Tag Archives: Secret Oktober

Question of the Day: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  New Religion

Which song do you like better:  Secret Oktober or Friends of Mine?

Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Secret Oktober

Which song do you like better:  All You Need Is Now or Be My Icon?

Question of the Day: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I apologize for the lack of daily questions during the long weekend!

Last winner:  Violence of Summer

Which song do you like better:  Secret Oktober or Violence of Summer?

Question of the Day: Friday, March 17, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Secret Oktober

Which song do you like better:  Taste the Summer or Violence of Summer?

Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Violence of Summer

Which song do you like better:  Band-Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas or Duran’s Secret Oktober?

Question of the Day: Monday, March 13, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Secret Oktober

Which song do you like better:  Taste the Summer or Valentine Stones?

Question of the Day: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Yesterday’s winner:  Do They Know It’s Christmas

Which song do you like better:  Finest Hour or Secret Oktober?

Skin Trade, 1987 (and other deep cuts): Do You Remember?

So let’s get right down to it: on this date in 1987, Working for the Skin Trade debuted on MTV. Do you remember?

I know one person out there does for sure.  Patty Palazzo, owner of Punk Masters and one time assistant for someone named John Taylor, likely remembers this without much problem. A year or two ago (maybe even longer?) I interviewed Patty for Daily Duranie. During that interview, we talked about Skin Trade, or rather – her obsession for the song. I haven’t forgotten that little tidbit!

So, in honor of this special day, let’s watch the video!

 

I like the days in history where we have a song, single or video to celebrate – it gives me a chance to watch again. I’m not one of those people who will purposefully get out my collection of Duran videos (I don’t really have much of one) and watch them. There’s not enough time…which is why whenever I’m at Amanda’s house I basically overdose on Duran videos when I have the chance!

The thing is, there are a lot of other songs that I almost never think about because they aren’t singles or on setlists…and some of them don’t even have videos at all.  On Monday morning, DDHQ asked what should have been a simple question: what is your favorite “deep cut” by Duran Duran. Deep cut meant a song that wasn’t a single.

My first thoughts were Late Bar and Secret Oktober, as always. But..DOH!…those were both B sides ON singles. Do they count? I’m always afraid of posting an answer and then realizing that I didn’t answer the question correctly. The last thing I want or need are 50 other fans telling me that I didn’t answer right (and yes, there are always some that take a certain amount of glee in setting someone straight). So I checked out some of the other replies before posting. I decided that no, I probably shouldn’t post those two songs because while technically they weren’t singles, they were B-sides and not even on the albums. sigh So what to choose?

My brain went blank. Amazingly, peacefully, blank. I might not have even been able to remember my name at that point. Seriously. What in the hell was (is…I mean IS) wrong with me?  So, I went album by album in my head. What was on the first album? I thought of those songs. Nothing really jumped out at me. Went on to Rio – what was on there? That’s when I came upon Hold Back the Rain. Always did like that one. Almost never hear it live. Hmm. Then I thought about other albums. Notorious was never one of my big faves (sorry). Big Thing was fine – shoot, now as I’m writing, I’m thinking I should have probably picked Land or Palomino. Wait, are those singles? (No, no they weren’t. I’m an idiot and need a brain transplant.)

So…I could have done that all day, as it turns out. I settled on Hold Back the Rain rather quickly because of two reasons: A. it is a good song and one I really like. B. I was trying to hurry.  But, I did think about Paper Gods. One of my most favorite songs off of that album is a pretty deep cut that you don’t even get unless you buy one of the exclusive versions – Planet Roaring.  That’s another one that I would probably give my eye teeth to hear live. (well, maybe NOT my eye teeth. I’d look strange without them. How about a molar??) The big fan in me wishes they’d play it live. It’s anthemic, it’s easy to sing along with them, and it would get the crowd going…or at least the crowd in the first three or four rows. sigh.  I hate it when my brain knows something my heart wishes to completely disregard.

So, go on then…what’s your favorite deep cut?  No pressure…we’ve got time…answer in the comments!

-R

I Want Your Attention: Duran Songs for Friend

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.

Pop:

Since she clearly knows some classics, I thought I would skip more of the obvious ones like Rio.

Hold Back the Rain:

New Moon on Monday:

I Don’t Want Your Love:

Sunrise:

All You Need Is Now:

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.

Darker Duran:

Before the Rain:

Out of my Mind:

Friends of Mine:

Secret Oktober:

The Chauffeur:

What did I miss?  What else should I include?

-A

Do You Remember – Duran Duran Birmingham 1998

On this date…in many of the years of Duran Duran’s career, they were on tour. They do seem to like to tour in or around December, don’t they?  Even this year, they are managing to squeeze in two shows at the very end of the month, then another to welcome 2017. Who knows what might come after that. All in all, I think I’ve come to associate the happenings of late Fall and Winter with Duran Duran.

Even when I was a kid, my birthday and/or Christmas would include Duran Duran themed gifts, typically music. Then there was “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid—as a lasting result, I can’t even think about Christmas without hearing that song in my head (a good thing).

I think about Sing Blue Silver and Nick’s now infamous line while on the phone… “I’m looking outside and it’s um….snowing.”  I see that line from nearly each one of my Duran friends over the course of a winter, and I’m amused each time. Geography and personalities might divide, but the band and their history—which we all share in some fashion—unites.

On this date in 1998, Duran Duran played the Birmingham Expedition Centre with Rialto. I didn’t immediately know who or what Rialto was, so I looked them up. Turns out, they were a Britpop group of the 1990’s. Formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2002, they didn’t last long.  They released just two albums during that time—a self-named Rialto in 1998 and Night on Earth in 2000 along with an EP titled Girl on a Train, also in 2000.  However short-lived, they were lucky enough to perform at the Birmingham Expedition Centre with Duran Duran.

This was also the tour where Duran Duran played Secret Oktober very slowly.  I don’t have video from Birmingham but I did find one from Wembley.

 

 

Do you remember?

-R