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Now We’re Online: When DD.com Was Hacked

In 2017, websites are commonplace. Most of us are on the web and surf our way through hundreds of sites each day, even if we’re not thinking about it. It would be unthinkable to run a company and not have a web presence. Sites act as advertising, storefronts, social gathering spots, newspapers, informational brochures, and even corner speakers. Duran Duran has operated their website for years now.  Amanda and I have come to rely on it for a variety of purposes. We are typically able to find what we need, and it’s always up and running.

There was a period of time back in the late 90s when this wasn’t exactly the case. First, I’ll set the scene: it’s 1999. Medazzaland had been released in 1997, the band was touring and playing smaller clubs on the Let It Flow tour. Pop Trash wasn’t released until 2000.  Earlier in August, Duran Duran had signed a 3-album deal with Hollywood Records.  John Taylor was no longer with the band, instead playing dates in small clubs like the Viper Room in Hollywood, California with Terroristen. Sugartown was being released and John had been doing the typical press tour junket to promote the film. During the 90s, there were times when the band were even self-managed, as Wendy Laister and Magus Entertainment did not come aboard until 2001. Before anyone asks, yes – Katy Krassner was working with the band by this time. I don’t know if she was directly involved with their website in the same sense as she is now.  Very different days.

Months might go by without a single update made to the band’s site, even if there was a new album coming out, or upcoming tour dates—news items that would have definitely been of interest to fans, and might even help the band if they were announced. It became something of a side joke to long time fans, and not a “ha ha” funny joke, but one of those snide comments you might make to one another in jest. During this specific period, possibly while the band was self-managed, between labels (until August when they signed with Hollywood Records), it had been several months since the website had been touched at all. Security for the site was lax, to say the least. Picture the place as a ghost town with a message board of fans continually writing posts asking why the site wasn’t being updated, and you might have a fairly accurate scene. Despite the outcry from some fans even asking if they could help out and update the site themselves, there seemed to be some sort of gaping hole between the band and fans, until one fateful day in September of 1999 when one fan—Redsexy on dd.com—hacked the website herself and updated it.

Had it not been for her, I’m not sure how long it might have been before the website would have been updated. Self-managing isn’t an easy thing. Just imagine – on top of writing the music, you’re managing everything else. Promotion, image, contracts, touring, people who work for you, all of the large and small details. All of it.

Today’s websites aren’t so horrible. If you use something like WordPress (as I do), it’s fairly simple – but there is still a lot I don’t know how to do, and there’s not much time for me to learn.  Imagine Simon, Nick, or Warren trying to wrangle a  website back in the 90s, without the ease of WordPress or other site management companies, much less having the time to sit down and update the news or tour dates! Impossible.

So on this date in 1999, Redsexy took matters into her own hands, and we thank her for it. I’m not sure how the band felt, but I admired your spirit.

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Sunrise, Florida 1999

On this date in 1999, Duran Duran played at the Sunrise Musical Theatre in Sunrise, Florida. This show was part of the Let It Flow tour and featured the following set list:

Girls on Film
Hungry Like the Wolf
Notorious
Hallucinating Elvis
Out of my Mind
Come Undone
All She Wants Is
Friends of Mine
Someone Else Not Me
Secret Oktober
White Lines
Lava Lamp
Electric Barbarella
Planet Earth
Ordinary World
Pop Trash Movie
Rio

Was anyone at that show?  How was it?  What songs worked really well that night?

-A

Today in Duran History – Charlotte

On today’s date in 1999, Duran Duran played at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Did anyone attend??

This date was included on the Let It Flow tour.  Erin Evermore was the opening act, and I even found the set list on Duran Duran’s wiki!

Here’s the set list:

  1. Girls on Film
  2. Hungry Like the Wolf
  3. Notorious
  4. Hallucinating Elvis
  5. Out of My Mind
  6. Come Undone
  7. All She Wants Is
  8. Friends of Mine
  9. Someone Else Not Me
  10. Secret Oktober
  11. White Lines
  12. Lava Lamp
  13. Electric Barbarella
  14. Planet Earth
  15. Ordinary World
  16. Pop Trash Movie
  17. The Reflex
  18. Rio

-R

Today in Duran History – Atlanta 1999

On this date in 1999, Duran Duran played at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  This show was part of the Let It Flow Tour.  Apparently, Duran has often chosen this venue to play at.  Just this past week, Rhonda discussed our experience and observation of the venue at our 2012 show there, which you can read here.

According to setlist.fm, the set list featured the following songs:

Girls on Film

Hungry Like the Wolf

Notorious

Hallucinating Elvis

Out of my Mind

Come Undone

All She Wants Is

Friends of Mine

Someone Else Not Me

Secret Oktober

White Lines

Lava Lamp

Electric Barbarella

Planet Earth

Ordinary World

The Reflex

Pop Trash Movie

Rio

Well, then.  That set list is an interesting one, for sure!  There are some definite gems in there and some songs that I could do without!  What songs would you keep from this list?  What songs would you get rid of?  I haven’t seen a show start with Girls on Film.  How did that work???

-A