as Duran’s fourth studio album—listened to it over and over again, poured over the artwork and lyrics that accompanied the vinyl and/or cassette release, watched for the videos on MTV like a hawk.  I count myself among this group—I absolutely love the album.  But is loving Arcadia akin to, say, also loving Medazzaland or Pop Trash (count me guilty there too)? For the most part, I think the current Duran fan base dismisses those albums, which his fine—to each his or her own. Or is my affection (obsession?) with So Red the Rose more widespread and shared among the fans?
I am not a musician so, at least consciously, I can’t claim to know or be attached to Andy’s guitar style or John’s style as a bass player, etc. For me, Duran Duran begins and ends with two elements: Simon’s voice and Nick’s synths. So I guess it’s logical, given that perspective, that I gravitated toward Arcadia.
I scanned the past blogs and comments on Daily Duranie to see what people said about the project. Amanda’s blog on October 12 of last year addressed the question of why some of the later side projects were not as popular among the fans as Arcadia and Power Station.  Two replies to that blog cited the fact that other projects like The Devils and JT’s solo albums weren’t their style of music, while Arcadia was “amazing” (wrote Joel) and “a great vehicle” (Jetrell69) for Nick/Simon and “Roger’s drum machine.” (LOL-and I don’t use that term loosely!).
But not everyone loved So Red the Rose. In response to another blog that month (on October 23, the anniversary of the release of Notorious), Heather Todd wrote that, “Arcadia went down a road I wasn’t interested in taking. I wanted more Wild Boys!” I can relate to that point of view. Let’s face it—Arcadia was weird. Even I, as a devotee of the album, can say that.  It had odd artwork, all those numbers, the guys with their black hair, the Grace Jones spoken word portion that is the only thing I don’t like about “Election Day,” and all those six and seven minute songs on the second side…it certainly was a far cry from tight, pop-oriented “Seven and the Ragged Tiger.” It was Nick unleashed, unbridled. 
At the time, and for many years later, I viewed Arcadia as Duran’s second best album.  I know that statement is fraught with controversy on multiple levels…but it simply reflected how I felt. I even grouped the Arcadia cassette with the Duran Duran ones, always slipping it in between Arena and Notorious, in its proper chronological place. Why did I like it so much?  I thought it was extremely catchy. I loved the diversity—if you wanted guitar, you listened to The Flame; if you wanted a pop song, you listened to Election Day; if you wanted to be absolutely depressed and sad, you listened to Missing; if you wanted powerful songs with a message, you listened to Goodbye is Forever and The Promise.
So Red the Rose had the “meat” and depth to it that Seven and the Ragged Tiger (SATRT) lacked. It was like a bizarro, alternate universe counterpart to Rio—darkly mirroring it in everything from the artwork to the running order. (Yes, Lady Ice is Simon’s first of many pseudo-Chauffeur songs and probably my favorite.) And it did represent a return to that “darkness” that harkened back to the first album. I remember listening to the second side of Duran Duran and creating all of these dark videos in my head, and the second side of So Red the Rose evoked a similar response. (Rio does that too, although I think that’s as much about the videos as it is the songs themselves, e.g. I’m not sure I would associate Save a Prayer with running on the beach if I had never seen the video).
It was weird, dark, moody and gray…but it was also cool. How great was it to hear Sting and Simon sing on a song that wasn’t “Do they know it’s Christmas?”?  Or David Gilmour’s killer guitar on The Flame? 
I listened to So Red the Rose over and over again in 1985 and 1986. The only thing that tore me away was getting Notorious for Christmas in 1986 (I was 14—too young to drive and get it on release day!). But in 1987, I purchased the Playing for Keeps soundtrack because it included “Say the Word,” the lone b-side from Arcadia (remixes notwithstanding). I loved “Say the Word” but was glad it wasn’t on So Red the Rose—in much the same way that I love Secret Oktober but was glad it wasn’t on SATRT—it just functioned better outside the album. 
So, over a quarter century after its release, where do I rank So Red the Rose? I would say it’s in the upper tier of Duran albums. Off the top of my head, I probably like it better than anything after 1990 with the exception of Medazzaland and AYNIN; I’d say it’s on my Mt. Rushmore of Duran albums: Rio, the first album, AYNIN, Notorious, and Medazzaland.  (My Mt. Rushmore has six faces!).
Jetrell69 had also commented that, “I had hoped we’d see another Arcadia release.”  I recall The Devils album being billed as such in 2002, which of course led me to be very disappointed in it. The closest we’ve come to an Arcadia follow-up is likely Medazzaland.  Musically, maybe I’m way off with that comparison, but it seems to be the most similar in style and tone to So Red the Rose
You’ll notice that I did not get into an Arcadia vs. Power Station analysis. I avoided this for several reasons. For starters, I never even bought The Power Station album until 1990. I simply had no interest in it before then. Admittedly, I loved it, and that I think the ’96 follow-up, Living in Fear, is excellent and I still listen to that on occasion. 
However, to me, Arcadia is unique among all Duran side projects because of Simon’s voice.  I would no more compare Arcadia to The Power Station then I would Arcadia to any other band—it’s apples and oranges. Maybe that’s a topic for another blog or poll question…but not today.
I’m curious what you think. Am I overrating Arcadia? Is it truly “the most pretentious album of the decade” as Simon called it? Or do you view it as I do, as the dark companion to those early, classic Duran albums, and the bridge from the “original lineup era” to what followed?  Don’t keep us in the dark…comment below!!!
C.K. Shortell is a lifelong Duran Duran fan who lives in the northeast with his wife and two sons, both of whom love watching concert footage of the band.  When he’s not struggling to explain to a three year old why the guitarist always looks different or just what exactly Nick is doing, C.K. is constantly reminding co-workers and friends that the band never broke up.    

Interpretations of New Moon on Monday

Today is my last blog of the weekend as I’m going out of town for the Inauguration.  Do not fret, dear readers, there will be a blog tomorrow.  It is a gem of a guest blog so make sure to check it out.  Likewise, there will still be updates to Today in Duran’s History and the question of the day.  Yet, I hope to be leaving you with a blog that both bring a smile to your face and make you think a bit.  This blog will continue the new series of interpretations of various Duran songs.  This week, I tackle another song off of Seven and the Ragged Tiger, which is New Moon on Monday.  This song is one that many fans seem to like and one that I often hear requested to be paid live, despite the difficult notes that Simon would have to sing.  Personally, I like the song and, like many of you, I adore this video.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is my all-time favorite video.  The video has become so connected to the song for me that I can’t separate the two, really.  In fact, if asked what the song means, I would probably pop out with an underground movement pushing for a revolution against a tyrannical government.  Do the lyrics support that idea?  Let’s take a look and see but before we do that, let’s watch that fun video first!

So, what about those lyrics?

Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny
I said it again
Could I please rephrase it
Maybe I can catch a ride
I couldn’t really put it much plainer
But I’ll wait till you decide
Send me your warning siren
As if I could ever hide
Last time La Luna


I light my torch and wave it for the
New moon on Monday
And a firedance through the night
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite

Breaking away with the best of both worlds
A smile that you can’t disguise
Every minute I keep finding
Clues that you leave behind
Save me from these reminders
As if I’d forget tonight
This time La Luna


Now, what are the online theories about what this song means?  There are a few main theories about what the song could mean.  These theories are as follows:

*About an ex-girlfiriend who the guy is interested in getting back together

*Trying to date a shy or indecisive girl

*Revolutions or attempted revolutions

*Guy Fawkes conspiracy

It seems to me that these theories fall into two main categories:  relationships or revolutions.  Could the song be about trying to get back together with an ex-girlfriend or trying to get together with a shy or indecisive girl?  Well, the line about waiting for you to decide in the first verse could indicate these theories.  Heck, the line about coming up with answers that are denied could imply that the guy could have gotten an answer and is ignoring it or denying it.  The second verse could be about how the guy is looking for clues that says that the female really is interested.  Perhaps, he is remembering time spent together when they were together, which the line about “save me from these reminders” could be about.  What about the chorus?  Could the chorus be about the decision being told on Monday, which starts a whole “new” life?  After all, the guy has survived being “cold” or alone and “lonely”.  This theory seems possible.

What about the other major theory that the song really is about a revolution?  After all, the video showed that.  Did they come to that storyline because that actually matched the meaning?  Let’s see if the lyrics fit.  Shaking up the picture definitely could be a reference to changing something.  I’m not sure about the lizard part as the lizard symbolizes really different things in different cultures.  In Western cultures, it has been used like a snake to indicate evil.  The next couple of lines could be about how the government gives answers or statements to the people in order to get the people to think something.  Yet, this person denies the truth to these statements.  Perhaps, this person sheds light on to the propaganda or the lies.  Of course, there are warning sirens as a result.  The chorus definitely could indicate a change, which is what a new moon implies.  This change could be celebrated with a dance.  Then, what about the second verse?  It begins with the idea of “breaking away”.  Again, this could indicate a change.  This breaking away is also keeping the best of both worlds–maybe some elements of the old government would stay when combined with the new government.  I’m not sure about the clues part.

Then, there is the possibility that it has to do with Guy Fawkes.  Who was that, many of you might be wondering.  Well, from what I understand, Guy Fawkes was one of 13 men who plotted to blow up the House of Parliament in 1605 because they felt the King was mistreating Catholics.  The plan was simple.  They would store gunpowder in the cellar.  Yet, some of these men had second thoughts and sent out warnings.  This resulted in their arrest and execution.  That night, bonfires were set to celebrate the safety of the king.  Typically, these bonfires were accompanied with a fireworks display.  This story is fascinating to me since there seems to be a lot in common with the video.  Hmm…

Which theory do I like best?  I don’t know.  As a historian who has focused on social movements and political revolutions, I love the idea that it is indeed about a revolution or an underground movement.  Plus, I admit that I have a hard time separating the video from the song.  Thus, I immediately go there.  That said, I could definitely see it being about the attempt to getting with or back with a girl.  Could it be about something else?  Of course.  What do you the rest of you think?


P.S.  Suggestions for the next song?

C’est Tout Est Noir by Koishii & Hush feat. John Taylor – The Daily Duranie Review

We have been requested to do a full review of the song, C’est Tout Est Noir by Koishii & Hush.  Now, I’m sure that there are some of you out there who are wondering what the heck happened to us.  Isn’t this blog about Duran Duran?  Has Rhonda’s high fever fried her brain? (Rhonda says “the answer is obviously YES….see below!”) Is Amanda in such a fog about going to the Inauguration that she can’t think straight?  We really haven’t lost our minds (yet).  No, this song that we are reviewing actually features John Taylor.  Since it is pretty standard to do a review when something Duran related comes out and we received a request, we figured we better do it.  To provide some background information here.  Koishii and Hush are a trance duo who met John in Toronto in 2010, according to the press release on dd.com.  There they asked John to collaborate on this song.  He agreed and wrote and recorded lyrics later in LA.  Now, we all have the ability to get the completed song for ourselves!  Lucky for all of you, we will tell you what we really think about it, too!


Musicality/Instrumentation:  This song isn’t like the usual songs that we review.  Even when we reviewed Dom’s blues album, we could speak of the usual instruments of guitar, drums and bass.  This song, this genre doesn’t lend to the usual discussion on instrumentation since it is much more about the electronic.  How is the electronic then?  The music follows a typical pattern for trance/techno in that it has a small wave of sound leading to the more upbeat tempo.  There seems to be two basic layers of sound, which changes slightly when the vocals begin.  In general, the music changes only subtly through the verses.  It also changes more significantly right after the chorus in which there is a brief lull in the fast tempo.  The biggest moment for the dramatic slow down is at about the half way point.  Again, this is typical for this genre in order to slow down before speeding up.  I often think this fast then slow pattern is to allow dancers to get some extra breaths in before moving quickly again!  In general, the music would make me want to dance without being too repetitious or containing notes that are bothersome, which is sometimes found in the genre.

Vocals:  Ah…As I stated on Friday, John approached these vocals in the same way he did with the 9 1/2 Weeks theme song back in the mid 80s.  I think that description fits it well.  He isn’t totally singing but he isn’t just speaking either.  Plus, at times, like during the chorus, he does more singing and during the verses, he does more speaking.  The vocals, unlike the music, are slower, deeper.  (I might even say sexy…but I’m trying to be all professional here!  😉 )  They provide a nice contrast to the music, I think.  I also like there is an additional layering to the vocals.  How very Duran. 

Lyrics:  The lyrics clearly tell a story of a person who was in trouble and almost didn’t make it.  Now, though, he has changed and is hoping to get a second chance.  I love the line, “A man can change.  Let me be proof of that.  Let me be everything you ever wanted.”  Oh my.  There isn’t a ton to the lyrics and they aren’t very complicated but they seem true to the heart.  The idea of acceptance is a powerful one and so ties to everything we have been reading and discussing in John’s book.

Production:  Production is not my area of expertise.  It is even less my expertise when it comes to this genre.  Here is what I will say.  The music is decent.  It appears to be mixed well without too much emphasis on the music or on the vocals.  I also think that John’s vocals were well done with the right amount of singing vs. speaking.  I also liked how there were times when there were more whispers of vocals.  Nice touch.

Overall:  I am glad that I went ahead and made the purchase of this song.  Obviously, I always like to check out Duran related projects but, in this case, I was happy to have done so.  I definitely see me listening to this one in the future.  In my opinion, musically, it captures the best elements of trance and techno in that it made me want to dance and not because it got stuck in my head!  That said, I can’t help but to think that John’s vocals and lyrics are the best part.  When I listen to the song, I will be listening for that voice.  I love the speaking/singing spectrum that is used and lyrically, it has a positive message. 

Cocktail Rating:  3.5 cocktails!


Musicality/Instrumentation: Remind me why we agreed to do this again?? Don’t get me wrong – I don’t hate it at all.  I just don’t know how to quite go about reviewing this and I’m feeling like I’m in over my head. Let’s just call this a learning curve on my part. What I can tell you is that the synths are lush and atmospheric without being annoyingly repetitive or boring, which is what I tend to find with this genre. What I love is that there’s some actual depth to the sound and melody lines. I can hear far more than just a couple of synth loops, and I applaud that. It’s not purely trance, although those elements are there and if it were playing in a club, I would definitely be able to do dance to it. I can already hear the infinite mixes that would take place in a club environment… I have to say, I like what they’ve done, and to be honest – I was worried I’d have nothing good to say.

Vocals: I know this is the part all of you out there have been waiting to read. Let’s be honest: the draw here (for us) is John Taylor. So how did our bass man turned vocalist do? Not bad at all. In my opinion, his voice is perfect for the song, and I adore how it was recorded as spoken word (in part). His voice sounds haunting in parts and has that dark element that I really like. I know many out there have commented that while John is a beautiful lyricist in his own right (I’ll get to that in a minute), his real talent lies in his musicianship as a bassist.  At one point, I might have agreed – but you know, I think John sounds fantastic in this song.  It’s clear that there is plenty of effect going on with his vocals, but it’s not like they set the boy up on auto-tune and let ‘er rip either. Those of you who know me from reading realize that I am not a fan of the overused autotune that seems to happen in almost every single radio single these days. Not a fan at all, so it’s nice not to be smacked in the face with it for a change.  John did a great job.

Lyrics: Do you know what I love even more than John Taylor speaking? His lyrics. I think he writes beautifully. I love the message of his lyrics in this one, and to be honest – I love the title. (in English John translates it to Everything is Black. Seriously – the last few days when I’ve been sick with the flu – that is EXACTLY how I felt! :D) I must agree to Amanda, I think the lyrical content of the song lends itself rather well to his book. Interesting. John said he approached it as a follow up to his work for “I Do What I Do”. I think it’s a follow up and a perfect song to accompany his book. “I barely made it. I caught the line you threw to me.”  Wow. If that doesn’t hit you…what will??? There isn’t a lot to the lyrics here, this is true – but you know, I love the simplicity of them. I don’t scratch my head in wonder, there isn’t so much to wade through – but the ideas are solid and the point comes across very well.

Production: I touched on production a bit earlier, but I think it’s important to note that even though this genre is electronic – I think it sounds exactly as it should. It’s not overdone, it’s not smacking me with 50 layers of sound that all tend to become pure noise – it’s pure and simple. The more I hear, the more I like…and I did not know that I was going to say that today.

Overall: Can I tell you a story? When I first heard this song was coming out – I groaned. I was not excited at all, and I even told Amanda as much. I said, *coughs* “I’m not buying it, so if you want to get it and mention it on the blog – feel free.”  (BAD RHONDA!!!)  I didn’t think much more about it until John came out of “tweet silence” to mention the song’s existence. I dared to tweet back to him that I hadn’t bought it yet. Wow I’m daring. Then all of the sudden we get a comment on one of our blogs here that the song was out and that we should review it.  I messaged Amanda and said “OK, that’s fine – I’ll review the damn thing but you know what – I’m not going to like it, and if I’m still sick that day, they are probably not going to be very happy with what I say. The thing is, I needed an attitude adjustment. The fact is, we try to support all of their work. That doesn’t mean we’re going to love it all or give it glowing reviews, but we try to be supportive. Besides, even if we don’t like something – someone else might, and if we can help get the word out, we’re happy to do so.

I am pleased to say that I actually like the song and that my initial assessments were way off. (Too bad more reviewers don’t admit when they’re wrong, huh??) I’ve got it on repeat in my ears right now, and I mean it – the more I listen, the more I like it. I think I’ve found myself a new background song for book writing – and trust me when I say I need them. I hope more of you give it a fair listen (and if it’s because of our review feel free to tell DURAN DURAN), because it’s got a great message, a really interesting musicality and let’s face it – the vocalist is pretty damn good too.

Rating:  I originally was going to give this 3 cocktails…I even told Amanda so last night, but the more I listen – the more I really think it’s worth 4!

The Flu For Me, Video Day for You!

Happy Thursday!

If there were ever a day to call in sick for me…this would be it.  It is my turn to catch the flu that has been circling my house (and I’m the last one to get it this time). I’m having difficulty forming sentences from incoherent thoughts, so this blog is probably going to be a bust unless I take drastic measures. So, while I make my way back up to my room and sleep my way back to good health, I am going to post some videos here for you to enjoy.

MTV Unplugged – I haven’t watched this in years. Fascinating to see this after all this time. I’m ignoring that they opened with HLTW. 
Working for the Skin Trade – another one I haven’t watched in many years. What I find interesting in watching these videos is just how many elements of their live show they’ve continued for all of these years.
ITV One Night Only – I love this performance, and I think the band just keeps getting better and better. I’ll even go all-out and say that when I watch this after watching the others, it is as though the band has come full circle back to what I knew them to be in the 80’s, and it’s not just 4/5 of the lineup – it’s the energy and vibe.
Alright, that’s nearly 3 hours of video watching for you today.  Better get started! On the other hand, I am headed back to bed.  Flu be damned!  

Wallpaper in my Room

I am a fan.

Duran Duran have been a relative constant in my life since I was about eleven. For me personally, the music came first. It was only later in the same year of my discovery (of the band) that I actually saw what they looked like. Up until then, I had my imagination doing the work. (I was so wrong. I can’t remember what my mind had decided they looked like now, but I do remember how completely wrong I’d been.) I remember being shocked that they weren’t American. I have no idea why that surprised me, although once again, I was only eleven. Prior to Duran Duran, a single Shaun Cassidy poster was on the backside of my bedroom door and I had one Rick Springfield poster on the sliding door to my closet. I still listened to kid albums with my younger sister (Chipmunks, anyone??), and I think I had difficulty straddling those years between youth and tween. (as opposed to youth and teen…*sigh*)  Those were my awkward years, no doubt. I think that I’ve remained a pretty loyal fan since then, though. Recently, Amanda and I had a discussion regarding some research that her brother had forwarded to her. This research concerned the various “categories” of fans, and I find myself thinking back to the conversation every time I begin to blog…so here goes:

I have never really been the type of fan to collect every single thing every printed on the band. I had my fair share of posters and pin-ups until we moved just after I’d graduated from high school and went off to my college, but I don’t think I came close to owning every single article written on them or interview they’d completed. I tried to stay up with the news, bought their albums on vinyl and/or later CD (and probably even a few cassette tapes in there although I hated the quality), but I was no collector. I just loved their music. Sure, I liked the bands looks – but for me it was their music. It was really only later on, when I was grown and had my own money, that I began to collect special things (to me). I own most of their music on vinyl at this point, although there are still things to add to the collection. I still don’t collect their interviews in magazines, although there have been a few special interviews and things that I’ve kept. For example, I have an article that was written on them in the OC Register (My local newspaper) when they came to the Pacific Amphitheater in 2003 for the reunion show.  I bought a few really old posters of them that I now have up in my walk-in closet, but again, I bought the posters that were special to me as a kid. (Found those on eBay!) Ask me about all of the remixes though, or bootlegs to shows… chances are, I don’t have them. Merchandise or t-shirts? I have some of the things I really want, but I have never felt OCD about needing everything. That said, I *do* own two Duran Duran hoodies now thanks to Amanda and my sister, and I adore them. Let’s just say I wear them a lot!  Other things like photos and those precious picks and drumsticks? Well…I still don’t have photos with the band, although sure, I have plenty of pictures from being at shows. You know, I remember in 2003 when the band first came back to California for the reunion shows. I saw them at the Pacific Amphitheater, but then I saw them at the 4th and B Theatre in San Diego. 4th and B is this tiny little theatre that reminded me a little of the House of Blues. It was a GA show, so I had my chance to get up close. As we walked into the theatre that night, my husband handed me a disposable camera. He was afraid to bring our nice camera for fear of it being confiscated by security, but he wanted me to have the chance to take pictures. I was thrilled. THRILLED. I couldn’t believe I was going to have pictures of the band. Finally! I still have those pictures, and they are by far the most blurriest, horrible photos I’ve ever taken. I’ve never shared them with anyone, but man am I proud that I have them! Funny. I know other fans who have had plenty of opportunities to have pictures of themselves with the band. They ask for a photo every single time they see them. I know a lot of people wonder why they feel like they need to do that. I think that for them, it’s simply what they like in the same way I like collecting vinyl. Would I ask for a photo every time I saw them if I had the chance? I have no idea. Someday I’d like the opportunity for just one…and then I’ll let you know. I know other people who go to shows and collect drumsticks and picks as though they are trophies, and for those people – they really ARE trophies. I have a couple picks myself. Yes, they are from Dom. Yes, I am glad I have them and that he gave one to me himself! For me personally though, that’s enough. So am I a “collector fan”? I suppose in some ways, but not extremely so.

I don’t think that I was really much of a casual fan, either.  A casual fan is someone who likes hearing them on the radio.  They might even buy an album if they like what they hear, and if they have the time and are able, they’ll go to a show if it’s convenient. I didn’t just sit passively when they came on the radio, and I certainly didn’t just say “Oh, they’re pretty good.” when asked about them. I loved Duran Duran, and I had no difficulty in owning up to that when I was younger. I very much wanted to go to their concerts, but at the time my parents just didn’t have extra money for such things, and they were extremely protective. “No daughter of mine is going to go and hang out at rock concerts at the age of twelve, Rhonda Lynn.” That was my dad’s favorite line when the subject would come up. I could practically recite it for him… just change out the age with each passing year/tour. At the time, I don’t really think I gave a lot of thought to what type of fan I really was, only that I was very much a big fan! There was a time though when I only listened with one ear as to what they were doing, and that was during the mid to late nineties when I was busy learning how to be married and be a parent. This was also when I bought Medazzaland, heard the album through one time, and proclaimed that the band had moved on without me. That was a pretty sad day for me.  I felt dejected and almost angry that yes, I’d finally grown up. That was it? My childhood love over?  Wow.  So that is what it meant to grow up. I wanted no part, thanks. Of course, that whole “growing-up” thing was completely shattered the night that I went to see the band back at the House of Blues in Anaheim in 2001. I’ve told the story here countless times. I didn’t want to go, but Walt insisted (foolish man). We went, and at first I really just wanted to stand in the back. So we stood by the bar, but something crazy happened when they got on stage. I felt this overwhelming need to get as close as possible, and the floor wasn’t even completely filled – so I just hurried down the steps to the floor and got about twenty feet away from Simon. The rush I felt was incredible! We all know it went downhill from there, right? I kid you not – it was like giving an addict crack again, and I apologize for that analogy but I swear it was like feeding the addiction again. And now? Well, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m no casual fan. This blog, if nothing else, is probably evident of that.

Research says that there are very, very few hardcore fans out there…and that is fans across the board, in any and all types of fandom. There are plenty of casual fans, those who will go to shows but maybe not drop everything to be involved. There are less “collector fans” out there, but there are still many of them. Hardcore fans, the ones who take their fandom and do something productive; the fans who clearly live and breathe and attach part of their own personality to whatever it is that they are a fan of and vice-versa – are hard to come by. In my own well-educated-but-certainly-not substantiated-by-any-amount-of-research opinion, I think that there’s something within the personality that creates a hardcore fan, and a small part of me wonders if it’s not really the same thing that creates addiction. I’m no psychologist, but I think there might just be something to that whole “addictive personality” thing. Just so YOU, dear reader, are clear: being a hardcore fan does not mean the “best” kind of fan. There is no “best”. These categories are simply that: categories of fans, and I still say that the line between fan and fanatic is blurred at best. What does interest me though, is why fans are the way they are. What makes someone into that “hardcore” fan? Why do some fans really feel that need to collect whatever it is that they collect? Why will some fans stop at nothing to do everything possible and still others are good with a show or two? Is it really because one fan is more “hardcore” than the other – and more importantly (to me) – how do those fans see one another? Fascinating. That’s why I keep studying.

What kind of fan are you – and how do you see some of the other types of fans I describe?


I’m over the hiatus!

Just a general welfare check on the blog today…who is dying for some shows?!? News?!?  Excitement of ANY kind?!?

I hear you…and I’m raising my hands right along with all of you. Let me just say that the last couple of days have been…well…challenging…in my household. Illness is afoot. Or underfoot.  Or just sitting here with me.  My entire house has taken turns being sick, and it seems my own immune system is toying with me.  My throat will start to get that slight scratchiness and my head will start to ache, and then it goes away. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled it goes away, I just need it to stay away permanently. Last night, I was up for most of the night, unable to sleep.  At some point, as I lay there trying to relax, I longed for the sweet days of being couped up in a tiny vehicle, driving hundreds of miles in a single day to follow Duran Duran on tour, only to get up the following day and repeat the entire process.  (and darn it I would do it again. Gladly!)  Oh, let’s just pull out a few pictures for amusement, shall we??

Amanda, at the wheel….I taunted her plenty on this trip, just for the sport of it.  Good times!

My lap looked like this whenever I wasn’t driving.  Something would make a noise and I would struggle to figure out which devise it was…which was probably amusing for everyone else in the car!  Don’t even get me started on Abigail, our ever-trusty GPS…I think I just started cursing at her whenever she’d speak up towards the end of the trip!
And this is Amanda’s lap.  We had GPS, we had road maps… we had the Tour Binder (our version of the Bible)…we were set!

And this is me in line in Biloxi. Keep in mind…this was the FIRST SHOW and I was already down for the count.  Wow.  Gotta love those GA lines, right?

The Stolen Leopard…I could use one of those about now. No really, I could!

And this is us screwing with the band. Again. We decided to make our own setlist, and I kid you not, had I figured out how to slip it under the door backstage…I would have!  

Yes, it’s time for therapy. Again. So we must find something to amuse ourselves in the interim.  Thankfully, someone in Duran Duran knows us well….

I’m sure you’ve all heard of TVMania by now.  I have to admit, even *I* am intrigued by the project at this point.  Naturally, anything named “Bored with Prozac and the Internet”, A Soundtrack to the Digital Age grabs my attention by default.  Did you catch the new piccie that was shared this morning? (well, it’s morning here where I am…)  Oh, please allow me to share…

please keep in mind this is not my photo and I am giving full credit to whomever took this over in the Duran Duran official camp headquarters.  🙂

Honestly.  If you’re not curious just from the press release that you can read right here , aren’t you just a teensy bit curious from the get-up they’ve got going on in this picture??

A. What is that on Nick’s face… and…

B.  What is on Warren’s head???

I can’t imagine this album will be at all boring.  Rest assured, we’ll be reviewing it here, although I have to admit that I personally will likely be settling for the simple “gatefold” edition vinyl.  Those of you with a bit more disposable income will have to share the splendors of the deluxe package with the rest of us.  We promise not to drool.

That’s it from me today – I’m off to find a nap while I can!


An outspoken examination and celebration of fandom!