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My Own Way/Like An Angel 1981

On this date in 1981, the single for My Own Way/Like an Angel was released.

First of all, let me marvel just a bit over the fact that I’m writing about a song that has now been around for winces thirty-five years. I think that must be impossible because I’m only thirty myself, right??

My Own Way was released to kind of “mind the gap” between “Girls on Film” and their next album, Rio.  As you might notice by the date, My Own Way was released before Rio.  My Own Way did fairly well, hitting #14 on the UK charts, and paving the way for Rio.

The single has a much faster tempo along with some very disco-strings. The album version is slower, less frenetic sounding, and the lyrics are very slightly different. The album version is a little more on the new wave end of things, and it was also remixed by Kershenbaum for Carnival. The band has said that this My Own Way is one of their least favorite singles, and with so many different versions out there, it would seem to me that perhaps the song has a bit of an identity problem. Or maybe it just has multiple personalities!

Then there’s the video, which didn’t arrive until 1982.  I’ve always felt the video had a bit of a latin theme going for it, along with the striking red and black staging….and that parrot…which still amuses me.

This leads me to Like An Angel, the B-side. I’ve always felt this was the more interesting song of the two. That seems to happen a lot for me – I end up liking the B-sides more so than the single.  Anyone else?? I like the tonal quality of Simon’s voice in Like an Angel When you hear this song, I think one can really tell it is earlier Duran Duran. One thing I know for sure, they weren’t afraid to use different keys instead of the “golden” rock chords like D-A-G, etc.  I wish I could put my finger on all of the qualities of their earlier songs that just seem to change when the band gets to Rio – maybe it’s just a raw-ness that disappears. I’m not sure, but I love giving myself the opportunity to go back and listen on occasion!

-R

 

 

Question of the Day: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  The Man Who Stole a Leopard

Which song would you rather have ADDED to the setlist:  My Own Way or New Religion?

Question of the Day: Friday, May 27, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Lonely in Your Nightmare

Which song would you rather have be ADDED to the Setlist:  My Own Way or Hold Back the Rain?

Question of the Day: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  Girl Panic

Starting Round 2!  Which single do you prefer?

Question of the Day: Sunday, October 4, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  My Own Way

Which single do you like better?

Question of the Day: Saturday, October 3, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  Careless Memories

Which single do you like better?

 

Question of the Day: Friday, January 16, 2015

The FIRST TRACK on our Ultimate Duran Duran album will be:

Which song below would make for the best second track of the ultimate Duran Duran album?

Duran Duran History – Southampton

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 33 years to 1981.  On this date, Duran Duran played at the Gaumont in Southampton, UK.  This was the opening date in their Careless Memories Tour, which took them all around the UK.  To put this tour and this tour date in historical context, by this point, Duran Duran had released their first album and had, in fact, just released their fourth single.  Does anyone know what their fourth single was?!  It was My Own Way!  Clearly, the band was moving forward towards the release of their second album, Rio.

Let’s watch a clip of this single live:

-A