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Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 4

I cannot believe that I’m posting this blog so very late.  The day just got away from me.  I slept late, needing to catch up on sleep, then spent about 2 hours on the phone with my sister and niece.  They are coming to visit in a couple of weeks so that my niece can look at a nearby college.  Then, I had to run to a political meeting that lasted almost 4 hours!  Anyway, I apologize.

Last weekend, we paused on the Ultimate Box Set polls in order to cover the shows at Agua Caliente.  Now, that life is returning to boring, old normal, it is time to get back to it.  The idea behind this series of blogs is simple.  The fans are to vote on songs that they wish would be included on a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set, if the band was to do something like this.  So far, the fans have chosen the 7 singles to be included on it.  Then, we picked 7 songs from the first three albums, then 7 songs off the next three album and lastly 7 more songs from the next four albums.  This week, I am asking fans to choose 7 songs from the 4 most recent albums.  These albums are the ones written and recorded after the reunion and include Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now and Paper Gods.  Next week, then, we will take the winners of these album tracks and limit them to just 7 songs overall.  It should be a close and challenging vote.  Heck, I suspect this week will be tough.

Without any further ado, please vote on the 7 album tracks that you would like to see included on a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.

-A

Duranie Homework: RANK PAPER GODS!

Last week, I asked people to rank All You Need Is Now from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Networker Nation
  2. Early Summer Nerves
  3. Too Close to the Sun
  4. A Diamond in the Mind
  5. Return to Now
  6. Leave a Light On
  7. Other People’s Lives
  8. Safe
  9. Mediterranea
  10. Blame the Machines
  11. Runway Runway
  12. Girl Panic
  13. The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  14. Being Followed
  15. Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
  16. Before the Rain
  17. All You Need Is Now

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised that All You Need Is Now was close to the top.  I was pleasantly surprised that Before the Rain was also near the top as it is a favorite of mine.  It is also clear that people were not fond of the extra/bonus tracks for this album.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off PAPER GODS from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • Paper Gods
  • Last Night in the City
  • You Kill Me with Silence
  • Pressure Off
  • Face for Today
  • Danceophobia
  • What Are the Chances?
  • Sunset Garage
  • Change the Skyline
  • Butterfly Girl
  • Only in Dreams
  • The Universe Alone
  • Planet Roaring
  • Valentine Stones
  • Northern Lights
  • On Evil Beach
  • Cinderella Ride

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank PAPER GODS!!  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.  Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, MARCH 6TH.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of Paper Gods.  From there, we will rank the favorites!  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank ALL YOU NEED IS NOW!!

Last week, I asked people to rank Red Carpet Massacre from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I now have the results from last week!  Based on the participants’ responses, here is how the fan community ranked the songs off the first album from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite:

  1. Nite-Runner
  2. Dirty Great Monster
  3. Last Man Standing
  4. Zoom In
  5. Skin Divers
  6. Tricked Out
  7. Tempted
  8. She’s Too Much
  9. The Valley
  10. Red Carpet Massacre
  11. Falling Down
  12. Box Full O’Honey

Anything surprise you?  I was VERY surprised that Box Full O’Honey was the most favorite choice.  I had no idea that people liked that song so much.  Likewise, I was surprised that Last Man Standing was so low.  I would have thought it would have been higher.  Now, I can’t just let people sit back and enjoy the results.  Oh no, we need to move on!  Here is your new homework assignment!!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off ALL YOU NEED IS NOW from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.  Please note:  In order to make your determination, you may need to re-listen to the album one or more times.

The songs that need to be included in your list are:

  • All You Need Is Now
  • Blame the Machines
  • Being Followed
  • Leave a Light On
  • Safe
  • Girl Panic
  • A Diamond in the Mind
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • Other People’s Lives
  • Mediterranea
  • Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
  • Runway Runaway
  • Return to Now
  • Before the Rain
  • Early Summer Nerves
  • Too Close to the Sun
  • Networker Nation

How to turn in your homework:  Once you have completed your ranking and are ready to turn in your homework, you will need to head over to the Daily Duranie message board.  Specifically, you will post your homework in this thread here: Rank ALL YOU NEED IS NOW!  Please note:  You may have to register for the boards in order to complete your assignment, if you are not already a member.  Of course, even after you post your assignment, you may want to go back to the thread in order to see others’ homework!  You can compare your homework to others as cheating does not exist for this assignment!

Your assignment is DUE by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th.

What is your assignment worth?  It is worth being a part of the larger fan community and having YOUR opinion count!  Besides, this is all just for FUN!!!  Another recommendation is not to think TOO MUCH!  Just go with your gut on how you rank the songs!

I will compile all of the results to determine how fans rank the songs off of All You Need Is Now.  From there, we will move on to the last album.  Have fun!

-A

The Story of Two Little CD Inserts Part 1

Once upon a time, there were two little cd inserts.  These inserts were relatively happy.  After all, they had been marked by the “FOUR”, those rock stars that their owners loved so much.  Oh yes, these little inserts were lucky ones as they had been given to dedicated fans who truly appreciated and loved them.  They weren’t just thrown into the trash or hidden in some dark, lonely desk drawer.  No, they were allowed to be out and proud in well-used rooms in their owners’ homes.  At times, their owners would pick them up, sigh and give a really big smile.  Life was good.  Despite this, the little inserts knew that something was missing, something ESSENTIAL was missing.  What could it be?  The little inserts would soon found out.
 
About a month and a half ago, the inserts heard their owners talking to each other.  Something was definitely going on!  Something exciting!  It sounded like whatever was going had to do with those rock stars that had marked them years before!!  The inserts were extremely happy for their owners as they knew how much these owners of theirs loved the FOUR!  Even more exciting, it sounded like whatever was about to happen involved a trip!  Again, the little inserts were happy for their owners but didn’t think much of it as they didn’t travel anymore since arriving in their current resting place.  While the inserts didn’t mind going on trips, they understood that their owners didn’t want them to get lost or get damaged in some way.  Thus, they accepted their lack of traveling.  
 
Yet, this event seemed different!  The Wisconsin based insert noticed its owner packing one night in between exchanging messages with the California insert owner.  The little insert knew that packing meant that the house was going to be quiet and there will be no action taking place in the office in which it rested.  Suddenly, though, its owner burst into the office and grabbed the frame in which it rested!  “What was going on?!,” the little insert wondered.  “What was she doing?” it thought.  With that, the frame was opened and the insert was removed.  The insert became scared as its fate seemed unknown.  “Would she throw me away?  Would she move me to a dark drawer?  Would she sell me to some other fan?” the insert questioned.  This didn’t make any sense!  The owner loved the insert, it thought.  Then, with a huge sigh of relief, he heard her mutter, “Let’s see if we can’t get you completed!”  The insert then knew it was time to travel as its owner placed it in a blue folder along with plane ticket information, hotel information, show information and more!  The insert knew that it was in for something special!
 
Soon enough, the little insert and its owner were on their way.  This trip found them first driving in a car, then traveling up in the sky!  The insert had traveled by plane before but then it was in the mail, in a package.  This was different.  This time, the insert could hear its owner and other people near by talking.  While the insert wished to be out of the folder, it was still very excited by what was going to happen!  After the plane landed, the insert remained patient as its owner met up with that other insert owner.  The little insert knew enough to know that crazy things happened when those two humans were together!  The excitement increased!
 
The next day, the Wisconsin insert found itself traveling again in a car.  Anticipation was high as the insert owners were exhibiting enthusiasm about this trip, even though both humans tried to act so cool, so unconcerned.  Yet, the Wisconsin insert worried about where his matching insert was.  Why didn’t the California human bring her insert along?  The Wisconsin insert wished that he could be with the California insert as it felt certain that they, too, could have fun.  Wait…what’s happening?  The car is being turned around?!  What’s going on?  In fact, the car turned around a few times but the only time the Wisconsin insert cared was the last time.  Why?  It was reunited with its fellow insert!!!  The two little inserts were together!  Oh, yes, something was definitely going on!  Something big!  Important!  Exciting!  The inserts couldn’t wait!
 
After a brief drive, the inserts and their owners made it to their destination.  At this point, the Wisconsin human held on to both inserts.  The inserts wondered and wondered what she was going to do with them!  They hoped it would be something good!  More importantly, could this be the time in which the inserts would finally be made complete?!  They had spent years feeling like something was missing.  Could this trip be the one to end that feeling forever?!
 
At first, during this time that the inserts were together, it seemed quiet and uneventful.  While they still sensed some excess energy from their owners, they remained in the Wisconsin human’s purse where it was quiet and dark.  Soon enough, though, they heard music.  Good music.  Familiar music.  Very familiar music.  Could it be that the FOUR who had made their marks on them were near?!?  It would make sense and be the reason that the humans were buzzing.  Did the human have some plan for them?  Something that involved one or more of the FOUR?!  They could only hope!
 
The night wore on and the inserts got worried that there really was no plan for them.  They were just going to take up space in the purse.  That isn’t right!?!  Then, suddenly, they felt a human hand reaching for them and handing them over to another human.  A British human.  They heard their owners explain that this British human needed to add his mark, his signature to them!  At first, this new human didn’t seem to understand as he began to flip through the inserts, ignoring the front when the California human explained that this male human needed to add his mark on the front along side the FOUR.  Then, each insert felt the smooth motion of a pen across the front of each of them.  Then, there was nothing but a huge sigh.  RELIEF!!!  Finally, they were complete!  Whole!  They now featured the marks of all FIVE!!!!!  Yes!!!  This was the best night ever!!!!
-A
Stay tuned as part 2 will be posted this week then any and all questions will be answered!!!

Duran Duran News – 12/15 to 12/21

Do you know the latest Duran Duran news?  If so, read and make sure that I have included everything!  If not, read and catch up!  This post covers Duran Duran news from December 15th to today, December 21st.

London Concert to Benefit War Child

This is definitely the biggest news of the week.  Rhonda and I have been so busy that we couldn’t even react to it, in the form of a blog post!  According to the press release on duranduran.com, Duran Duran is one of many artists performing a concert in either London or Manchester to benefit War Child.  This particular charity focuses on helping children in war zones.  The artists performing, including Duran Duran, will be playing in venues with the capacity of 300 people and fans will be able to get a chance for tickets by donating to the charity.  All information will be revealed in January.  That said, it is getting press, such as the article here from NME.  Obviously, it would be very cool to see Duran play in a super small venue like this and it would be cool to help out an organization like this one.  If only, I had a transporter to get there and back quickly!

Collector’s Corner – Interference

The December’s Collector’s Corner focused on Nick’s book of photographs, Interference, that was released in 1984.  As the corner explained, Nick would manipulate what was on the TV then take a picture using a Polaroid camera.  The results were often interesting and very cool.  I highly recommend checking this book out, if you have the chance!

Year End Katy Kafe with John Taylor

This week, John Taylor visited in the Katy Kafe and Rhonda covered all of the highlights here.

Duraniversary

It is hard to believe but All You Need Is Now was released digitally, 4 years ago, on this date.  What did we say about this event when it was happening?  Read the posts:  here and here.

John Taylor Year End Playlist

John Taylor put together a little playlist for 8tracks radio.  Have you heard it?  If not, it is here.  Then go, take a listen, and come back to tell us what you think!

Careless Memories by Denis O’Regan

This book of photographs from the band’s 1984 Sing Blue Silver Tour is still getting quite a bit of press, including the article here.  Goodness knows that the fans are still talking about it, prompting Rhonda to blog about it here.

I think that was about it.  What did I miss?

-A

Today in Duran History – All You Need Is Now Vinyl

On this date in 2011, Duran Duran’s album, All You Need Is Now, was released on vinyl in the US and in the UK.  For those of us who love vinyl, we were excited to buy this album in this format.  Ideally, collectors would love to buy every album on vinyl, but not all Duran albums were released on vinyl.  For example, Medazzaland and Pop Trash weren’t.  Yet, I really hope that all albums from here on out will be available on vinyl.

On another note, this silly little blog that you are reading right now was born 4 years ago today.  Whenever I think about this blog and how it has been around for so long and takes up some time on a daily basis, I’m amazed.  While not every moment with this blog has been fabulous, for the most part, it has been a tremendous experience and  we are both incredibly proud to have created what we did.

-A

Today in Duran History – Blame the Machines!

On today’s date in 2010, Mark Ronson became the hero of all Duranies…very nearly our own patron saint! Why is that you ask?  Was this the date he began working with the band? (Nope!) Did they ever name him as the fifth member?? (No. No they did not.) No…Mark did something that will endear him to us forevermore.  He gave us the gift of playing 30 seconds of “Blame the Machines” during his show on East Village Radio.

Do you hear trumpets of triumph or angels singing…or is that just me?

I remember back when we used to get snippets…..*sigh*  In fact if the band wants to send us a gift of a snippet right now as you read this, I am safely out of town…probably without cell service because I’m camping. On vacation for the next several days, in fact.  I might never even know!!!  *gasp*

However, in case that never happens…we have the fond memory of Mark playing brand new, unreleased Duran Duran on his radio show. At least somebody was looking out for the fans….

-R