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Ultimate Box Set Result: Part 3

Fans have been voting for a few weeks on the album tracks they think should be considered in an Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  The first part consisted of the first three albums (1st album/Self-titled, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger).  The next one included Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty.  This one focused on the albums before the reunion, including The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.

After asking questions of fellow fans for years about Duran’s music, I feel like I have a good grasp on what the fans like and don’t like when it comes to Duran’s music.  Generally, fans ignore the albums of Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash, with some exceptions, of course.  Therefore, I didn’t have a clue as to which songs would be chosen from these four albums.  I thought that most of the songs might be from The Wedding Album, considering that it is more of a favorite than the rest.  Nonetheless, the results showed otherwise and provided me much fascination.

Top Songs from The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash:

  1. Love Voodoo
  2. None of the Above
  3. Big Bang Generation
  4. Pop Trash Movie
  5. Playing with Uranium
  6. Breath After Breath
  7. Sin of the City
  8. Watching the Detectives
  9. Mars Meets Venus

Analysis:

The first thing you might notice is that there are 9 songs as opposed to 7.  There were ties.  I am actually surprised that this hasn’t happened before.  Anyway, you also might notice that all 4 albums are represented in that list.  What caught my attention, though, was that song off of Thank You that was chosen was Watching the Detectives.  It wasn’t White Lines that they regularly play live or Perfect Day that Lou Reed claimed the band did a better job on the song than he did.  The other thing I noticed is that a lot of these songs had more of a mid-tempo rather than being  ballads or songs to rock out, too.

If you look at the complete results, you notice that almost all songs were chosen, at least once, with two exceptions.  Both Fragment and Kiss Goodbye were left voteless.  This is probably because they are short, little instrumentals.  That said, there were a number of songs that were only chosen once, including Shotgun, 911 Is a Joke, Success, and Silva Halo.

Status of Box Set:

So far, the fans have chosen the 7 singles that we recommend including on a box set.  Those are:

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

The album tracks that are in the running to be chosen are:

  • Friends of Mine
  • New Religion
  • The Chauffeur
  • The Seventh Stranger
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • Lonely in Your Nightmare
  • Anyone Out There
  • My Antarctica
  • American Science
  • A Matter of Feeling
  • Hold Me
  • The Edge of America
  • Palomino
  • Vertigo
  • Love Voodoo
  • None of the Above
  • Big Bang Generation
  • Pop Trash Movie
  • Playing with Uranium
  • Breath After Breath
  • Sin of the City
  • Watching the Detectives
  • Mars Meets Venus

This week, we finish picking the possible album tracks by asking people to pick 7 album tracks off of the four albums post reunion.  We would love, love, love for you to participate, if you haven’t yet.  Simply go here and vote for 7 songs that you think should be considered for a box set.  Next week, then, we will take the final vote on album tracks before we move on the rest of the box set (b-sides/demos, live tracks, side/solo project songs).

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 4

I cannot believe that I’m posting this blog so very late.  The day just got away from me.  I slept late, needing to catch up on sleep, then spent about 2 hours on the phone with my sister and niece.  They are coming to visit in a couple of weeks so that my niece can look at a nearby college.  Then, I had to run to a political meeting that lasted almost 4 hours!  Anyway, I apologize.

Last weekend, we paused on the Ultimate Box Set polls in order to cover the shows at Agua Caliente.  Now, that life is returning to boring, old normal, it is time to get back to it.  The idea behind this series of blogs is simple.  The fans are to vote on songs that they wish would be included on a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set, if the band was to do something like this.  So far, the fans have chosen the 7 singles to be included on it.  Then, we picked 7 songs from the first three albums, then 7 songs off the next three album and lastly 7 more songs from the next four albums.  This week, I am asking fans to choose 7 songs from the 4 most recent albums.  These albums are the ones written and recorded after the reunion and include Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now and Paper Gods.  Next week, then, we will take the winners of these album tracks and limit them to just 7 songs overall.  It should be a close and challenging vote.  Heck, I suspect this week will be tough.

Without any further ado, please vote on the 7 album tracks that you would like to see included on a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.

-A

Lost Souls Diamonds and Gold

One of my favorite scenes in Duran’s Sing Blue Silver documentary is when John Taylor is woken up to do an interview.  During that interview, he comments about how the tour (he is referring to the 1984 one) was “never an assured tour”.  I always took this to mean that the band didn’t really know how the tour was going to go.  Would the fans show up?  How would they react?  No matter how many times I see that scene, I find myself shaking my head.  How could they not know?  Of course, the fans would show up and love it!  Duh!

Yet, this past weekend, that quote floated through my brain quite often.  After all, I, too, felt that way before this past little mini-tour of ours at Agua Caliente.  I didn’t know how it was going to go, which was weird and felt very odd.  In the days leading up to going, I found myself struggling to get excited in the same way that I normally do.  Yes, I looked forward to it but it wasn’t the usual jumping out of my skin in excitement.  Was I losing my Duranie touch?  Looking back, I think it had more to do with me.

Life hasn’t felt very friendly lately.  I lost a lot of motivation for many things and to be honest, my friendship with Rhonda felt strained.  I couldn’t pinpoint anything specific but we were distant from each other due to lack of time, lack of effort, and lack of understanding.  I knew this going into the tour.  In fact, I told some people that I fully expected this to be my last one  This wouldn’t be because I wouldn’t have fun or because my love for Duran would end.  I just thought that maybe it had run its course or it would seem like too much effort.

As the weekend began, I told myself to have no expectations other than having fun.  The weekend didn’t have to be perfect (whatever that even means) to be great, I figured.  If you read or watched our blogs last weekend and beyond, you are well aware that the weekend definitely exceeded my expectations.  The shows were so much fun.  While, yes, I grumbled and complained about the lack of Planet Earth, I didn’t let that tick me off (too much).  I figured that it gave me permission to give them a hard time back, right???  I sang.  I danced.  I screamed.  It was glorious.  Yes, I wished that we had at least 18 songs and, yes, I wish that Sunrise or Careless Memories or Planet Earth was on the setlist.  Instead of complaining or wishing for something else, I appreciated the heck out of Only in Dreams and Is There Something I Should Know?.

Then, there was everything surrounding the shows.  I loved having drinks with friends, seeing people I only see at Duran functions and being reminded that everyone connected to Duran makes a community, a family of sorts.  I got to know people better and I got to meet people for the first time.  And, yes, I was reminded of why Rhonda and I tour so well together as we were the last ones standing on both nights.  Perhaps, there is also a lot less vodka in the resort after we had been there (along with our fellow vodka drinking friends!).

Of course, Rhonda and I had a chance to talk as well, which was much appreciated and needed.  I feel confident that the conversation reminded us both to be supportive of each other even if we don’t always understand the other’s choices.  Since then, things have felt very normal, which is so nice.  So much has not felt normal for me for a long time.  I have been focusing on fighting to keep the normal as I feared that many changes, significant and negative ones, would be coming down the pike.  While I don’t regret that and embrace that part of myself that must fight back, I must also remember what is part of my normal, what I am working to keep.  My normal means that Duran Duran and fandom plays a significant part.  It includes touring when and where I can.  Having fun is necessary to keep going during the less than fun times.

The weekend, the mini-tour, reminded me that I can wear more than one hat at a time.  In fact, it is required.  I remembered how much fun touring is and why my friendship with Rhonda matters as much as it does.  It gave me motivation to keep working on a dream, in one way, shape or form.  I don’t know that I can say that the weekend was perfect or the best tour, but it really was damn good.  Even better, it didn’t even end before I started to plan for the next one.  That is the ideal way to be, isn’t it?  Lost souls diamonds and gold, indeed.

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Results Part 2

Today, I continue to share the results of fans choices for Duran Duran’s Ultimate Box Set.  I will also add a little analysis, too, because I like to.  I like figuring out the Duran Fan Community.  (Yes, I’m weird.)  In case you missed the beginning of this, I’ll give a quick summary, this idea was created by my friend, Nat.  The idea is to have the fans pick the songs that should be included on a box set, if something like that would be created.

Singles:

First, we came up with 7 singles that we wanted included in the box set.  They are as follows:

  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 to Choose From:

Instead of listing the entire catalog of album tracks and force people to choose 7 from ALL of them, I broke down the albums into sets and asked people to choose 7 from each set.  So far, we have completed the first two sets (1st album through Liberty).  Here are the results so far:

  1. Friends of Mine
  2. New Religion
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. The Seventh Stranger
  5. Hold Back the Rain
  6. Lonely in Your Nightmare
  7. Anyone Out There
  8. My Antarctica
  9. American Science
  10. A Matter of Feeling
  11. Hold Me
  12. The Edge of America
  13. Palomino
  14. Vertigo

Once all four sets are completed, then fans will pick the 7 songs from that list of 28.

Analysis:

When I look at the 7 album tracks that were picked from the albums of Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty, I notice that the overwhelming majority of songs came from Notorious.  I could not have predicted that.  In fact, I would have thought that the majority of song would have come from Big Thing.  For example, I am really surprised that Land was not chosen.  I also rarely hear fans rave over the Notorious album.  Obviously, I know that the band plays the title track live and that it generally gets a positive response but…I don’t hear the push for those album tracks.  On the other hand, I was not surprised that Liberty’s album tracks were not selected often.  Liberty is not the most popular album amongst fans.  I didn’t realize that My Antarctica was that popular, however.

Then, when I look at all the album tracks selected so far, I realize that  there is a range from more of the Duran dance tracks like Hold Back the Rain to more of the mid-tempo range like Friends of Mine to more ballads like My Antarctica.  On that sense, I think the fans are doing a good job making sure that all of Duran’s skills and range are shown.  Of course, this may change with the actual vote of album tracks.

For the next couple of weeks, fans will choose album tracks from The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  I would love for as many fans to participate as possible.  After all, the more who do, the more accurate the results.  To vote, go to this blog here!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 3

Today, we move on to the next part of our little series of polls.  The goal is to create an “Ultimate Box Set” through fan voting and participating.  In previous weeks, we have chosen the 7 singles fans would want included such a thing and we have chosen 14 album tracks from the first album through Liberty.  This week, we ask fans to choose 7 album tracks from The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  Obviously, there are more tracks to choose from this week since we included one more album.  It just made sense to me to divide up the albums like this.  That means that the final poll on album tracks will include the 4 albums since the reunion.  After that, we will move to live tracks, demos/B-sides and side/solo project songs to complete the box set.

I do want to point out that this poll will be active for 2 weeks as I won’t be creating the next poll until then.  Why is that?  Simple.  Next weekend, I’ll be in California going to see a couple of shows from a band that we might talk and write about a lot.  I figured that more readers would want to hear about the shows over polls such as this.  On that note, happy voting!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Results Part 1

I like giving homework.  More specifically, I like giving Duran Duran homework.  The teacher in me recognizes that the assignment needs to be “accessible” in order for students, or in this case–fans, to complete it.  The format needs to be friendly and definitely should understand that people are pretty dang busy these days.  Heck, I’m super busy.  You should see my to-do list.  It is ridiculously long and that is just for today!  I digress.

The overall homework was for fans to create their ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.  The criteria includes 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides or demos, 7 live tracks and 7 side or solo project songs.  I presented it and few participated.  I changed the format to be simple polls for each category.  Then, I realized that I need to divide up the album tracks.  There are too many of them!  Here are the results for the first part of the album tracks.  The album tracks were divided into sets.  The first one focused on the first album, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  Here are the results and my analysis.  Before that, though, I’ll remind everyone about the singles that were chosen:

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

1st Set of Album Tracks:

  1. Friends of Mine
  2. New Religion
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. The Seventh Stranger
  5. Hold Back the Rain
  6. Lonely in Your Nightmare
  7. Anyone Out There

These 7 tracks will be added to the three other sets that will be determined in future weeks.  From there, fans will chose 7 tracks from 28 total.

Analysis:

I cannot say that I was surprised by these results.  I figured that New Religion would be high on the list as would Friends of Mine and The Chauffeur.  Likewise, there was only one song off of Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  Again, from every survey we have ever done, that album is clearly not as popular or as loved as the first two.  If I had to look at one song that surprised me, that song would be  Anyone Out There.  I might have guessed for a song like Sound of Thunder or Last Chance on the Stairway to take that last spot.  Alas, Anyone Out There took it.

Now, this week, fans get to pick 7 songs off of the next three albums:  Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty.  I have some idea of the songs that might be chosen but…I suspect there will be more surprises.  Have you participated yet?  If not, go here!

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 2

Right now, this little blog is in the process of trying to develop an “ultimate Duran Duran box set”.  Obviously, the song choices will not be coming from Rhonda and myself alone but will be from the fans who participate.  A couple of weeks ago, we started with 7 singles.  Then, we have moved on to album tracks.  I figured it would be too hard to just pick 7 songs from all of the album tracks that are out there.  Thus, last week, I decided to break down the choices by albums.  Fans who participated voted for 7 album tracks from the first three albums.  I’ll report on those results tomorrow.  Now, we move on to the next three albums:  Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty.

If you would like to take part in this fun, simply click on the 7 songs that you think should be considered to be part of the ultimate box set.  After this week, we will do two more like this with the remaining albums.  Once all four parts are completed, there will be 28 album tracks to choose from.  I hope that this will be easier for people than all the tracks, all at once.  Enough explanation from me.  It is time to vote!!

Which 7 songs should be considered for the Duran Duran ultimate box set?

-A

 

Ultimate Box Set: Singles Results

Last week, I asked Duranies, our readers, to pick 7 Duran Duran singles that they believe should be included on an “Ultimate Box Set”.  I didn’t give any other directions.  For example, I did not suggestion that fans include songs that represent all Duran eras or songs that show the full spectrum of the band’s catalog.  I just let people choose what songs they would want to have, if Duran released such a thing.

Before I dive into the results, one thing is certain.  Fans chose more than 7 songs based on the total vote count, which could not be divided into 7 evenly.  The teacher part of me both appreciated and was frustrated by people’s lack of direction following.  On one hand, I’m glad that my students are not the only ones who cannot follow directions.  On the other hand, really, adults?!  Because of this extra voting, the results might not be slightly off.  I apologize in advance and fixed that for future results.

The Singles in Order of Votes:

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

Analysis:

Overall, the results captured Duran Duran pretty well, in my opinion.  The list includes the first single and one of the most recent singles.  There are songs that are upbeat and force people to dance and there are ballads.  Songs from 5 albums are included (Self-titled, Rio, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, The Wedding Album and Paper Gods).  Many albums were left out, though (Notorious, Big Thing, Liberty, Thank You, Medazzaland, Pop Trash, Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, and All You Need Is Now).

Other Results:

Interestingly enough, every song was chosen at least once.  This shows the diversity of favorites that Duranies have.  It wasn’t like only 7 songs got picked.  All of the singles were selected.  If we pushed the list to 14, the next 7 singles would have been:

  • The Reflex
  • A View to a Kill/All You Need Is Now
  • Hungry Like the Wolf/Serious/Sunrise
  • Careless Memories

What is interesting there is that there were a lot more ties at this point of the survey.  The votes were very close between those 7 singles.

What do the rest of you think of the results?  How many of the singles you chose were on the list?

-A

Ultimate Box Set: Album Tracks Part 1

Last weekend, I began a process in which fans would create the “Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set”.  Again, this idea came from my friend, Nat, who thought it would be fun to make fans pick 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides or demos, 7 live tracks, and 7 side and solo project songs to create the best box set possible.  I dug the idea and asked fans to pick the 7 singles through a little poll.  Many people participated and I’ll share those results tomorrow as well as give a little analysis.

This week, then, we should be moving on to the album tracks.  I began creating the poll and realized just how many album tracks there are!  I always knew that Duran had a large catalog but I didn’t quite understand the length of the catalog until I started listing all of them.  Eek.  On top of that, imagine taking all of those album tracks and trying to pick just 7 of them to include.  How next to impossible would that be?!  I know that a lot of fans would struggle to pick just 7.  Their frustration might be so high that they would refuse to participate.  I can’t have that!  Thus, I decided to break down the albums into more manageable chunks.

Today, I ask fans to pick 7 album tracks from the first three albums:  Self-titled debut, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  Next week, I’ll ask about Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty.  Two weeks from now, we will focus on The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash.  Finally, I’ll ask about Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now and Paper Gods.  From there, I’ll take the results from all of those and ask people to pick the final 7.  I recognize that this may not be as accurate as if I listed all of the tracks but I think I’ll have more participate this way.  I hope.

On that note, let’s vote on the 7 album tracks from the Self-Titled Debut, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger that should be included/considered for the Ultimate Box Set.  This poll will be open until next Saturday (March 4)  Happy voting!

-A

 

Ultimate Box Set: Singles

A couple of weeks ago, I passed out a homework assignment to all Duranies out there, which you can read about here.  The task asked fans to put together their ultimate Duran Duran box set.  This special set of songs needed to include 7 songs that were released as singles, 7 album tracks or non-singles, 7 b-sides or demos, 7 live tracks, and 7 side and solo project songs.  I looked forward to each person’s “box set” and I assumed that I would have enjoyed compiling the results.  Unfortunately, I haven’t received many assignments.  This is not good and it is not fun.

Of course, I wonder why I didn’t get more results.  Did I not give enough time for people to complete the assignment?  Was it too hard?  Did I ask too much or give too many categories?  Did I make the assignment too complicated or difficult to turn in?  No matter, the teacher in me will not give up.  I will ask the question in a different way with a new way to share one’s opinion.

First, let’s take one category at a time.  The first part was to find out which singles people would want to include.  Each person is allowed 7 songs out of the entire list of singles.  Instead of asking people to figure out which songs were singles and then produce a list, I thought I would create a poll instead.  Then, people can just check the 7 singles they would want included in a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  Easy enough, right?  Let’s hope.

So, here is the poll for all of you to pick the 7 singles you would include in a box set.  Please ONLY VOTE FOR 7!  If you vote for more than 7 singles, the results might be off.  Thanks!!!

Next week, we will do the next question, which is favorite album tracks.  I look forward to all the results.  Have fun!

-A