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THE Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set

This is it!  I am finally ready to share THE Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  This box set was created by the readers and voters of this blog.  The idea started way back in January as my friend, Nat, suggested that it would be cool to see what people would include in a box set.  From there, I took the idea and ran with it asking people to vote in a series of polls to create the best box set possible.  Our box set includes 7 songs in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, B-Sides/Bonus tracks/Demos, Live songs, Side/Solo project songs and Remixes.  I have created YouTube playlists to match each category for your enjoyment.

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/Bonus Tracks/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

Live Tracks:

  1. New Religion
  2. Careless Memories
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. Rio
  5. Wild Boys
  6. White Lines
  7. Planet Earth

Side/Solo Project Songs:

  1. Some Like It Hot by Power Station
  2. Election Day by Arcadia
  3. Get It On by Power Station
  4. Goodbye Is Forever by Arcadia
  5. Grey Lady of Sea by Simon Le Bon
  6. The Flame by Arcadia
  7. The Promise by Arcadia
  8. I Do What I Do by John Taylor

Remixes:

  1. Planet Earth (Night Version)
  2. Girls on Film (Night Version)
  3. Sunrise (Jason Nevins Radio Mix)
  4. The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  5. Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  6. The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)

That’s it!  We finished a nine-month project to create a box set that captures all aspects of Duran Duran.  While I might disagree with some songs or another, overall, I think we did a good job.  What do the rest of you think?  Do you like it?  Is there anything you would have done differently?

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Final Vote

This is it!  This is the final vote for our fan-created Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  Over the course of months, fans/readers of this blog have voted for 7 songs in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, B-Sides/Bonus/Demos, Live Tracks,  and Side/Solo.  Now, fans will vote on the final category.  People will select 7 remixes that best represent Duran Duran to finish the box set.  After this week, I will put together playlists of all the categories to provide a finished box set.  For now, though, we vote on 7 remixes from the following list of remixes:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
  • Ordinary World (Acoustic)
  • Serious (7″ Edit)
  • Fallen Angel (Alternate Version)
  • Love Voodoo (Remix)
  • Too Much Information (Trance Mix 12″)
  • Come Undone (Mix 1 Master)
  • Out of my Mind (Perfecto Mix)
  • Perfect Day (Acoustic Version)
  • Starting to Remember (Acoustic Version)
  • Someone Else Not Me (Peter’s Honor Radio Mix)
  • Electric Barbarella (All Fired Up Mix/Dom T Remix)
  • Medazzaland (Extended Instrumental Version)
  • White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)
  • All You Need Is Now (Youth Kills Mix)
  • Nice (Eric Prydz Mix)
  • Pressure Off (Radio Edit)
  • Other People’s Lives (Night Version)
  • Girl Panic (David Lynch Remix)
  • Sunrise (Eric Prydz Mix)
  • Sunrise (Jason Nevins Radio Mix)
  • Sunrise (Jason Nevins Club Mix)

Like previous weeks, I have created a playlist that contains most of these remixes.  Some were not on YouTube, unfortunately, but I did the best I could to find them.  So, listen to the following playlist, then vote on the 7 remixes that should be included on the fan created Ultimate Box Set!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 5

We have three weeks left in our task to create an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set!  This week, we finish picking possible remixes for it.  Then, we will take all of the remixes chosen for consideration and pick the final seven.  Lastly, we will put all of the categories together to see exactly what the box set contains!  In case you have no idea of what the heck I’m talking about, I’ll give a brief summary.  My friend suggested that fans create the Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  This set would contain 7 tracks in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, B-Sides/Demos/Bonus Tracks, Live Tracks, Side/Solo Project Tracks, and finally Remixes.  The idea is that then we have shown Duran from all sides.

Remixes in the running include:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
  • Ordinary World (Acoustic)
  • Serious (7″ Edit)
  • Fallen Angel (Alternate Version)
  • Love Voodoo (Remix)
  • Too Much Information (Trance Mix 12″)
  • Come Undone (Mix 1 Master)
  • Out of my Mind (Perfecto Mix)
  • Perfect Day (Acoustic Version)
  • Starting to Remember (Acoustic Version)
  • Someone Else Not Me (Peter’s Honor Radio Mix)
  • Electric Barbarella (All Fired Up Mix)
  • Medazzaland (Extended Instrumental Version)
  • White Lines (Oakland Funk Mix)

Now, we finish picking out possible remixes by looking at the remixes from the last four albums, including Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now, and Paper Gods.  As with the other remixes, I have created a playlist of as many remixes as I could find.  Therefore, I recommend you listen to the various tracks, then vote on the 7 that you think should be considered for the box set!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 4

Last weekend, we paused on our continuing task to have the fans, the readers of this blog create a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  We did this to continue to celebrate DD Appreciation Day.  Now, though, we return to picking out remixes that we think might be good ones to include on our fan create box set.  So far, we have chosen songs to represent the band’s singles, album tracks, side/solo projects, live tracks, and b-sides/bonus/demos.  Now, we are working on the last category in remixes.  So far we have asked about remixes connected to the first album through the Wedding Album.  This week, we focus on the Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash eras.

The remixes that fans have chosen to be considered include:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
  • Ordinary World (Acoustic)
  • Serious (7″ Edit)
  • Fallen Angel (Alternate Version)
  • Love Voodoo (Remix)
  • Too Much Information (Trance Mix 12″)
  • Come Undone (Mix 1 Master)

Like previous weeks, I have created a playlist of as many remixes that I could find to help you with your task.

So, go through the playlist and through your Duran collection, then vote for the 7 remixes you think should be considered for the box set!

-A

What Duran Duran Fans Appreciate: Part 3

Today, we finish our celebration of Duran Duran Appreciation Day by looking at the responses Duranies had for the last 10 questions of our month long “challenge”.  This challenge was designed to be fun with fans answering a question that was posed each day.  Thankfully, we had tons of participants so it was especially fun!  Now, onto the results:

Favorite Band Member:

I won’t lie.  There is a part of me that is always interested to see what the response to this question is going to be.  It seems to me that some fans have stuck with the favorite that they have had since they were kids.  Others change over time.  Almost every band member got chosen as a favorite with the exceptions of Warren and Sterling.  Andy and Dom were chosen as favorite band members.  The most popular member, according to our survey, matched my choice:  John Taylor!

Rhonda’s favorite, of course, is Dom Brown!

Favorite Picture of Favorite Band Member:

I expected this question to be tough.  It is super hard to pick a favorite picture!  I know!  Lots of people sent fabulous photos that I enjoyed looking at.  For me, I chose this picture:

Rhonda chose this one!

Favorite Album:

Again, I think this question is tough, too!  For me, I just pick the album based on the overall feel of it.  I try hard not to think about all of the individual songs or else I am unable to decide.  12 different albums were given as answers.  Some more popular ones were All You Need Is Now, Paper Gods, and Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  The most popular answer was, indeed, Rio.

Rhonda and I chose the first album.  Sometimes, I think we need a brain separation!

Favorite Show of the Paper Gods Tour (or one wished you could attend!):

This question had almost 60 responses.  The cool part of this question was how often people shared why the show was their favorite.  Some shows were mentioned by multiple people, including the Chicago shows, Birmingham, San Francisco, Hollywood Bowl, Massachusetts, and Atlanta.  The most popular show was the one at Red Rocks in Colorado.

Our favorite show was at Agua Caliente on March 18, 2017.

Song That Should Not Have Made It to an Album:

40 different songs were given as answers!  I just love how varied our fan community is as many of the songs mentioned are ones that others love.  Some songs mentioned frequently were Bedroom Toys, Shotgun, 911 Is a Joke, and Electric Barbarella.  The most popular answer, though, was Hothead.

Rhonda’s pick was a recent one with Danceophobia:

I chose Zoom In as no song should ever be written about Second Life.

Favorite Demo:

10 different demos were given as answers to this one.  I thought it was cool that A Matter of Fact was given as an answer by so many.  If you don’t know it, here it is:

The most popular choice, though, was Beautiful Colours:

Rhonda and I chose Salt in the Rainbow.  (Yes, we had the same answer.  Again.  The world should be afraid.)

Most Underrated Song:

This question resulted in a lot of different answers as well.  In fact, there were 52 songs that were given as answers!  Some popular answers were Nice, Someone Else Not Me, The Man Who Stole a Leopard, and Serious.  A lot of people thought Do You Believe in Shame was the most underrated Duran song.

I picked Before the Rain.

I liked Rhonda’s pick, too, which was Red Carpet Massacre.

The Song That Should Have Been a Single:

This question got a lot of responses, too.  Frequent answers included Last Chance on the Stairway, New Religion, The Man Who Stole a Leopard and more.  The most popular answer was mine, too, in Hold Back the Rain.

Rhonda picked the song, Virus.

Favorite Video:

I swear almost all Duran’s videos were given as responses.  A lot of people like Planet Earth, The Reflex, Wild Boys, Night Boat and Girls on Film.  Save a Prayer was this year’s favorite.

Rhonda chose Is There Something I Should Know

My favorite is New Moon on Monday!

Favorite Song:

We finished up the challenge by asking about people’s favorite song. Again, there were a ton of answers to this.  Some popular ones were Save a Prayer, Careless Memories, Ordinary World and lots more.  While Save a Prayer took the most votes, New Religion was mentioned by a lot of people.

Rhonda likes the great Is There Something I Should Know!

My favorite, which I believe is known by many, is Planet Earth.  (A great song live!)

That’s it.  On that note, we close the book on this year’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day.  We want to thank each person who participated, whether s/he/they gave one answer or all 30.  I know that we had fun and we hope that you did, too.

-A

What Duran Duran Fans Appreciate: Part 2

How did you celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation Day this year?  We have been celebrating since mid-July when we asked people various questions about their opinions about Duran Duran.  Since we are not ready to let DD Appreciation Day go, we thought it would be fun to discuss the results.  Yesterday, we tackled the first ten questions and looked at people’s answers.  Today, I will summarize what Duran Duran fans said about the next ten.

Video You Forget About but Love:

First of all, some people wondered what we meant by this question.  We realize that it is impossible to forget about any Duran video but there are some videos that immediately come to mind.  The goal was to have people think beyond those ones to the rest of Duran’s videos.  There were a lot of videos given as answers, including Lonely in Your Nightmare, Do You Believe in Shame, and Out of my Mind.  The most popular choice matched mine with Night Boat.

Rhonda had a great choice in Falling Down:

Favorite DVD:

This question went similarly to favorite side project in that one answer dominated.  Beyond that big winner, some popular answers were Live from London, Three to Get Ready and Arena.  The top response, though, not surprisingly was Sing Blue Silver.

While we love Sing Blue Silver, we chose A Diamond in the Mind as we adore their live performances.

Favorite Possession:

This question was tough to record the responses as many of them were so personal.  What I did then was to put responses into large categories.  A lot of fans mentioned things like drumsticks or guitar picks.  Others mentions specific t-shirts, books or vinyl records.  Many people shared stories or pictures about meeting the band.  The most common response was having something autographed.  Rhonda’s response was her memories, which many others mentioned as well.  I chose a book that I put together with my sister, an oral historian, about the first 10 years of touring with Rhonda.

Front cover of my gift
This is the front cover

Least Favorite Song to Hear Live:

To clarify, the song that is your least favorite to hear live does not mean that you don’t like it.  It means that you like others more.  Likewise, it doesn’t make you a “bad fan” if you like some songs more than others.  Anyways, there were 31 different songs given as a response to this question.  Some of the most popular were White Lines, Danceophobia, and Save a Prayer.  The most popular answer was Hungry Like the Wolf.

Rhonda chose another standard in the set list:  A View to a Kill

My answer is one that I have stated many times before:  Come Undone.

Favorite Song Never Heard Live:

This question resulted in the most number of responses!  68 different songs were given as answers.  Some songs were obviously given multiple times including Last Chance on the Stairway, Secret Oktober and the Seventh Stranger.  The most popular answer:  Hold Back the Rain.  Based on this and the audience’s response to this song during the summer, I recommend that they keep playing it.

Rhonda and I chose Late Bar.  If the band wants to bust that out, we would be pretty dang excited!

Most Recent Concert:

I found the responses to this question to be very interesting.  I suspect that the answers show a lot about who reads and participates in our surveys.  A lot of people chose 2015 and 2016.  Some said 2012 or 2008, but the majority of the people stated that their most recent concert was in 2017.  Our answer was the same.

First Concert:

I loved reading the range of responses for this question as they ranged from 1980 to 2017.  A lot of people said 2005 or 1984.  The most common response was 1987.

Rhonda’s first concert was in 1989.

I saw my first Duran concert in 1993.

Favorite B-Side/Bonus Track:

There were 22 different answers for this question, which is more than I expected.  They varied throughout Duran’s career from the first b-side to bonus tracks from Paper Gods.  Some common answers were Khanada, Like an Angel, I Believe/All I Need to Know, Late Bar and Planet Roaring. The most common response matched our answer:  Secret Oktober.

Least Favorite Video:

Again, many different videos were given as answers.  Some of the most common were Last Night in the City, I Don’t Want Your Love, Girls on Film and more.  The most common choice was my answer in Electric Barbarella.

Rhonda’s choice was also a frequent answer:  All She Wants Is.

Least Favorite Album:

Many people pointed out that even on one’s least favorite album, there are still songs that are really liked.  This is a fair point.  Some albums were not mentioned at all.  Others were mentioned a lot like Medazzaland, Liberty, Thank You, and Red Carpet Massacre.  The most popular response as well as our answer was Pop Trash.

Did anything surprise you in the responses to questions 11-20?  Tomorrow, I’ll finish sharing the results for the last 10 questions.

-A

What Duran Duran Fans Appreciate: Part 1

What a Duran Duran Appreciation Day!  I, for one, had a lot of fun hosting an online party that lasted about 7 hours!  I know that not everyone could make it when we had it due to work, time zones, etc., which was a big bummer as we would like everyone to be able to participate.  That said, I want to thank everyone who did come party with us whether it was for a short time or the whole time.  You all made our day a lot more fun!  Of course, I also appreciated that the band sent little messages out to the fans and that they posted these cool 360 degrees virtual reality videos of Paper Gods and Hungry Like the Wolf from Oakland.  All of that being said, I’m not really ready to be done with this year’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day.  Nope.  I want to milk it for as long as I can.  Of course, we sorta have been doing that for the last month with our Daily Duranie challenge.  So, what did the fans appreciate, according to our survey questions?  What did we appreciate?  This weekend, I’m going to tackle exactly that as I tallied the responses to find out if there are some songs, videos, etc. that many fans appreciate.  I will also share what Rhonda and I appreciate.

Song That People Never Tire Hearing Live:

Interestingly enough, I only saw 26 different songs mentioned here.  Some of the most popular were:  Rio, Save a Prayer, White Lines, Wild Boys, The Chauffeur, Planet Earth, and New Religion.  The song that most fans chose, which also happened to be mine as well was Careless Memories:

Rhonda chose Rio!

Favorite Side Project:

The vast majority of fans, including Rhonda, chose Arcadia.  I don’t think that anyone is too surprised by that.

I was the different one on this question with John Taylor.  (I’m sure that everyone knew I would answer that way, right?)

Favorite Side or Solo Project Song:

Since Arcadia was the favorite side project, it makes total sense that the favorite song  was one of theirs.  Indeed, it was Goodbye Is Forever.  That said, there were 28 different songs mentioned.  Duranies have varied taste!

Rhonda chose Dom Brown’s song, Amazing.  It is a good one so if you haven’t heard it, go buy his music here!

I chose a John Taylor song (again–shocking, I know!).  I picked Fields of Eden, a personal favorite.

The Song that Describes You:

There were a lot of different songs given for this answer, 49 different songs, in fact!  I liked that some people would explain why they chose the song they did but I understand if people didn’t want to share.  This is a question I think would be cool to be asked every year to see how you change.  Anyways, we did have a few songs that were chosen multiple times, including Ordinary World, Butterfly Girl and My Own Way, which all tied with the same number of responses.

Rhonda chose the song, What Are the Chances:

I picked the song, Finest Hour.

Funny Video:

One thing that we appreciate about Duran is their sense of humor.  They don’t take themselves too seriously.  It is one of things Rhonda and I try to do here, which is make fun of ourselves.  About 20 different videos were given as answers, including A View to a Kill, Night Boat, New Moon on Monday, and more.  Apparently, a lot of fans think the band’s acting and dancing are pretty funny.  The most common response was Arcadia’s The Flame.

Rhonda and I chose Rio.  It is a video that too many people interpret as being about greed, materialism, and capitalism.  We are amused by that because to us it shows some dorky guys who couldn’t get the girl no matter what they had or did to impress her.

When People Became Fans:

I loved this question as people came on to proudly state when they officially declared their Duranie status.  The range of responses varied from 1978 (!) all the way until 2015.  Super cool!  The majority of fans claimed 1981 or 1982 as the big year for them.  Rhonda proudly stated 1981 as her year.  I, on the other hand, am a LOT younger so I could only say 1984.  😀

Favorite Picture of the Band:

Holy cow!  We got a LOT of different pictures for answers.  It was SO cool to see our social media filled with pictures of the band.  Many pictures went all the way back to their New Romantic days while others were recent ones.  So cool.  The most common picture, though,  was from a 1982 photo shoot and looked something like this:

While we loved that photo shoot, Rhonda and I chose something more modern.

Album Cover:

Questions like this make me laugh a little.  14 different album covers were given as answers.  Some of the answers were for album covers that other fans hate.  Variety is alive and well in our fandom.  The most popular choice:  Rio.

Rhonda and I preferred the album cover of Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  We liked the band picture along with the symbols and whatnot.

The Song/Video That Takes You Back to When You Became a Fan:

Again, this question produced a wide range of answers, depending on when people became fans.  Interestingly enough, the most popular answer was Planet Earth.

For Rhonda, the video for Hungry Like the Wolf really reminds her of when she first became a fan:

The Reflex is the video that truly pushed me into that Duranie category.

A Song That Always Makes You Smile:

This was another category that resulted in a lot of answers, 42 different songs, in fact!  Some of the most popular were (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile, Hold Back the Rain, Rio and lots more.  The most popular response was the one I gave:  Sunrise.

Rhonda chose the song that has been added into Sunrise during their live shows for the Paper Gods Tour, which is, of course, New Moon on Monday.

What do you think of the answers to the first ten questions?  Anything surprise you?  Tomorrow, then, we will pause on the remixes poll to continue to appreciate Duran by looking at questions 11-20 and the answers Duranies gave in response!

-A

Too Much to Know?

Sometimes, life has a way of sending a bunch of little signs that all add up to one idea.  That is how my week has been leading to this little blog post.  It really started early in the week when Rhonda posted a couple of blogs about both Anna Ross’s new music (which if you haven’t heard by now, you NEED to get on that!) and a new song featuring Dom Brown.  Then, there was some discussions on Twitter about John Taylor’s solo work.  Lastly, there was a moment at Wednesday’s Killers show that really made me think.  While none of these things really seem to go together, they all got me thinking.  Do Duranies really want to embrace all of Duran or just some Duran?  If so, am I guilty of this, too?

I really started to think about this question after a moment in the Killers concert that I would never expect to see at a Duran show.  A few songs in, Brandon, the lead singer, asked the audience if they would prefer to hear an obscure, “b-side”, called “Under the Gun” or a classic hit of theirs, “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine.”  Shockingly enough, the entire audience wanted the more unknown song.  With any show, I wouldn’t expect the entire audience to be made up of die-hard fans.  I would expect a lot of die-hards but some who are just fans.  For example, I love the Killers but I cannot say that I’m as hardcore about them as I am about that other band.  Nonetheless, I stood in shock by the fans’ voting for the lesser known song.  I’m sure that there are plenty of Duranies reading this blog that thinks, I would definitely vote for the b-side.  Yes, I’m sure that most of the fans reading a fan blog like this would be die-hard.  Would people who are just casual Duran fans?  Would the vast majority of any Duran audience vote for it?

I’m thinking about my experience in San Francisco where I was half way back.  I’m pretty certain that the people around me were fans but not hardcore ones.  They had not seen any of the previous shows on the Paper Gods Tour.  Some of them, it sounded like, had never seen Duran before.  The songs they referenced were all the hits of the 80s.  Based on their reaction to the newer songs, they had not heard Paper Gods.  Those fans?  They would vote “A View to a Kill” over “Khanada,” for example.

Then, I started to think about how even the die-hard fans who read this blog reacted to the blog posts about Anna and Dom.  While those posts got positive reactions, I guess I was expecting more. This led me to think more broadly.  I know that there are Duranies who love, love, love the band but don’t own all their albums.  I know there are many, many fans who are HUGE John Taylor fans but are not super familiar with his solo catalog.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not criticizing.  Sometimes, it is takes awhile to get into new music.  I also won’t lie.  None of the songs or projects that I just mentioned sound exactly like Duran.  It could be that many of these fans have listened to some solo and side projects that just don’t like them enough to listen more.  Again, I’m not criticizing or blaming.  After all, I have tried to love all of the solo and side projects but I don’t put Andy Taylor’s solo work on very often or the second album from Power Station.  Does that mean that I don’t love Andy or I don’t love all of Duran?  Of course not.  It just means that his work is different than what I’m used to and that there are parts of Duran that I love more than others.

I think my point, though, goes beyond what’s in a collection or what would be cheered for at a concert.  It is more about what Duranies are actually interested in, generally.  There is a large part of the fan base that really does just love Duran of the early 1980s.  I have now spent years asking various questions or opinions about everything from songs to videos to live performances on this blog.  Way more often than not, Duranies will choose something off of Rio or the 1984 live performance.  Again, I’m not criticizing anyone here.  Heck, I just answered the question about favorite b-side with Secret Oktober like tons of other fans out there, but I do acknowledge that it is a standard answer.  My favorite album is the first one.  It isn’t Rio but Rio is one of my favorites.  I get why this is the case.  Most of us fell in love with a certain band with a certain sound and look.  It is hard to love changes in the same way.

Yet, I wonder if we as a fan base could really benefit from challenging ourselves.  Instead of just playing the Rio album, pop in Medazzaland.  Instead of listening to Arcadia, try a little Neurotic Outsiders.  When you feel like busting out some solo work, try Anna’s new material.  I know that I need to take my own advice with this.  I’m good with John’s solo stuff because he’s my favorite and I genuinely really like but I want to know more of Simon’s, for example.  That means I have to push myself to try something new or something I’m not as familiar with.  Somehow, I don’t think I’ll regret it.

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixed Part 3

We are getting closer and closer to finishing the last part to the box set.  To back up slightly, the readers and fans who read this blog are voting through polls to create an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  People have chosen 7 songs in the following categories:  Singles, Album Tracks, Side/Solo songs, B-sides/Bonus tracks and live songs.  We are now voting on the last category:  remixes.  This week, people will be voting to determine which 7 remixes from Liberty and the Wedding Album should be considered for the box set.

So far, the remixes that are under consideration include:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)
  • The Reflex (Dance Mix)
  • New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix)
  • Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix)
  • Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys)
  • Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
  • American Science (Chemical Reaction)
  • All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)

If you are anything like me, you may not be super knowledgable about each and every remix.  Thus, I did create another YouTube playlist with as many remixes I could find from the Liberty and Wedding Album era.

So, I recommend that you listen to each of them and then vote for the 7 you think should remain in the running!  Happy listening and happy voting!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Remixes Part 2

Last weekend, we began the last of the categories for the fan created Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far, we have picked 7 songs in each category to represent the band’s singles, album tracks, live tracks, b-sides/bonus tracks, and side/solo project songs.  Now, we focus on remixes.  In the first poll in this category, we focused on just the remixes from the first two albums.  After all, there were something like 60 official remixes for those albums alone!  That’s a lot.  The winners, or remixes, that will remain in consideration are:

  • Hungry Like the Wolf (Night Version)
  • Planet Earth (Night Version)
  • Girls on Film (Night Version)
  • The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
  • Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
  • New Religion (Carnival Mix)
  • Hold Back the Rain (12″ Remix)
  • My Own Way (Night Version)

In part two, for this week’s poll, we will focus on remixes from the next three albums:  Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Notorious and Big Thing.  If you are anything like me, some of these remixes are not super known.  Like last week, I put together a YouTube playlist with as many of these remixes as I could find.  Listen away and then vote!

-A