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This Past Week in Duranland (September 15 – September 21)

It is that time of the week when I sit down and actually make sure I know what all happened over the past week.  I do this to ensure that I am caught up but to help any of you reading this who might be in a similar boat.  So, what happened this week?  No more Unstaged screenings.  No more performances–aired or streamed.  Was it a completely quiet one, then, in Duranland?  Let’s take a look!

September’s Collector’s Corner was published!
This month’s corner focused on the three different versions of the Carnival EP, which was released in 1982.  I do own the US version and appreciated finding out the differences between the versions.  It made me want to get all three now!  If you, too, would like to learn about the EP and the different versions, check it out on duranduran.com here.

Vanity Fair UK October edition!
The October issue of Vanity Fair UK contains a supplement called, Vanity Fair On Time, which features those pictures of Simon on the Rio boat that Simon fans have been dying for!  It also contains an essay written by Simon himself!  See a couple of pictures on the official press release!

Fashion Rock photos!
If you are a paying member of DuranDuranMusic, there are some photos from Fashion Rocks that can be seen in the photos section.

John Warwicker Interview
DuranDuranMusic is featuring an exclusive interview with John Warwicker, a graphic designer who worked on Astronaut and the singles from that album.  While he didn’t work on anything official until 2004, I found the interview to be fascinating as he met and did some posters for the band before they signed with EMI.  He has also been recently involved with Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories project.  What really caught my attention, though, were his comments about John and Nick and their ambitious nature.

Rio’s Bass Line:
Bestbassgear.com mentioned John Taylor’s bass line in Rio as being one of the toughest bass lines around.  They also featured an isolated clip of the bass here.  While I always appreciate recognition of John’s work, I hate that it is wrapped up with a line that reads, “In fact, some of you might think, ‘Duran Duran counts as a band?'”  Really?!  They wrote and played their own music for decades.  I cannot believe that people are still saying crap like that.

Mark Ronson Article:
On a better note, Mark Ronson discussed Duran Duran on cue point.    As a fan who LOVED All You Need Is Now, I adore Mark Ronson both as the producer on that album but also as a fellow fan.  I love the comments he made in this article about how he was a great producer and a super fan when working on that album.  I will always say that part of the reason that album turned out SO WELL is because Mark is a fan.  He gets it.

Rolling Stone Magazine on 1984:
This week, Rolling Stone magazine published the list of the Best 100 Singles of 1984.  As someone who loved music that year, I couldn’t wait to see who and what made the list.  The Reflex made it.  Any guesses at what position it landed at?

Crave Online:
Crave Online also featured a little article on Duran Duran, which is available on duranduran.com.  In this article, there is a brief review at the Madza party and the lack of recognition by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Twitter Activity:
Simon hasn’t tweeted much this past week but he did come on to comment about the Scotland vote and to mention one of U2’s new songs.  Did anyone listen to that one?  Simon said that he wished Duran would do something like it.  John didn’t tweet much but did post a few pictures.

Is that it?  Did I get it all?  For a “quiet” week, there was still quite a bit of activity!  On to the next week…

-A

This Past Week in Duranland – June 29 to July 6

Here is the summary of what has happened this past week with Duran Duran, at least from what I saw.  This is my attempt to keep my very busy self and the rest of you in the know of what is happening and what has happened.  If I missed something, which is highly likely, please let me know so that I could add it here!  For the most part, I’m using the official website and Duran’s social media sites for the information.

From the official website/DuranDuranMusic:

The official website posted an excerpt from an interview from the art director at the Vinyl Factory, which was responsible for both All You Need Is Now and A Diamond in the Mind on vinyl.  The excerpt shows some of the questions and pictures to represent the answers to those questions. If you are interested in all the questions and all the picture answers, head over to DuranDuranMusic!  The paid fan site also has another new interview.  This time, it is with photographer, Barry Fidnick, who took photos of the Unstaged screening at MoMA in the fall of 2013.  He also happens to be a huge fan!!  There is also a giveaway of a print from the MoMA screening!

From social media:

The band’s twitter and Facebook has been advertising some new items in the band’s online store.  Some of the new items include hats, a beach towel, a mug and a t-shirt.  I have already seen many a Duranie make purchases.  If you are interested in seeing the items or buying yourself, go here.  If you have gotten something you ordered, we welcome reviews!

Another piece of news is that Rio on vinyl is available on pre-order.  This is a double vinyl of the remastered edition from 2009.  The link for information is here.

Photos of Simon from a Vanity Fair photo shoot have appeared on the band’s social media.  These photos are of a sailing Mr. LeBon!  They are worth checking out!

Ultimate Guitar featured Khanada on bass guitar for those interested in learning to play it!  You can find that here.

Interview Magazine included an interview with Luxxury, which included their version of Planet Earth, which you can read here.  If you want to read Rhonda’s review of the song, go here.

What did I miss???  Please, let me know so that I can add it!

-A

The Past Week in Duranland

It is Sunday.  It is the beginning of the new week.  Since I’m not going to “work” right now, due to summer vacation, I’m struggling to keep track of days and days of the week.  While I’m paying more attention to social media and Duranland, I’m still finding myself missing things or gliding over posts/tweets, etc.  I’m distracted.  I figured, then, that it might be good for me (and you!) to go through the past week and summarize the latest.

From duranduran.com:

John Taylor responded to a news piece from ITN News in which they declared Redditch, an area very close to where John grew up, to be the least musical place in the UK.  This did not sit well with our Mr. Taylor, who had recently met with local musicians there.  Thus, he put together a “mixtape” of the music there to show ITN News that their research didn’t cut it.  To read the full article and listen to the mixtape, go here.

The monthly collector corner’s was also posted.  This month focused on sheet music and song books of various Duran singles and albums, the last of which featured music from Big Thing and Liberty.  Very cool stuff!  To read the full article, please go here.

From Duran’s Facebook and Twitter accounts:

While their social media asked people to raise their virtual hands if they owned a copy of A Diamond in the Mind on vinyl, to guess whose shoes matched band members for a Tweetsake, to watch a clip of Wild Boys from the  2012 Olympics as well as to visit some other links, including on from GoFugYourself.com about Simon, the post that got the most attention featured a couple of photos.  If you missed these posts, the photos were from a photo shoot completed on June 26th.

Here is one from Duran’s facebook page!  The other can be seen on their post from June 26.

June 26 2014 A

From what I saw, this excited most fans!  Who doesn’t love current pictures?!  More importantly, the idea of a photo shoot got more than a few people’s minds wondering.  What’s the photo shoot for?  A magazine?  A project?  THE ALBUM?!  Could it be a sign that the album is getting closer to being finished?!

Beyond the fan focused posts, there were a few posts about The Reflex.  Why?  Simple.  It was 30 years ago on June 23rd that the song reached number one on the Billboard charts.  The article on duranduran.com  from Billboard can be found here.  Like many other fans, on one hand, I cheered this moment!!!  On the other hand, the fact that it was 30 years ago made me feel darn old!

I think that is about all the news for the week.  Did I miss anything?  What stood out the most to you???

-A