Yesterday’s winner: Faster Than Light
Which song do you like better: New Moon on Monday or Planet Earth?
Yesterday’s winner: Faster Than Light
Which song do you like better: New Moon on Monday or Planet Earth?
Yesterday’s winner: New Moon on Monday
Which song do you like better: Planet Earth or Sunrise?
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.
Since she clearly knows some classics, I thought I would skip more of the obvious ones like Rio.
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.
What did I miss? What else should I include?
Yesterday’s winner: Faster Than Light
Which song do you like better: Mars Meets Venus or New Moon on Monday?
I have to apologize for not posting the question of the day for the last few days. I was in Washington D.C. and thought I could post by phone but it didn’t work out. Sorry about that! -A
Yesterday’s winner: Mars Meets Venus
Which song do you like better: New Moon on Monday or Northern Lights?
Finally, a date in history that I clearly remember!
Wait…I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing in this case.
Was 2005 really that long ago? Twelve years flew by in a blink! On this date in 2005, Greatest went platinum. (Actually, it’s gone triple platinum now)
I didn’t buy Greatest when it first came out, in 1999. It was only available on VHS at that time, and the track listing was a bit different. I was in the midst of mommyhood then, and while I seem to remember seeing the VHS tape in the store, I know I felt that I already had those videos on my VHS copy of their video album from the 80s. Here is that track listing for those of you who might want to know:
Then, in November 2003, they reissued Greatest, but this time, it was on DVD. First of all, can I just comment on how genius was it to reissue Greatest right at that time? The band had reunited, done quite a few shows that summer, and then this compilation DVD is re-released. If you were a big fan you wanted it, and if you were someone who went to go see their shows but had forgotten their music, you wanted it so that you could be reminded. It was like the “catch me up” album to have, and having a DVD full of videos to go with it wasn’t bad either. It was only then that I started hearing about easter eggs.
Yeah, I was pretty in the dark about the whole technology thing back then, despite being married to someone in the industry. I quickly learned that easter eggs were hidden treats (well, they were treats for us, weren’t they?!?) that one could find by clicking on the title, or playing the videos in a certain order. This was fascinating! I spent an incredible amount of time trying to figure out how to see this video or that video. In fact, it was over a year later when I was headed off for my very first fan convention, and we were still talking about all of the easter eggs! Eventually, I did find them all – with help – but the DVD was actually the first place I saw the entire 17-minute version of New Moon On Monday since the 1980s. Yes, the easter eggs were a pain until you either figured out how to get to them, or, like me – had some kind soul send a directional map! (I was never very successful at easter egg hunts!) I thought about including a full track listing including hidden tracks here, but what I found was way too long and complicated. Google it!
I have to say, out of all of the things the band has done with video – and this is just my opinion – I appreciate the easter eggs on the Greatest DVD most. It was genius, and while yes, many of the eggs stumped me, it was fun, and it got the fans talking. A LOT! While doing some reading before writing this post today, plenty of online places say the DVD was criticized for the easter eggs. I can understand, because yes – every DVD player works differently, and it was confusing in parts. Even with all of that, I still had fun with it, and it was a joy to see EPKs and versions of videos (however the smallest of differences) that I hadn’t ever seen or noticed before. Personally, I think people just like to complain.
Hmm…might actually BE something to that easter egg thing, should they maybe want to re-release anything like an anthology or something for the 40th anniversary coming up in 2018…not that I’m counting or suggesting anything….just saying….
So while this date in history commemorates the Greatest album going platinum – and I don’t know how many of you keep track, but there are STILL weeks that go by where Greatest tops the charts in various countries – I can’t help but remember the DVD as well. It was something that brought me up to date (both with technology as well as with things the band did while I was busy getting married, moving across the country and having kids!).
Hmm, they’re forecasting a lot of rain this weekend where I live (which means we should probably build an ark!), I might just drag this out and have a Duran viewing party!
Do you still have your Greatest CD/DVD/etc??
Today is a special little day in Duran history, as far as I’m concerned. It is one that lives in infamy for the band…and one that I treasure. On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran filmed the video for my favorite video, New Moon on Monday. (and isn’t it appropriate that today is in fact, Monday?)
Filmed in Noyers, France, the video (which I know we’ve all seen thousands of times) is about the band taking part in a resistance movement called “La Luna”. Brian Grant was the director, setting out to create a short movie. Interestingly enough, Mr. Grant was not the band’s first choice for director – but their first choice (I’ll give you two guesses) was unavailable. (Yes, their first choice was Russel Mulcahy!)
As most fans know, there are several versions of this video available, the longest and most delicious being a 17-minute version included as an Easter Egg on the band’s video anthology DVD, “Greatest”. (actually, all but one of the versions is included as an easter egg on that DVD, happy hunting!) That version has plenty of dialogue between Simon and the female star, Patricia Barzyk. (she was Miss France in 1980!)
Shockingly, this is the band’s least favorite video, as Andy mentions in his book Wild Boy. (and later confirmed to me on Twitter as part of a day-long Tweet-spectacular) To be fair to the band, they had to give up part of their winter holiday to film, and it was cold. They “battled” the cold by drinking.
We all do what must be done.
Well done, boys….spending the day imbibing culminated in some of the most spectacular, wonderfully fantastical…dancing…EVER…at the end of the video. It is the gift that keeps on giving! (I tease purely because I love.)
Although no twerking of any kind is involved that I can see (you’d only understand that comment if you were at the New Years Eve show in DC, which I was not…or if you were friends with Amanda, which I am), Simon does appear to nearly be taken out by a horse, and Nick dances. He DANCES.
Yep, the video is golden.
In all seriousness, I love this video because it’s long, it has a story to it, the styling of the band, (I always did love their bomber jacket phase), and the way they all look. (That’s right, I am mentioning their looks. I nearly floated away the first time I saw it.) If I wasn’t already completely infatuated, I surely was then. Nowadays when I see it, the memory of watching and squeeing with my friends makes me smile.
And sure, I chuckle at the dancing at the end. I would have needed to be drunk to dance on video too, so I get it.
Let’s watch again, for old times sake!
Unfortunately, the 17-minute version has been blocked on YouTube recently, so I don’t have that one to share….but enjoy the others!
New Moon on Monday, 1984. Sometimes this feels like it happened a lifetime ago, but other times – I can hardly believe it’s been 33 years.
Do you remember?
Last weekend, I blogged about Duran Duran’s third studio album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, which you can read here. In that blog, I listed the facts of the album, including who was on it, the singles, the videos and more. While that certainly provides the Duran Duran history, it does not describe how fans felt about that album. Thus, I wanted to take time to share my story, my feelings about the album. Then, I invite all of you to share your stories, too!
In 1983, I turned 8. I lived in the suburbs of Chicago where I had everything that I could hope for, including a best friend and activities to keep us busy. When my best friend and I hung out together, we always had the radio on, most specifically B96, the Top 40 radio station. If we were in the “TV room”, then MTV played in the background. For some reason, both of us preferred to have something on in the background while we played “store” or whatever else we did for fun.
As all of you know, both radio and MTV frequently played Duran Duran in 1983. By that point, they embraced songs and videos from the Rio album. Both my friend and I liked those songs and videos we heard from that album, but they still were more in the background rather than in the foreground for us. Age mattered. Duran Duran released Seven at just the right time. Union of the Snake premiered first. I enjoyed it but it didn’t grab me. New Moon on Monday, though, began to really burrow its way into my brain like any good ear worm. More than the fabulous chorus, I recall watching the video for New Moon on Monday and loving it. (I still love it. It is my favorite video, by far.) I loved the storyline and thought the guys looked great!
Oh, yes, by early 1984, my interest grew to officially liking the band. Discussions between my friend and I surrounded the band for the first time. We started to spend some of our money on books, magazines and any other merchandise we could find as we debated which guy we liked best. Initially, I liked all of them with a slight pull to Simon. I liked his main character role in the New Moon on Monday video. Yet, I also liked the friendship aspect of John and Nick during that same video. I was slightly conflicted!
Then, the Reflex premiered and changed everything! The conflict ended as I fell hard for a certain bass player after watching the video over and over and over! There was just something about John Taylor during that video that got to me. Not only that, I loved the song. Loved it! My best friend adored it as well. We were so ridiculous that we called each other on the phone each time that the song came on the radio or appeared on MTV. We couldn’t get enough and our parents allowed it for some crazy reason. Clearly, we were officially Duranies from then on!
From that point, our fandom took on big roles for each of us, individually, but also for our friendship. Instead of playing store or swinging in my backyard, we now watched MTV all the time while we poured over teen magazines, memorizing each and every fact. Our bedroom walls featured nothing but Duran Duran posters. We lived and breathed Duran Duran.
So, while many Duranies claim the first album or Rio made them serious fans, for me, it was Seven and the Ragged Tiger.
Last month, I started a little series that examined the albums released during the month of October. I would like to continue that for the month of November, even if the month is quickly coming to an end. Duran Duran released three albums during the month of November, including Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Notorious and Red Carpet Massacre. Each of these albums represent very different time periods in the band’s history. Today, though, I start with Seven and the Ragged Tiger, an album released on this very date in 1983.
Seven and the Ragged Tiger Facts:
Released on November 20, 1983
Produced by Alex Sadkin, Ian Little and Duran Duran
Had 9 tracks included
3 different songs were released as singles:
The band at that time was made up of John, Nick, Roger, Andy and Simon.
Three videos were made from this album:
Union of the Snake
New Moon on Monday
Here is an interview when the band discussed the 30th anniversary!
The Sing Blue Silver tour began in Canberra, Australia in November 1983. After many dates in Australia, the band played a series of shows in the UK before traveling to Japan, Canada, and the U.S. As most Duranies know, the North American portion of the tour was captured in the Sing Blue Silver Documentary.
Beyond all of the facts, Duranies have many, many memories of this album, especially since this album represents the height of Duran mania. I would love to hear your Seven and the Ragged Tiger story. When did you buy the album? What did you think of it? What do you think of the single choices? The videos? Did you see the band play tour? If so, how many shows did you see? Next weekend, I’ll share my story!
Yesterday’s choice: White Lines
Which song would you rather have LEFT OFF the setlist: New Moon on Monday (yes, I counted it as a song by itself) or The Reflex?