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Like many, I sat down this weekend and watched the Mazda “Road to Fashion Rocks” videos featuring Duran Duran. First of all, can I just say how nice it was to be watching promo for them again?!? Damn I’ve missed that. It’s good to see them, to hear them, and to even hear them talk about the music they’ve been working on.
During one of the videos, John Taylor made the comment that the new album – I’m still hash tagging it #DD14 until they figure out how to spell the title and send it on to the rest of us – is “everything you’d ever want in a Duran Duran album”. As soon as he said the words, I gave it some thought. What IS it I want out of a Duran Duran album? I mean sure, I could go for the obvious – I could mention specific band members, instruments, etc…but I’m not sure that fully answers the question. It isn’t specifically a band member that makes an album better than others, and it certainly isn’t a specific style. So what is it that I most want? As you might have guessed, I made a list! As I thought about what I might want, I realized that my list was starting to look more and more like the structure of the reviews we do for Daily Duranie. I doubt that’s merely coincidence! As much as the band talks about music that has a beat or is something people can dance to – I find those things not being AS important to me as what I’ve listed below. I don’t expect others to agree. After all, we’re very different people – so come up with your own list and let me know what you’re thinking.
1. Balance: I like a balance between the instruments, and yes, I prefer them to be real. Real bass, real guitar, real drums, and of course real keyboards. Simon is a plus, too. I think their best albums happen when no one player/band member outshines another. I want to be able to hear all of them – a fantastic guitar, that driving rhythm section, a really amazing bass line…but I also want Nick’s atmospheric keyboards, too. Simon’s harmonies are also very important, I prefer his voice to have depth – I love hearing the full range of his vocal abilities.
On today’s date in 1993, Duran Duran played at the Pine Knob Theater in Detroit, Michigan. This date was included on the No Ordinary World tour.
Additionally, on this date in 2006, Andy Taylor made his final appearance with the band, where they performed at the Annual Red Cross Gala in Monte Carlo, Monaco. I am sure I speak for many when I say that in some ways, it hardly seems possible that eight years have passed, and in others – it feels like so much longer. It is very clear that Andy continues to be missed. Rarely a day goes by that pleas for his return cannot be seen in response to nearly anything Duran Duran posts on their Facebook page. Loyalty? Yes, definitely.
It is Sunday! I still feel like it should be Saturday as I have felt a day off since mid-week. No matter. Today is the day that I try to summarize any and all news that took place this week. (For the record, next week better be a quiet one as Rhonda and I have plans. We have to do lists to complete. We can’t have distractions. Unless, it is a really GOOD distraction…anyway!)
Let’s start with the official site, shall we? There was one piece of news posted there this week. This one had to do with a little contest to win a signed copy of “A Diamond in the Mind” on vinyl! They are giving away 5 copies but you need to answer a question and email it in! For details, check out the full post here.
Speaking of contests, DuranDuranMusic also got their hands on a pair of tickets to Fashion Rocks! For those details, go here. Tickets for the event went on sale as well. While, unfortunately, these fans won’t be able to attend, but, if you are more fortunate, we welcome a guest blog!!!
Before I go further into more Fashion Rocks news and info, did anyone check out the clip with Angie Harmon discussing Duran Duran on Jimmy Kimmel? If not, I included it. It is a fun one!
Of course, though, the biggest news this week focused on Duran’s upcoming appearance on Fashion Rocks. First, there was an article written about it in Noise 11, which you can read here. Then, there were videos. *sigh* Here is the website where you can catch all of the clips. Now, I wouldn’t be me, if I didn’t comment on a few aspects of them, would I? Let’s go clip by clip.
1. Duran Duran Path to the Future
This first clip starts out with a bit of history, including the controversy of the Girls on Film video, location videos and the first download. Then, they start talking about the new album. Simon mentions how titles are useful to him writing lyrics. The collaborations on the album are discussed, including John Frusciante and Mr. Hudson, who Nick credited for bringing a new energy, which led to having everything come into “focus”. Hmm…my mind is already whirling. Then, John really gets it going by saying that the album will be “Duran in extremis” and that it will be “everything you ever wanted in a Duran record”. Well, then. This, of course, led Rhonda and myself to ponder that question. Her response will, hopefully, be turned into a blog post. Before that is posted, though, I will ask all of you, our dear readers, what is everything you want in a Duran record??? That said, I did like the listing of successes and the moment when this popped up on the screen:
Spring can’t come fast enough!!!
2. Duran Duran and the Evolution of the Band:
This was your basic quick history of the band, at least in how they got their start and what their early days were like. While I feel like I could dictate in their history in my sleep, at this point, seeing and hearing their story never gets old for me. I will always hear some new tidbit or see some picture I had never seen before.
3. Duran Duran Fashion Icons, Then and Now:
Like the last one, I knew a lot about how their musical influences had always been fashionable and about how they each have different styles but ones that create a similar aesthetic when put together. Yet, this clip truly might be my favorite. Why? Simple. Simon falls out of his chair at the end of it. So funny!! Obviously, he was fine as everyone on the clips laughs with him. I seriously could watch that over and over again!! Mr. Smooth…
Beyond the band as a whole, as we know, John Taylor was in LA this past week, which Rhonda blogged about here. Simon shook the Twitter world this week–not from posting a big spider but by posting a picture of himself from the 1980s wearing…well, not much.
On that note, I can’t wait to see what next week will bring!
On this date in 1985, the American Top 40 charts featured A View to a Kill at number 11 and Power Station’s Get It On at number 9. Clearly, at this time, everything that they did was successful. For John and Andy, they had two massive hits on their hands. As we know, A View to a Kill peaked at number one and was on the Hot 100 singles chart for 17 weeks. Get It On, on the other hand, peaked at this number 9 position and was on the charts for 15 weeks.
In order to celebrate these two hits, let’s watch a couple of clips of them!
A View to a Kill (Live from London 2004):
Get It On (Live Aid 1985):
This week, in the continuing series about Duran tour participation, I am asking about a few tours that were all pretty short in duration. Thus, instead of doing them as separate posts, I combined them. The tours I combined are:
An Acoustic Evening (Feb. 10, 1993 – Feb. 21, 1993)
KROQ Acoustic Christmas (Dec. 12 and 13, 1992)
UNICEF Benefit (April 28, 1991)
Summer Festivals (June 30, 1989 – Aug. 13, 1989)
These tours took place in the following places: Italy, the US, Canada, the UK, Denmark, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. 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 recent tours, the links can be found below:
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)
On this date in 1982, Duran Duran opened for Blondie at the Starlight Amphitheater in Kansas City. This was the first show that they opened for Blondie. This tour featured 13 shows and took place in the US and Canada. Their participation on this tour meant that the Rio Tour was split into two parts, that Duran’s tour was put on hold.
Looking back, do you think this was a good career move on their part or do you think they would have been just as or more successful on their own? What do you think, Duranies???