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Duran Duran History – Maximum CD

Today’s Duran Duran History takes us back to 2004 when the interview CD called Maximum Duran Duran was released.  It is really an unauthorized biography of the band.  It does include some interviews from the band members as well.  One thing that was cool about it is that it came with a booklet with some rarely seen pictures and a little poster.

I actually own this but haven’t listened to it in a long time.  Perhaps, I should pull it out and give it a listen!  If you are interested in purchasing a copy, it appears that you can buy one through Amazon. If you have this one or buy it, do let us know what you think of it!

-A

Duran Duran History – Loose Ends

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back just four years ago to 2010 when Simon was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.  Based on the date (late 2010), I would assume that Simon was doing some initial promotion both for the All You Need Is Now single, which was released on December 8th, and for the album, which was released on December 21st.

Perhaps, some of you would be able to hear this here.  Maybe, others of you could check it out here.

What do you think?  How does this compare to how Duran Duran seems now?

-A

This Week in Duranland (September 22 to September 28, 2014)

I’m hoping that this post comes out coherently and clear.  I apologize, in advance, if it doesn’t as I’m typing this with a significant fever.  For the record, I never get fevers and I hate being sick.  Despite my illness, let’s check into Duranland this past week.  What happened?  What did you miss if you weren’t paying attention or if you were sick like me!?

Unstaged On Demand!
According to the press release on duranduran.com, Duran Duran’s Unstaged will be available On Demand in the United States and Canada on October 14th!  Thus, you can watch it from your own living room then!  I would also recommend checking out the band’s YouTube page for extras!

Birmingham Music
Duran Duran was one of many artists featured in a little news article on famous bands/artists coming from the city of Birmingham, which you can read here.

Austin Auction
There are two online auctions to meet Duran and to get 2 VIP tickets for their show in Austin as part of the Grand Prix Formula1 Fan Fest.  This auction is in support of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.  The other auction is for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Geneu Beauty U
Nick has a new project!  He is the creative director for Geneu, which is a beauty company that focuses on anti-aging products, in particular.  Read about it here!

Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers
Billboard.com featured an article about the collaboration of Duran and Nile for the upcoming Duran Duran album.  I highly recommend reading this article.  I loved reading about Nile’s excitement about working with Duran but I learned some things, too, including that John views this album as one with “various formulas” while Nick sees it on the dance floor.  According to the article, they are also in discussions with various labels.  Interesting.

Simon on ESPN Radio
Did you get a chance to listen to this interview?  I love how Simon puts these interviewers in their place right away!  Obviously, though, he did this interview to advertise Unstaged coming to On Demand.  Nonetheless, he certainly gave them a run for their money, which I have to admit entertained me greatly!

Social Media
John posted a couple of pictures this week from a little record store shopping at Antone’s Records in Austin, Texas.  Dom also mentioned being in Austin.  Apparently, they were playing a private gig there and, luckily, there are some videos of the performance floating around the internet.

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What else did I miss?!  Please let me know what I missed so that I can add it here!  Until then, let’s welcome in October and, hopefully, a month closer to hearing #DD14!

-A

Today in Duran History – KMEL Radio

On today’s date back in 1985, John and Andy (remember that guy?) were interviewed on KMEL radio in San Francisco, CA.

Ever curious about the back story, I did a search for KMEL radio, and it turns out that it’s “San Francisco’s home for Hip Hop and R&B these days.  Somehow, I suspect the format may have changed a bit since John and Andy graced their doorstep.   So I dig further to find that yes, when the station began in 1977 (prior to that it was known as KGO), it had an Album Oriented Rock format. It played cuts from about 30 known rock albums.  (Only thirty? Huh…and we wonder why some bands get no airplay…)  Then in 1984, they changed the format from AOR to modern rock (same basic idea as AOR, but the albums played were new as opposed to only playing rock from the 70s), and finally to contemporary hit radio.  An example of a contemporary hit played?  Well, the music coordinator at the time, Nick Bazoo, was credited with breaking the hit “One Night in Bangkok” in May of 1985.  So it’s easy to see where Duran might have fit into their formatting at the time.  And now KMEL plays Hip Hop.  You just never know…

-R