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Duran Duran History – Duranasty

Duran Duran history for February 18 reminds us to congratulate Duranasty on another fantastic year of a webzine that cannot possibly be outdone.  On this date just last year, Duranasty entered its twelfth year and posted a fantastic update on what we still call #DD14!

Amanda and I would just like to take a second to thank Salvo for all that he has done for the Duran community. His webzines are truly a work of art, and we know the kind of blood, sweat, and tears that go into them. It is a lot of wonderful hard work with a generous amount of heart and soul that make blogs and webzines work. There may or may not be a lot of acknowledgment that comes directly from the band, but we just want him to know how much WE appreciate what he does.  You pave the way for the rest of us, my friend. We really do look up to what you’ve accomplished as the standard we need to try and match. Thank you, and we look forward to many more years of Duranasty ahead!

-R

 

Lindsay Lohan Rumors, Day Two

Some rumors refuse to die, and so when I got up this morning, I suppose I wasn’t all that surprised to see that yes – Lindsay Lohan was still in my Facebook newsfeed.  Turns out, a “source” told The Mirror that Lindsay was doing more of a spoken word part on the album while her sister Ali was doing the singing. They are to be featured on the same song.

Truth be told, until the album is in our hot little hands or DDHQ cares to respond to the rumors, we won’t really know who or what is on the album…and it’s not our job here at Daily Duranie to investigate the truthfulness of such rumors.  We do, however, respond as a sort of voice for the fans. So, after reading the rumor of the day, I threw it out to our Facebook and Twitter followers to gnash their teeth on.

Many fans are ever-supportive, saying that they trust the band’s choices, including that of Lindsay Lohan. I’m not exactly sure what that means, given that none of us have any control over what the band does. We can only control our purchasing power, and they’ve seen evidence, however limited that may be, of that power in the past. When I read that someone “trusts the band’s choices”, I don’t get the feeling that they’re reserving judgment until they hear the song – they just know they’re going to love whatever the band does because well, it’s Duran Duran. I am not that kind of fan, but there’s room for everyone in this fandom. Others though question not only the validity of the rumor (don’t we all?) but the fact that out of the billions on the planet – Lindsay Lohan has the right voice for the job. I throw up my own hands on that one because like any other fan – I have no idea what they’re going for. That would be my statement on the entire album at this particular point though, and not just from the rumor/announcement of the Lohan sisters. There has been quite a cacophony of names being paraded about over the last four years – and to those of us whom have never heard even a single note or snippet, connecting the dots from Mr. Hudson to John Frusciante and Nile Rodgers and now Lindsay Lohan may seem a little far-fetched. That doesn’t mean it can’t make sense and be completely cohesive, it just means we’re all going to have to wait until next spring or beyond before we really know what it all means. Still others feel that, if true, that it’s a stunt executed for marketing purposes. Once again I say that we can’t argue with the ten million followers Lindsay Lohan has between Twitter and Instagram. If you were in a band and wanted your music to get out to a wide audience of people, this might be one way to do it. After all, this is the same band who held up a sign at the end of Girls on Film saying that some people will do anything to sell records, which brings me to the question of selling out. The devils advocate in me posed the question if one is outraged by the idea of the band licensing their music to sell perfume or clothing or yogurt, or cars for that matter… is this any different? As one fan put it, “That ship sailed to Antigua a long, long time ago.”, I chuckled as I acknowledged the truth of the statement and wholeheartedly agreed.

It is difficult to maintain an open mind – I’m the first to say that here, and I recognize in some sense why the band has kept a lot of details beyond the names working on the album pretty mum. Once upon a time, I had all but made up my mind about Red Carpet Massacre, for instance, before the album ever hit the shelves. I never appreciated Timbaland before Duran Duran, and I still do not. My disdain for Justin Timberlake is well-documented in many places, although I’ve come around to some point on Justin these days. Truthfully I hated Red Carpet Massacre before I even held it in my hand. Thankfully for all of you, I didn’t blog back then. When I first read the article this morning that Duranasty shared, my immediate reaction was not filled with hearts and rainbows of positivity. In fact, I was considering how best to word this blog for the better part of the morning. As I told a few people this morning, I waiver between wanting to remain positive and formulating my fan resignation letter. I’m not perfect.

It all comes down to not knowing, doesn’t it? None of us really know where this album is headed. As someone pointed out earlier on Facebook, we have been given plenty of details as far as names go, but there is still enough mystery and time on our hands to overthink. Who doesn’t enjoy a great discussion on the finer points of Duran Duran?  In time, we’ll have the answers and have spirited discussions over our conclusions.

-R

The Week in Duranland: July 7 to July 13

Well, this week was very, very boring.  I’m kidding!  This week saw some real action!!!!  Obviously, the big news was that Duran Duran performed at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday, July 12.  They played three songs:  All You Need Is Now, Sunrise and Notorious.  Here is a YouTube clip of 2 out of 3 of them!

For other information, you can go to the press release on dd.com here or to read our blog posts about it, go here and here.

What else happened this week?  Other things happened this week in Duranland?  I don’t think so.  Oh, I kid.  I kid.

It seems that Nick Rhodes has a new project.  He is going to front a new genetically formulated range of skincare called Geneu.  It should be introduced this summer.  What will Nick be doing with it?  He will be doing a lot of what he does best:  visuals, graphic designs, photography, etc.  Somehow, this project does not surprise me in the least!

Did I mention that the official website has a new look?  It features some new studio pictures and the cool new font that I just adore!  Go here to see it.

Ordinary World was covered this week by The Pierces.  Go watch and listen here.  Then, tell us what you think!

Another cover was featured in USA Today.  Carina Round covered Come Undone and you can read the article here.  If you want Rhonda’s take on it, go here.

The Washington Post posted a map that features every song about New York.  What Duran song was mentioned?  My Own Way, of course!  See the map here.

The latest edition of the Duranasty Webzine was published!  This edition featured lots of information about the album, including release dates (hoping for spring), first single (hoping for this fall), producers, and more.  Beyond the news, each band member was featured including other projects and some fabulous photos.  It is well worth taking the time to read!  Go here for the goodies!

So, what did I miss???  What else happened?  Maybe, let’s hope, that next week is as exciting or even more exciting!

-A