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The Ranking of the Singles: UK Charts vs. Fans

Last week, I compared Duran Duran’s singles success in the UK and in the US.  In general, Duran has done much better in the UK than in the US.  I could speculate the reasons why but they would just be guesses on my part based on what I know about the US vs. the UK.  One fact that might have made a big difference, at least, initially, was that Duran is from the UK and got a lot more attention and press there when they first started whereas it took years for the majority of people to really pay attention here in the US.  All of that said, I wonder how their chart success compares to how their FANS would rank their singles.  A couple of months I asked Duranies to rank the singles in order of preference.  I then compared those rankings to Duran’s success in the US, which you can read here.  Now, it is time to compare the fans vs. the UK.

Single                               UK Chart Peak                             How Fans Ranked

All She Wants Is                9                                                        28th

All You Need Is Now       Unknown                                     3rd

A View to a Kill                  2                                                        14th

Burning the Ground      31                                                      30th

Careless Memories       37                                                       8th

Come Undone                  13                                                      13th

Do You Believe in Shame   30                                              15th

Electric Barbarella          23                                                      32nd

Falling Down                     52                                                      27th

Girls on Film                       5                                                         6th

Girl Panic                           Unknown                                       16th

Hungry Like the Wolf    5                                                        17th

I Don’t Want Your Love   14                                                      22nd

Is There Something…       1                                                       11th

Meet el Presidente           24                                                     35th

My Own Way                       14                                                    25th

New Moon on Monday    9                                                     12th

Notorious                                 7                                                     18th

Ordinary World                   6                                                      5th

Out of my Mind                  21                                                    29th

Perfect Day                          28                                                    24th

Planet Earth                         12                                                    1st

The Reflex                              1                                                       7th

Rio                                              9                                                       4th

Save a Prayer                        2                                                    2nd

Serious                                     48                                                 25th

Skin Trade                               22                                                  30th

Someone Else Not Me    54                                                 34th

Sunrise                                       5                                                  9th

Too Much Information      35                                                 20th

Union of the Snake             3                                                     19th

Violence of Summer         20                                                    33rd

What Happens Tomorrow  11                                             23rd

White Lines                          17                                                   21st

Wild Boys                               2                                                      9th

What songs reached the top spot in the UK?  The Reflex and Is There Something I Should Know?  Were those high on the fans’ list?  They weren’t terrible but they weren’t great.  The Reflex did better at the 7th favorite versus ITSISK that ranked 11th.

What are other songs that hit the top 5?  Number twos were:  Wild Boys (Ranked 9th), Save a Prayer (Ranked 2nd), and A View to a Kill (Ranked 14th).  The number three was:  Union of the Snake (Ranked 19th).  Number fives were:  Sunrise (Ranked 9th), Hungry Like the Wolf (17th), and Girls on Film (Ranked 6th).  Obviously, the fans were close to the chart positions on a couple of songs:  Save a Prayer and Girls on Film.  Others showed a big difference from chart success to being loved by fans, especially Union of the Snake and Hungry Like the Wolf.

What about the opposite?  How did the fans’ favorites do on the charts?  Planet Earth (peaked at 12), Save a Prayer (peaked at 2), All You Need Is Now (Unknown–it sounds like this song wasn’t released as a single there), Rio (peaked at 9), and Ordinary World (peaked at 6).  In general, though, fan favorites did pretty well on the charts.

What does this show?  I think it shows that fan favorites match more to the UK charts than the US charts.  Why is this?  I don’t know.  One thing could be that fans take the entire catalog into consideration and the US charts didn’t.  They really only focused on a few albums.  The UK charts, on the other hand, show that Duran had success there throughout the band’s career as opposed to just a few years.  What do you think?  Why do the fans match the UK charts better?


Today in Duran History – AOL Chat

On this date in 1997, Duran Duran held an online chat on AOL, America Online, which was one of the first, big internet suite/community/site/whatever you want to call it.  During that year, Duran clearly was attempting to embrace the internet as they also released their single, Electric Barbarella, as the first single available to purchase as a download.  Interestingly enough, John Taylor, as a solo artist, also did online chats during this era as well.  Does this match their use of social networking when Facebook, Twitter, etc. entered the picture?  What do you think?

Did anyone participate in this chat?  What was it like?


Question of the Day: Friday, October 10, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture Z


Today in Duran History – Neurotic Outsiders at the Viper Room

On today’s date in 1995, the Neurotic Outsiders (with John Taylor) played at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California. The Viper Room was known to be “home” for this group, as this was the club where the band first began jamming, and is also the location where an unofficial live album was recorded in 1999.


Question of the Day: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture S


Inside this gilded cage

I was able to take some time and catch the Robert Elms (BBC London) interview with Lori Majewski and Nick Rhodes. Here’s the link for those of you who want to listen. (It starts with Girls on Film at about the 2:31:00 mark)

For the first half, Robert spoke with Nick as they were having “technical difficulty” getting Lori patched in from New York. They talked about New Wave, and how even on American charts – most of the acts were British. Nick spoke of how British acts really wanted to make their mark in America. He also talked about the diversity of the charts and what was available at the time.  At this point, Lori is on the line and is able to say that we were very much caught in “middle-aged” American tastes. She’s right. I can remember being at my sitter’s house after school and having to listen to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” over and over again. On 8-track. It really is a wonder how I made it through that year before I finally discovered KROQ and heard Planet Earth for the first time.

They continue on this theme, and it seems almost astounding to Robert Elms, and I suppose many Brits, that here in America it wasn’t places like New York and LA that drove New Wave. It was suburbia.  Lori makes the point that MTV didn’t arrive in NYC or LA (proper) until 1983, but places in middle-America had MTV far earlier. It was when radio stations began getting requests to play Girls on Film in the middle-of-anywhere Kansas or Florida that suddenly New Wave got a foothold. Thank goodness, otherwise we might still be listening to the Piña Colada Song…

Lori also talks about John Hughes films, which, if you’re not from America, I’m just not sure the importance comes across. You just cannot really imagine how vital those films were to 1980s coming-of-age. Movies such as Pretty in Pink, the Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire…those films were what framed our adolescence. They set the bar for what American teens wanted to look like and be like, and that music really became not only part of the soundtracks for those movies, but for our lives. Much of that music IS New Wave.

I think back on my pre-teen/teen years and it’s really impossible to untangle it all. Unlike many people who chose to write off the 80s as some sort of style experiment gone off the rails, those years matter to me. They made me who I am. I interviewed Lori Majewski several months back (you can read that interview here) and we talked the reasons why Duran Duran fans respond so emotionally to the band, even today. Why does this band matter so much to us?  Many of us were so young when the band was at the height of its popularity, I know that in my case, I didn’t even have the opportunity to see them (Duran Duran) until I was in college.  Even seeing them today has the potential to live out (some of) the fantasies that rolled through my head back when I was twelve. That undaunted, unbridled, RAW teen emotion still exists within. For many, that emotion is not only what keeps us returning for more, it is also what drives us to do some of the crazy things we hear about. Not that I’m judging.  After all, I’ve bought tickets to shows I openly swore I would not be attending, I’ve fawned over a band member or two in my time…and I write a blog. When I picture my fandom, I see it as that leopard in a cage that a certain song mentions. Occasionally, the leopard gets out. I’ll bet yours does too.


Today in Duran History – Roger Taylor

On today’s date in 2010, Roger Taylor was interviewed for a radio station in Cape Town where he said that All You Need is Now (album) would be out in January with a world tour to follow.

This, of course was one of the interviews Roger did for promo as they announced their (then) upcoming five dates in South Africa. Unfortunately, the dates were canceled by the band just a week prior to their beginning date, citing  the promoter had “defaulted on the contract”.

The South African dates were not rescheduled as hoped, leaving many South African very disappointed.  Perhaps this next tour will have them visiting South Africa and making good on their return.


Question of the Day: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture R


Today in Duran History – Baton Rouge

On today’s date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the Baton Rouge River Center.  This date was included in on the All You Need is Now tour.  Neon Trees was the opening band. Were you there?

Here is the set list:

Before the Rain

Planet Earth

A View To A Kill

All You Need is Now

Blame the Machines

Come Undone

Safe (in the Heat of the Moment)

The Reflex

The Man Who Stole a Leopard

Girl Panic

Tiger Tiger

Careless Memories

Leave a Light On

Ordinary World


Hungry Like the Wolf



Wild Boys




Question of the Day: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture N