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Creating the Best Albums

This week, I finished asking about songs on albums track by track. This series of questions was relatively simple. I asked people to choose between two songs. The songs had the same placement on different albums. For example, Girls on Film is the first song on the first album and Rio is the first song on the second album. Which one makes a better first track? See, simple…well, at least the concept is easy to understand even if the choice is not!

I have done this set of questions before but this time I did it differently. Instead of comparing all first songs then second songs then third, etc, I put the albums into three distinct time periods. The first time period is classic Duran with the Fab Five in the early 80s. Next is the time with Warren that features the albums Notorious through Pop Trash. Lastly, there was the reunion period from Astronaut to the present. Therefore, I only compared the first tracks from each of the three time periods. So, now, I want to show the results. Did the fans end up creating the best album of each of the time periods or did they miss the mark?

Classic Period:

  • Rio
  • Planet Earth
  • Lonely in Your Nightmare
  • Careless Memories
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • New Religion
  • Last Chance on the Stairway
  • Save a Prayer
  • The Chauffeur

Warren Era:

  • Notorious
  • I Don’t Want Your Love
  • Skin Trade
  • Serious
  • Hold Me
  • Come Undone
  • Palomino
  • Meet el Presidente
  • Land
  • Proposition
  • The Edge of America
  • Lake Shore Driving
  • Sin of the City

Post-Reunion:

  • All You Need Is Now
  • Want You More
  • What Happens Tomorrow
  • Pressure Off
  • Face for Today
  • Girl Panic
  • What Are the Chances
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • Chains
  • Mediterranea
  • Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
  • The Universe Alone
  • Planet Roaring
  • Before the Rain
  • Northern Lights
  • On Evil Beach
  • Cinderella Ride

What do you think? Do these make the best albums? Other observations? Here are some of mine. First, there are obviously a lot more songs on the post-reunion list than the classic list. I did not include b-sides but did include bonus or extra tracks. I probably could have included them since bonus tracks act as modern day b-sides. Second, it seems to me that some albums’ songs are listed a lot more than other albums. For example, in the classic period, Rio is the most often represented. There are two songs from the first album and nothing from Seven and the Ragged Tiger. My conclusion is that fans think Rio was the best album of the three. Album representation is more interesting during the Warren years. Notorious and Big Thing both have 4 songs that made the list. The Wedding Album has two and Liberty has 1. There are no songs from Medazzaland and Pop Trash. Do fans think that the song quality decreased as the band went along? These results might say yes. Did the number of fans decrease during that time period so there are less fans now who loved Medazzaland and Pop Trash? Possible. Then, for post-reunion, Paper Gods is represented by 8 tracks, followed closely by All You Need Is Now with 6. Astronaut has a few but no songs from Red Carpet Massacre. One thing that clearly shows with the post-reunion choices is that the bonus tracks from Paper Gods are preferred over the ones for All You Need Is Now. Fascinating.

Overall, the results were not that surprising with a couple of exceptions. The most obvious one is I Don’t Want Your Love over Ordinary World. I also noticed that not every single that did well commercially made it on to the list. Hungry Like the Wolf comes to mind as does a song like the Reflex. So, what do you think of these fan-created albums. Are they solid or would you make some changes? What would be your classic period album? Warren era album? Post reunion album? I would love to know.

-A

Top 15 Duran Duran Lyrics

The results are in! I have combined both the lists sent to me and the poll regarding what people think are the 15 best Duran Duran songs in terms of lyrics. Here they are:

#15 What Are the Chances

#14 A Matter of Feeling

Tied for #12 Before the Rain

Tied for #12 Do You Believe in Shame

Tied for #9 The Man Who Stole a Leopard

Tied for #9 New Religion

Tied for #9 Save a Prayer

#8 The Universe Alone

Tied for #6 Come Undone

Tied for #6 Careless Memories

Tied for #4 The Seventh Stranger

Tied for #4 Lonely in Your Nightmare

#3 The Chauffeur

#2 Secret Oktober

#1 Ordinary World

That’s it, people. What do you think? Personally, I was not super surprised by the choices as many of the songs chosen are more poetic than most. I also found it interesting that some of the more obscure lyrics were not included. I’m thinking here about songs like Union of the Snake. Then, I also noticed which albums were included and which weren’t in the top 15 list. The ones included were the 1st album, Rio, Seven, Notorious, Big Thing, the Wedding Album, All You Need Is Now and Paper Gods. If we go past the top 15 songs, I believe that a song was chosen from each album by someone. I think this is a testament to Duran’s massive catalog and their ability to write some down right amazing lyrics.

-A

DuranIe Homework: Lyrics Poll – Due May 25

Today did not go as planned. I assumed that I would spend my day getting grading done and this blog. First, I dealt with a headache most of the day and last night. This meant that I was not as productive and when the Advil was working, I was driving about an hour away to help my niece. She is finishing up her sophomore year at college and decided that she needed us to store some of her belongings back in Madison before she flies home. Ugh. So, here I am. It is 9 pm and I’m working on the blog for today, a day with less than a few hours to go.

Last weekend, I asked the question. What do people need to participate in this month’s homework assignment to pick the top 15 songs in terms of lyrics and lyrics alone. Some of you just asked if I would give an extension as far as the due date goes. Others wanted some sort of scaffolding or means of making the task easier. Probably the easiest way to do that would be to create a poll. So, here it is. You get to pick the 15 songs with the best lyrics! I know. It is not easy but you all can do it, Duranies! Of course, if you still want to send in a list, that’s cool. You can send it via email or private/direct message.

I think I have included most songs with lyrics. It is possible that I missed some. Let me know if I did! On that note, happy voting!!

-A

Duranie Homework Changes?

There are many aspects of my job as a teacher that I love. For example, I get all excited when I come up with a cool way to share information about a topic that really matters. Another part of my job that interests me is the problem solving involved. Sometimes, it is large scale like how can I get my students to analyze documents better. Other times, it it all about one kid. How can help this kid to stop doing x behavior? Of course, problem solving can extend beyond my classroom to the campaign trail to even what Rhonda and I do here and with fandom.

A few weeks ago, I assigned some Duranie homework. Here was the assignment:

Assignment:  Determine the best Duran Duran lyrics! List 15 Duran Duran songs that you believe have the best lyrics. It is up to you to determine what best means. Could a song have great verses and a terrible chorus or vice versa? That is up to you. Could it be a side project song? A solo song? Again, that is up to you. Could you pick a song that has just a really great one liner? Sure. You may decide to put them in order of the best, second best, etc. but you don’t have to.

The assignment is due today! Unfortunately, not very many Duranies turned in the homework. Here is where the problem solving comes in. Why? I ask. Is it that I didn’t explain the homework well enough? Is it that the turn in procedure was not clear? Is it that I didn’t remind people enough? Something else that I did not even think of?

I think I explained it well enough. Is it something else? Is that the assignment is too hard? Maybe. Is it too hard to pick just 15 songs that have the best lyrics? Would it be easier if I made a list and had people pick 15 from there? If so, I would be happy to do it. I could also put the list into a poll of sorts. Of course, both would require some time but I would be happy to do so for more participation. If I turned it into a poll, people would not have to turn anything in. I could also easily see what songs were determined to have the best lyrics.

Of course, it could be a situation in which people forgot about the assignment or just got too busy. I know that I have been feeling like I have been on a runaway train which I’m barely hanging on. This means that I need some more time to get the assignment done myself. So what do I do from here? Seems to me that I have three choices:

  1. Look at the lists that were sent in and go from there.
  2. Change it to a list or a poll to make it easier on people.
  3. Give people an extension so more people can participate

What do you all think? I’m happy to do whatever. 🙂

-A

Duranie Homework: Top 15 Best Lyrics

This blog post is beyond late. On top of having plans for the afternoon, I had a lot of errands to run and needed some much recovery from an intense week. This meant that I didn’t try to put pressure on myself about when this post would be written and posted. This lack-of-pressure resulted in a very tardy blog.

As I was driving home from a lunch meeting, I found myself thinking about that gold package. My thoughts turned to those lyric posters and t-shirt. Typically, Duran Duran merchandise focuses more on the band’s visuals, be it an album cover or group photo. This time, though, the merch focused on the band’s words, the lyrics. I like this idea as I am finding myself more and more drawn to lyrics over other elements of the band’s music. When I was a kid, I probably focused way more on Simon’s vocals. Then, as an adult, I appreciated the musical balance between all instruments. Lately, though, words have drawn me in. As I realized this, I wonder if it wouldn’t be fun to examine lyrics more. What if we did some homework? Now, the next question would be about what exactly the assignment is.

As I pondered the idea, I decided that I could either make it easier or more challenging. While I am sure that there are many Duranies who are up for a challenge, I wonder if more people would participate if it is on the easier side. I chose the easier version, knowing that we could always do the tougher later. Here are the details:

Assignment: Determine the best Duran Duran lyrics! List 15 Duran Duran songs that you believe have the best lyrics. It is up to you to determine what best means. Could a song have great verses and a terrible chorus or vice versa? That is up to you. Could it be a side project song? A solo song? Again, that is up to you. Could you pick a song that has just a really great one liner? Sure. You may decide to put them in order of the best, second best, etc. but you don’t have to.

How To Turn It In: As always, you may provide the list of the 15 best lyrics either by emailing us (dailyduranie@gmail.com) or through private messages on social media.

When Is It Due: All lists need to be “turned in” by Saturday, May 11th!!! After I receive all the lists, I will compile and share. I’ll probably give my thoughts, too!

I, for one, am looking forward to this homework and combing through some Duran lyrics. What about the rest of you? What do you think?

-A


Help PIck The Top 10 Most Representative Duran Duran Songs!

A few weeks ago, I assigned some homework. This task seemed simple on the surface but made for a challenge for many Duranies. The assignment consisted of listing the top 10 most representative songs of Duran Duran. These songs could include any Duran song, even if it was a demo, cover or even side/solo project song. The results, as always, were fascinating as many different songs were listed. 48 different songs were included, in fact. Out of those 48 songs, 5 rose to the surface as many people chose them. They are as follows:

Ordinary World:

The Chauffeur

New Religion

Save a Prayer

Notorious

Interestingly enough, the remaining five songs were not obvious as there were many songs listed that tied by a number of participants. Here’s where you all come in. Help pick those last five tracks by selecting the five songs on the following poll that YOU think best represents Duran Duran!

Next week, then, I’ll announce the 10 songs that best represent Duran Duran! I look forward to the final results and I thank everyone who has participated so far and all of you who will help finish the assignments!

-A

VIP Packages, Homework Reminder and More!

Can I go to Vegas tomorrow? Yes, I’m anxious to hang with my friends and see the band but more than that, I am ready for something other than the polar vortex that I’m currently living in. Yes, Madison is getting pounded. Yesterday, we had a record low of -23 as in 23 degrees below zero. Tonight and tomorrow, we are due for a bad snow storm. I’m seeing amounts of 6 to 9 or 12 to 15 inches of snow depending on the report before we experience wind chills as low as -55. I literally feel like I live in the Arctic. So, as I refresh my weather apps and school closings page, I will focus instead on some fun Duran related ideas.

VIP Packages

Up until this weekend, I hadn’t given much thought to what is included in the VIP packages for these upcoming February shows. I knew, of course, that they contained Duran related merchandise but I was not sure what was included. In fact, if someone had asked a week ago what it contained, I might have said it had the same stuff as the Paper Gods Tour. I would have been wrong.

The VIP package have three items: headphones, a bag and a travel mug. Yeah, I know. None of that sounds super exciting but I promise you that there are some neat features. Of course, all of the items have the most recent Duran logo as you can see here:

I already have the travel mug and use it frequently. (Yes, I take it to work.) The best feature? I love that it keeps my coffee warm for a long time especially when I’m at work and often don’t get to my coffee for hours after the day starts. As for the headphones, I have yet to use them but I’m excited to try them out. If you have them, how are they? What do you think about their quality of sound? Durability?

The best part, though, in my opinion is the bag. Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking. Haven’t they sent enough canvass bags? Sure. They have included a lot of them but this one is super cool. If you look closely, the words are song titles. Duran Duran song titles. These titles are in order from the debut, self-titled album all the way to Paper Gods. I love it. I am actually thinking about framing it so I can use it as a poster of sorts. The red, white and black theme works for me, too.

Homework Reminder

Next week, you all have a “homework assignment” of sorts due. What am I talking about? Well, I assigned a little task that is due on February 2nd. I am looking for each and every one of you to send in a list of the 10 most representative Duran Duran songs, according to you! You can include any Duran track or even any side or solo project song, if you want. The list you send in can include singles, album tracks, covers, demos, whatever. It doesn’t matter as long as you think the songs show off Duran Duran the best. When you are done with your “homework,” you can send it in to our email (dailyduranie@gmail.com), or through a private message on our Facebook or Twitter. I thank all of you who have already sent in your lists!

Unofficial Meet-up

As I wrap up this little blog post, I turn my attention back to the shows in Vegas. While Rhonda and I haven’t been able to plan an official meet-up in Vegas, we do plan on being around. We get in Thursday afternoon (hopefully!) so by Thursday night, we will be hitting the town. Do watch our social media then about our locations as we would love to have everyone come and hang out with us or at least come by and say hi!

On that note, I’m off to check the most recent weather forecast. Wish me luck and send me warmth. Something tells me that I’m going to need it!

-A

Duranie Homework: 10 Most Representative Songs

I was not planning on giving out a new homework assignment anytime soon. After all, I have minimal time to “grade” the homework that would get turned in. Yet, an idea that popped into my head that wouldn’t be pushed down. It started after I bought my plane ticket for the Vegas shows as I wondered what some people who don’t know about my Duranie-ness would think of this. Would they know Duran Duran? Would they GET it? While I doubt that I could really explain my fandom in any sort of easy fashion, I wondered if I couldn’t share some of their music. If I picked the right songs, could non-Duran Duran fans get the full scope of their musical genius? Could they understand why hearing their music live would be a top notch experience?

As I thought all this, I attempted to push it to the side to give feedback on campaign speeches, to grade a few more essays and to check in with the parents about how my mom’s cold is. But the idea kept coming back. Every time my brain pondered the upcoming shows, the ideas was there once again. I’m giving up. I’m surrendering. I’m waving the white flag. Finally, I’m just going to embrace it through a homework assignment. The goal is for all of you to ponder Duran Duran songs to non-Duran fans. Maybe this idea can haunt all of you, too! Ha!

Assignment Details:

Your task is to create a list of 10 Duran Duran songs that would capture their musical genius. Think of a person who has not heard any Duran Duran music. What songs would you play to introduce the band to this newbie? What songs might convince a person that they should fall in love with the band’s music, too?

What songs are allowed? I will allow any. They could be album tracks, singles, b-sides, bonus tracks, covers or demos. Heck, I don’t care if you include songs from side or solo projects. That said, it might be not so easy to narrow it to 10 but I recognize that non-fans might only have the patience for 10 tracks. So, you need to be able to sell the band as quickly as possible.

The assignment is due three weeks from today, February 2nd. Normally, I like to give a month but I think it is quite poetic to have the list due on the date that Duran released their very first single in Planet Earth. Plus, I think this is one assignment that people can overthink. I see it now. People will come up with a tentative list then check it a second time to make changes before doing it again and again, etc. At some point, you have to just call it done.

As always, you can turn your assignment in by sending it in an email (dailyduranie@gmail.com) or through Facebook message or through DM on Twitter. Once everyone has turned in their assignments, I will compile the list to see what songs were chosen to be included most often, at the very least.

What questions do you have?

-A

Duranie Homework: 20 Not Needed Songs

Assignment:  20 Duran Duran That Are Not Needed

Directions:  Your task is to create a list of 20 songs that Duran Duran does not need in their catalog.  We all know that Duran has many, many, many exceptional songs.  In fact, they have so many that they could afford to get rid of a few without any impact on their greatness.  Am I right?  (If you don’t agree, just don’t participate.  I’m just doing this for fun.)  I’m thinking of songs that you might skip over or would not miss if they were not there.  These songs might be not bad…they just aren’t as awesome as the rest.  So, on that note, you can include any song from any album with a few exceptions:

  • You cannot include any songs that originally written or performed by someone other than Duran Duran (no cover songs)
  • You cannot include any live tracks or songs performed live on the album
  • You cannot include any song from any solo or side project of Duran Duran (this means no Power Station, Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania, Neurotic Outsiders, Simon solo, John solo, Dom solo and more).

What does songs that we do not need mean?  That is up to your interpretation.  Could it be the worst songs, in your opinion?  Sure.  Could it be the ones musically that they missed the mark?  Of course.  Could it include the least meaningful lyrics?  Absolutely.  You may take into consideration commercial success of the songs.  You may think about ones that fans dismiss or don’t like.  Perhaps, your list will include just the ones that you personally are not fond of or ones you are sick of.  It is up to you.

Do not feel pressure to include songs from each album.  It is acceptable to pick only from a few albums or from all of them.

Your assignment just needs to include the list of 20 tracks that Duran could survive without.  Normally, I would encourage you to put them in some sort of order but that feels icky bad. While you do not need to include an explanation of why you chose the songs you did, if you would like to include that as well, that is acceptable.

How You Turn in Your Assignment:

Due:  Sunday, December 16 (one month from yesterday!)

How:  You may turn in your assignment in a variety of ways:

  1. Send your list to our email:  dailyduranie@gmail.com
  2. Send your list to our twitter
  3. Send your list to our facebook

DO NOT share it publicly.  We would like to look at the results and blog about them first.  Then, we would welcome each participant sharing.  That said, please share this assignment widely.  The more Duranies the better in order to produce a solid list.  Yes, ideally, we would have a list of the top 40 Duran Duran tracks as decided by Duranies rather than an author from a magazine.

-A

P.S. Some people have asked me to share all of the songs that people included in the last assignments about Top 40 tracks.  Here is the list in alphabetical order (I think I got most of them!):

  • All Along the Water
  • All She Wants Is
  • All You Need Is Now
  • A Matter of Fact
  • A Matter of Feeling
  • American Science
  • Anyone Out There
  • Astronaut
  • A View to a Kill
  • Beautiful Colours
  • Bedroom Toys
  • Before the Rain
  • Be My Icon
  • Being Followed
  • Big Bang Generation
  • Big Thing
  • Box Full O Honey
  • Breath After Breath
  • Buried in the Sand
  • Burning the Ground
  • Butterfly Girl
  • Can You Deal with It
  • Careless Memories
  • Chains
  • Change the Skyline
  • The Chauffeur
  • Cinderella Ride
  • Come Undone
  • Cracks in the Pavement
  • Cry Baby Cry
  • Danceophobia
  • Do You Believe in Shame
  • Drowning Man
  • The Edge of America
  • Electric Barbarella
  • Face For Today
  • Faith in This Colour
  • Fallen Angel
  • Falling Down
  • Faster Than Light
  • Finest Hour
  • First Impression
  • Friends of Mine
  • Girl Panic
  • Girls on Film
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • Hold Me
  • Hungry Like the Wolf
  • I Believe/All I Need To Know
  • I Don’t Want Your Love
  • Is There Something I Should Know
  • I Take the Dice
  • Khanada
  • Lady Xanax
  • Lake Shore Driving
  • Land
  • Last Chance on the Stairway
  • Last Day on Earth
  • Last Man Standing
  • Last Night in the City
  • Late Bar
  • Leave a Light On
  • Like an Angel
  • Lonely in Your Nightmare
  • Love Voodoo
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • Mars Meets Venue
  • Mediterranea
  • Meet el Presidente
  • Michael You’ve Got a Lot to Answer For
  • My Antarctica
  • My Own Way
  • Networker Nation
  • New Moon on Monday
  • New Religion
  • Nice
  • Night Boat
  • Night Runner
  • None of the Above
  • Northern Lights
  • Notorious
  • Of Crime and Passion
  • One of Those Days
  • Only in Dreams
  • Ordinary World
  • Out of my Mind
  • Palomino
  • Paper Gods
  • Planet Earth
  • Planet Roaring
  • Point of No Return
  • Pop Trash Movie
  • Pressure Off
  • Pretty Ones
  • Proposition
  • Read My Lips
  • Red Carpet Massacre
  • The Reflex
  • Rio
  • Runway Runaway
  • Safe
  • Salt in the Rainbow
  • Save a Prayer
  • The Seventh Stranger
  • Shadows on Your Side
  • Secret Oktober
  • Serious
  • She’s Too Much
  • Sinner or Saint
  • Sin of the City
  • Skin Divers
  • Skin Trade
  • Someone Else Not Me
  • Sound of Thunder
  • Starting to Remember
  • Still Breathing
  • The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset Garage
  • Taste the Summer
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tempted
  • Tiger Tiger
  • Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
  • Too Late Marlene
  • Too Much Information
  • To the Shore
  • Tricked Out
  • UMF
  • Union of the Snake
  • The Universe Alone
  • Valentine Stones
  • The Valley
  • Vertigo
  • Violence of Summer
  • Virus
  • We Need You
  • What Are the Chances
  • What Happens Tomorrow
  • Wild Boys
  • Winter Marches On
  • Yo Bad Azizi
  • You Kill Me with Silence

 

Top 40 Duran Duran Songs

About a month ago, I assigned some homework.  This assignment asked Duran Duran fans to give us a list of what they think are the 40 best Duran songs.  Thankfully, we got a number of responses.  Many felt that this assignment was a challenge, which I agree with!  It took me awhile to get it done, too!  I offered the opportunity to put the songs in order from best to least best and some took me up on that.  Many did not, claiming that it was too tough.  Therefore, I just simply recorded which songs were chosen rather than where in the list the songs were.  If people want to redo their lists in order, that’s cool.  I would be happy to compile the results once again.

Before I share the results, there are a few other comments I need to make.  Some fans chose to include which versions they liked best.  I totally admire that but since only a few did that, I opted to just put those under the album version of the song.  By the time I was done listing all of the songs mentioned, I had 147 different songs listed.  What this tells me is that Duran Duran’s catalog and quality of songs is huge!  It isn’t just that they have 5 or 10 songs that people think are awesome but literally hundreds.  That is impressive, in and of itself!  Now, on to the results:

Top 40 Duran Duran Songs:

  1.  I Don’t Want Your Love / The Universe Alone / What Happens Tomorrow / All She Wants Is / Tiger Tiger / Tel Aviv / Finest Hour / Someone Else Not Me / Vertigo

  2.  Night Boat / Union of the Snake / Winter Marches On / Last Chance on the Stairway / My Own Way / Anyone Out There / My Antarctica / Hungry Like the Wolf

  3.  Pressure Off / Late Bar / Girls on Film

  4.  Notorious / Sunrise / Lonely in Your Nightmare / Serious / Before the Rain / The Edge of America / The Man Who Stole a Leopard

  5.  Is There Something I Should Know / The Reflex / Wild Boys / All You Need Is Now / Hold Back the Rain / Ordinary World

  6.  A View to a Kill / Do You Believe in Shame / Out of my Mind / Friends of Mine / Save a Prayer / Sound of Thunder

  7.  Secret Oktober / The Seventh Stranger / Come Undone

  8.  Careless Memories / New Moon on Monday

  9.  Planet Earth / Rio / New Religion

  1.  The Chauffeur

Obviously, there were a number of ties in terms of how many times the songs were included in people’s lists.  I also noticed that a lot of the songs were singles and ones that are often played live.  Interestingly enough, the only album not represented in this list is Red Carpet Massacre.  Many people listed songs from that album but just not enough to be included in the top 40.

What do you all think of the list?  Anything surprise you?  Are there songs that you thought for sure would be there that weren’t or vice versa?  I enjoyed “grading” this homework even though it took me longer than I expected.  I have an idea for another Duranie homework assignment, if people are interested.  Just let me know!

-A