Reading the PIctures

Today marks the end of the set of daily questions about Duran Duran’s various DVDs. First, I asked about who had various releases before deciding which one fans like best. This got me thinking. Has Duran Duran produced all the DVDs they should have? What about music videos? Did they make enough of those? Are there songs that they should have made videos for?

DVDs that weren’t released but should have been

The first one that comes to mind, of course, is Drama Americana. According to Duran’s wiki, “Drama Americana is an unreleased Duran Duran 64 minute documentary film, directed by Gavin Elder. The documentary was filmed during the US leg of The Astronaut Tour in 2005, and Nick Rhodes said on Katy’s Kafe (March 2009) that the product is now finished and confessed he’s very pleased with the title.” I know that the Astronaut Tour was super exciting for me so I would love, love, love to see this. I have to wonder if it was never released because Andy left. There is a trailer on YouTube.

What about the Live at the Budokan from the Paper Gods Tour? We know that one was done since it aired somewhere (Japan, maybe? I cannot remember.) I’m all for live performances, especially for tours that I saw. This way I would have something to watch to remind me what those shows were like (besides my faulty memory!) You can see it on YouTube but I would love to have an actual copy with all the cool packaging, etc.

Besides the ones that we know have been created, should there be other ones and if so, what? Personally, I would have loved a DVD for each tour. Duran already has quite a few with Live at Hammersmith ’82 (for the Rio tour), As the Lights Go Down (Sing Blue Silver Tour of ’84), Working for the Skin Trade (’87), Live in Milan (for the Big Thing era of ’89), Live from London for the reunion of 2004, and A Diamond in the Mind for All You Need Is Now (2011). So, I could argue that we need one for the all the rest of the 1990s. What about that Broadway run that I mentioned yesterday? That would be a cool way to showcase the Red Carpet Massacre Tour.

What about other documentaries? I, for one, loved the Classic Albums one about the making of the Rio album. I know that they have done some DVD features for more recent albums that act in that way in which we get a little behind the scenes of the writing and recording tracks on an album. I wish we had something like that for Paper Gods, actually. One documentary possibility that I think would be super cool would be if they captured the writing and recording process. I just would love to be a fly on the wall to see and hear how it is really done. After all, I don’t think we ever really know what something is like until we see it for ourselves, especially one’s job. (It is a big pet peeve of mine as everyone in the world thinks they know what it is like to be a teacher (my job) because everyone has gone to school. Wrong.)

Videos that should have been made

Similarly to DVDs, Duran Duran has created a ton of videos. I love so many of them and could only imagine that I would love more, if they had done more. Of course, to be realistic, they cannot do one of each and every song. So, I would have to pick and choose which songs are most deserving of a video. What criteria would I use? The songs that would create the best images or visuals? The songs that fans love the most? Songs that are the best representatives of an era or a particular sound? I don’t have any easy answers. Even tougher, what if I gave a limit? What if I could only request 5 more videos? What would I choose and why?

The first song that popped in my head was Before the Rain. Not only do I love the song but I think the lyrics are amazing. I would love to see what the band would come up with for a video. In concert, they used some images of military and historical images, which I thought was cool. Could it be something like the video for New Moon on Monday? Wouldn’t that be amazing? The next song that I thought about would be Hold Back the Rain. It is a favorite of mine. That said, the Rio album already has a ton of videos for it. On top of it, maybe they wouldn’t want to do that since it was a song that Simon wrote for John. What about a song like Planet Roaring? It could be a love letter of sorts to the fans or the connection that the band has to their fans. Again, I would have to think that would be pretty awesome.

Clearly, picking songs that should have videos made is not that easy of a task. The more I think about it, the more difficult it is. What about the rest of you? What would you choose and why?

-A

3 thoughts on “Reading the PIctures”

  1. I wish I hadn’t watched that Drama Americana trailer because I want it badly. And the knowledge it’s been made, or at least filmed makes it the video analogue to Reportage. Maybe the band can hammer out their interpersonal drama and release it for their 40th. One can hope.I think Andy is long over his anger and would be receptive-if that’s the reason.Aside from that I’d say they should release a dvd from each tour, and absolutely behind the scenes stuff. I’d buy it for sure.

  2. I think a DVD of each tour, or better yet each concert, would be a good way to make money from fans who would love a copy. I never understood why they in general didn’t sell copies of concert CDs/DVDs when so many other bands do. Pearl Jam has made a side job of doing this and not only does it means more money to the group but the fans feel more connected. If I recall, a friend of mine was interviewed for that Drama Americana documentary and she kept looking for it, only to find out it wasn’t released. Here’s the thing though with DVDs and like you mentioned with Andy where the band needs permission. This is exactly why so many movies, documentaries sit on shelves unreleased. When I was in film school I produced a documentary about a local mill. I conducted interviews, and outside of editing is done. The reason I never released it was because I needed permissions and in many cases were unable to secure releases. Now, almost everyone I interviewed in the documentary is dead so that brings up more trouble. Permissions can be time consuming, especially if it results in legal issues in the case of Duran Duran. You need permissions for everything, including photos, songs, even interviews.

    To be honest, I am most disappointed they never released a DVD of every video they made. They had the first video album consisting of the first two albums but it was never on DVD. We have Greatest but it is missing some of the videos. Not to mention there are videos in the 90’s that I don’t believe were ever on any compilation. A song I always wanted to see a video of is Secret Oktober, they played it at the end of Sing Blue Silver and always imagine more of a tour video of that song.

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