Tag Archives: Hungry Like the Wolf

Question of the Day: Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Hold Back the Rain

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

Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Hungry Like the Wolf

Which song do you like better:  The Edge of America or Lake Shore Driving?

Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Hungry Like the Wolf

Which song do you like better (for favorite song with an animal in its title):  Union of the Snake or Hungry Like the Wolf?

Question of the Day: Monday, February 20, 2017

Yesterday’s winner: Union of the Snake

Which song do you like better:  Hungry Like the Wolf or The Man Who Stole a Leopard?

Question of the Day: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Hungry Like the Wolf

Which song do you like better:  The Man Who Stole a Leopard or Palomino?

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?

Do You Remember? DD on MTV’s Unplugged!

In 1993, Duran Duran looked a little different from what they do now.  They’d already lost a couple of Taylors,  and gained a Cuccurullo.  They were deep in the throes of The Wedding Album, experiencing a rejuvenation—a sort of second rise to fame.

The band was asked to participate in MTV’s Unplugged series, a show that had bands basically “unplug” and play their songs as acoustically as possible. Duran Duran participated, and the show was aired on December 15, 1993.

I was a senior in college at the time, desperately trying to finish my classes so that I could (finally) graduate in the spring, already a year later than I might have liked—and I worked full-time as well. Duran Duran was a far cry from my reality at the time, and I didn’t see the program until well after its first airing.

For me personally, I was always struck by Duran Duran being on MTV’s Unplugged because, let’s face it, gadgetry and Duran Duran go hand in hand, don’t they? It was interesting to watch the show because while it is most definitely Duran Duran—it is so different from what I know them to be.

They started with Hungry Like The Wolf, and I almost didn’t recognize it – the rhythm is so different and they rely heavily on a string arrangement to recreate some of the sound we might recognize, turning the song into a ballad. Very, very different.  Songs like Ordinary World sound pretty much the same, but other songs like Too Much Information really throw me a bit – same speed, same words, but the instrumentation is incredibly different. Overall, the program is fun to watch, even now.

I found a full-version of the program, but the picture quality isn’t great.

This one is set up more like a playlist that someone organized on YouTube, but the picture quality is better. Check it out!

Hungry Like the Wolf Art

I have started my Christmas shopping and, this year, I am determined to finish my shopping sooner rather than later.  Of course, I say that every year.  My Christmas giving starts with wish lists.  My family exchanges wish lists so that we do not duplicate what people have already.  Rhonda and I do the same thing.  Let me give a real life example.  Everyone in my family knows that I am a big Duran Duran fan.  While they know that, they cannot possibly know what I have and what I don’t have so a list help.  What is even better for my family is finding a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for the Duran Duran fan.  I came across something that fits that description!

Last week, I saw Duran retweet this:  “Limited edition artwork signed by created from audio of “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Benefitting …” Of course, I had to look at what this limited artwork was all about!  The website states:  “Limited edition artwork by Tim Wakefield.  Created by digitally manipulating, shaping and coloring sound waves generated in the studio…Signed by collaborating music icons.”  In this case, each one is signed by Duran Duran and numbered with a certificate of authenticity.  The picture below shows what it looks like:

War child benefit

In Duran Duran’s case, they signed 100 canvases backstage at their Austin, Texas, show.  Each piece is 30 by 30 inches and available for $700.  The proceeds benefit War Child UK, which an organization with the mission to “PROTECT, EDUCATE AND STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN WAR.”  This art is not the first time Duran has helped out this organization as they played a show for them in January of 2015.

What are my thoughts about this?  Obviously, the $700 is out of the price range for a lot of us, but it does look super cool for those who can afford it.  I like that it is signed and that it benefits an organization that looks after kids.  If you want to buy one for you or the Duranie in your life, you can go here.

That said, I’m sure there are plenty of other cool Duran related gifts out there.  What else can you find that is cool?  After all, I suspect that Rhonda might be someone who would benefit something Duran related and super cool!

-A

 

Its a New Religion: Rio and the Self-Titled Debut

I’ve noticed that Amanda has been telling her own stories regarding each album lately, and so I’ve decided to join in.  Perhaps you’ll decide to share your own – and we certainly encourage that!

I’m going to start with the first album…and actually Rio… since that seems to be the best place to begin! This is going to require some memory on my part.  I cannot guarantee I’m going to get the chain of events completely accurate, but it is how I remember it!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the very first time I heard Duran Duran was on KROQ. What you don’t know, is that I stumbled onto the station by accident, really. I’d overheard girls—popular girls— talking about KROQ at school. I had no idea what it was, or why the station was cool, but I was desperate to fit in. If I remember right, I’d heard the call letters way before I knew what the number was. I never actually asked anyone at school because I was too shy to bother. It was just one of those things I kept in the back of my mind, and once I finally saw where the station was located, I ran home to find it.

I remember trying to find 106.7 on the radio dial. Back then, as I’m sure many will remember – the dials were touchy. I didn’t have a digital display telling me what station it was on, I had to go by this orange little hand that would move as I turned the dial on my radio, and it wasn’t completely accurate. So I’d fidget with it, get it to tune in, and then wait to see if I had the right station.  Finally I must have gotten it, because Rodney on the ROQ was on, and he was introducing this band that he swore we’d hear more from.  The band was Duran Duran and the song was Planet Earth.

I liked the song immediately, but at the time I was far more astounded that I was actually listening to the right station, the one everyone else – or at least everyone who I thought mattered – was talking about. I went back to school and reported it to my group of misfit friends. One of the girls in this group knew all about KROQ and Duran Duran. This is where my memory gets wonky, because I can’t remember how long it was between that time and when they really became popular. In my head it wasn’t that long, but I’m not sure.

What I can tell you though is that I didn’t buy a Duran Duran record right away. Instead, I heard them a lot on the radio – but it wasn’t the first album I was hearing. It was Rio, and it hit BIG here. By then, it wasn’t just KROQ playing them – it was every station. I want to say that Marsha – the girl in the group that had already known who Duran Duran was – invited me to go with her to buy their album at the record store.  This was a major thing for me because I didn’t really own much in the way of music beyond KTEL records: a few Shaun Cassidy albums and a copy of Rick Springfield’s Working Class Dog.

We got to the store (Wherehouse records!), and I remember looking at the Duran Duran albums…but here is where my memory fades again. You see, my very first DD album wasn’t their self-titled one. It was Rio. I bought Rio first, only to find out later that there was an earlier album. (which I then bought, of course!) I can’t remember if the first album was there on the shelf with Rio and I just didn’t know what it was (obviously when I’d heard Planet Earth I didn’t know what album that was from or much else about the band). One might wonder why I wouldn’t have bought both if I saw them, and I can only guess:

  1. I must have only seen Rio?
  2. I only had money for one album and had to choose?
  3. (and this is the one I’m leaning towards because of my memory) The stores only HAD Rio at the time because that was the album that was huge on the radio, and it was later that we got the self-titled one with Is There Something I Should Know on it rather than To The Shore)

I know that it wasn’t long after I’d bought Rio that I then either bought the first one or it was given to me for a holiday or birthday or something. I also remember seeing Carnival in the stores around this same time, but…in my frugal thinking back then…I couldn’t understand buying an album that I already had all the songs from. Yes, I’ve spent time kicking myself (at least up until I actually bought Carnival myself).

At first, I can tell you that I liked Rio far more than I did the first album. To me, the first album was “weird”.  I liked some of the songs on it – like Planet Earth and ITSISK, but I wasn’t a big fan of GOF. What’s more, later on I discovered that one of my KTEL records had GOF on it. It was actually a song on the B side that I tended to skip!!  (Ha, that’s a true confession!)  Clearly, in the years since that initial purchase I’ve changed my mind! But yes, it was probably Rio (and HLTW if I’m being honest) that made me fall for Duran Duran.

My favorite song on Rio was New Religion, although Rio ran a close second along with yes, HLTW.  When I went back and got the self-titled album, I can remember being incredulous that it came out before Rio because it wasn’t until after Rio came out that we heard ITSISK. I just wasn’t aware of the chain of events, I guess.

So, my favorite song on the first album was – yes – ITSISK. I wasn’t aware until years later that the real first album didn’t even have that on it, it was just pressed that way for the US. Live and learn, I suppose.

Someday I’ll have to tell you about the first time I saw their videos with my friend Marsha.

-R

 

Question of the Day: Saturday, September 3, 2016

Yesterday’s choice:  Wild Boys

Which song would you rather have LEFT OFF the setlist:  Hungry Like the Wolf or Last Night in the City?