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The Ranking of the Singles

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a new homework assignment.  This homework assignment, which you can read in full here, basically asked people to rank Duran Duran singles in order of preference.  A number of people turned in their homework on time, which earned them a virtual goal star and a good grade!  Since the due date, I have compiled the results to show the fans’ order of preference when it comes to Duran’s singles.  Perhaps, as the band gets closer to touring, we might remind them which of these singles are popular among their fans and which aren’t!  In future blogs, I will reveal the Daily Duranie rankings and will also analyze the results.  I will explain what I learned from this then!

Without more babbling on my part, I present the fans’ ranking of Duran Duran singles from least favorite to most favorite!!

Meet el Presidente

Someone Else Not Me

Violence of Summer

Electric Barbarella

Skin Trade

Burning the Ground

Out of my Mind

All She Wants Is

Falling Down

My Own Way

Serious

Perfect Day

What Happens Tomorrow

I Don’t Want Your Love

White Lines

Too Much Information

Union of the Snake

Notorious

Hungry Like the Wolf

Girl Panic

Do You Believe in Shame?

A View to a Kill

Come Undone

New Moon on Monday

Is There Something I Should Know?

Wild Boys

Sunrise

Careless Memories

The Reflex

Girls on Film

Ordinary World

Rio

All You Need Is Now

Save a Prayer

Planet Earth

There it is!  What do you think?  How did your list compare?  What surprised you?  What didn’t surprise you?!

-A

Today in Duran History – Simon Interview 1987

On this date in 1987, Simon Le Bon was interviewed on CFNY 102.1 in Toronto.  This interview took place a couple of days before Duran Duran played in that city as support for David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour.  Did anyone see a show from that tour?  I would be interested to see how both Duran was received by serious Bowie fans and vice versa.  I saw David Bowie when he toured with Nine Inch Nails in the mid-1990s.  I was shocked and appalled that the audience stood and were into Nine Inch Nails but sat or left during Bowie!  I wonder if other people noticed something similar with Duran Duran during this 1987 tour.

Of course, when I think of promotion from this era, I think of Three to Get Ready.  Part One is below and shows the band communicating with the media!

-A

Question of the Day: Friday, August 22, 2014

Yesterday’s winner and winner of 2000s:  Picture U

For the overall favorite John Taylor picture!

Conventions and Swag!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m struggling to get through this week. It’s been a busy one here, and given that my children are due to start school again in just a couple of weeks (they got out the last week in June), I don’t think a reprieve is on it’s way.

Today, I am seeking some opinions, and also sharing some news. Recently, Amanda and I were approached about possibly doing another convention in the spring. By “Spring” I mean either March or April – we have a couple of different weekends in mind, avoiding Easter. We have no details pegged at this point, but I can announce with certainty that the convention would be in the Los Angeles, California area – this is definite.

Amanda and I know there are many of you out there who loved Durandemonium and have been waiting for us to announce another.  It didn’t matter that the band wasn’t present or that we were way in between albums. Those who came to the event wanted to be there, to meet new people, form new friendships and have a great time. Judging purely from the people I see keeping in touch with one another on Facebook and Twitter, we think those goals were not only met, but surpassed, and we couldn’t be prouder.

I’ve mentioned many times here on the blog that in 2004, there was another Duran fan convention in New Orleans. This was a pretty magical time because not only were people looking to meet other fans, form new friendships and have a kick-ass time in New Orleans, but there was a new album coming out. The convention was at the end of September and Astronaut hit shelves a few weeks later in October. The band was out and about doing promo, and I could feel the energy reverberating through the fans for the entire weekend. It added something incredibly special and electric to the weekend, that is for sure.

This convention would be similar, assuming of course that the band stays the course and gets the album out in Spring of next year.  That same electricity would be in abundance, and I can’t really think of better ways to energize a fan community than having a fan convention just before the release of an album. Granted, we also recognize that most people are on a budget. Decisions have to be made with finances in mind, and perhaps people might feel that it’s just too close to call – assuming that the band would tour immediately following the album release. My guess (and it IS just a guess) is that even if the band released an album in the spring, and even if they started to tour during the summer – they might not come to the US first. Perhaps they’d get to us in the fall, which seems to be a pretty typical pattern for them. Ultimately though, we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think of another convention or fan weekend during the Spring (March or April) of 2015.  Would you attend? Why or why not?

In that same vein, we have been brainstorming ways to do some initial fundraising so that we can secure convention space.  As you may have guessed, when we booked the previous convention, the money used for deposits came directly out of our pockets (specifically Amanda’s!). Then we had to rush to sell tickets, many months in advance, in order to pay her back. While it wasn’t a horrible system, it led to many, MANY, sleepless nights on both of our parts, not to mention asking all of you to buy tickets some nine months before the actual event. Not a perfect system by any means. So before agreeing to do another, we had to brainstorm of ways to help pay for the conventions and planning. One of the things we decided to do was create a Daily Duranie Swag Shop using Cafepress! If you take a look up in the menu bar – you’ll see “Daily Duranie Swag Shop” up there. Click on it and it will take you directly to our shop on Cafepress. We’ve got everything from T-shirts to bags and shot glasses. Keep in mind that when you purchase, you’re helping us make Daily Duranie better, and putting on the next convention, and we really appreciate your help! Besides, who doesn’t want a Daily Duranie flask?!? We will be continuing to add to our merch and designs over the coming months, so check it out!  (One small caveat: we are still tinkering with the site, and one of the things I’m working on is the search functionality – right now nothing will come up if you search for particular items, but everything we have is on that front page so you shouldn’t miss anything!)

We would love feedback regarding a convention in the spring, and if you find yourself as an owner of some Daily Duranie Swag – take a photo and send it to us!  I’ll put it up on the site!

-R

Today in Duran History – Power Station in Philadelphia and Girl Panic in Durham

On today’s date in 1985, Power Station played at Spectrum in Philadelphia. 

Also on this date, but in the year 2012, Duran Duran played at the Durham Performing Arts Center in none other than Durham, North Carolina!  This, my friends…was a great show, and the night began with a fantastic meet up at the West End Wine Bar just a couple of blocks away from DPAC in Durham.  Approximately 100 Duran fans came to the meet-up before the show and began the party with Stolen Leopards (a Duran-inspired drink created for that evening by the bar), mingling, and even a little Duran in the background and on TV screens over the bar as an appetizer for what was to come later.  It was a great time, and we continue to thank Karen Booth and Kim Buchanan for helping us organize and plan such a great meet-up.  Let’s do it again!!!  -R

Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC
Pre-show meet-up Durham NC

 

 

Question of the Day: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture U

Today in Duran History – Is There Something I Should Know?

Wanna feel old for a second?  Today is Andy Taylor’s son’s birthday.  Lovingly referred to by many as A2 in the community, today is his 30th birthday.  That’s right friends…THIRTY. I announced that he apparently miscounted the years and went about my day, because that “I’m 30” business is just nonsense.  Between that and Roger posting a lovely photo of VERY GROWN Elliot and Ellea to his Facebook yesterday, I’m just done.  

Back to business….

On today’s date in 1983, American Top 40 featured my very favorite Duran Duran song, Is There Something I Should Know at #7 on their weekly countdown.  Only #7???  🙂

Here’s the video.  Today hasn’t started off so great here, so I’m just going to take the opportunity to try and reset Wednesday – my least favorite day of the week.  Cheers!  -R

 

 

 

Question of the Day: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture E (by one vote!)

JT00E

Question of the Day: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture U

JT00U

Today in Duran History – Alice FM

On today’s date in 2004, Duran Duran was interviewed on Alice 97.3 FM (San Francisco). I was hoping to find some audio of this on YouTube, but I came up empty handed.  For me, this time of year always brings me back to memories of 2004. I was deep within the throws of planning for the upcoming Friends of Mine convention in New Orleans, the band was eagerly doing promo for their soon-to-be-released Astronaut, and it seemed like nary a day went by without some news or an appearance from the band. The fan community was hopping with the excitement, and even though I didn’t have a single friend here in Orange County that was into the band like I was, thanks to the internet I never really felt alone. It all felt new and exciting. Little did I realize that it was just the beginning, and that I would have amazing times ahead.  

Jump ahead from 2004 to the year 2012, and on this very same date I saw Duran Duran at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Alabama. Not only did I see the band, I got ready at the crack of dawn in order to be at the front of the GA line, and on that fateful night, Amanda and I had front row.  It was a good night, to say the least…but better was on the way.

Just two years later, and we’re waiting for the newest Duran Duran album. It would appear that we still have quite a wait ahead, as the band recently suggested that the newest release “goal” is Spring of 2015 (I read somewhere that Nick is hoping for some point in the first half of the year…), but perhaps we’ll start seeing some promo and news to keep us going until the album drops.  Let’s hope!

-R