Normally, I like my blogs to be focused on one topic, one idea, one thesis statement (yes, sometimes, the teacher in me pops out. I apologize.). Today, though, I’m feeling a bit scattered. There is a variety of reasons for this, including all the actions with the new album, so much media that I can’t keep up, being super busy with the new school year, and having a parent who needed 24 stitches in his leg last night. Thus, it is hard for me to focus on just one thing and this blog post will represent that! I will try to make it fun despite (or because of) bouncing around!
How about those b-sides?! Oops. I meant—How about those extra tracks? Raise your hand if you got the deluxe edition of Paper Gods and/or the Target edition of Paper Gods?! I DID! Despite the craziness to my day, I managed to hit the local Target at 10 pm in order to get my hands on a copy of that version! (I don’t know if that shows my dedication or my insanity! By the way, yesterday, my students found out about my Duranieness. Let’s hope I got a few teenagers to go and check out the band!) Anyway, I’m glad that I did get a copy of both to have all the songs! In case, you have no idea what I’m talking about, in terms of these extra tracks, here’s a complete listing of songs off of Paper Gods:
- Paper Gods
- Last Night in the City
- You Kill Me with Silence
- Pressure Off
- Face for Today
- What Are the Chances?
- Sunset Garage
- Change the Skyline
- Butterfly Girl
- Only in Dreams
- The Universe Alone
- Planet Roaring (available only on the deluxe edition)
- Valentine Stones (available only on the deluxe edition)
- Northern Lights (available only on the deluxe edition)
- On Evil Beach (available only on Target edition)
- Cinderella Ride (available only on Target edition)
Interestingly enough, with 17 tracks, it equals the same number of songs as what was available with All You Need Is Now. So, what’s the verdict with these bonus or extra tracks? I’ve seen nothing but positives and, in some cases, rave reviews about them! Some (like me) might even be questioning why some of these weren’t included in the regular album. Then again, we know that many of the best Duran songs weren’t official album tracks but those handy, dandy b-sides like Secret Oktober and Late Bar. Thus, it makes sense that some of the best tracks are these extra ones. I have not seen these songs anywhere online to listen to, stream, etc. My recommendation–do yourself a favor and go buy those other versions to have all the songs. Trust me. You will be glad you did, especially for songs like Planet Roaring (the lyrics to this one put me in tears!), Northern Lights and Cinderella Ride (which is prompting some…RhondacoughRhonda…to declare new favorite songs). As with all these songs, a full review by yours truly and that partner-in-crime of mine will be coming…at some point.
Yesterday Duran Duran played at Bestival, a festival located at Robin Hill in the Isle of Wight. I did have a chance to look at the setlist and see some photos that Duran Duran posted on their social media. My reactions?
- The Setlist:
What interests me is which NEW songs have they played. So far, between this show and the last show they did at the Gibraltar Festival, they have played Pressure Off and Last Night in the City. I figure we won’t know exactly which new songs are going to be featured until they play the first non-festival gig, which could be the show coming up at Terminal 5 in New York City on the 14th.
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the photos Duran Duran posted on both Twitter and Facebook from the festival, do so! While all the photos are great, there is a picture of DoJo (Dom and John) that really caught my attention!!!! I LOVE their musical chemistry. Thus, I would really, really, really like to see a lot of that at the shows I have tickets for (Hollywood Bowl, Berkeley and Agua Caliente) along with lots of JoSi, of course!!
Like I said, I have really struggling to keep up with all of these! I have been having about 18 hour days so I’m squeezing Duran in, when and where I can! That said, the interview below is totally cute and well worth taking the time for!
Another recent message that is a must read is the little blog post that Simon Le Bon wrote that was posted on the official website, which you can read here. He really recommends listening to the entire album as a whole. I think he is pointing out something that I talked about a few weeks ago, which is how sometimes the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.
Last, but certainly not least, tomorrow is our birthday!!! We are turning 5! That’s right! We have been doing this little blog, website, organization, institution, insane asylum, or whatever you want to call it for 5 years as of tomorrow! In usual Daily Duranie fashion, that means that we are having a party! It is an online party in which we will be watching a little YouTube playlist (link is coming!) which includes some of our favorite Duran clips while having a few vodka tonics and chatting about it all with everyone on Facebook and Twitter! To get all of the details and to RSVP for the most fun you can have on a Sunday, go to our Facebook event page here! We cannot wait to celebrate with all of you!!!