Finally, I can present the Top 10 Most Representative Duran Duran Songs! A little over a month ago I assigned some homework. The assignment seemed simple on the surface: provide the list of the top 10 most representative Duran Duran songs. The list did not need to be in any sort of order and the list could contain any Duran song, including singles, album tracks, demos, covers, etc People could also include side or solo project songs. To make a long story short, after people turned in their homework, I could not pull out a list of ten songs. There were too many ties. Thus, I did a couple of different polls to finally differentiate the ten songs. Here are the results. In sharing the songs, I went with live versions of the songs, if available.
Save a Prayer
Is There Something I Should Know
Hungry Like the Wolf
The Man Who Stole a Leopard
hSo there it is. What do you think? Any surprises? Is there any element of Duran Duran that the fans missed?
Rhonda and I have been writing this blog for a long time. It has become a part of us and our daily lives. I think it is fair to say that we have learned a lot over the course of these eight plus years. I certainly know more about myself and about fandom from writing and researching. Through the years, I also have a greater understanding of our fan community. Generally, whenever we post a blog or there is Duran news, I know what the reaction is going to be. Part of any reaction, of course, is that the community is truly diverse in its opinions about everything Duran from the music to video to live performances and more. Whenever I post a daily poll/question, I now have an idea of what the results will be. While I know how varied the opinions are, I also recognize the general pattern. For example, Duranies prefer the early songs and albums over the late 90s ones. Of course, there are exceptions but the results from various polls are consistent.
While I have learned quite a bit about fans’ preferences, every once in awhile, I ask something that I’m not sure what people will say. Typically, these questions are outside of the box in that they aren’t about the music or videos or lyrics or something else equally as common. The top 10 most representative songs turned out to be a bit unpredictable. While some of the choices make total sense to me, but there is something that is surprising me a lot. After I assigned the homework, I was able to determine the 5 most representative songs easily as many people had chosen them. So keeping up the desire for democracy, I did a poll to choose the last five from ones that people had suggested.
This brings me to today. Guess what? There are four songs that are clear winners. They should be added to the Top 10 list but we have a tie for the last slot. What should I do? Should I flip a coin? Should I make the last decision? Both of those options feel terrible to me. So, I made a final poll to determine the last song that best represents Duran Duran. Then, finally next Sunday, I will share the entire list. On that note, here’s the poll:
A few weeks ago, I assigned some homework. This task seemed simple on the surface but made for a challenge for many Duranies. The assignment consisted of listing the top 10 most representative songs of Duran Duran. These songs could include any Duran song, even if it was a demo, cover or even side/solo project song. The results, as always, were fascinating as many different songs were listed. 48 different songs were included, in fact. Out of those 48 songs, 5 rose to the surface as many people chose them. They are as follows:
Save a Prayer
Interestingly enough, the remaining five songs were not obvious as there were many songs listed that tied by a number of participants. Here’s where you all come in. Help pick those last five tracks by selecting the five songs on the following poll that YOU think best represents Duran Duran!
Next week, then, I’ll announce the 10 songs that best represent Duran Duran! I look forward to the final results and I thank everyone who has participated so far and all of you who will help finish the assignments!
So, I hear that much of the country is reeling from snowstorms and ridiculously cold weather! I’m not going to tell you what it’s like in California right now, but there is no snow on the ground where I’m at…
I do believe that the winter doldrums are here. After John’s Katy Kafe last week, some are looking forward to shows in February. Still others are counting down the days until March, when the band may go back into the studio for more work on new music. We’re all waiting for something, I suppose. Whether that something is a trip to Grand Cayman, Miami, New Orleans or Las Vegas, or it’s March or even springtime, we’re waiting.
Even I’m feeling that anxious, bored feeling. I’m ready to take on a new project here at home now that we’re semi-settled in, but I’m also kind of still eyeing the bins in the garage, thinking we should have cleaned out more! So I started thinking of ways we might break up the monotony in the meantime. Over the weekend, DDHQ posted this picture of John Taylor:
It appeared with the caption “JT gets plugged in” with Power Station being one of the hashtags. As I looked at the picture, I agreed that it was the visual representation of Power Station for sure, and that gave me an idea.
Nothing can stop us
Admittedly, it’s been a long time since Amanda and I have done any sort of game on social media. There’s no time like the present though, so we thought we could try something just for fun on Facebook and Twitter. To begin, Amanda and I are going to decide on the name of a song, and your job is to wow everyone with a visual interpretation of that song. For example, once upon a time we stumbled upon this painting…
Amanda might better remember what museum we were in when we found that painting (was it Tate Modern? The Art Institute?? Why can’t I remember these things???), but as we stood looking at it – she looked at me and said “It’s Anyone Out There”. You can check out that blog in our archives here. Ultimately, she sent in a question to “Ask Katy”, and eventually got a reply that no – the artwork didn’t inspire the song (but certainly could have!) Regardless, we’ve found ourselves in similar situations over the years where we’ve seen things and immediately a song or line of lyric comes to mind. Now, we’re asking YOU to do the same!
You don’t dance…
So, if you want to join in on the game – just for fun – we will announce the name of the song for the week on social media, and you can post your pictures @dailyduranie with hashtag #DDinpics on Twitter, or you can post them on our Facebook page if you’d like. Either is fine. If I can remember how to post it to Tumblr, I’ll do it there too!
For this week, just to get you started – our song of the week is going to be “Danceophobia” from Paper Gods. Yes, I decided we’d better start easy and go from there. You have from now until next MondayNow go be creative! 🙂 There really aren’t rules to this, but if you can take an original photo to represent this, I would be wildly entertained. Regardless, we just want everyone to have fun.
Eventually, we’re going to do this the other way around – where all of you can post pictures and we have to guess what song you’re interpreting!
I was not planning on giving out a new homework assignment anytime soon. After all, I have minimal time to “grade” the homework that would get turned in. Yet, an idea that popped into my head that wouldn’t be pushed down. It started after I bought my plane ticket for the Vegas shows as I wondered what some people who don’t know about my Duranie-ness would think of this. Would they know Duran Duran? Would they GET it? While I doubt that I could really explain my fandom in any sort of easy fashion, I wondered if I couldn’t share some of their music. If I picked the right songs, could non-Duran Duran fans get the full scope of their musical genius? Could they understand why hearing their music live would be a top notch experience?
As I thought all this, I attempted to push it to the side to give feedback on campaign speeches, to grade a few more essays and to check in with the parents about how my mom’s cold is. But the idea kept coming back. Every time my brain pondered the upcoming shows, the ideas was there once again. I’m giving up. I’m surrendering. I’m waving the white flag. Finally, I’m just going to embrace it through a homework assignment. The goal is for all of you to ponder Duran Duran songs to non-Duran fans. Maybe this idea can haunt all of you, too! Ha!
Your task is to create a list of 10 Duran Duran songs that would capture their musical genius. Think of a person who has not heard any Duran Duran music. What songs would you play to introduce the band to this newbie? What songs might convince a person that they should fall in love with the band’s music, too?
What songs are allowed? I will allow any. They could be album tracks, singles, b-sides, bonus tracks, covers or demos. Heck, I don’t care if you include songs from side or solo projects. That said, it might be not so easy to narrow it to 10 but I recognize that non-fans might only have the patience for 10 tracks. So, you need to be able to sell the band as quickly as possible.
The assignment is due three weeks from today, February 2nd. Normally, I like to give a month but I think it is quite poetic to have the list due on the date that Duran released their very first single in Planet Earth. Plus, I think this is one assignment that people can overthink. I see it now. People will come up with a tentative list then check it a second time to make changes before doing it again and again, etc. At some point, you have to just call it done.
As always, you can turn your assignment in by sending it in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through Facebook message or through DM on Twitter. Once everyone has turned in their assignments, I will compile the list to see what songs were chosen to be included most often, at the very least.
About a month ago, I assigned you all homework. This assignment was relatively easy as I asked each of you to send me a list of twenty Duran songs that are not needed. A lot of people sent in lists, which was great fun to read and to calculate. Most people seemed to enjoy the idea as they understood that this task was not to criticize Duran Duran but to have fun with their vast catalog. Of course, some questioned my fandom by asking about this, but I don’t need to prove my love. I do it everyday here. Anyways, on to the results!
First of all, I could not limit the results to 20. There were too many ties. I could have stopped the list at 15 or go up to 24. I opted for the latter. Second, there were a lot of songs listed, 111 songs to be exact. They represent ALL the albums. Some were album tracks while others were b-sides, demos, etc. What also fascinated me as I went through the results was the idea that one person’s throwaway song might be someone else’s favorite. For example, the song Planet Roaring made it onto a list. While that person might think it is not necessary, I know other people who love it. (I do, in fact.) Now, I’m not saying that to criticize any of the choices but to show how diverse the fanbase’s tastes are, which I think is cool. What might be interesting is to compare this list with those songs who made it on the Top 40. Were there any songs in the Top 40 list that fans thought were not only top 40 material but ones that don’t need to exist period? What about the songs that didn’t make it on either list? Are there many of those? What does that tell us about Duran fans? Questions I suspect that I might explore in later blogs.
24 Duran Duran That Are Not Needed:
The results here are given in most frequently included to least:
Read My Lips
Can You Deal With It
Yo Bad Azizi
Breath After Breath
All Along the Water
Taste the Summer
She’s Too Much
So Long Suicide
As you can tell by the results that there were some albums that produced a lot of songs that Duranies feel are not needed. For example, there are a number of tracks off of Red Carpet Massacre and Pop Trash.
What do you think of this list? Were you surprised by any? Were you expecting different tracks? How did your list compare?
Directions: Your task is to create a list of 20 songs that Duran Duran does not need in their catalog. We all know that Duran has many, many, many exceptional songs. In fact, they have so many that they could afford to get rid of a few without any impact on their greatness. Am I right? (If you don’t agree, just don’t participate. I’m just doing this for fun.) I’m thinking of songs that you might skip over or would not miss if they were not there. These songs might be not bad…they just aren’t as awesome as the rest. So, on that note, you can include any song from any album with a few exceptions:
You cannot include any songs that originally written or performed by someone other than Duran Duran (no cover songs)
You cannot include any live tracks or songs performed live on the album
You cannot include any song from any solo or side project of Duran Duran (this means no Power Station, Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania, Neurotic Outsiders, Simon solo, John solo, Dom solo and more).
What does songs that we do not need mean? That is up to your interpretation. Could it be the worst songs, in your opinion? Sure. Could it be the ones musically that they missed the mark? Of course. Could it include the least meaningful lyrics? Absolutely. You may take into consideration commercial success of the songs. You may think about ones that fans dismiss or don’t like. Perhaps, your list will include just the ones that you personally are not fond of or ones you are sick of. It is up to you.
Do not feel pressure to include songs from each album. It is acceptable to pick only from a few albums or from all of them.
Your assignment just needs to include the list of 20 tracks that Duran could survive without. Normally, I would encourage you to put them in some sort of order but that feels icky bad. While you do not need to include an explanation of why you chose the songs you did, if you would like to include that as well, that is acceptable.
How You Turn in Your Assignment:
Due: Sunday, December 16 (one month from yesterday!)
How: You may turn in your assignment in a variety of ways:
Send your list to our email: email@example.com
Send your list to our twitter
Send your list to our facebook
DO NOT share it publicly. We would like to look at the results and blog about them first. Then, we would welcome each participant sharing. That said, please share this assignment widely. The more Duranies the better in order to produce a solid list. Yes, ideally, we would have a list of the top 40 Duran Duran tracks as decided by Duranies rather than an author from a magazine.
P.S. Some people have asked me to share all of the songs that people included in the last assignments about Top 40 tracks. Here is the list in alphabetical order (I think I got most of them!):
About a month ago, I assigned some homework. This assignment asked Duran Duran fans to give us a list of what they think are the 40 best Duran songs. Thankfully, we got a number of responses. Many felt that this assignment was a challenge, which I agree with! It took me awhile to get it done, too! I offered the opportunity to put the songs in order from best to least best and some took me up on that. Many did not, claiming that it was too tough. Therefore, I just simply recorded which songs were chosen rather than where in the list the songs were. If people want to redo their lists in order, that’s cool. I would be happy to compile the results once again.
Before I share the results, there are a few other comments I need to make. Some fans chose to include which versions they liked best. I totally admire that but since only a few did that, I opted to just put those under the album version of the song. By the time I was done listing all of the songs mentioned, I had 147 different songs listed. What this tells me is that Duran Duran’s catalog and quality of songs is huge! It isn’t just that they have 5 or 10 songs that people think are awesome but literally hundreds. That is impressive, in and of itself! Now, on to the results:
Top 40 Duran Duran Songs:
I Don’t Want Your Love / The Universe Alone / What Happens Tomorrow / All She Wants Is / Tiger Tiger / Tel Aviv / Finest Hour / Someone Else Not Me / Vertigo
Night Boat / Union of the Snake / Winter Marches On / Last Chance on the Stairway / My Own Way / Anyone Out There / My Antarctica / Hungry Like the Wolf
Pressure Off / Late Bar / Girls on Film
Notorious / Sunrise / Lonely in Your Nightmare / Serious / Before the Rain / The Edge of America / The Man Who Stole a Leopard
Is There Something I Should Know / The Reflex / Wild Boys / All You Need Is Now / Hold Back the Rain / Ordinary World
A View to a Kill / Do You Believe in Shame / Out of my Mind / Friends of Mine / Save a Prayer / Sound of Thunder
Secret Oktober / The Seventh Stranger / Come Undone
Careless Memories / New Moon on Monday
Planet Earth / Rio / New Religion
Obviously, there were a number of ties in terms of how many times the songs were included in people’s lists. I also noticed that a lot of the songs were singles and ones that are often played live. Interestingly enough, the only album not represented in this list is Red Carpet Massacre. Many people listed songs from that album but just not enough to be included in the top 40.
What do you all think of the list? Anything surprise you? Are there songs that you thought for sure would be there that weren’t or vice versa? I enjoyed “grading” this homework even though it took me longer than I expected. I have an idea for another Duranie homework assignment, if people are interested. Just let me know!
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!
I apologize for the lateness of the blog. I could comment about my very lengthy to do list or my previous commitments of today and yesterday to provide justification. While all of those things are true, it is more about not being in the right headspace to write a decent blog. I had hoped that my mood would improve over the day but no such luck. When I’m in a frame of mind like I am, I often turn to music. Not surprising, I turn to Duran.
When people think of Duran Duran’s music, the feel good songs of Rio or the Reflex come to mind. Maybe, others think of songs that have an artistic twist like the Chauffeur or the Man Who Stole a Leopard. Obviously, all of those are worthy song choices. Not only are they worthy, but, often when I play them they take my mind off of what is bothering me. They often make me feel better. Yet, today, I am choosing to go a different route. I want to embrace those songs that discuss real life, real world and the issues that humanity must deal with. Here my playlist for the day:
The Edge of America
Ball of Confusion
I’m sure that there are plenty more songs that deal with real world issues in Duran’s catalog. I, for one, am super glad that there are songs for every situation and every emotion. It speaks to the band’s range and quality. As a fan, I love how their music can make me feel good when I need it but also shed light on all aspects of humanity when I need that, too.
An outspoken examination and celebration of fandom!