Yesterday’s winner: Picture J
On today’s date in 2012, John Taylor released his autobiography. Maybe you’ve heard of it??? 😀
That’s right – just two years ago In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran was released. We were giddy with the excitement, sharing pictures and stories from the many book talks and signings with John…and some of us may have actually read the book. (4 times including the two times I listened to the entire thing in the car…but who is really counting?!?)
For the record: I still believe it’s a must-read for all Duran fans. I wonder if the rest of them will ever write one……
On today’s date in 1997, Power Station performed at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA. This date was included on the Living in Fear tour, in support of their second album. John Taylor was not working with Power Station at this point, so the band consisted of Robert Palmer, Andy Taylor and Tony Thompson.
It is that time of the week when I sit down and actually make sure I know what all happened over the past week. I do this to ensure that I am caught up but to help any of you reading this who might be in a similar boat. So, what happened this week? No more Unstaged screenings. No more performances–aired or streamed. Was it a completely quiet one, then, in Duranland? Let’s take a look!
September’s Collector’s Corner was published!
This month’s corner focused on the three different versions of the Carnival EP, which was released in 1982. I do own the US version and appreciated finding out the differences between the versions. It made me want to get all three now! If you, too, would like to learn about the EP and the different versions, check it out on duranduran.com here.
Vanity Fair UK October edition!
The October issue of Vanity Fair UK contains a supplement called, Vanity Fair On Time, which features those pictures of Simon on the Rio boat that Simon fans have been dying for! It also contains an essay written by Simon himself! See a couple of pictures on the official press release!
Fashion Rock photos!
If you are a paying member of DuranDuranMusic, there are some photos from Fashion Rocks that can be seen in the photos section.
John Warwicker Interview
DuranDuranMusic is featuring an exclusive interview with John Warwicker, a graphic designer who worked on Astronaut and the singles from that album. While he didn’t work on anything official until 2004, I found the interview to be fascinating as he met and did some posters for the band before they signed with EMI. He has also been recently involved with Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories project. What really caught my attention, though, were his comments about John and Nick and their ambitious nature.
Rio’s Bass Line:
Bestbassgear.com mentioned John Taylor’s bass line in Rio as being one of the toughest bass lines around. They also featured an isolated clip of the bass here. While I always appreciate recognition of John’s work, I hate that it is wrapped up with a line that reads, “In fact, some of you might think, ‘Duran Duran counts as a band?'” Really?! They wrote and played their own music for decades. I cannot believe that people are still saying crap like that.
Mark Ronson Article:
On a better note, Mark Ronson discussed Duran Duran on cue point. As a fan who LOVED All You Need Is Now, I adore Mark Ronson both as the producer on that album but also as a fellow fan. I love the comments he made in this article about how he was a great producer and a super fan when working on that album. I will always say that part of the reason that album turned out SO WELL is because Mark is a fan. He gets it.
Rolling Stone Magazine on 1984:
This week, Rolling Stone magazine published the list of the Best 100 Singles of 1984. As someone who loved music that year, I couldn’t wait to see who and what made the list. The Reflex made it. Any guesses at what position it landed at?
Crave Online also featured a little article on Duran Duran, which is available on duranduran.com. In this article, there is a brief review at the Madza party and the lack of recognition by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Simon hasn’t tweeted much this past week but he did come on to comment about the Scotland vote and to mention one of U2’s new songs. Did anyone listen to that one? Simon said that he wished Duran would do something like it. John didn’t tweet much but did post a few pictures.
Is that it? Did I get it all? For a “quiet” week, there was still quite a bit of activity! On to the next week…
On this date in 1985, Arcadia finished filming the video for Election Day. This song, of course, was the first single off of Arcadia’s So Red the Rose album and did quite well on the charts. The video was directed by Robert Christian and was influenced by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film, La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast). It was shot in Paris.
Here is a behind-the-scenes clip of the making of the video:
There were lots of interesting imagery, scenes and visuals. Thoughts? Reactions?
Last week, Rhonda went to see Duran Duran’s Unstaged in the theatre with a friend of ours and she wrote about her experience in this post. As someone who attended the actual concert, she had a unique view, which affected her enjoyment of seeing Unstaged now on the big screen. I was not fortunate enough to be there at the Mayan Theatre in the spring of 2011. Instead, I watched it from the comforts of my living room and reviewed it here. I had watched some scenes/songs since but not the entire thing. Still, I knew what to expect. I wasn’t expecting to change my opinion about it but I was looking forward to spending time with some nearby Duranie friends and hearing Duran Duran in a movie theatre setting. After all, I knew what it was like to see A Diamond in the Mind on the big screen during Durandemonium, our 2013 convention. Besides, any day and time, you get to scream, clap, or shout for Duran with Duranies is a good day!
My little group of Duranies started off small as it began with just two of us from my place on Sunday morning. Soon, we had picked up a third. About 45 minutes later, a fourth completed our set and off we were. The movie theatre where it was held in the Milwaukee area was in a little shopping center/mall area. It totally reminded me of the same setting we had for the screening during the convention. It was a nice area and provided us plenty of opportunities for food beforehand. When we arrived at the theatre itself, we *squeed* a little when we saw Duran Duran on the movie marquee as we all stopped to take a picture of it. Once inside, our excitement renewed when we were able to take pictures of the sign outside that particular screen’s door showing what was coming up next. Again, we had a need to take more pictures. We made ourselves comfortable and I decided to mingle a little. After all, I had a few Daily Duranie wristbands left. Perhaps, I might tell some people about this little blog I know, I thought. Many of the people I chatted with before the “show” seemed excited by the blog. Yet, it was clear that many of these people, while fans, weren’t so…dedicated, obsessed, focused on the day-to-day activities of the band and their fans. I wished that there was more time as I would have loved to find out how they heard about the event to begin with. One person did tell me that she is never online and she heard about it through the newspaper. Really? Fascinating.
Soon enough, it was time for the very loud previews to end and those familiar sounds of a Duran show that was to begin. I found myself on the edge of my seat, wanting to get up as I would in a show but definitely not knowing what this crowd would be into. I clapped and sang during the first couple of tracks but was dying to get up. It seemed SO unnatural to stay seated. Thank goodness for my friend, Lisa, who declared at the beginning of Planet Earth that she was getting up. Yes! Now, the party can really start! Of course, it still took awhile for this to feel completely comfortable since the crowd beside my group remained in their seats. I didn’t really get that since a couple of them were definitely dancing in their seats. That said, we did sing, clap, shout “switch it off” and gave John his usual introduction chant. At the end of the show, I again reached out to make contact with the rest of the crowd, which only numbered like 16 including us. One woman did say that she was there on the Wednesday when it screened and that, while there were more people then, we were definitely more fun! Oh yes. Yes, we were. Interestingly enough, while we were more fun, a couple actually got up and left in the middle of it. I wonder why. What were they expecting? I wonder if they were expecting just a clear live performance or a behind-the-scenes documentary or what.
Expectations for this sort of thing does matter. It definitely shadowed my thinking when I saw it “live”. At that point, I was so starved to “see” the band and a show that I didn’t want anything extra. I just wanted them. It isn’t that I’m not feeling that way now but I know what to expect. I also know that if I want a pure live show, I can put on A Diamond in the Mind anytime I want. Also, at the time the event happened and streamed on YouTube, we had a choice between cameras. I don’t remember all of the details but I do remember that there was the crowd camera, for sure. Thus, initially, I switched through them, which probably took away from me enjoying it. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are still some elements of Unstaged that are not only NOT needed but harm the overall feel. Those things are obvious including the Barbies, the mice, the sausages, etc. That said, I found myself enjoying it a lot more this time around. Was it that I knew what to expect? I’m sure that helped. Is it because I knew that the audience was probably going to be a little weirded out, especially since most hadn’t seen it and I have a strange need to stick up for anything Duran does when with people not in the fan community? Is it the atmosphere of a movie theater? Being with different people this time around? All of the above? Probably. I just know that I felt a lot more relaxed while watching. I wasn’t pushing to have it be something it is not. I liked that the setlist was different and I was reminded of how much I adore Mark Ronson and what was accomplished with All You Need Is Now. That reminder isn’t a bad thing.
The WI crew at Unstaged–From Left to Right: Lara, Jennifer, Me, and Lisa!
This week, in the continuing series about Duran tour participation, I am asking about their Rio Part 2 Tour and the UK One off Tour. The Rio Tour was broken up into two parts as in between, Duran opened up for Blondie, which will be a separate poll. The Rio Part 2 tour took place between September 23, 1982 to December 31, 1982. This tour took place in Europe, the UK, and the US. The UK One off Tour took place on July 20, 1983 and July 23, 1983. As always, I refer you to the band’s official website for all the specific dates and locations, which you can see here.
If you missed any of the previous polls about other more tours, the links can be found below:
Sing Blue Silver (November 12, 1983 to April 17, 1984)
The Strange Behaviour Tour (March 16, 1987 to August 10, 1987)
David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour (August 12, 1987 to January 15, 1988)
Nine City Caravan Tour (October 19 to November 4, 1988)
Big Live Tour (November 11, 1988 to March 4, 1989)
Big Electric Theatre Tour (March 10, 1989 to April 26, 1989)
The first half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (March 4, 1993 to May 9, 1993)
No Ordinary Tour (May 13, 1993 to December 10, 1993)
The second half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (December 1993 to April 1994
The Thank You Tour (February 1995 to May 1995)
The Radio Festival Tour (May 1995 to November 1997)
The Ultra Chrome Latex and Steel Tour (Nov. 1997 to Oct. 1998)
The Latest and Greatest Tour (Dec. 1998)
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)