Finally, a date in history that I clearly remember!
Wait…I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing in this case.
Was 2005 really that long ago? Twelve years flew by in a blink! On this date in 2005, Greatest went platinum. (Actually, it’s gone triple platinum now)
I didn’t buy Greatest when it first came out, in 1999. It was only available on VHS at that time, and the track listing was a bit different. I was in the midst of mommyhood then, and while I seem to remember seeing the VHS tape in the store, I know I felt that I already had those videos on my VHS copy of their video album from the 80s. Here is that track listing for those of you who might want to know:
- “Planet Earth”
- “Girls on Film” (Uncensored)
- “The Chauffeur” (Uncensored)
- “Hungry Like the Wolf”
- “Save a Prayer”
- “Is There Something I Should Know?”
- “Union of the Snake”
- “New Moon on Monday”
- “The Reflex”
- “The Wild Boys” (extended version)
- “A View to a Kill”
- “Skin Trade”
- “I Don’t Want Your Love”
- “All She Wants Is”
- “Burning the Ground”
- “Ordinary World”
- “Come Undone”
- “Electric Barbarella”
- “My Own Way”
- The Wedding Album EPK
Then, in November 2003, they reissued Greatest, but this time, it was on DVD. First of all, can I just comment on how genius was it to reissue Greatest right at that time? The band had reunited, done quite a few shows that summer, and then this compilation DVD is re-released. If you were a big fan you wanted it, and if you were someone who went to go see their shows but had forgotten their music, you wanted it so that you could be reminded. It was like the “catch me up” album to have, and having a DVD full of videos to go with it wasn’t bad either. It was only then that I started hearing about easter eggs.
Yeah, I was pretty in the dark about the whole technology thing back then, despite being married to someone in the industry. I quickly learned that easter eggs were hidden treats (well, they were treats for us, weren’t they?!?) that one could find by clicking on the title, or playing the videos in a certain order. This was fascinating! I spent an incredible amount of time trying to figure out how to see this video or that video. In fact, it was over a year later when I was headed off for my very first fan convention, and we were still talking about all of the easter eggs! Eventually, I did find them all – with help – but the DVD was actually the first place I saw the entire 17-minute version of New Moon On Monday since the 1980s. Yes, the easter eggs were a pain until you either figured out how to get to them, or, like me – had some kind soul send a directional map! (I was never very successful at easter egg hunts!) I thought about including a full track listing including hidden tracks here, but what I found was way too long and complicated. Google it!
I have to say, out of all of the things the band has done with video – and this is just my opinion – I appreciate the easter eggs on the Greatest DVD most. It was genius, and while yes, many of the eggs stumped me, it was fun, and it got the fans talking. A LOT! While doing some reading before writing this post today, plenty of online places say the DVD was criticized for the easter eggs. I can understand, because yes – every DVD player works differently, and it was confusing in parts. Even with all of that, I still had fun with it, and it was a joy to see EPKs and versions of videos (however the smallest of differences) that I hadn’t ever seen or noticed before. Personally, I think people just like to complain.
Hmm…might actually BE something to that easter egg thing, should they maybe want to re-release anything like an anthology or something for the 40th anniversary coming up in 2018…not that I’m counting or suggesting anything….just saying….
So while this date in history commemorates the Greatest album going platinum – and I don’t know how many of you keep track, but there are STILL weeks that go by where Greatest tops the charts in various countries – I can’t help but remember the DVD as well. It was something that brought me up to date (both with technology as well as with things the band did while I was busy getting married, moving across the country and having kids!).
Hmm, they’re forecasting a lot of rain this weekend where I live (which means we should probably build an ark!), I might just drag this out and have a Duran viewing party!
Do you still have your Greatest CD/DVD/etc??