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Duran Duran History – Jack Docherty Show

Duran Duran history for January 19: on this date in 1999, Duran Duran tapes an interview and performance for the Jack Docherty Show (UK) at Whitehall Theatre, London.

Incidentally, a few songs from this performance (Girls on Film, Ordinary World and Electric Barbarella) are included in a well-known Duran Duran bootleg titled “Advertizing Music”.

-R

Duran Duran History – OW on Top of the Pops

Duran Duran history for January 14th – On this date in 1993, Duran Duran performed (lip-synched) Ordinary World on Top of the Pops.

I found a clip on YouTube of their appearance. I ask you – is there really a better lip-syncher out there than Simon LeBon?  What I also find amusing about this particular YouTube posting is that the person who posted it made the comment that this is a LIVE performance (yes, the band was there live and in person…true.) and that this was back before singers were made on TV shows (X Factor, American Idol, etc.)  The funny thing is, of course, that Top of the Pops required that the performance be lip synched as to live, but I appreciate the sentiments of the poster!  -R

 

Duran Duran History – From Mediterranea

From Mediterranea With Love Cover

Duran Duran history for today takes us all on a little whirlwind vacation away from the holiday madness to Mediterranea.  On this date in 2010, Duran Duran released a special FREE iTunes “one-day download only” entitled From Mediterranea With Love. This 3-Track EP was release only for several European countries, and included Mediterranea, (Reach Up For The) Sunrise (live), and Ordinary World (live).

Not that I’m complaining, but apparently the rest of the world did not get love that Christmas. We must have been naughty.  😀 (Let’s face it, I probably was!)  -R

 

Today in Duran History – Violence of Summer

On today’s date in 1990, Duran Duran released Violence of Summer in the United States.  As an aside…I’m feeling pretty violent that summer hasn’t quite left Southern CA yet (I am SO over these 90-100 degree temperatures!)…but back to DD…

This was the 21st single for the band (WOW!) and it was the first single off of Liberty, and as most Duranies know – this single did not do well for the band, and that lack of success followed them until Ordinary World.

All that said, I can personally attest to the fact that it is the *perfect* song for blasting on the radio at 2am as you’re driving home from a late night clubbing.  Trust me on that.

Let’s just watch the video, shall we?

-R

The Week in Duranland: July 7 to July 13

Well, this week was very, very boring.  I’m kidding!  This week saw some real action!!!!  Obviously, the big news was that Duran Duran performed at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday, July 12.  They played three songs:  All You Need Is Now, Sunrise and Notorious.  Here is a YouTube clip of 2 out of 3 of them!

For other information, you can go to the press release on dd.com here or to read our blog posts about it, go here and here.

What else happened this week?  Other things happened this week in Duranland?  I don’t think so.  Oh, I kid.  I kid.

It seems that Nick Rhodes has a new project.  He is going to front a new genetically formulated range of skincare called Geneu.  It should be introduced this summer.  What will Nick be doing with it?  He will be doing a lot of what he does best:  visuals, graphic designs, photography, etc.  Somehow, this project does not surprise me in the least!

Did I mention that the official website has a new look?  It features some new studio pictures and the cool new font that I just adore!  Go here to see it.

Ordinary World was covered this week by The Pierces.  Go watch and listen here.  Then, tell us what you think!

Another cover was featured in USA Today.  Carina Round covered Come Undone and you can read the article here.  If you want Rhonda’s take on it, go here.

The Washington Post posted a map that features every song about New York.  What Duran song was mentioned?  My Own Way, of course!  See the map here.

The latest edition of the Duranasty Webzine was published!  This edition featured lots of information about the album, including release dates (hoping for spring), first single (hoping for this fall), producers, and more.  Beyond the news, each band member was featured including other projects and some fabulous photos.  It is well worth taking the time to read!  Go here for the goodies!

So, what did I miss???  What else happened?  Maybe, let’s hope, that next week is as exciting or even more exciting!

-A

Covers, Covers, we got your covers!!

Second “real” blog post in two days.  You’d think I was gearing back up for an album or something…

I think most Duranies are aware of the Making Patterns Rhyme tribute album that Manimal records is producing, and if you’re not familiar with the yet-to-be-released full album, surely you’ve heard Moby’s Rio and Belief’s Sound of Thunder.   If not – go check them out, the links are there for your convenience!

Yesterday, John Taylor asked DDHQ to ask about your favorite Duran Duran cover song.  I almost tweeted back that I was going to sit down with some popcorn and drinks, and let the games begin.  I knew that I’d be reading a litany of “You can’t do Duran Duran better than Duran Duran”, but I was curious to see what other answers might come up.

Personally, I haven’t paid a ton of attention to covers over the years. I knew they were out there – but I didn’t really care. I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t really feel the need to hear them, either. I was so busy just enjoying Duran Duran that I didn’t think I needed to pay attention. I knew Reel Big Fish had done Hungry Like the Wolf, and I remember Hole’s version on The Chauffeur…and I can’t really forget the medley of DD songs that Rockapella performed  (I have it on my iPad somewhere…), but I didn’t take the time to really search or listen beyond that.  Somehow, I suspect I’m not alone.

So, when John Taylor asked about our favorite covers yesterday, I really thought about the question, and more importantly, why he might be asking. There were definitely an overwhelming number of  those “it’s nothing if it’s not Duran Duran” type-replies, and I suspect that John knew he’d see that. So, why ask?  I’m sure he was curious what we have heard. After all, not every single Duran Duran cover has been promoted by the band. (and from the research I’ve done in the past couple of days, I can understand why…) I think asking that sort of question gives him a reasonable gauge of what we’ve exposed ourselves to hearing.  I also think he wanted to somehow indicate that while he appreciates loyalty to the band and all – he fully expects that we might occasionally hear, and enjoy a cover of their music…and that it’s OK.  Additionally, just talking about covers gets fans thinking about covers, and maybe, just maybe…it gets us listening and exposing our ears to what is out there.

My own response, and theory to what is going on here with the complete dismay, dislike, and venom (I could go on…) for the covers of Rio and Sound of Thunder (not as much so for the LUXXURY version of Girls on Film…) is that quite simply: I don’t think fans are used to hearing them much.  We haven’t taken the time to expose ourselves. It takes time to accept that it’s OK that it’s not Simon singing the vocals, John on bass, Nick…Roger…etc, and the only way you grow to accept it is to force yourself to keep listening.  Eventually you realize that no, the world does NOT come to an end because someone covered a Duran Duran song. Even better, you start recognizing that yes, there are people out there who have a tremendous gift and can continue to be creative with what is already an amazing song. Then the pendulum starts to swing to the point where you want to see just how far someone can go with the original song.  How far can it be taken before it’s not really Rio, or Hungry Like the Wolf or The Chauffeur?  Where are the boundaries?? Sure, this might not be the case for everyone, but I really kind of think it’s the case for many.  I know because I was there, and I’m betting I’m not alone. This was definitely me several years back.  I though I was being the good little fan by saying nothing was as good as the original.  I missed out on some really great music in the process.

I made the comment yesterday that part of the problem is that I don’t think fans have been exposed to many covers and that someone…maybe even a fan blog (because I’m a smart ass that way) should start posting some and getting people to listen.  I’ll say this much: after you hear some really bad covers, you start listening to the covers that might be way out there but still very creative much, much differently.  I can almost promise that.

So each week I’m going to take Wednesdays (since this is what day this is) and post some covers and a short little review of them.  It’s going to be YOUR job, as good readers, to listen and post whatever you think.  You are probably going to hate most of them at first. I get that. I’ll keep reminding you that they’re not as terrible (most of the time) as you think, and that no – Simon will not hate you for listening to them.  That I can pretty much promise.  Eventually you might just find something you like, and by that time, hopefully this damn #DD14 album will be READY TO PLAY!!!  (that was for you, John Taylor and Co….)  What I’m going to try to do is pick a song and then find a few covers of that song to post.  I might not ever find them all – in which case if you know of one to share, please do. Send a link, email us…and we’ll post it!

The question is where to begin. So this week let’s try Ordinary World. There are a TON of covers of this song, so I picked my favorites. If you have others that you want me to hear, send ’em!! Link is in the title:artist name. Short review is below each.

Ordinary World: Aurora

So this cover is different. The melody is definitely secondary to the rhythm track – in an attempt to make it danceable, and it has a much more atmospheric, spacey sound in parts. It’s also sped way, way up from the original.  That said, it’s completely recognizable…and the lead singer is apparently Robert Pattinson’s (of Twilight fame) older sister.  She has a beautiful voice.  Funny how I never thought much about females taking on Duran’s tunes before…but as you’re going to see over the next several weeks, MANY of the most beautiful covers out there are done by females!

Ordinary World: Gregorian

Very interesting, this Gregorian. (really…I’ve studied real Gregorian chant, and it’s not quite to that point) The music is somewhat subdued, and of course the voices are meant to stand out on their own.  For me, this doesn’t really quite do it…but you know, it IS beautiful in it’s own right. I just keep thinking it feels a bit too much like karaoke.

Ordinary World: Joy Williams

This is my favorite cover of this song (that I’ve found so far).  Haunting, emotional…it’s as though all of the sorrow that could be found in this song is packed into her vocals. No guitar, just piano…and it’s stunning in every single way.

Ordinary World: Red

Love the strings on this one and the additional synth sounds make it interesting and their own. The song is executed in much of the same style as Duran Duran, but it’s definitely their own spin on it musically with a little more of a rock anthem type of sound to it.

Ordinary World: Ainjel Emme

Another female artist.  This time, it’s just guitar and vocals.  Her vocals are stunning, and the guitar is acoustic – very pretty.  My only constructive criticism is that she does very little to make the song her own, and I’d like to hear what she could do to take the song to a different place.

Ordinary World: Rust

Wow. This is a much harder rock version. They kept the melody, the guitar solo…probably kept most of the synth that we know…and added a whole new element. Truthfully out of the covers I chose to include, this is probably the farthest from the original – but it’s interesting.  The hard rock gives the song a great gritty texture to it for those moments where I’m really just majorly pissed off AND sad at the same time!

That’s six different versions of Ordinary World. I know there are a ton more out there that I didn’t even include (I could be here for days…listening and writing away….), but it’s a start. Take a listen. Get your ears used to hearing other people performing Duran’s music. It won’t kill you. In fact, I think it broadens the horizons a bit.

-R