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Ultimate Box Set: Live Songs FINAL Vote!

Fans of Duran Duran Live, this blog post is for you!  As dedicated readers know, we have been working on creating an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set from fan preferences.  Fans have chosen 7 singles, 7 album tracks and 7 b-sides/demos.  Now, we need to make our final selection of best live songs to capture the quality of Duran’s live performances.  We began this task by  listing the 50 most often played songs and asked people to choose their 7 favorite live songs.  Then, we eliminated the 15 songs chosen the least, leaving 35 songs left.  After that, we did the same thing again decreasing the list to a more manageable 21.

Today begins the week long chance to pick the 7 live songs that will be included in our imaginary Ultimate Box Set.  When voting, people might consider which songs capture the band’s live performance.  Perhaps, one might think about songs that sounds so much better live.  No matter what criteria you use to cast your votes, I wish you some fun.  My advice:  Don’t think too much.  If you do, it will be next to possible to actually choose!  I, for one, look forward to the results and analyzing those next week!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Live Tracks Part 2!

Today and this week, we continue on with our task to pick the best 7 songs to represent Duran Duran’s amazing live performances.  We began this process by looking at the 50 most often played live songs by the band.  From there, people voted for the 7 songs that they feel best demonstrate the band’s mad skills live.  This week, then, we get rid of the 15 or so songs that were least chosen.  Based on this, there are 32 songs remaining.  After another round of voting this week, we will eliminate more songs that are not chosen often.  21 songs will remain and we will select the 7 that should be chosen for our Live Tracks on the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.

On that note, which 7 songs from this poll should be included in the Ultimate Box Set?

Now that you have voted again for live tracks, you might notice that some songs were removed.  I eliminated songs that received 2 or less votes.  These songs included:

  • All She Wants Is
  • Astronaut
  • Do You Believe in Shame
  • Hallucinating Elvis
  • Hold Me
  • Last Night in the City
  • Meet el Presidente
  • Night Boat
  • Nice
  • Nite-Runner
  • Red Carpet Massacre
  • Safe
  • Skin Trade
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Tiger Tiger
  • Too Much Information
  • Union of the Snake
  • Vertigo

I was not terribly surprised by any of those.  While I know that there are plenty of people who love each of those songs, people just think that there are better songs that represent Duran’s live shows.  I also recognize that it is pretty dang challenging to just pick 7 songs out of 50!  I know that I struggled.  Hopefully, this week will be a little easier because there are less choices.  If you voted for one of the songs above last time, you now have a new choice out of your 7.  I will be anxious to see which songs are pushed out this week!

On that note, happy voting!!!

-A

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 Box Set: Live Tracks Part 1

The task of creating the Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set moves on to the next category this weekend.  So far, fans have voted and chosen songs to represent Duran’s singles, their albums, and their b-sides and demos.  Now, we start on voting for songs that represent Duran’s live shows.  We will eventually settle on 7 songs that we think demonstrate the quality of their concerts.  Perhaps, these will be songs that are so good live that fans don’t want to listen to record versions anymore.  Maybe, they are songs that fans really hope they play at each and every concert they attend because they are so awesome.

Despite the description above, picking those songs will not be easy.  The band has performed hundreds of different songs.  Last weekend, I asked for opinions about how to narrow this category to a small number of songs to choose from.  Clearly, I cannot include each and every song that has ever been performed live.  Some readers felt that I should limit the list to 21.  Others believed that 50 seemed more fair.  Still others asked about specific performances or arrangements.  After weighing the feedback, I decided on the following plan.  It might not be perfect but I think it is a decent compromise.

This week’s poll lists the 51 most played live songs.  People should choose the 7 they like the best in this category of live songs.  After this week’s vote, I will drop the 15 songs that were voted for the least.  Then, we will vote again on 36 songs remaining.  We will do the same thing after then we will be down to 21 songs.  From there, we will select the final 7 to be included on the box set.  Finally, from there, we can discuss specific arrangements or performances of those 7 songs.  I hope that makes sense and seems fair enough.

On that note, let’s go ahead and give this a try.  Which 7 songs should be the live tracks on the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set?

-A

 

Ultimate Box Set: Demos Results

Last weekend, fans voted on which Duran Duran demos should be considered for our fan created Ultimate Box Set.  In looking at those results, I was not surprised at all by how the vote turned out.

Demos Vote:

First of all, this category produced the least number of votes.  I worried about this as I assumed that there would be less fans familiar with the choices.  I did create a blog with all of the demos listed as well as a chance to listen to all of them.  That said, I do understand how one or two listens to a song is not the same as knowing a song well.  Because of that, I expected the Astronaut demos to do the best because they are really known by many more fans than the rest.

The top 8 demos included:

  1. Beautiful Colours
  2. Salt in the Rainbow
  3. Tel Aviv (original form with lyrics)
  4. TV vs. Radio
  5. Pretty Ones
  6. Girls on Film (demo with Andy Wickett)
  7. A Matter of Fact
  8. Be My Icon (John Taylor vocals)

As you can see by the results, my hypothesis did indeed prove true.  The majority of demos chosen were from the Astronaut era.  Those included Beautiful Colours, Salt in the Rainbow, TV vs. Radio and Pretty Ones.  Many of the remain demos chosen were ones that did eventually get released in different forms.  The demo that does not fit either category is A Matter of Fact.

Box Set Status:

At this point, we have chosen singles and album tracks.  This weekend, we will make our final votes on demos and b-sides.  If you want to vote on that category, please go here.

From here, we will move on to live tracks.  This is a category that is less clear about how to proceed.  Here is where I need people’s advice or thoughts/opinions about how to pick the songs.  I don’t want to just list every song that has been ever played live.  There is simply too dang many.  One option is to ask people for a list of which songs they like to hear live the most, but I doubt I will get many responses.  An alternative is to pick from the list of songs that have played the most.  Setlist.fm can provide that list.  Heck, they list the top 157 songs played live.  I don’t think we would want to vote on all of those!  So, if we go that route, how many songs should I include?  21?  30?  50?

Of course, after live songs, we have one category left:  side/solo project songs.  Then, we will have our Ultimate Duran Duran 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: Album Tracks Results

Our long time project of developing a song list for a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set continues.  The idea was to ask the fans which songs they think should be included in a box set.  The songs would include 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides/demos, 7 live tracks and 7  side/solo projects.  So far, fans have made their choices about the first two categories:  singles and album tracks.  The results are as follows:

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

Analysis of the Album Tracks:

The album track choices that fans could have voted for included songs from all the albums except for Astronaut, which I discussed last week.  Despite having the possible picks from the entire Duran catalog and history, the final results included 3 songs from Rio, 1 from the 1st album, 1 from Seven and the Ragged Tiger, 1 from All You Need Is Now, and 1 from Paper Gods.  Despite many fans liking or even loving those albums in between the Fab Five era and the post-reunion era, no songs were selected from that huge chunk of material.

Let’s compare the results of the singles in that way.  Which albums were represented?  The 1st album, Rio, the Wedding Album, Paper Gods and Seven and the Ragged Tiger were represented.  Fascinating.  If I were to combine the results of the singles and the album tracks, it appears that Duranies really prefer the early Duran period and the most recent Duran period.  Ordinary World from the Wedding Album is the exception to this rule.

Beyond this, are there any other patterns to the album tracks that were picked?  I notice that many of the album tracks were more artistic in nature other being pop songs.  Songs like the Chauffeur, The Man Who Stole a Leopard, Paper Gods all fit that description.  Even Friends of Mine and New Religion might fit that.  Surrounding those artistic songs is one more upbeat song (Hold Back the Rain) and one ballad (The Seventh Stranger).  The results from the singles were almost the opposite with 5 more upbeat songs and 2 ballads.

What patterns do you think?  What do you think of these choices?  Any predictions for what b-sides/demos will be chosen?  If you haven’t vote for those, go here!

-A