Yesterday’s interview with John and Andy Taylor with Paul Gambuccini in 1984 was given 5 stars by our voters!
How awesome is this interview with Simon and Nick in 1985?
Yesterday’s interview with John and Andy Taylor with Paul Gambuccini in 1984 was given 5 stars by our voters!
How awesome is this interview with Simon and Nick in 1985?
Yesterday’s interview (Duran 1983 NPK interview) earned a 5 star rating, according to our voters!
How awesome is this interview from 1984 with John and Andy?
Yesterday’s interview with Simon and Nick on Countdown in 1982 was given 5 stars by our voters!
How awesome is this interview from NPK in 1983?
Duran Duran 1st Known Interview was given a 5 star rating by our voters!
How awesome is this interview? It is Simon and Nick on Countdown for the 1st time in 1982:
Yesterday’s winner: Nick looks best in the video for Last Night in the City, according to our voters.
Today, we start the next set of questions. For this set, we will share a Duran Duran interview and then you get to rank it on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best and 1 being not worthy of your time. I figured that this would be a fun way to watch some Duran interviews!
On that note, let’s get started! Here is an interview from 1981. It is described as the “first known” interview. I’m not sure about that, but it is an early one, for sure!
The teacher here is not providing a very good example. At all. This weekend, your homework is due. In case you skipped the class when it was assigned, it was basically to come up with your list of the Top 40 Duran Duran songs. They can be any songs as long as the band wrote them. Then, if you were an overachieving type, you would have put that list into order with number 1 being the best song out of the bunch. Many of you have already turned in that assignment via our email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We appreciate each and every one of you. I personally look forward to reading through the lists and putting the choices together to share the ultimate list of Duran Duran songs with all of you.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to complete the homework that I assigned. What a terrible teacher I am! My only excuse is time. Apparently, it is hard to squeeze in fun activities like this when you are working two full time jobs (unfortunately only one is paid). I’m lucky right now that my laundry is done or that there is food on the table. I’m paying bills late. It has been literally weeks since I have been able to actually cook a dinner. Not good. Then, I wonder if others might be in a similar spot in which your Duranie related tasks are getting pushed to the side for more pressing needs. So, the kind teacher thing to do is to simply give an extension. The Duran Duran Top 40 Song Assignment will now be due on Saturday, November 10th. This gives an additional two weeks. As always, if you like to read about the details to participate, go here. Then, finish your assignment and send it to us by email (email@example.com). Thanks!
Not too long ago, I asked the question in a blog about what we should do with the questions of the day. Soon enough, we will be done with this topic of which band member looks best in each video. (By the way, the Nick fans have been voting frequently. Way frequently. This has resulted in him winning pretty much every question lately.) Anyway, I asked our readers for suggestions. I have decided to go with one of them. I am going to ask about Duran Duran interviews but I will do it in a way that you might not expect.
I am asking for interviews you have seen and enjoyed. Maybe you want to do a YouTube search then send me a list of interviews. I will be searching for Duran videos, too, but it would be great if they don’t all come from me. After all, I am not a perfect YouTube searcher. Plus, if you have ones that you definitely think I should share then I would love to know about those. Like other Duranie related tasks, you may send me interviews in a means that works for you. You can send them to us via email, Facebook messenger or Twitter DM. Just share them privately. I don’t care if the interviews are recent or from decades ago. They can feature all the band members or just one. Interviews on side projects or solo material would work, too. All I ask when you share these interviews with me is that you send me the direct link. I would hate to screw up on the interviews you want me to share.
How it will work will be like this. I will share the interview and ask for you to watch it and rate it on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being terrible and 5 being awesome. Each day, I will average out the scores. After we have shared all that have been sent our way as well as those that we think are cool, I will post with the Top 10. I think it sounds fun and I hope you do, too. Besides, I’m hoping that I get to see interviews that I haven’t seen before or ones that I have but really enjoyed. I think it might be a fun Duran related activity each day.
On that note, I hope that you all enjoy your homework assignments! I know that I will! I look forward to reading your Top 40 list and the interviews you think we should show!
This past week, DDHQ announced that they would be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of Duran’s seventh studio album, affectionately known as the Wedding Album. This has led to countless posts throughout the week featuring various songs and videos from that album and era. Rhonda dove into the song, Ordinary World, earlier this week that you can read about here. I will take the time tomorrow to share my thoughts and memories of this album and time period. Until then, I thought it might be fun to put together some essential video clips from this era in all one place.
The Wedding Album featured a number of singles and videos. According to their wikipedia page, the singles from this album included:
Luckily for Duran Duran fans, a number of those had videos to accompany them!
On top of these official videos, the band also completed a ton of various promotional activities from interviews to other performances. I could have spent my entire Saturday just watching all of the different clips from this era as there is so much out there. That said, I did take some time to just pick out some of the ones I have enjoyed the most.
One particular performance that really stood out for me was their appearance on MTV’s Unplugged. I was not sure that the band could really become acoustic and it turns out I questioned this for no reason.
Here is an interview from MTV’s Most Wanted with John and Simon that I have always enjoyed:
This interview is a long one! It is almost twenty minutes long and features Simon and Nick. I especially enjoy the discussion of the artwork and how it came to be, since it features their parents’ wedding photos.
Larry King also interviewed Simon and Nick. What fascinates me is that the introduction focuses on how critics “laughed at them”. Oh geez…Larry King made for an interesting interviewer.
Jay Leno was a little more hip…with his interview for the Tonight Show. I appreciate the fans’ enthusiasm throughout the interview but especially after the intro!
Of course, one clip that I had to include was the House of Style hosted by Cindy Crawford (who, of course, later appears in Girl Panic) as she takes Simon and Nick shopping at Sears.
Duran’s performances from this era weren’t too bad either…Here is a personal favorite of mine. See if you can guess why!
Here’s a full concert from Argentina in 1993:
I don’t know about the rest of you but watching some Duran videos is a pretty kick ass way to spend my Saturday. On top of that, it gives me a chance to celebrate this album a little bit before I dive into my relationship with it!
Today is one of those days. It is a day in which I just find myself sitting in my living room, unable to write anything on a blog post. This does not happen to me much. I always have something to write about, right? In fact, I have a list of blog topics that I keep around. I have been doing a lot of reading surrounding female fandom lately, which is bringing up a ton of topics to write about. Yet, none of the topics on my list are motivating me right now. I’m just not in a mood to think that much. Call me exhausted and needing a break, I guess.
What am I going to do with blog then? I’m not sure. I thought I might do a little YouTube cruising and see if any Duran clips catch my attention. Perhaps, I find some ones that I haven’t seen before that I can share with all of you.
I started out by checking out the videos “recommended” to me! Sure enough, right away, I saw this clip, one I had never seen before:
This clip made me laugh! As you see here, Simon and John certainly were laughing during this interview. John tells a story about his dad pointing out that he is “thinking a lot more now” and Simon addresses the sexual nature of the song, “Big Thing.” The interviewer says that parents must be super concerned about this “rougher” Duran Duran. My reaction. Huh? The album, Big Thing, was rough? Bad boy like? Really? Of course, the interviewer’s concern about parents says to me that she is making a big assumption that the band’s fans are all kids. Now, I was a kid still in 1988 but a lot of Duranies were grown people. Annoying.
Then, I found this gem:
First of all, they are babies. Babies. So young. What is interesting to me is the focus, still, on their looks over the music. People, even then, seemed to think that all they (and/or their fans) cared about were the band’s looks. Beyond that, I was entertained by the kids and all of the various things they were doing behind John and Simon’s backs. I wonder what those kids thought of themselves years later. Funny watch!
Here is another 1981 clip:
Here’s what I really want to know. Perhaps, someone from the UK can explain all of the shows with little kids present with rock stars or famous people in the early 1980s. It is so weird to see the band so young.
Then, I found this clip:
I almost turned this off until I saw the dancing. Oh, for the dancing. Seriously, watch until at least 1:45. Simon has some moves.
While I feel like I see most interviews/clips that come out these days, I love when I find that I missed one. Here is a clip of the band winning a lifetime achievement award in 2015.
Simon’s speech is touching but I really related to Mark Ronson talking about being a kid and hearing the Reflex. “And that’s what I want to listen to for the rest of my life.” That’s my life. Exactly.
Clearly, I could go on and on and on and on. Yet, I think that awards clip is the perfect place to end my search, my viewing, this blog post. Watching these clips was exactly what I needed today.
How long have you been a Duran Duran fan? A year? Five? Ten? Twenty? More than thirty? Over the course of your tenure as a fan, have you read or seen interviews with or about band members? I bet you have. In fact, I would go so far to say that you have seen/read enough that you might think you have a sense of who each band member is or an idea of what their personalities are like? Let me give examples. Simon seems to be somewhat of a thrill seeker with his adventures sailing or riding on motorbikes. Nick seems to be cool in all situations as nothing seems to ruffle his feathers. Many would comment that Roger is quiet and keeps to himself. Am I on the right track?
On the flip side, many fans might feel like we would know what they wouldn’t do. My goodness there has been plenty of threads, discussions, lists focused on what just Nick wouldn’t do. The examples are numerous including Nick would never wear plaid or Nick would never attend a rodeo or jump in mud. Do any fans really know this? Does any fan really know what Simon is like? Or John? Or Roger? Isn’t this really a situation in which conclusions are drawn or made based on what interviews we have seen or heard combined with stories we have heard and/or our own observations? Yet, do you ever wonder if those conclusions are as accurate as we all think they are? What if they aren’t right on?
As I started to think about this over the course of the week, I pondered whether or not anyone really knows anyone. Do people know themselves? Yes, I know that this sounds like a goofy question. Let me explain where this is coming from. Last night, I found myself at a meeting. The focus of the meeting was to find a way to make teachers’ jobs less frustrating and time consuming. At this meeting, some attendees disagreed with the meeting’s focus. They felt that teachers should only emphasize the parts of the job that directly affects students. The teachers, including myself, sitting at the table felt instant frustration, not because we don’t care about our students but because we are also people who matter! After the meeting, my friend and colleague commented about how I didn’t lose my cool and how she has never seen me lose my cool. I couldn’t disagree. I have worked really hard and work really hard to maintain a professional response at everything I do. That doesn’t mean, though, that I’m not raging on the inside or that I’m not emotional underneath. In fact, in many cases, I keep to myself, not because I don’t feel, but because I’m afraid that if I let even a little out, there would be an explosion of whatever emotion I had. I will go further than that. I worry that the explosion would be so bad that I would have such serious consequences that I could never recover from, whether the consequences were losing a job or losing friends or something else. After I tell her this, she is surprised as that is not how she sees me. Then, I wonder…does anyone see the real me or do I hide it that well?
What about the members of Duran Duran? Do they feel like anyone sees the real them or do people just see those exterior characteristics that I mentioned earlier that may or may not be the whole truth? It reminds me of the line, “Do crowds make you feel lonely?” from the song, A Matter of Feeling. Is this what they were talking about? Was the cause of this lonely feeling because no one really knows them? If so, why is this the case? Why don’t people know them? Is it a situation in which they hide their real selves well? Or is it just that people can’t see the real them, no matter how open they feel they are? I guess in their case, it could be that real life friends and family do know them but they were pushing back on the idea that fans or strangers could know them, too. Maybe they were saying that fans really can’t know them no matter how many interviews were seen or heard or how many interactions they have had.
Then, of course, the next logical question is…whether or not it is a good idea for fans or other strangers to really know what they are like. Is it good for them to be that open? Is it good for anyone? Does it matter to them if people really know them or not? Does it matter for anyone? Food for thought.
I saw some distress in the Duran Duran fan community after an article came out with this headline: “Duran Duran admit the end could be near as they prepare for Nottingham show.” This article, which you can read here, featured an interview with John Taylor. In this interview, John says the following about Duran’s future, including how many albums they will be making:
“What I will say is that there aren’t going to be that many more,” he admits. “And because that may be the case then you feel that you’ve got to make it as good as you can. Because there are not going to be that many but the ones that are will be here forever.”
Let’s break down what he said. He did not say that Paper Gods would be the last Duran Duran album. Instead, what he said that is that there won’t be MANY more. Does that mean that there will be one more album? Three more? Clearly, he didn’t give specifics. It sounds to me that he doesn’t really know how many more albums there would be, which makes sense to me. First of all, Duran Duran takes a LONG time to make an album. John gives one reason why they might take a long time to make albums in that quote. The band knows that the albums will be around forever so, clearly, they want to take their time to make the best ones they can. Lately, it has taken them between 3-4 years between albums. Let’s face it, three years from now, Simon will be turning 60. Second, life happens. It is unpredictable. As much as the band might want to make three or ten more albums, they don’t really know what the future will hold. No one does.
Clearly, though, the idea that Duran would cease to exist anymore is upsetting. I totally get why fans would express concern and sadness over reading that headline. No one wants the end of Duran Duran. The thought of the band ending SOMEDAY causes my stomach to clench and tears to instantly form in my eyes. My world would be a much, much, much smaller place and I would be incredibly heartbroken. The grief would be intense. That said, I recognize that they can’t continue forever, no matter how much we might want them to continue. I think of my own career. I have students who tell me over and over that I should always be at the high school I’m at, teaching. They want their own children to go to school there and have me as a teacher. Obviously, I am flattered by this but someday I will leave that school. Right now, like Duran Duran, I don’t know if I will teach there for another year or 3 years or 10. I just don’t know. Therefore, I found John’s statement to be incredibly realistic. It doesn’t sound like he wants to be done but he accepts that the future might require them to be done. I have to respect that.
While many fans seemed particularly upset by this statement, some were more upset because it was stated during a tour. I am not sure what the concern there is. Do they think this would stop people from attending shows? Do they think that new fans wouldn’t be created? I’m not sure. I had a different reaction to the fact that John said this during a tour. It reminded me that I need to embrace what the band is doing RIGHT NOW. I don’t want to look back on the past or worry too much about the future. I don’t want to focus on the sadness that is guaranteed to come once Duran is done. No, instead, I want to be happy that the band has an album out and that they are touring. It reminds me that I shouldn’t put off going to as many concerts as I can because there will be an end someday. I don’t want to have regrets. Instead, I want to be able to say, at the end of the day, that I embraced the band as much as I could when I could. If there is a lesson in John’s statement, perhaps, it is that. Embrace the band now and for as long as you can.