Tag Archives: Duran Duran

How Many Shows of the Latest and Greatest Tour (Dec. 7, 1998 – Dec. 31, 1998)

Once again, I am asking about people’s participation in a specific Duran tour as part of a running series to determine popularity of various tours,  patterns of fan participation and more.  This week I am asking about the Latest and Greatest Tour, which took place in December of 1998 in the UK.  The complete list of dates can be found here.  If you missed any of the previous polls about other more recent tours, the links can be found below:

Let It Flow Tour (Aug. to Oct. 1999)

Overnight Sensation Tour (Dec. 1999 to July 2000)

Pop Trash Tour (July 2000 to Feb. 2001)

The Up Close and Personal Tour (Feb. 2001 to June 2001)

The Reunion Tour (July 2003 to Dec. 2004)

The Astronaut Tour (Jan. 2005 to July 2007)

The Red Carpet Massacre Tour (Oct. 2007 to Oct. 2010)

All You Need Is Now Tour (Feb. 2011 to Aug. 2012)

How Old Were You When You First Saw Duran Live?

Which Tour Did You See Duran Play for the First Time?

Today in Duran History – Nick’s Birthday!

On this date in 1962, Nick Rhodes was born.  It seems that the online world today is filled with pictures, messages, and well wishes to our favorite keyboard player.  Nick, of course, has sent a message to thank everyone for their well-wishes, which you can hear here.  So, how should I celebrate Nick and his birth?  Simple.  Let’s watch some videos!!  I picked some that represented the best of Nick and his work.

Is There Something I Should Know?  (I loved his look here!)

Nick’s Stolen Moments:

Girl Panic:

Arcadia:

The Devils:

TV Mania:

Simon introducing Nick!

What are your favorite videos with Nick?  What would you include in a celebration birthday post?

-A

Question of the Day: Sunday, June 8, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture W

JT-W

 

 

 

 

Analysis of Top 10 Duran Duran Videos

After asking people to submit lists of their top 10 Duran Duran or Duran related videos, I compiled the results and shared the results, which you could find here.  Then, last week, I shared our lists, which you could read here.  To finish up, I thought it might be good to dive into the results and see what we could learn about the Duran Duran fan community and their tastes when it comes to videos.

45 different videos were listed on people’s lists of favorites.  45!  I have to admit that I was surprised by the number of videos.  I figured that there would be a lot more consistency with the videos over the songs.

Which albums were represented?  In what order?  The videos are also listed in order of popularity within the album.

Rio (352 points):   Rio, Save a Prayer, Hungry Like the Wolf, The Chauffeur, Lonely in Your Nightmare, My Own Way

Seven and the Ragged Tiger (202 points):  New Moon on Monday, The Reflex, and Union of the Snake

1st album (165 points):  Planet Earth, Nightboat, Is There Something I Should Know, Girls of Film, and Careless Memories

Songs not on full length original song albums (164 points):  Wild Boys, A View to a Kill and Burning the Ground

All You Need Is Now (90 points):  Girl Panic and All You Need Is Now

Arcadia (83 points):  The Flame, Goodbye Is Forever, Election Day, Missing, and The Promise

The Wedding Album (76 points):  Ordinary World, Too Much Information, Come Undone, and Breath After Breath

Big Thing (57 points):  I Don’t Want Your Love and Do You Believe In Shame?

Astronaut (55 points):  Sunrise and What Happens Tomorrow

Red Carpet Massacre (23 points):  Falling Down

Liberty (11 points):  Serious and Violence of Summer

Tied between Notorious (10 points):  Notorious and Thank You (10 points):  Perfect Day and White Lines

Medazzaland (7 points):  Electric Barbarella and Out of my Mind

Power Station (6 points):  Some Like It Hot

John Taylor (5 points):  I Do What I Do

Band-Aid (3 points):  Do They Know It’s Christmas?

The Devils (1 point):  Hawks Don’t Share

Now, obviously, there are some albums that have more videos than others.  If I looked at points per video rather than just numbers, this would be the order of albums:  Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Rio, Non-album videos, All You Need Is Now, 1st album, Big Thing, Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, The Wedding Album, Arcadia, Notorious, Power Station, Liberty, Thank You/John Taylor, Medazzaland, Band-Aid and The Devils.  My point here is that the Rio album videos beat Seven and the Ragged Tiger videos simply because there were more of them.  Nonetheless, it is clear that the most popular Duran Duran videos were made between 1982-1984.

In terms of side and solo projects, Arcadia’s videos hold the top spot for the fans, at least in terms of their videos.  Some side projects did not even make the list, including Neurotic Outsiders, Simon solo and Andy solo.

I wasn’t really surprised much by the results.  I expected the videos from Rio and Seven to do really well.  I expected that the videos made between 1986-2000 to be, generally, less popular.  If I had to really look at the most popular videos, part of the key to their popularity has to be that they either have solid story lines to them, are “pretty”, or came out at a peek time in Duran’s career.  While there was much that I was not surprised by, there were a few things that I was surprised by.  First, I was surprised that Serious did not do better than it did.  Second, I was surprised that Ordinary World did as well as it did.  While it is one of those “pretty” videos, I think Lonely in Your Nightmare is just as pretty.  Clearly, it was a situation in which people’s thoughts or memories affected their preferences.  The same is probably true for The Reflex as it is really the only performance video chosen.

What do the rest of you think?  What surprised you?  What didn’t shock you?  What else should I have analyzed?  Like the top 25 songs, I enjoyed doing this.  The next one will take place later in the summer as I will ask the fan community to develop the ultimate album!

-A

Today in Duran History – Dallas 1995

On this date in 1995, Duran Duran played at the Starplex Amphitheater in Dallas.  This show was part of the short radio festival tour that Duran did in the summer of 1995 to support their album, Thank You.  This tour took place in the US only.

Did anyone attend this show?  Did anyone attend any of the shows that were part of this little tour?  What were they like?

I did find a website that was selling pictures from this very show.  If you are interested, you can click here.

-A

Question of the Day: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture O

JT-O

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Duran Duran Part 2

A couple of weeks, I posted a blog in which I encouraged Duranies to list 10 things that the band has done that they really loved.  We all became fans because we like their music and so much more.  I wanted people to articulate those things, to actually express what it is that the band has done that has continued to impress them, to keep them fans.  I received quite a few lists from fellow fans.  I have kept each and every one and plan on sharing the complete list on Duran Duran Appreciation Day in August.  I loved reading each and every one as it reminded me why I LOVE Duran Duran, why I am a fan.  I would go so far as to say that my love has become unconditional.  I can’t imagine not loving them, not being a part of this fandom.  That said, while I always love the band and always will, I don’t always love what they do.  I know that I’m not alone in this.  I see it all the time with other fans and I don’t think there is anything wrong with questioning choices.  Please note—when I say I question choices, I mean simply that.  I question a choice–the support is always there, even when I question.  I also understand that I do not see or know everything, but there are some moves that do make me wonder and make other people wonder.

What have I seen people question?  Lots.  I have seen many comments over the years questioning things like album covers, single choices, set lists, choices of producers, treatment of guitar players, touring locations, speed of which albums are released, fashion, and much, much more.  My question here is simple.  What are 5 things Duran Duran has done that you, personally, have questioned?  The reason I’m asking this isn’t because I want to start a chain of complaints or criticisms.  No one wants that.  Yet, I’m curious to see if there are patterns.  What bothers Duranies the most?  Is it decisions surrounding music and albums?  Videos?  Touring?  Something else?

I’m hoping that our fandom culture is such that people can express themselves about what they have questioned or have been disappointed with without fear of criticism or ridicule.  I am doing that myself here.  I am hoping that I DO NOT get criticism by simply asking the question.  I’m hoping that other fans know and understand that one can love Duran Duran but not love every single move that they have made.  Much like real life, I love a number of people.  I love my family, for example, unconditionally.  I can’t imagine anything that they would do that would result in me no longer loving them.  That said, I don’t always love everything they do.  For example, I love my brother.  I respect him immensely and truly do believe that he is both brilliant and compassionate.  I didn’t love, though, when I helped him move and he overpacked the moving truck by 5000 pounds, which resulted in having to move his stuff from one truck to another before even getting to his new place.  Did this  frustration make me love him less?  Absolutely not.  It means that I might suggest to him that he owes me when I move this summer.

So what has Duran done that I have questioned or didn’t like much?  Like my list of what I love, I’m going to list the first 5 things I think of, in no particular order without taking time to justify my list.

1.  Working with Timbaland

2.  Not making Dom a permanent member

3.  Not mixing up their set lists more than they do

4.  Durantime

5.  Not having more events like the VIP party for the MoMA screening of Unstaged.

So, what about the rest of you?  What is your list of 5 things that you have questioned?

-A

Today in Duran History – UNICEF 2000

On this date in 2000, Duran Duran played a charity show in London for UNICEF, which is an organization focused on children’s rights and emergency relief.  UNICEF, in fact, stands for United Nations Children’s Fund, and has been in existence since 1946.  It was founded to help children in countries impacted by World War II.

This particular concert was not the first time Duran had played for this charity.  They had also played for it in 1991.  What do you think about Duran Duran playing for charity?  Good thing?  Bad thing?  Depends on the organization?  What organizations would you support them playing for?

-A

 

 

Question of the Day: Friday, June 6, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture G

JT-G

Today in Duran History – Milan

On this date in 2005, Duran Duran played at Filaforum in Milan, Italy.

Here’s the set list:

SUNRISE
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
UNION OF THE SNAKE
ASTRONAUT
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE
COME UNDONE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
HOLD BACK THE RAIN
REFLEX
TIGER TIGER
CHAUFFEUR
A VIEW TO A KILL
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
BEDROOM TOYS
NOTORIOUS
NICE
CARELESS MEMORIES
WILD BOYS

COME UP AND SEE ME MAKE ME SMILE
GIRLS ON FILM
RIO

(set list from dd.com of course…Hey, we don’t keep ALL of this stuff archived!!)
Want video?  I found some…

The video quality isn’t fabulous…but it’s Make Me Smile!!