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Duranie Homework: Top 40 Tracks

Name ___________________________

Assignment:  Duran Duran’s Top 40 Tracks

Directions:  Your task is to create a list of the Top 40 Duran Duran tracks or songs much like the one included in the Classic Pop  Special Edition:  40th Anniversary.  These songs may 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 “Top Tracks” mean?  That is up to your interpretation.  Could it be the best songs, in your opinion?  Sure.  Could it be the best musically?  Of course.  Could it include the most meaningful lyrics?  Absolutely.  You may take into consideration commercial success of the songs.  You may think about fan favorites or ones that have the most critical acclaim.  Perhaps, your list will include just the ones that you personally love.  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 Top 40 tracks.  If you are interested in extra points, please order your list from best (number 1) to least best (number 40).  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, October 28 (one month from today!)

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 of top 40 tracks.  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

Duranie Homework: Rank Rio!

Last week, I asked people to rank the first album from their least favorite song to their most favorite song.  I had a number of people participate (although I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have more)!  Despite a bit of a debate about the addition of Is There Something I Should Know since it was not on the original UK version, I do have the results!  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. Tel Aviv
  2. Girls on Film
  3. Is There Something I Should Know
  4. To the Shore
  5. Anyone Out There
  6. Friends of Mine
  7. Night Boat
  8. Sound of Thunder
  9. Planet Earth
  10. Careless Memories

Anything surprise you?  I was not surprised to see Careless Memories at the top as it often ranks high in other polling and tasks we have done.  The same is true with Planet Earth.  I was surprised, though, to see Night Boat as high as it is!  I certainly would have expected Friends of Mine to be higher.  Perhaps, Night Boat is a track, then, that Duran should bust out and do!!  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 RIO 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:

  • Rio
  • My Own Way
  • Lonely in Your Nightmare
  • Hungry Like the Wolf
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • New Religion
  • Last Chance on the Stairway
  • Save a Prayer
  • The Chauffeur

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 RIO thread.  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 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH.

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 Rio.  From there, we will move on to the other 12 albums.  Have fun!

-A

Duranie Homework: Rank the First Album!

Today marks the first day of the UK Tour!  I’m super excited for all of the Duranies who will be seeing Duran Duran perform in Manchester in just a few hours!!!  DDHQ has been doing a really good job of getting people excited with pictures from rehearsals and pictures of the stage setup!  Personally, I have been seeing lots of UK friends making specific plans for the tour, including getting together with friends before and/or after shows.  To say that I wish I was going to be there is an understatement!  This means, of course, that I’ll be anxiously awaiting any and all reports from fans in attendance.  I’ll be watching for setlist information, descriptions of which songs really stood out, video clips and more!!!  In between reading reports, I figure it might be fun to assign and grade a little Duranie homework!  Why now?  It seems like people will have Duran on the brain, no matter if they have shows coming up or are like me watching from afar!

Directions:  You will rank the songs off the first album (the self-titled debut) 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:

  • Girls on Film
  • Planet Earth
  • Anyone Out There
  • Careless Memories
  • To the Shore
  • Is There Something I Should Know
  • Night Boat
  • Sound of Thunder
  • Friends of Mine
  • Tel Aviv

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 the First Album Thread.  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 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH.  

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 the first album.  From there, we will move on to the other 13 albums.  Have fun!

-A