Yesterday’s winner: RoSi1
So sorry that today’s question is so late! It took me a long time to organize the new set of questions. Of course, we had a presale or two today as well, which really messed up the schedule! Anyway, the ultimate Duran Duran album will be up later as a separate post.
Now, we move on to favorite Duran Duran duo picture! Today, we start out with AnRo (Andy and Roger) and AnSi (Andy and Simon)!
Today we are reviewing “I Don’t Want Your Love”, the second song on Big Thing and the album’s first single. The song debuted and peaked at #14 in the UK, but did much better throughout Europe, particularly in Italy where it spent 6 weeks (non-consecutively) at #1. In the US, the song also did well, where it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. The chart success of the song is evident, but what do a couple of US fans think?
From the first notes, you can tell this is going to be a big dance track. I very much like the “empty space” between the staccato notes and the way the song opens into a full, bright chorus with deep grooving bass to support the melody, and there just is no mistaking that this is Duran Duran. The guitar solo is gritty and adds just the right amount of texture. This is a song that very much feels like a natural progression from Notorious, keeping the heavy background vocals and even the horns as a hold-over, but still continuing to evolve the sound. The band did right by this song, because it would have been very easy for IDWYL to have gone too far over the edge into club/dance music for my taste. Touches like the bass, the rock guitar solo and the bits of horns help to keep the song from feeling too synthetic and –wait for it — contrived. 🙂
I like the vocals on this song because of the effect that Simon puts on them. His slight staccato (tenuto?) in the verse leaves this fantastic silence in between the notes that is really catchy. I also love the harmonizing because it provides a bit of depth. Then in the chorus, it is as though the floodgates fully open and you get an incredibly full music/vocal melody that I don’t think you can NOT physically react to by dancing. I’ve tried. Impossible.
There are so many lyrical “hooks” in this song…how can you not love it? The song as a whole though…it’s great writing. I think it’s pretty clear that the song is about a little something-something on the side between two people, really. (Yes, I’m really saying it’s about SEX this time.) Simon is saying that it’s not about “love”…and that whatever this person has to give is OK by him, even if it’s secret. Some favorite lines? “My obsessive fascination is in your imagination”…”I like noise, cuz I like waking up the house” “The rhythm is the power, to move me, it’s something you control, completely.” Whatever, Simon. I don’t know how you do what you do, but I love it.
Confession time – this is not one of my personal favorites, believe it or not. I’d actually forgotten how great the song is, primarily because it’s gotten to the point (for me) when they play it live, I nearly tune it out. That’s the risk when you overplay the songs in your set list that have been in the Top Ten. That said, it’s a great song. Well-balanced between melody and rhythm, fantastic lyrics, a great guitar section that I only WISH they’d allow to happen today, and if you can’t dance to this song…I just don’t know what your problem might be.
This is one of those songs that just screams “typical Duran dance/pop” to me. It feels like what people think of when they think of Duran. Instrumentation is present, meaning that it isn’t just a bunch of beats but uses actual instruments in order to create the predominant mood/feeling. In this case, the mood that is created is an uplifting one, a happy one, a get-up-and-dance one. A little more than half-way, Warren’s guitars are really present during the bridge of the song, which reminds me of what is done to John’s bass in a much later song, The Valley, on the Red Carpet Massacre album allowing the instrumentation to be placed in the musical spotlight. During the bridge, the music seems louder and more aggressive and I always wonder the same thing every time I hear it. Does it fit with the rest of the song? It isn’t the first time that Duran has had different instruments step into the spotlight during a bridge. Heck, the song, Rio, features saxophone. The question is does this particular bridge fit the song? I can’t imagine something different there and I do like that there is a bridge. I think that it’s good and provides the necessary contrast.
This is an interesting song, vocally. First of all, the verses are clearly Simon with cool vocals effects. Then, the chorus feels very full with Simon and backing vocals. I like that, at times, one of the two backing vocalists (Janiece Jamison or Carole Fredericks) is clearly heard, creating an additional element to the vocals. The different vocals fit well with the lyrics about a person of two minds or of two love interests. Overall, I think the vocal style of this song encourages people to sing along and join the party, so to speak.
Are you interested in reading all about the latest Duran Duran news from the last week (3/8/15 to 3/15/15)? If so, read on. Please note that I summarize official news (as opposed to unconfirmed rumors).
As mentioned in last week’s summary, Simon was off to India to participate in the Cartier Travel in Style event. Well, pictures and videos of the event have begun to surface, including this picture posted on Duran’s Facebook:
Nick was also seen out in public this past week. He attended the Savage Beauty VIP party. Here is a picture that was posted on Duran Duran Argentina’s Facebook page:
Spandau Ballet, one of Duran’s peers from the early 80s in England, is on tour. Like many bands and artists, they have a tour program that can be purchased by fans in attendance. Well, guess who wrote the foreword? No, it wasn’t Tony Hadley or Martin Kemp. It was John Taylor! We all know that John is a very good writer so I’m sure that this foreword is quality! If that wasn’t enough, Spandau also has a film out entitled “Soul Boys of the Western World.” Guess which band is featured on that soundtrack? That’s right. Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf is on the soundtrack along with other fabulous artists like David Bowie and Kraftwerk. That soundtrack is coming out this week!
Did you hear that the artist, Kiesza, will be collaborating with Duran Duran on their upcoming album? DDHQ confirmed that this week. I covered reactions to this news on the blog post here.
feckingdeadly.com posted a piece this week on the best synth pop tracks of the 1980s. Which Duran Duran song do you think made the list? Make your prediction then go here to see if you were right!
What did I miss? This week was, generally, rather quiet. Will next week be more entertaining? Exciting? We shall see!
It is time to summarize any and all official Duran Duran news for the past two weeks (2/22/15 to 3/7/15). What all has happened? It definitely feels like the activity in Duranland is picking up slightly.
February’s Collector Corner focused on tour programs. You can read all about it here. What I thought was cool is the historical background surrounding the history of tour programs, in general. Of course, that isn’t to say that I didn’t appreciate looking at all of the Duran ones! I have a few tour programs myself and can’t imagine not buying one for the next tour!
Simon and his wife, Yasmin, will be off to New Delhi, India, soon to participate as judges in an event about cars. Read about all of the details here.
Nick hosted a little birthday bash for the famous fashion designer on the 5th at the Blakes Hotel in London. As many Duranies know, Antony was responsible for quite a few iconic looks of Duran Duran in the early 1980s, including the suits featured in the video for Rio. I have included a picture here but there are lots more on the official website and on the band’s Facebook page.
If you are a member of DuranDuranMusic, the paid fan community, there are some contests going on. They are giving away pairs of tickets to the festivals announced “thus far”, including Sonar, Night at the Park, Killarney and Bestival. For more details, head over to DDM. Good luck to those who enter!!!
The March Katy Kafe came out last week and featured Simon! Did you catch it? Maybe, you want to just check out the highlights? If so, check out Rhonda’s post about it here!
While on the topic of DDM, besides this month’s Katy Kafe, there is another exclusive, which is a gallery of pictures from the band’s War Child UK gig that took place last month. If you like pictures, I highly recommend checking them out here!
Interested in going VIP for the David Lynch event in Los Angeles on April 1st? Interested in meeting the band then? There is a charity auction for you! Details here!
Interested in purchasing the before and after the War Child gig portraits of the band? If so, read about the War Child Photobook here!
Simon has been busy! Not only did he do a Katy Kafe but he also did an interview for BBC. Want highlights? I know you do! Luckily, our friend, Debbie, sent us the scoop here!
Beyond the official news, if you were paying close attention to Duran’s Twitter feed last week, you might have seen DDHQ respond that the #DD14, the next Duran album, will be released in September! Rhonda covered it here.
What did I miss? I’m sure that I missed something! If so, please comment below! Thanks!
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 2013 when the artist, Tetsuya Komuro released an album entitled Digitalian Is Easting Breakfast 3 (DEBF3). I’m sure that all of you are wondering the same thing. Who and how does this relate to Duran Duran?
Tetsuya Komuro is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter. He is a successful record producer and is heavily involved in the dance music scene in Japan. The album released in 2013 has two Duran connections. First, it was co-produced by Nick Wood. If you are a Simon fan, you know that Nick Wood is a British musician, singer, songwriter and producer and friend of Simon’s. He also formed his SYN Production studios in Tokyo with Simon. The second connection is that this album also features Saffron Le Bon, Simon’s daughter.
Here is a sample with Simon’s daughter:
It has been two weeks since I attempted to summarize all of the official Duran Duran news. Clearly, there has been some activity with Duran Duran. As always, let me know if I missed anything!
Duran Duran will be among more than 10 performers/guests to make an appearance at a special show in Los Angeles on April 1st to celebrate the music of David Lynch and to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. Want to know more about it or get tickets? Read the official press release here or our reactions to it here and here.
The members of Duran Duran have been out and about, it seems. Simon and others went to the recent rugby game between England and Italy. Speaking of Simon, he also attended a little pre-Grammy party with John and Nile Rodgers! Nick was busy, too. He was attending the BAFTA’s The band’s official Facebook page posted these pictures.
Remember when Duran Duran had a contest on Genero TV for the best videos to go along with the tracks on All You Need Is Now? Well, the winner of the Before the Rain has been busy! Read about what he has been doing here. Here is his version of Before the Rain:
On that note, I’m absolutely positive that I missed some Duran Duran news from the past 2 weeks. Please comment below on anything I missed! I would appreciate that!
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 4 years to 2011 when John and Simon presented an award at the Brit Awards. These awards took place in London at the O2 Arena and it aired at 8 pm on ITV1 (UK).
Here are some videos I found from the event, including one on the red carpet and the actual presentation: