The Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set finally reaches the last category. Since winter, fans/readers of this blog have voted on singles, album tracks, b-sides/demos, and live tracks. Now, we begin voting on the last type of Duran song to be included in our box set. This category really isn’t Duran but songs written and recorded as part of a side project or by a member on his own. Before I get into how I will split up this last category, let’s look at which live songs were chosen.
After starting with the 50 most often songs played live, we narrowed down the choices to 35 then 21 before picking 7. Here are the winners:
- New Religion
- Careless Memories
- The Chauffeur
- Wild Boys
- White Lines
- Planet Earth
If you notice, many of those songs are played at the majority of shows, including Rio, Wild Boys, White Lines and Planet Earth. Although, that last song was notably absent at some spring shows! Anyway, I’m sure that there will be some fans who read this blog and participate in these fun polls who will want to determine which version/arrangement of these live tracks should be included. I agree. Yet, I will do those polls as part of our daily questions. I’ll have to determine how many different live versions exist for each one, but that voting should be fun.
Meanwhile, we move on to the side/solo projects. Clearly, this category is a large one with many bands (Power Station, Arcadia, Neurotic Outsiders, The Devils, TV Mania, Freebass, etc.) as well as solo songs by Simon, John, and Dom. Here’s the deal. I considered including Andy and Warren’s projects but opted not to for two reasons. First, I needed to limit the category somehow and, second, I decided to stick to current members only.
Like other massive categories, I didn’t want to include all songs by all side/solo projects all at once. Talk about overwhelming! Therefore, I had to break them up, somehow. My plan is to stick to similar projects while attempting to balance the number of songs. Thus, this week we will start with Power Station and Neurotic Outsiders. Both projects featured John Taylor and had more of a rock style. In case, you aren’t familiar with these projects, I will help on that front. I have put together YouTube playlists to help.
Here’s Power Station:
Here’s Neurotic Outsiders:
Now, hopefully, you are all ready to pick the 7 songs out of the list that should be considered for the side/solo project songs on the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set! Let’s vote: