I am loving this Classic Pop magazine special edition on Duran Duran’s 40th Anniversary. Over the past few weeks, I have read a number of articles and commented on my reactions in a series of blog posts. Not only do I have more articles to read and write about today, I will only be about half way through the magazine. There is so much here! Today, I will cover the articles about the Wedding Album and album art.
The Wedding Album:
This review is similar to the one for Seven and the Ragged Tiger and Notorious as opposed to the lengthy one on Rio. The extra features for this article include a blurb on the players and the tracklisting. I’m not sure how many people are interested in who added vocal samples but it is nice to have the information in one place that is easy to find and read.
I’m always intrigued by the subheadings of these. In this case, the author describes the album in this way, “going back to their roots and injecting a heavy dose of introspection.” Interesting. When I think of the album as a whole I am not sure I hear introspection in all of the songs. In fact, I tend to think more about awareness to the world in a way that hadn’t been included much in the past along with some songs of introspection.
Again, the author begins by providing context, including what the music world was like in 1993 and how a lot of people had written off Duran. Some, claimed the article, called Duran “Done Done.” I never heard that and am horrified by it. It never ceases to amaze me how cruel critics have been to Duran throughout the band’s career.
As you can imagine a great deal of the review focused on the creation of the songs and Ordinary World. The articles talked a lot about how they wrote and recorded in a home studio which provided the setting for a focus on no frills, back to basics songwriting. As far as Ordinary World goes, it told the usual story about how it was written about the death of Simon’s friend and got the band back into the spotlight. Despite knowing all that, I didn’t realize that promo cassettes of the album were sent out in 1992 to various media outlets that contained a different track listing including the songs, Stop Dead and Time for Temptation. If you don’t know there, here they are:
This article chose to narrow its focus to the band’s album art. The art for singles is also included. I, for one, appreciate the fact that there was an entire feature dedicated to this. Typically, when people cover Duran Duran, they usually discuss the band’s history, music and videos. If there are any extras, then fashion is brought in. Rarely have I ever seen anything that covers the fabulous album covers.
I love the fact that the article moves through the chronology of the band’s design from their early posters created by John Warwicker to Malcolm Garrett’s designs on the first albums all the way to the Paper Gods album cover. Many of the various album and singles’s art were covered in detail. For examples, I adored reading about the Planet Earth single cover. I think it is my appreciation of art that makes me really love that it goes into such depth on both the images but also the design, including what the entire package might mean or represent. If you are someone who loves analyzing Duran’s covers, this article is definitely the one for you! If that wasn’t enough, it mentions Nick’s book of photography, Interference. Lots of good stuff.
Next week, I’ll cover Top 40 Greatest Duran Tracks and Elder Statesmen.