I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Duran Duran is answering calls from the fans to do more online video parties! Today – yes, this very afternoon/evening – Duran Duran is hosting another video party. This time on their Facebook page, we’ll have the opportunity to watch videos (no requests, please!) and chat amongst ourselves. I’m a little fuzzy on how they’re working the videos – but I’m up for any sort of diversion these days! Hopefully, this will give everyone a chance to smile, and maybe even put stress aside for an hour or two.
If that’s not quite enough, don’t forget our own DJ Velvet Rebel and The Music Between Us Livestream happening on Friday, 1pm PDT/9pm GMT. I know it is Good Friday, and that may not work out for everyone. I have a feeling there may be more of these as time goes on, so don’t worry. I am going to make a point to check in for sure!
I’m cutting this blog short today for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that tomorrow is a special day. Believe it or not, my husband and I were married on April 8, 2005, which means that tomorrow is our 25th anniversary. Yes, it really IS a miracle we’ve lasted that long.
The good news is that my kids are all here to celebrate with us (which is not by design or planning), and the bad news is…well…I think it’s pretty damn apropos that it’s happening during a pandemic. I mean, come on!! I do have to laugh. Two weeks ago or so, right as everything was being shut down, or maybe right after, I can’t remember now – Walt told me he had originally planned for us to go on a trip. My husband doesn’t plan. Definitely not a vacation or trip, or pretty much anything. Ever. (unless its a work meeting, of course!). So naturally, of course there’s a pandemic. Yes, I realize it could always be something worse. I’m choosing not to think about that.
So, instead of packing for a trip, I’m finishing up a handmade card and figuring out a menu for tomorrow. Cooking is last on my list of favorites, but in this situation, it’s the best option.
While I’m at it, shout-out to Jason, who is ALSO celebrating a special day tomorrow. It’s his birthday!!! Happy Birthday Jason!!
During a time when video meetings are quickly becoming the norm, Daily Duranie has jumped on board the train! As we brainstormed of ways to try and connect with other fans, even while concerts and tours are being cancelled. We thought about how we could incorporate videos and chat together in one single place.
Previously, we’d have these video parties by putting together a YouTube playlist, then chatting on Twitter, making sure to use a hashtag so that others could follow along. It wasn’t easy, particularly if you only had use of a single screen. We found that we could either watch the videos OR chat, unless we had a phone and a laptop or some other combination of screens.
Suddenly, it hit us that maybe we could use Zoom, particularly now while it is free for people to try it out. So, we are going to set up a meeting on Zoom for next Sunday 3/29. The party is scheduled to begin around 11:30 am PST so that way perhaps we can reach at least some people around the globe (we’ll start the meet up by explaining how to use Zoom for video viewing), and we’ll go from there. Our plan is to have a 3-4 hour video party, same rules as always – participate, have fun, and if you’re so inclined – have a cocktail or two! We’re trying to give everyone notice so that if you do not already have Zoom on your laptop, you can get it downloaded. Once we have the meeting details (there’s an ID number and password for each meeting), we will post those details on our FB event page that is going up this afternoon.
Hope to see many of you on Sunday – what better way to spend time than with Duran Duran and friends?!?
During my daily scroll through Twitter, I noticed that the video for “Take On Me” by A-ha has reached the crazy milestone of one BILLION YouTube views. It is only the second video from the 1980s to have reached that pinnacle. More on that later…
One billion views is a lot. If I only had a dollar…. well, away, that’s a lot of eyeballs watching a video from 1985. (note: the original song was released in 1984, but the video, along with the updated version of the song produced by Alan Tarney, came out in May of 1985)
Now, I have a sneaky suspicion that many of you out there reading are wondering “Well, where do any of Duran Duran’s videos fit into this? Are any of them near one billion?? I mean, this is A-ha. Surely “Rio” has to be close to that, or “Hungry Like the Wolf”??)
Have you ever wondered…
Let’s just have a look-see on YouTube. At first, I just looked up the videos I thought of first, but then (as typical with me) I got caught up into it and decided to check out ALL of their videos. The criteria was that I only took the stats for the official music videos unless otherwise noted (for example, Friends of Mine has [HQ] denoted because there is no “official” official version. This was the closest I could find). I didn’t track the exact number of views, relying on what my YouTube search gave me when I’d type videos into the search bar, so if they’re slightly off from what you find when you do a detailed search – I don’t need to know. I also didn’t choose to include the separate Sunrise edits for each band member.
In order of most views:
Save a Prayer 56 M
Come Undone 53 M
Wild Boys 15 M
Girl Panic 7.7 M
New Moon on Monday 7.6 M
Planet Earth 7.5 M
Ordinary World 7.2 M
Girls on Film 6.9 M
Is there Something I Should Know 5.3M
Pressure Off (Uncensored version because JT is funny!) 5M
Union of the Snake 5M
Hungry Like the Wolf 4.8 M
A View to a Kill 3M
Rio 2.6 M
The Reflex 2.3 M
All You Need is Now 2.2 M
All She Wants Is 2.1M
What Happens Tomorrow 2M
The Chauffeur 1.9M
Skin Trade 1.9M
Electric Barbarella 1.7M
Notorious 1.2 M
Sunrise 1.16 M
Perfect Day 1.1 M
Friends of Mine [HQ] 1M
White Lines 844M
Do You Believe in Shame 797K
Too Much Information 659K
Burning the Ground 639K
Lonely in Your Nightmare 632K
My Own Way 596K
Breath After Breath 566K
Violence of Summer 456K
Pressure Off (Lyric video, because you can’t get enough!) 362K
Night Boat 342 K
Femme Fatale 314K
Falling Down 297K
Last Night in the City 290K
Meet El Presidente 288K
I Don’t Want Your Love 253K
Careless Memories 116K
Lonely in Your Nightmare (V2 – another official version) 97K
Edge of America (does not say official ) 88K
Pressure Off (Censored version, thanks to JT!) 76K
Make Me Smile 64K
Face for Today 59K
What does it all mean?
I have to admit, some of the results surprised me. I wasn’t expecting Save A Prayer to be the most widely viewed video, nor did I think that Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf would be so far down the list. Of course, if any Duran Duran video has been uploaded multiple times in addition to the “official” video and received views, that wouldn’t add into the total, which in turn wouldn’t help the band. That’s something to think about (in addition to respecting copyrights). I also was surprised to see how little love Edge of America or Face for Today seems to get, but then again – the band doesn’t appear in either video, and that seems to matter. Ultimately though, we have quite a ways to go before any Duran Duran video nears the 1 billion mark!
That other video…
I did mention that another video from the 80s has also hit 1 billion views. That video (brace yourself) is “Sweet Child o Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Please digest that information however you see fit. Out of a decade that saw massive video creativity and innovation, it’s a little off-putting to see a lackluster, everybody-does-one “rehearsal” video hit one billion views.
Billboard did a top ten best video list of the 80s. “Hungry Like the Wolf” was on it (as it should be), even “Take on Me” has a place on the list, along with “Thriller”, “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel and even “When Doves Cry”, by Prince, but “Sweet Child o Mine” isn’t on it at all. There’s no accounting for taste, but it is interesting to see how the general public feels.
Then again, maybe GNR watches their own videos. A lot.
Yes, I said that. My blog = my opinion, no holds barred. You’re welcome.
Today is Thursday! As you read this, I’m off trying to enjoy the last few days of summer and forget that in a few days, I’m going to be standing in a long line of middle schoolers and their parents at registration. I’m not ready!! (Don’t tell my youngest!)
Since it is in fact, the final few glorious days of summer…I’ve decided to go ahead and call it a video-day. Sure, you might say it is because I haven’t prepared, or because I can’t think of anything blog-worthy to write. You might also say that I’m taking a day off. However, *I* would say that we should all take a moment and enjoy a few videos!!
So, here are my top “summer” video picks!
If there is one video that reminds me of sunshine, sand and fair weather – it is Rio. All I have to do is hear the first bit of piano rumbling and I am transported to the beach, smell of salt and sunscreen in the air.
Another obvious choice, at least for me, is Violence of Summer. This song – which I love to belt at the top of my lungs as I’m driving home (obviously alone) from a very late night out – reminds me of the carefree nights of no curfew, no children to put to bed, and no one waking up before 9am.
Summer makes me smile. While I’m not one to love heat, I do love the long, lazy days, and the beautifully warm evenings where I live. I feel a certain amount of joy during the summer because my time is typically my own. (and I’m great at wasting it!) The ONE song that always makes me feel joyous (no matter what) is Sunrise.
For the past 8 years, I’ve been a homeschooling parent. As my kids would get ready to go back to school come August, so did I. Curriculum had to be ordered, and lessons needed to be planned. Additionally, Amanda and I still blogged. During some school years, we worked on writing projects too. The pressure of it all sometimes felt pretty hefty by about mid-winter. Watching the fun antics of the “Pressure-Off” video, I think of going to summer shows in the past, visiting Amanda. recording vlogs, vodka tonics, margaritas, confetti, and giving Simon as rough of a time (at said shows) as possible. Sometimes that’s hard from 8th row, but we try our best because…well…it makes us laugh!! (probably more us than him, but that’s ok!) Summer=Pressure Off for me.
Lastly, I can’t help but think about Save a Prayer. Yes, I suppose it might be cliché with the sweeping vistas, the guys in bare feet or the beach scenes. I don’t care. We’ve earned the right to love every last bit of that video, and I do.
What about you? What videos make you think of summer?
It is officially Get Out the Vote (GOTV) time! This means that I will be working on the campaign all day today, tomorrow, Monday and Election Day. A rush of adrenaline hits as this is when you start to see if all the work leading up to Election Night is worth it. This GOTV will be a little different as I also need to make sure that my dad is taken care of. This means that I will take time this morning to go pick up my niece from college to help out this weekend. Did I mention that I still have grading to finish? Ugh. I wouldn’t be lying if I said that this has been the worst spring break ever and that is has been anything but relaxing. But I will push through. What do I want to do? I would like to check out any and all information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with John and Simon but that will have to wait. (That said, can you send me the key links for that? Help out a Duranie!!!) While I gear up for a super busy day, I thought I would be fun to repost one of my favorite blog posts of all time! I enjoyed rereading it and I hope you do, too!
Sometimes, an article or online post will catch my attention and I will feel compelled to respond to it. This morning, I ran across this article/post on dailyfeed out of the UK entitled 12 Reasons Most People LOVED Duran Duran in the 80s. As soon as I saw the title, I knew that I had to take a look at it and I also figured that I might agree with most of it but there might be some reasons that I don’t relate to, even though I did love Duran Duran in the 1980s. Here is their list:
They wrote their own music
They had great fashion sense
They married supermodels
They had “brilliant” lyrics
The Wild Boys video was “unbelievable”
They were Princess Diana’s favorite band
Nick Rhodes was the “coolest man on the planet”
Arena is a favorite album
They had great live shows
They inspired “modern” acts
They had “brilliant” videos
They are still together
Now, I would recommend actually going to the article to see the pictures that go with as well as the brief explanation for each of these choices. So, what do I think of them? Well, right away, I might comment that some of these reasons aren’t related to the 1980s. For example, their influence on others wasn’t known in the 1980s. We might have guessed that they would be an inspiration on others but we didn’t know that then. No one did. Nonetheless, this list made me think that I might create my own list of why people LOVE Duran Duran NOW. Some of my list will match the original’s but, there will be some changes as well.
Number 1: Duran Duran has written some of the best songs that have ever been recorded all from their first single, Planet Earth, to their most recent single, What Are the Chances. Many of these songs have stood the test of time and I suspect the most recent ones as well.
Number 2: While we admire Duran Duran’s great fashion sense, we also can laugh at some of their fashion choices now. We can appreciate that they don’t always have to be “cool”. They can be just themselves and be comfortable with who they are!
Number 3: Duran Duran makes us think. Yes, they absolutely do make us think, whether it is by those brilliant lyrics mentioned by the original post or by their videos that seem to be more than what they seem on the surface.
Number 4: While Duran Duran can make us think, they can also provide a serious escape from reality and remind us that fun is necessary in life! Perhaps, they is why so many of us choose to go on tour to see them as much as we can!
Number 5: Duran Duran will always be cool but, sometimes, they can be pretty dorky, which we love, too! John Taylor’s dance in Danceophobia, anyone?
Number 6: Speaking of “dorky” and dancing, Simon’s dancing is ALWAYS entertaining and never fails to make me laugh!!
Number 7: Duran Duran IS a great live band! No matter how many shows I go to, they never cease to amaze me by how fabulous they truly are live.
Number 8: On top of making us think and making us laugh, they can also really make us feel. Ordinary World might bring out the tears while Rio reminds us that they make us feel “alive, alive, alive”.
Number 9: Duran Duran has recorded 14 amazing studio albums, including one, Paper Gods, released last year. While I may not love each album equally, ALL of them have gems on them and songs that have made my life brighter for simply existing.
Number 10: Beyond the fabulous music, Duran Duran also takes their time to consider the visual, whether that visual is in video form, an album cover or in the font that is used for merchandise. The details matter to them.
Number 11: Duran Duran has fabulously dedicated fans. Each of you reading this should now look in a mirror! Yes, I am talking to you. Go. Do it. You are a fabulous fan! Often these wonderful fans meet and become the best of friends! (Some of those friends are crazy enough to write a blog every day!)
Number 12: Duran Duran is STILL around and have had such an amazing career that has spans decades! We all hope that they will continue to be around for a very, very, very long time to come!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. For many, this is not a favorite day. Personally, I have a “strong dislike”/love relationship with this holiday. To begin with, I don’t think we need a day set aside to tell people we love them – because we should already be doing that each and every day. Also, I don’t really enjoy setting people I know up to fail – and this holiday sort of does that for some reason. I also don’t think we need to remind single people that they’re in fact, single. They already know. This stupid day is sort of “in your face” about that, isn’t it? It’s obnoxious. However, I have children, and I have enjoyed spoiling them on occasion. I only have one at home now, and so today – she’s getting some treats.
So for the rest of us, whether you’re single, in a relationship, it’s complicated, or married (and isn’t it ALL complicated from time to time??), I figure we should treat ourselves. I mean, why not?
Last night for example, I watched Live from London. Now, that might not sound like much, but I hadn’t really watched it in years! I think Amanda and I sometimes include some of it when we do a video party online, but when that’s going on I have a hard time paying full attention to the video. So last night, I watched.
I cannot tell a lie – it was really nice seeing Andy on that stage with the band. Though I am well aware of the band’s working relationship over the years, there is just something about that guy with the music. Much of it was his. He wrote it, and he owned it. But even the music he didn’t originally write, he unabashedly made his own. (Whether people like the way he plays it or not… Andy doesn’t give a crap. He plays the way he wants.) There’s a confidence there and a sense of ownership that felt right.
Now, I realize that some of you are thinking, “But Rhonda, what about Dom?” Yeah, yeah…I know. The thing is, you can appreciate everyone who is has been involved with this band for what they bring to the stage. Andy’s swagger and “IDGAF-what-you-think” confidence, Warren’s artistry, Dom’s expertise as a studio musician and friendliness. All of it has brought us to present day. I was overjoyed, and even a little wistful, to see Andy’s larger-than-life picture onstage during the Miami show when the band played Seventh Stranger. I will be every bit as proud and excited to see Dom on stage next Friday.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Live from London last night. Fifteen years or so gave me a little different of a perspective. I still had chills when the band walked to the front of the stage while a track of heartbeats played. I remembered how that felt when I was in third row at the AllState Arena in Chicago. I noticed how different the band looked – their hair far spikier, and sure – they were a little younger. (as was I…) I noted how some of the songs were arranged the tiniest bit differently for that tour, which was interesting to hear. It also seemed like the whole production and staging felt a lot less choreographed than the Paper Gods shows.
I am hoping to get some time to watch a few more videos today. I feel like it’s time for another Sing Blue Silver viewing, but also maybe time for some YouTube searching for videos from Miami. At any rate – I hope everyone takes a little time to treat themselves today. You’re worth it!
Happy Valentines Day everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!