Yesterday’s winner: Decade
Which video is better: Extraordinary World or Greatest?
Yesterday’s winner: Decade
Which video is better: Extraordinary World or Greatest?
Yesterday’s winner: Three to Get Ready
Which video is better: 6ix by 3hree or Decade?
35% of our participants own a copy of Decade (Video) and 54% do not. 12% used to own it.
What about Extraordinary World?
Here’s a description of it:
This is the first video to cover the subject of the band’s history and also features six songs from The Wedding Album era.
26% of our participants own 6ix by 3hree while 67% do not. 7% used to own it.
What about Decade (the video compilation)?
By Jason Lent
As far as greatest hits compilations go, Duran Duran’s Decade is one moon on Monday from flawless. It also documents how incredibly deep the band’s imperial phase was. Compare the tracklisting with other 80s bands that traded in guitars and synth and there really is nobody who comes close. But thirty years have passed since it came out. Do the math, I’ll wait. Yeah, we are that old.
Over the last three decades, the band has successfully, and sometimes unsuccessfully, evolved with the changing landscape of popular music. While the commercial peaks of the 80s might be obscured by clouds these days, I would argue that there is plenty of music over the last three decades that is worthy of a second compilation. Let’s call it Decades and make it a two-disc set with 14 songs per side. The original was pretty much chronological by album so I’ll go with that blueprint.
Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)
Too Much Information
Breath After Breath
Out Of My Mind
Someone Else Not Me
Playing With Uranium
(Reach Up For The) Sunrise
What Happens Tomorrow
Nice (Eric Prydz remix)
Boys Keep Swinging
All You Need Is Now
Leave A Light On
The Man Who Stole the Leopard
Blame The Machines (live from DITM)
What Are the Chances?
Last Night In the City (KANT remix)
Since some of these songs were not singles, there is a lot more room for debate on what should make the compilation. I tried to keep in mind the original Decades and how this would sound as Discs 2 and 3 of a three-album set. I think Disc 1 leans a little heavily on the Wedding Album but it was their commercial high point and compilation albums are meant to extract more money from fans. My heart wants to swap out “Breath After Breath” or “Medazzaland” for “Thank You” since it was deemed worthy of a film soundtrack. However, “Medazzaland”, in particular, is an important slice of their evolution.
Disc two is quite the banger (isn’t that what the kids say these days?). The Eric Prydz remix of “Nice” adds some fire to an already hot dance track while the KANT remix of “Last Night In the City” adds some coolness to an overly-anxious album version. Disc two is very heavy on All You Need Is Now material but the album deserves the attention. A live cut seems appropriate since “Blame the Machines” wasn’t a single and the band’s live show hasn’t received its proper due. Disc two fell into place easier than disc one for me.
Well, there you have Decades! For the casual listener, these discs would bring you up to speed on the evolution of Duran Duran after the original Decade. What would you change? And, what would Mark Ronson charge to create a Burning The Ground (Again) 12” of these songs mashed together? Isn’t that why we have Go Fund Me?
31% of our participants own Decade on compact disc, 22% own it on vinyl, 19% own it on cassette and digitally, and 8% own it on some other format. 3% do not own the album.
Which of the following formats of Greatest do you own?
28% of the participants own A Diamond in the Mind on compact disc, 21% own it digitally, and 13% own it on vinyl. 17% own some other format, usually DVD. 15% do own it.
Which of the following formats of Decade do you own?
Today is the 29th anniversary of Decade. TWENTY-NINE YEARS. As my friend Durandy aptly wrote this morning, “I’m trying to let that sink in. What a legacy.”
Indeed. You’d think by now, I’d be over this band. You might think I’d have heard “Rio”, “Girls on Film” or “Planet Earth” one too many times. Yet I’m not. I’m willing and ready to do it all again. I’m betting that many of you are just as ready.
It’s November, the month of being thankful. Well, I count Duran Duran among my many blessings. I am so thankful I can still go see their concerts, even if it means traveling by plane to get there. They are still performing. They’re still writing, even when many of their peers are not. We are lucky fans.
Just last night I had a crazy dream about them, which in and of itself is bizarre because I almost never dream these days, and definitely not about the band! In this dream, I found myself quitting my job at a what I believe was an antique furniture store with coworkers I used to work with last year, and Amanda was waiting for me. We laughed about how I was now unemployed and had no money, but as is typical – we also talked about all the touring we were going to do, and found ourselves wandering about San Francisco (no idea why).
We were looking for John Taylor (as one does), and for some reason I knew someone – a past coworker – who knew where he was, but I couldn’t find the guy. So, we ended up at a bar. I know that’s a HUGE surprise. It shocked me too. The bar had an outdoor patio, and by the time we got there, I was tired and wanted to sit down. Amanda led us to a couple of stools along the perimeter of the bar area and I immediately sat, not really paying attention. Next thing I know Amanda is nudging me rather insistently and I look up. She nods her head to the side and I let my eyes follow only to see that it is Dom sitting in the table directly across from us.
Only something is different about him. His usually short, straight hair has been replaced by slightly wavy, not quite shoulder length locks. Almost as though he’d been growing it out. In my dream, I kept looking at him (not even trying to sneak them!) and thinking “Why?!?”
Equally, I am lucky that the band can still be my muse, and that I’m able to write about being a fan each day. Even so, it is a little difficult to believe we’re in the fourth decade here. Twenty-nine years after the release of Decade. Yet so much of it feels like it only happened a short time earlier.
This single band has had an indelible influence across so many mediums. Music, video, fashion, graphics, style and an entire generation of people like me…to name a few. What a legacy, indeed.
On this date in 1989, Decade was released. I remember that album, except I had it on cassette. I say “had” because that cassette tape met a very untimely (and sad) death on the 15 freeway in California, going towards Las Vegas.
When Decade was released, I wasn’t sure I really wanted it. In my opinion, I already had all of the songs, so why bother? It was just a compilation of their greatest hits, right? At this point, I was a sophomore in college, and spending money on something like this was an “extra”. I decided to just buy the cassette, since CD’s were a lot more expensive at the time. I kept it in my car, and whenever I wanted to listen to Duran Duran, I’d play it. I remember preferring to only hear the front side, since the backside seemed to favor the period post-Roger and Andy. I couldn’t have that!
Fast forward to mid-November 1993. My then-boyfriend and I were headed to Vegas with his coworkers. We’d taken separate cars and were stuck in traffic on the I-15. His friends didn’t think to bring music, since radio would run out early into the trip. Walt decided it was a good idea to hand my precious cassette to them through the car windows. I protested. Loudly. He ignored me, and as he attempted to pass it, his friend John let it slip through his fingers. I turned around to watch it bounce on the pavement just as a semi-truck ran it over. It was a very long drive to Vegas, and no, there were no offers to replace the cassette.
That, in a nutshell, is why Walt is not allowed to touch my music.
I eventually did get Decade on vinyl, and it is an ongoing joke that I don’t find the least bit funny. My poor cassette.
So, never try to pass music in between cars. Although these days, who carries cassettes around?!?
On today’s date in 1989, Decade was released.
I have a funny story about Decade, actually. Well, it wasn’t funny to me at the time, nor is it really now that I’m thinking about it again, but I’ll share anyway. When the album came out, I bought it on cassette so that I could play it in my car. I had a Suzuki Samurai at the time, and the stereo was super cheap – so all I had was a cassette player, no CD. I kept that cassette for several years, even after getting rid of my Suzuki, which for me was miraculous because most of my tapes met “untimely” deaths due to being eaten by whatever tape deck I was using at the time. Fast forward to the year 1992, when I drove to Vegas with my then boyfriend, now husband to Comdex – which was a trade show for the computer/technology industry held in Las Vegas each November. We were on the 15 freeway in fairly heavy traffic headed out there, and there were a few of his coworkers also driving. At some point fairly early into the trip, we had finished listening to Decade (which at the time was my favorite album because it had a little of everything on it) and while standing still in this heavy traffic Walt’s coworker’s car caught up with ours and they rolled down their window to ask if he had any good music they could listen to. Walt, in a fit of brilliance, decides to TOSS my perfectly good copy of Decade out of his driver’s side window to them, assuming that they’d catch it.
Well of course they didn’t. Just as traffic began to move, quite rapidly I might add, the guy in the car fumbled my cassette, hitting the side of the car, tumbling a few times onto the roadway, and unceremoniously coming to a rest just in time for one of the vehicles behind us to run it over.
I can still hear me saying, “Noooooooooo” in slow motion as it sailed through the air.
Yes, I’m surprised I married him too.