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Today in Duran History – Miami Signing 1995

On this date in 1995, Duran Duran did a record signing at a Blockbuster Music in Miami.  Based on the year, I assume that this signing was for the album, Thank You.  Did anyone go to that signing or another signing of that year?

Having only been to one signing, I have to wonder how different they are.  Obviously, in 1995, Warren would have been there.  Rhonda went to a signing for Astronaut so Andy was at hers.  Mine took place in 2007 for Red Carpet Massacre so it was just the four of them.  Despite the line-up changes, are there many differences?  Yes, I am sure that different stores having slightly varied rules and procedures for how to get to go, what could be signed, etc.  At the end of the day, though, do all signings feel the same?  Let’s face it.  The point of going to a signing is to get those autographs but also to have a minute or two with the band.  I also have to wonder how they decide these are the albums that should have signings and these aren’t.  Why not do more of these kinds of things?

By the way, if you want to read about our experiences at our signings, you can link here for Rhonda’s and here for mine.

-A

Question of the Day: April 5, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture AAA

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Today in Duran History – Behind the Music 1999

On this date in 1999, VH1 aired the episode of Behind the Music on Duran Duran.  I have to admit that I’m a complete sucker when it comes to documentaries on Duran Duran.  Even though, I feel like I could tell their story myself (and probably have to some poor sucker who got stuck talking Duran with me!), I still love how documentaries present their story.  I love to see who they are going to interview, what visuals they will use and what parts of the band’s story will be focused on.  For a time, I had a friend who would watch a lot of these with me.  We started to make predictions.  The people interviewed usually included Nile Rodgers, one or both of the Berrows brothers, the band, someone representing MTV, and Russell Mulcahy.  Some of the standard video footage would include videos of Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film along with scenes out of Sing Blue Silver.  The side projects of Power Station and Arcadia were always featured as was the success of the Wedding Album.  Despite being able to predict what was going to be shown and said, I still love watching them and this one is one of the best out there.  I suspect that I like Behind the Music so much because they made it all sound so dramatic.  Plus, I love what Richard Blade, the famous LA DJ said at the end.  He said something about how we weren’t there for The Beatles but we were there for Duran Duran.  Exactly.  They were/are that huge to all of us.  *sigh*

Of course, this episode of Behind the Music was redone or remastered as the band was finishing up All You Need Is Now.  I love that one, too.  Yet, I did find this original one on YouTube, in case you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in awhile.  What do you think of it?  What is your favorite part?

-A

Question of the Day: April 4, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture UU

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Today in Duran History – New Orleans

On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at Saenger Theater in New Orleans.  Were you there??

I remember New Orleans…I’ve been there twice now, and both times were because of Duran Duran.  The first time was for a fan convention in 2004 (can you believe that in September of this year it will have been TEN YEARS since Friends of Mine in New Orleans?!?), and the second time was for the VooDoo Festival in 2006….or as I like to call it “The Day I Discovered What It Is Really Like to Have Your Face Smooshed Into a Hairy Man’s SWEATY Armpit…All For The Love Of A Band.”  😀  Good times.

*shudders*

-R

 

Question of the Day: April 3, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture QQ

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Today in Duran History – Marvin Gaye

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the Capitol Center in Largo, Maryland and dedicated Save A Prayer in memory of Marvin Gaye, who had been shot and murdered by his own father the day before.

Save a Prayer is a song that many Duranies have equated with uplifting spirits in times of sadness or crisis. There are a few DD songs that tend to be on the short list for those moments, and the band has been very kind in dedicating performances of their songs when appropriate.  Sometimes it’s the simple acknowledgment of grief that helps us get through the toughest of times.

-R

Question of the Day: April 2, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture PP

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Duran Duran and Mr. Hudson

That title sounds like a movie in the making…

Did anyone see that the band is in the studio working with Mr. Hudson?  I won’t lie, I didn’t know much about Mr. Hudson, other than he’s worked with Kanye West – in fact he was signed to Kanye’s label and his recent effort, Straight No Chaser was recorded with Kanye West as the Executive Producer, so I took to Spotify to check out his work. I’ve heard a couple of his songs before, but as is typical for me, I’d never really listened. One thing I immediately detect is a sort of shout out to the 80’s.  Not cheesy 80’s, mind you – not throwaway top 40’s pop from the 80’s (thank goodness) – but some of those elements you might hear from Duran Duran, Missing Persons, Joy Division, New Order, ABC…(I could go on and on really).  The arrangements might not be entirely obvious, but you can certainly hear the influences of bands we know and love in the background, despite the fact that the music as a whole is solidly modern.  While I might not be a fan of some of the more urban sounds he seems to favor – I’m hopeful that he’ll work with to maintain respect for the sound we know, recognize, and love.

I also checked out Google to gain understanding of where he’s from, what he’s been up to, etc.  He’s from Birmingham (that can’t hurt!), and he’s toured with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Jay-Z.  As I mentioned, he was signed to Kanye’s label, and has worked with Kanye, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus…and even dub step artist Caspa.

It will be very interesting to hear the final product, but I suspect that the band is looking to breath some modernity into the musical space that they own. As the band has often said, they want to keep looking forward.  I like that Mr. Hudson seems to be able to span the distance between the best that the 80s had to offer and some of the more urban, modern sounds of today.  If he can do that without destroying the band’s musical identity for their fans – then we’re on to something.

If you’re like me and aren’t entirely familiar with Mr. Hudson’s music  (I think I’d only heard Supernova and maybe a couple other songs of his???) – you should check him out, you might just be surprised.

Today in Duran History – France

Happy April, everyone!  On today’s date in 1987 the band played at Espace Foire in Lilles, France.

Could there really be a less exciting note for April Fools?  Probably not….at least for me, since there really isn’t one single thing that I can draw upon from that date in history note to comment.

I did think about announcing that the band has set a release date for the new album – February 29, 2015.  But then I thought that might actually encourage them.  Can’t have that.

Then I thought about announcing my retirement.  But…that seems overdone, and quite frankly I can’t have all of you applauding like that. It’s not necessary.

I considered posting photoshopped pictures of the band,  but then Simon took my idea and actually shaved his beard off.   Damn.

I thought about temporarily converting the blog to be a worship site for another celebrity – but then I remembered that A. I don’t have time for all that; and B. I couldn’t come up with a good celebrity to follow that I could actually tolerate.

What’s really bad is that Amanda and I discussed plans for this several times over the year, and I think it’s fair to say that neither one of us thought to actually write anything down. So now, on “crunch day”, I can’t remember a single thing we’d discussed. Let’s all give a slow clap to my fading memory. It’s OK…I won’t even remember it in a minute.

So until next April Fools…you get a free pass from Daily Duranie.  But I can’t guarantee that next year you won’t find an entire album of “Fool” photos of the band, or a fake tour schedule…or even a fake set list written on a napkin. (Oh wait. We did that already.  Damn!)

-R