2010 does not seem like it was that long ago, does it? Yet, when I sit here and do the math – it was six years ago. How can that even be?
On this date in 2010, Duran Duran released the single “All You Need is Now” exclusively as an iTunes download. I can remember rushing to the computer to download it, and then listening to it and talking it over with Amanda. In fact, you can read our reviews of it here.
Now, I can remember listening to this song for the first time like it was yesterday. For the first time in quite a few years, I felt like my band was back. Sure, we can talk all about how All You Need is Now was too much of a bow to Rio, and I know a lot of people out there really didn’t care for Mark Ronson’s handiwork on the album.
I wasn’t one of those. I loved “All You Need is Now” as soon as I heard it. The only thing about the song that took me a bit longer to embrace were the first few jarring chords with Nick’s sound effects. I got over that pretty quickly. The words seemed like they were written for the fans, and the sound was exactly what I felt like Duran Duran should sound like in 2010. No, there weren’t necessarily huge surprises on the album (unless you consider the album prior – and that the band came back to embrace the sound that made them famous to begin with), but it was Duran Duran and I loved it. I still do.
I miss hearing “All You Need is Now” included in their live set. It was the type of song that fans could fully sing along with—and did—when they played it on tour. I think for a lot of us, the removal of the song from their set has left a bit of a hole. “All You Need is Now” has that same anthemic quality about it that many of their other most-loved songs have, and I really hope to hear it’s back in their set someday.
Until then, here’s a video of the band performing it live for one of the first times on Loose Women, just ten days after the single went live on iTunes.