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Makes Me Curious

Did you listen to the Katy Kafe this week featuring Roger Taylor?  I did and blogged about it on Friday.  Sometimes, a word, a sentence or a detail from those Kafes stick with me.  That is the case with this one, which is funny because it wasn’t very long or did not feature a ton of news on the Duran front.  Yet, it did give one juicy tidbit.  Duran Duran is planning on returning to the studio before the end of the year.

According to Roger, the band is planning to return to the studio for some “fun” (his word) but it might not be a new album.  I don’t know about the rest of you but I keep thinking about what exactly that might mean.

After the All You Need Is Now album cycle, I felt a sort of desperation for the band to keep active.  That album spoke to me and felt like Duran had embraced themselves and their fans.  Many fans seemed to be active on social media and expressed a lot of happiness about their fandom during that time.  While I say that, I recognize that it wasn’t a complete utopia and I knew that even then.  Nonetheless, things felt good to me and I really believed that Duran was on the “right track,” whatever that means.  Then, of course, the time between that album and Paper Gods rolled around.  2012 turned to 2013 then to 2014.  That tiny sliver of desperation I felt seemed to be growing.  I often blogged in response to this feeling.  Many took some of those blogs as complaining and not being understanding of the creative process.  I kept trying to explain that it had more to do with my concern over their success and the fear that if they took too long, the fans wouldn’t remain.  Those blogs always came from love, despite my flaws.

In hindsight, a lot of it had to do with my own fear that the band wouldn’t come back or that when they did come back, too much would have changed to feel the same.  The fun wouldn’t follow.  In reality, this had a lot more to do with me.  Things were not always ideal in my world and I was putting a lot of my hope and joy onto fandom.  I needed to have something to look forward to, something to give me happiness and not much in my life was beyond fandom.  This combined with the fact that Rhonda and I took our fandom to a more serious level by not only blogging but organizing meet ups and a weekend long convention.  Fandom took on a greater role in my life.

Now, we are witnessing the last dates of the Paper Gods Tour and era.  This time, things seem to be different.  On a personal level, I’m aware of what happened last time and how I reacted and why.  I also understand creative process work in a different way now than I did in 2013.  I have vowed to give them as much time as they need for whatever exactly they are going to do next.  Yes, the plan is just to give as much support as I can.  Funny enough, though, the band seems different this time, too.  The fact that they are planning to go into the studio indicates this.  It doesn’t sound like it will be years between Paper Gods and whatever is next.  (While I type that sentence, I hear many of you pointing out Durantime.  That may be true but I, again, will be positive throughout it all.)  Of course, while the band is planning to return to recording, Roger says that it might not be a “new album”.  So, what could it be?

I have no idea what exactly the band is going to be doing in the studio.  In order to figure it out, I have thought the band’s career.  Is there anything that they have had in the past that could give us an idea?  Maybe.  At times, the band has released a single in between albums.  I’m thinking about songs Iike Is There Something I Should Know or Wild Boys.  Could they think about writing and recording a song to be included on a re-issue or on a live album?  What about a album of remixes or another greatest hits album?  While they have never done a real EP, or smaller album, they could do one now.  Maybe that would be good.

Of course, one factor that makes this time unique is that the 40th anniversary is coming up.  Could that be the factor that is pushing the band back into the studio?  Could they be doing something special for that?  What about the idea of going through some of those demos that we know were close to being ready and finishing them?  I can only imagine that the band has a lot of work out there that could be completed and sent out into the world.  If they did an album of those, that might not be considered a “new” album?  I’m not sure.  Roger sure left me with more questions by this piece of news.

While I’m prepared to be patient and supportive through this time between Paper Gods and whatever come next, I wouldn’t mind getting a little something to ease the anticipation.  I’m okay if it is a song or two or an EP or an album featuring previously unreleased demos.  Whatever and whenever it is going to be, I’m looking forward to it.

-A

Reportage: The Fabled, Fanciful Golden Ticket

Yesterday I wrote about a rumor involving a new Duran Duran album. Apparently, if we are all to believe the rumor, the band has been working tirelessly – fingers to their bones – to record an album entirely on their own in their “spare time”.  I put myself out there and said that based purely on my own past experience as a Duran Duran fan, I really doubted this to be true. That opinion still holds this morning (and I appreciate that I wasn’t burnt at the stake yesterday for saying so).

A few Duranies asserted, probably with a fair amount of wishful thinking thrown in for good measure, that perhaps this could be Reportage.  I have some thoughts on that.

First of all, the existence of Reportage has turned into this fabled, prized, collection of work that has taken on the enigma of being The Golden Ticket.  I myself have spoken to a fan or two that somehow has either heard the album, or that claim to have a copy. One person said, “anyone who is anyone in the fan community has heard it. The music is floating around.”  Well, I haven’t heard it. Not a single note. That means I’m not anyone, I guess. Not really a surprise there, either. I love it when people tell me they’ve heard it, because they have this air about them. You know what I mean.  The whole “Yes, I know I’m on the inside and you’re just a lowly REGULAR fan.” Even if they don’t mean to sound that way….they absolutely do.  And they secretly love it, because they have The Golden Ticket, while you and I do not.

Let’s face it, had I ever heard it – I’m sure I’d come off that way too. But I haven’t. At this point, I’m really starting to wonder why anyone cares. Do any of us really know how many songs and material, have never made it onto an album over the course of their career?  Reportage is probably just a group of 9-12 more songs that never quite made it. Sure, some of you are probably saying, “Yeah, but these might be outstanding!” Yes. That’s true. But Duran Duran probably has quite the archive of songs that had the potential to be outstanding. After all, this is the group that wrote “Rio”, and “Paper Gods”, and/or “Danceophobia”.

Ok, “Danceophobia” aside… (sorry “Danceophobia” fans. I just can’t.)

The point is, while I know Reportage has become this Holy Grail type of thing for the fan community, it is possible we might be putting way too much stock into something that we know next to nothing about.  Sure, we were teased about it for way too long to have never heard it ourselves. Yes, we know Sony turned it down. I have heard there were legal issues. But do those things all add up to it being the golden album to end all golden albums?  I’m just not so sure. And if one more person tells me that they’ve heard it with that knowing look on their face…

Well, I’m just gonna need a vodka tonic in order to deal. And it’s only 10:30 am my time. Oh, and yeah, I’m still nearly 100% sure that they’re not going to be releasing any album next month, Reportage or otherwise. Until someone from DDHQ says otherwise, and I’ve been properly revived from falling on the floor in a dead faint, I’m sticking with it.

But hey, if anyone wants me to hear Reportage, by all means my inbox is open and ready.

-R

 

 

 

Eiffel Tower – New Song from Simon!

While on vacation, I noticed DDHQ post a link to a song on Soundcloud with a very familiar vocalist. The song is titled “Eiffel Tower” and the singer is none other than Simon Le Bon, of course. I had almost no data connection, so I had to wait to listen.

The lack of data didn’t stop me from seeing the comments, and nearly everyone had something positive to say. I couldn’t wait to hear it myself! I made a mental note to listen as soon as I could and thought about it throughout the week(s).

(On a side note: if you’re obsessing over a song you haven’t heard yet by a member of the band, not even the band as a whole – I kind of think that might make you a Duranie. Only another hard-core fan would understand the kind of obsession that drives us!)

So today, I promised to sit down and listen. I found the link, clicked on it, and almost immediately felt the familiar chills and goosebumps on my arms. Simon’s voice is like silk, and the music is like a favorite blanket. Lush and soft – its gorgeous. The guitar is beautiful!  The track is full of emotion and it doesn’t overpower the rest of the music. I can even hear strings in the background, and they lead the listener further into the music.

Layered songs with many different tracks like this one can sometimes get very messy and end up sounding like background noise to vocals, but not here. The production is done extremely well. At the end, there’s a gorgeous, beautiful guitar solo that I have heard is Warren, and it is done masterfully.  The guitar doesn’t overpower, it simply led me back out of the song in the same way that the strings held my hand and drew me in.  Brilliant.

But back to Simon’s voice. It blows my mind into pieces. I don’t know if he is responsible for the lyrics, but even if he didn’t write them, he delivers them like poetry.  I’d forgotten his velvety voice when he is relaxed and not trying to reach a crowd of 20,000.  Absolutely stunning in every single way.

The song ended, and I caught my breath. I realized I’d been holding it for quite some time while I listened.  This was a song that was going to stay with me, and I love when that happens. This single piece took me on a journey, and not many pieces of music do that for me these days.

And then, another song began. The instrumental version. I almost couldn’t take it. I was already completely sold on the song, but somehow, this piece took everything I loved about the first one, stood it on its head, and made it even better. 

I’m a sucker for a full orchestra. I won’t lie. Let’s face it: I spent much of my childhood playing in an orchestra, so it makes sense, really. But this is different. It’s kind of like hearing the orchestral version of A View To a Kill, but even better.  Again, I get the chills going up my arm and the hair on the back of my neck stands on end.  I was already on a high from the first version, but the orchestral version took my feelings up a notch.  My eyes welled up, and the emotion I’ve had bottled up for the past six weeks spilled over. I won’t be able to forget this song for a very, very long time.

Which is exactly how I like it.

Take a listen for yourself and see what you think.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower (Orchestral Version) 

-R

Countdown to Paper Gods – ONE!!!!!

It is like freaking Christmas EVE (if you’re into that sort of thing) on social media right now. Duranies are excitedly posting about everything from events their local record stores are having in honor of the album to sad emails they’ve received from Amazon, Target and even Warner Bros letting them know that their album – which has been slated to come out tomorrow for MONTHS now – won’t actually be arriving until at least late next week. (I’m just gonna say it: this is not impressive work on the behalf of whomever was in charge of their distribution.)  My advice? iTunes. Google Play. At least you’ll get the album tomorrow, and then your physical copy will come later. Then there’s the band, who sneakily posted a video…that was just shot what, a week ago??… online this morning.

So, if you don’t have anything to do but sit, twiddle your thumbs and wait…I have some plans for you today…in no particular order.

  • Go watch Duran Duran’s video for Pressure Off. Watch it an extra time for me, because as you read this, I am with my kids at their school for orientation. I’m probably weeping a little, but it’s cleverly hidden behind my sunglasses. I hear the video was shot with YouTube’s 360 video in mind.  Ok, now I’m sobbing. This could be embarrassing until I get home and watch it .
  • Send Daily Duranie messages on Facebook and Twitter taunting us with how amazing it is. Oh wait, some of you are already doing that!!  (Amanda is at work too, so there is no video watching. At least not yet….)  Seriously though, how is that video?!?
  • Make plans to attend the online DAILY DURANIE BIRTHDAY PARTY on Sunday!! We’re turning five!! Can you believe it?? We really can’t. We plan to drown our sorrows…I mean CELEBRATE…on Sunday with an online video party (yes, another one) with OUR favorite videos from 2-7pm PDT or 5-10pm EDT (Yes, these are US times, because we live in the US and because Amanda and I didn’t want to be celebrating at 9am. Sorry.) Even if you can’t join us in our merriment, we have a YouTube channel with a Daily Duranie Birthday playlist (not public yet, we’re still working on it!) that you can watch on your own time should you so choose.  Details will be made available on the event page that I am going to create a bit later today. You’re ALL invited and we hope to see you. If nothing else, you can laugh at Amanda and I as we taunt, laugh and poke fun at one another while under the influence. Cheers!
  • Lastly, who am I really kidding…I know many of you already have the album because you were lucky enough to have yours sent early. Give it another listen or ten and enjoy!!!

I just want to say congratulations to Duran Duran. Fourteen albums (and then some) is quite an accomplishment, and definitely not one that I could ever replicate. I know that I’ve spent the better part of three years chomping at the bit for new music, and I also know that for a great deal of that time, I’ve worried about what would eventually come and how it all might sound. I am not the only fan in that category…just probably one of the “louder” ones. In any case, I am proud to be a Duran Duran fan today. No, this album does not sound like any other album you’ve done, but yet it is still Duran Duran. I revel in the fact that the band I came to adore in early 1981 is still doing so much to put continued smiles on the faces of their fans. No, that’s not necessarily equal to chart success, or huge sales. I have to hope that somewhere, to someone…knowing that longtime fans are still there by your side…matters.

-R

Countdown to Paper Gods – TWO!

Two days. 48 hours. I could figure out the seconds but nobody needs me to do that. We have nearly arrived at what I wouldn’t call a destination, but rather, the next stopover on our journey. We are so close that we can see the welcome sign, and some of us – oh hell, nearly all of us – are running to get there.

I have no idea of what the future may hold, only that once again, we have come full circle. Although it has been nearly five years since the release of All You Need is Now, when I think back – I can still remember the first moments of listening to the album in full. I remember those feelings of anticipation mixed with nerves and excitement. I remember the hope, the joy, and the elation.  To this day, I still have All You Need is Now in my car stereo, and I still love it. For that matter, I love it more so now than in 2010. Songs have grown on me, and now I have memories to match most of the songs on the album. For me personally, those memories have made the album what it is to my heart.

All You Need is Now is a tough act to follow, at least in my mind. While no, it might not have been a “critically acclaimed” album or marched up the charts for a lengthy stay in the top ten, that never mattered (to me). Now we are at the same vantage point for Paper Gods. In nearly ever review I’ve seen, Paper Gods is the album to beat this year. Critics seem to really enjoy what they hear, which quite frankly blows my mind. This is Duran Duran, the band that those same critics have laughed at over the years, and now – this album, has suddenly been added to “album of the year” status. Well then. I don’t know how that happens.  Over the coming days and weeks we can begin to sort that out as fans – but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t curious as to how the album might do.

However, on this day, with a mere 48-hours to go, I leave you with another way to fill up some time AND support Duran Duran in the process.

Go Duran Shopping!

That’s right. Go to duranduran.com and buy yourself some of the new Paper Gods merchandise. Maybe take a spin on eBay and see what comes up. Preorder the album if you haven’t, there’s still time!  Plan your wardrobe for the upcoming shows.  Bask in the glory of being a Duran Duran fan… I sense the best is still yet to come.

-R

 

Countdown to Paper Gods – THREE!!

We are seriously down to just 72 little hours to go before Paper Gods is released!! Can you deal with it?!?  (If you don’t know where that last line came from, your assignment for today includes listening to Liberty again.)

I’m getting fairly good at handing out homework and assignments, as today begins homeschool for my second grader, so now I’m teaching high school and elementary school. (Admittedly the high schooler is far more independent so planning for him isn’t that difficult!) However, since we are on this “homework” theme this week, I have some for all of you today as well! (Can You Deal With It aside…)

We have had five songs already released from Paper Gods, and I’m not seeing NEARLY enough about them on social media. So, let’s blitz all social media today and get them out there! Your task is to share each of the five songs.  Let’s get them trending!!!   If we want this album heard ’round the world…it’s gonna take all of us to make it happen, so get going!

Pressure Off

Paper Gods

You Kill Me With Silence

What are the Chances

Last Night in the City

 

Let’s get the music out there…share and encourage your friends and followers to pass it on!

-R