Tag Archives: Hold Back the Rain

Question of the Day: Friday, February 17, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Hold Back the Rain

Which song do you like better:  Butterfly Girl or Hungry Like the Wolf?

Question of the Day: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Sound of Thunder

Which song do you like better (for favorite weather song):  Hold Back the Rain and Sound of Thunder?

Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Hold Back the Rain

Which song do you like better:  Salt in the Rainbow or Sound of Thunder?

Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Night Boat

Which song do you like better:  Before the Rain or Hold Back the Rain?

Skin Trade, 1987 (and other deep cuts): Do You Remember?

So let’s get right down to it: on this date in 1987, Working for the Skin Trade debuted on MTV. Do you remember?

I know one person out there does for sure.  Patty Palazzo, owner of Punk Masters and one time assistant for someone named John Taylor, likely remembers this without much problem. A year or two ago (maybe even longer?) I interviewed Patty for Daily Duranie. During that interview, we talked about Skin Trade, or rather – her obsession for the song. I haven’t forgotten that little tidbit!

So, in honor of this special day, let’s watch the video!

 

I like the days in history where we have a song, single or video to celebrate – it gives me a chance to watch again. I’m not one of those people who will purposefully get out my collection of Duran videos (I don’t really have much of one) and watch them. There’s not enough time…which is why whenever I’m at Amanda’s house I basically overdose on Duran videos when I have the chance!

The thing is, there are a lot of other songs that I almost never think about because they aren’t singles or on setlists…and some of them don’t even have videos at all.  On Monday morning, DDHQ asked what should have been a simple question: what is your favorite “deep cut” by Duran Duran. Deep cut meant a song that wasn’t a single.

My first thoughts were Late Bar and Secret Oktober, as always. But..DOH!…those were both B sides ON singles. Do they count? I’m always afraid of posting an answer and then realizing that I didn’t answer the question correctly. The last thing I want or need are 50 other fans telling me that I didn’t answer right (and yes, there are always some that take a certain amount of glee in setting someone straight). So I checked out some of the other replies before posting. I decided that no, I probably shouldn’t post those two songs because while technically they weren’t singles, they were B-sides and not even on the albums. sigh So what to choose?

My brain went blank. Amazingly, peacefully, blank. I might not have even been able to remember my name at that point. Seriously. What in the hell was (is…I mean IS) wrong with me?  So, I went album by album in my head. What was on the first album? I thought of those songs. Nothing really jumped out at me. Went on to Rio – what was on there? That’s when I came upon Hold Back the Rain. Always did like that one. Almost never hear it live. Hmm. Then I thought about other albums. Notorious was never one of my big faves (sorry). Big Thing was fine – shoot, now as I’m writing, I’m thinking I should have probably picked Land or Palomino. Wait, are those singles? (No, no they weren’t. I’m an idiot and need a brain transplant.)

So…I could have done that all day, as it turns out. I settled on Hold Back the Rain rather quickly because of two reasons: A. it is a good song and one I really like. B. I was trying to hurry.  But, I did think about Paper Gods. One of my most favorite songs off of that album is a pretty deep cut that you don’t even get unless you buy one of the exclusive versions – Planet Roaring.  That’s another one that I would probably give my eye teeth to hear live. (well, maybe NOT my eye teeth. I’d look strange without them. How about a molar??) The big fan in me wishes they’d play it live. It’s anthemic, it’s easy to sing along with them, and it would get the crowd going…or at least the crowd in the first three or four rows. sigh.  I hate it when my brain knows something my heart wishes to completely disregard.

So, go on then…what’s your favorite deep cut?  No pressure…we’ve got time…answer in the comments!

-R

I Want Your Attention: Duran Songs for Friend

Last weekend, I spent about 30 hours in a  car with three of my colleagues and friends as we traveled to and from Washington D.C. for the Women’s March.  During the drive, two of us provided the music, the soundtrack for the trip.  While I had compiled playlists of social justice songs and songs about women and women’s power, I also played some of my favorite songs.  During a long stretch of horrible fog, my friend turned to me and said, “I like many of the Duran Duran songs I have heard but I just don’t know them that well.”  She went on to say that she likes Hungry Like the Wolf and Come Undone.  Ignoring those specific songs, my brain started reeling.  Which songs should I play for her, I wondered.

Before I started picking out Duran tunes, I looked to her music collection.  She had lots of Madonna, for example, especially 80s Madonna.  The Cure took up space in her collection.  Besides that, she had a lot of 90s music on there from the Verve Pipe to Oasis, which makes sense since she is about 10 years younger than me.  I took these songs to mean that she likes pop but the fact that she had a lot of the Cure makes me think that she would be open to some darker, more obscure Duran.  Here is what I came up with to play for her divided into pop and dark.

Pop:

Since she clearly knows some classics, I thought I would skip more of the obvious ones like Rio.

Hold Back the Rain:

New Moon on Monday:

I Don’t Want Your Love:

Sunrise:

All You Need Is Now:

What do you think of those choices?  I wanted feel good songs but also wanted to showcase the fact that all Duran, even those feel good songs, have substance behind them.

Darker Duran:

Before the Rain:

Out of my Mind:

Friends of Mine:

Secret Oktober:

The Chauffeur:

What did I miss?  What else should I include?

-A

To Lighten Up Your Mood: Motivational Duran

Yesterday students arrived at the school I teach at for the first time this year.   (I know that this blog is supposed to be about Duran fandom.  This post will get there, too.  I promise.) The beginning of the school year is always a little rough and this year is no exception.  There are always changes and adjustments that need to be made no matter how much summer planning was done by school staff.  In my case, this year, it is all about my class rosters and how many students I have.

For those not in the know, I teach 4 sections of freshmen United States History (along with the very welcomed Women’s Studies).  This means that I spend most of my day trying to get 14 and 15 year olds to engage in activities and discussions surrounding U.S. History from 1865 to 1945.  It is not the easiest task in the best of circumstances.  This year, though, my class lists are pretty messed up.  I have a small class that I’m team teaching with a colleague.  Then, I have two HUGE classes.  One of those classes I am also teaming with but not the other one, which makes no sense.  I also have 25 more students than my colleagues, which is beyond not cool since we assign a lot of essays so I’ll be grading until the cows come home.  Even weirder, still, is the fact that I have a class that has 25 boys and 5 girls.  A lot of those boys have a history of getting themselves into trouble, on top of it all.

While the scheduling seems random, I would not be surprised if I was assigned the class of what I would lovingly call “naughty boys” because I have a long history of success with kids who fit that description.  Part of me appreciates the weird sort of compliment.  The other part of me just worries about being exhausted for the next 37.5 weeks.  Therefore, it is pretty obvious that I’m going to need some energy, some motivation, something to keep me going.  As with everything else in my life, I find myself turning to music, Duran Duran music.  Can Duran give me what I need to be a successful teacher this year?

In order to see if Duran’s music can get me through, I have selected some songs that should work to motivate me.

Wild Boys

The reasons for this song seems obvious, yes?  If I’m going to have a class of “wild boys,” then the song of the same name better keep me going!  I specifically chose the one with “Relax” in the middle because I will need to remind myself of that a lot!

Paper Gods

This song will be used not so much for motivation but for validation.  A teacher’s life in the present day United States is typically filled with a lot of “paper cuts,” both literally and figuratively.  This song acknowledges that paper cuts of some form or another exist, which I often need and appreciate.

Sunrise

The thing I love about this song is how optimistic it is.  I think most teachers need to feel that optimistic, that hope in the beginning of the year and I am no exception.  Many, including myself, need to “feel the new day” as a positive.  I chose the John version of the song because…well…I like his version for obvious reasons and because I stop thinking or worrying about anything else when I’m watching it.

Hold Back the Rain

This song always reminds me of being on the road, being on tour with “no time to worry.”  While the school year gives plenty for me to worry about, I need to remember that there are times, moments when I don’t have to worry.  I will need to recall fun times of this past summer and hope for more in the future when things start to weigh me down.  This song will allow me to go to my happy place when I need it!

Pressure Off

Of course, the school year features breaks and the summer when the pressure truly comes off.  This song will me to remind of that during the long stretches without breaks.

All You Need Is Now

While breaks are always welcomed, I have to remember to appreciate the now and live in the moment.  While teaching is never an easy gig (I just read a stat that states how teachers make about 1,500 decisions in a day or more than 4 decisions in a minute!), I also want to appreciate the moments that remind me of why I got into this field to begin with and why I stay.  I have already had a few this week, such as when I saw some former students who ran up to give me hugs.

So what about the rest of you?  What Duran songs do you use to motivate yourself or to keep you going even when you are exhausted?  Which songs keep you going at work?  I would love to see everyone’s lists!

-A

Question of the Day: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Hold Back the Rain

Which song would you rather have ADDED to the setlist:  Too Bad You’re So Beautiful or Hold Back the Rain?

Question of the Day: Monday, August 22, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Too Bad You’re So Beautiful

Which song would you rather have ADDED to the setlist:  Hold Back the Rain or Out of my Mind?

Question of the Day: Friday, August 19, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Hold Back the Rain

Which song would you rather have ADDED to the setlist:  I Believe/All I Need to Know or Out of my Mind?