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Ultimate Box Set: B-Sides and Demos Results

During the last few weeks, we asked Duranies, Duran fans, our readers to narrow down the entire list of Duran Duran b-sides and demos to just seven.  These seven would be included on our imaginary Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  Which songs were chosen?  What do those say about the Duran fan community?  Before I go into those details, let’s list the entire box set so far.

Singles:

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Save a Prayer
  3. Ordinary World
  4. Girls on Film
  5. Pressure Off
  6. Rio
  7. New Moon on Monday

Album Tracks:

  1. New Religion
  2. The Chauffeur
  3. Hold Back the Rain
  4. Friends of Mine
  5. The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  6. The Seventh Stranger
  7. Paper Gods

Now, for the results of the b-sides and demos…

B-Sides/Demos:

  1. Secret Oktober
  2. Late Bar
  3. Beautiful Colours
  4. I Believe/All I Need to Know
  5. Salt in the Rainbow
  6. Planet Roaring
  7. Faster Than Light
  8. (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile

Analysis:

As soon as I saw the results, I immediately thought about two things.  How many b-sides were chosen vs. demos?  Which eras were these songs from?  Then, of course, what can I learn about our fan community from these results?

You may have noticed that there are 8 songs listed when before there were only 7.  The last two songs (Faster Than Light and Make Me Smile) tied.  I opted to leave both of them in as opposed to having another vote because they are two very different songs.  While both of them are b-sides, (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile is a cover song.  Since we don’t have covers in the box set at all, I thought it would be cool to include it.

All of the songs chosen minus two are b-sides.  This fact didn’t shock me, in the least.  After all, these songs are ones that were finished.  The band didn’t need to do anything else to them.  Demos, on the other hand, tend to have some thing that needs to be done or redone on them.  The two demos that were chosen were the two most popular ones from the Astronaut era.  In the case of Beautiful Colours, it was done enough that the band performed it live.  Salt in the Rainbow sounds pretty well done to me so whatever they needed to do would have been minimal.

When I look at the results, I notice that a lot of different eras are represented, including the first album (Late Bar and Faster than Light), Seven and the Ragged Tiger (Secret Oktober and Make Me Smile), Big Thing (I Believe/All I Need to Know), Astronaut (Beautiful Colours and Salt in the Rainbow), and Paper Gods (Planet Roaring).  Looking at that, the fans chose well by having so many different Duran times included.

In looking at these results, what did you notice?  Were you surprised by anything?

For the next few weeks, we are voting on live songs.  To participate in this week’s poll, go here.   After we choose live songs, we will finish up with side/solo projects.  I can’t wait to see the final version of the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set!

-A

Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set: B-Sides and Demos

During the last few weeks, we (the writers and readers) of this little blog have been voting on which possible b-sides and demos should be considered on our Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  We consider b-sides to be those songs that were included on the back of singles, back in the day.  Those extra tracks that appear on special versions of an album are also considered b-sides.  They are the modern day version of them!  Demos, of course, are songs that were written and recorded but never released (at least not in that original form).

We narrowed the choices down to 14 b-sides and 7 demos.  You now get to vote on which 7 of those, out of that total 21 should be included in our Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  You may choose all b-sides.  Perhaps, you want to vote for all demos.   Maybe, you want 5 b-sides and 2 demos or vice versa.  It’s all up to you.  Vote how you want!

From here, we have only two categories left–favorite live tracks and side and solo projects.  I’m already starting to think about how in the world we will narrow down those live tracks.  One thought I had included looking to see which songs have been played most on setlist.fm (totally fascinating, by the way!).  We could also ask based on average setlist per year, which that website produces as well!  Maybe, we could ask for your favorites or a combination thereof!  Any thoughts?

On that note, I’ll leave you to voting on which 7 b-sides and demos should be included on a Duran Ultimate Box Set!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Demos

I apologize that today’s blog is so late.  My to-do list is pretty overwhelming today and I have been trying to get through my list as quickly as possible.  As I promised yesterday, I will post the poll to allow people to vote on which demos they think should be considered on the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  Just a reminder that this box set is just for fun and we have no ability to make it happen (although I wish we did!).  After the poll, I will share the results from last week’s one on b-sides as well as give my thoughts about those results.

On that note, let’s vote on which demos should be considered to be included on Duran’s Ultimate Box Set.  If you need to hear those demos to vote, I refer you to yesterday’s blog here.

B-Side Results Part 2:

The b-sides that people thought should be considered for the box set include:

  1. Planet Roaring
  2. Northern Lights
  3. Virus
  4. Fallen Angel
  5. Cinderella Ride
  6. Cry Baby Cry
  7. Valentine Stones

Last week focused on b-sides from the Wedding Album to the band’s most recent release.  What do I notice about the results?  Most of them are from Paper Gods.  Then, there is one from Red Carpet Massacre and one from Astronaut.  Perhaps, this is an indication of which album is more popular or which era is more of a fan favorite.  It could also be showing that now-a-days those extra tracks are more important than they were during the late 1990s.  What do think of those results?

Next weekend, we will then pick 7 songs from the 14 b-sides people thought should be considered as well as the 7 demos from this week.   Happy Voting!!!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: B-Sides Results Part 1

It is Sunday!  This means that it is time for me to provide a little analysis on last week’s vote about the Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  So far, we (the fans) have picked singles and album tracks.  We are working on the 3rd category:  B-Sides/Demos.  I divide the category into three parts:  B-Sides through Liberty, B-Sides after Liberty and Demos.

Here are the results so far:

Singles:

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Save a Prayer
  3. Ordinary World
  4. Girls on Film
  5. Pressure Off
  6. Rio
  7. New Moon on Monday

Album tracks:

  1. New Religion
  2. The Chauffeur
  3. Hold Back the Rain
  4. Friends of Mine
  5. The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  6. The Seventh Stranger
  7. Paper Gods

B-Sides in the running:

  1. Secret Oktober
  2. Late Bar
  3. Faster Than Light
  4. (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile
  5. I Believe/All I Need to Know
  6. Khanada
  7. Like an Angel

Analysis:

The first thing I noticed when looking at the results was that every b-side through Liberty was chosen at least once.  That said, the vast majority of votes did not include b-sides from Liberty.  Fans chose mostly b-sides from the early 1980s rather than from the middle to late 1980s.

I’m not surprised by that.  For one thing, I bet more fans are familiar with those b-sides.  How many Duranies don’t know Secret Oktober?  Even if you never bought singles or didn’t buy the box set, most Duranies I know have seen Sing Blue Silver and that song played as the credits rolled.  On the same note, I suspect that there were b-sides from Liberty like Throb that not as many Duranies even know.  It is hard to vote for a song that you don’t even know.

On top of just being more familiar with those early tracks, it seems to me that Duran worried more about the quality of the b-sides in the early 1980s.  They knew that fans might buy singles if the b-side offered something new and fabulous.  By the late 1980s, the industry was changing.  There were far fewer people even buying singles in any format.  Now, of course, b-sides are more like those extra tracks on CDs.  Based on that, I’m willing to bet that next week’s results show this pattern again with the most popular b-sides being the more recent ones released as extra tracks.  Speaking of next week, if you want to vote, then go here!  Happy voting!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: B-Sides Part 2

This weekend, we continue our task to create the ultimate Duran Duran box set.  While Rhonda and I think that we could come up with a pretty great list of songs that fit each category (singles, album tracks, b-sides/demos, live tracks and side/solo projects), we thought it would be more fun to have all the fans participate!  So far, fans chose singles and album tracks.  Last week, we started on b-sides/demos and realized that there were too many to choose from all at once!  Therefore, we split up the b-sides/demos into parts.

We started with the first 18 b-sides.  Today, we will finish with the last 18 b-sides.  Next week, then, we start tackling demos!  After we have decreased the choices to 21, then we vote for 7 total.

Enough of my usual, boring intro.  You all know the drill by now.  It is time to vote!

Ultimate Box Set: B-Sides Part 1

A few months ago, we started a fun little task around here.  We asked that Duranies everywhere vote to develop a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  This box set will contain 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides/demos, 7 live tracks and 7 side/solo project songs.  Through weeks of voting, the 7 singles have been chosen as have the 7 album tracks.  Now is the time to move on to b-sides and demos.  This section proved a bit more difficult for me to develop.  I’m pretty confident in my Duran knowledge.  Yet, I had to do some additional research to create the complete list of b-sides and demos.  I’m willing to bet that I missed a few (probably MORE than a few!).

In doing my research, I discovered that there are a lot more b-sides than what I originally thought.  Here’s the thing.  Back in the day, as much as I hate that phrase, b-sides were literally located on the back of singles, 45s, whatever you want to call them.  In recent decades, there are no 45s.  Instead, b-sides have morphed into extra tracks.  Therefore, I put all extra songs into the b-side category.  This meant that the b-sides number more than 30.  Wow.  I didn’t think that I could chose just 7 from all of the 30+ b-sides.  Then, if I added demos, the list grows even bigger.  EEK!

Therefore, much like I did with the album tracks, I split the list.  The poll here has about 18 or so b-sides.  Next week, I’ll do a poll of the rest of the b-sides.  Two weeks from now, it will be the demos before I combine the results into one poll.  On that note, here is the poll for half of the b-sides.  Like always, pick 7 of them.  Unlike always, I left an option to add one, in case I forget a song.  That said, generally, these b-sides are from the 80s.  Next week, I’ll ask about the later ones.

On that note, vote away, people!  Have fun!

-A