By Jason Lent
As far as greatest hits compilations go, Duran Duran’s Decade is one moon on Monday from flawless. It also documents how incredibly deep the band’s imperial phase was. Compare the tracklisting with other 80s bands that traded in guitars and synth and there really is nobody who comes close. But thirty years have passed since it came out. Do the math, I’ll wait. Yeah, we are that old.
Over the last three decades, the band has successfully, and sometimes unsuccessfully, evolved with the changing landscape of popular music. While the commercial peaks of the 80s might be obscured by clouds these days, I would argue that there is plenty of music over the last three decades that is worthy of a second compilation. Let’s call it Decades and make it a two-disc set with 14 songs per side. The original was pretty much chronological by album so I’ll go with that blueprint.
Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)
Too Much Information
Breath After Breath
Out Of My Mind
Someone Else Not Me
Playing With Uranium
(Reach Up For The) Sunrise
What Happens Tomorrow
Nice (Eric Prydz remix)
Boys Keep Swinging
All You Need Is Now
Leave A Light On
The Man Who Stole the Leopard
Blame The Machines (live from DITM)
What Are the Chances?
Last Night In the City (KANT remix)
Since some of these songs were not singles, there is a lot more room for debate on what should make the compilation. I tried to keep in mind the original Decades and how this would sound as Discs 2 and 3 of a three-album set. I think Disc 1 leans a little heavily on the Wedding Album but it was their commercial high point and compilation albums are meant to extract more money from fans. My heart wants to swap out “Breath After Breath” or “Medazzaland” for “Thank You” since it was deemed worthy of a film soundtrack. However, “Medazzaland”, in particular, is an important slice of their evolution.
Disc two is quite the banger (isn’t that what the kids say these days?). The Eric Prydz remix of “Nice” adds some fire to an already hot dance track while the KANT remix of “Last Night In the City” adds some coolness to an overly-anxious album version. Disc two is very heavy on All You Need Is Now material but the album deserves the attention. A live cut seems appropriate since “Blame the Machines” wasn’t a single and the band’s live show hasn’t received its proper due. Disc two fell into place easier than disc one for me.
Well, there you have Decades! For the casual listener, these discs would bring you up to speed on the evolution of Duran Duran after the original Decade. What would you change? And, what would Mark Ronson charge to create a Burning The Ground (Again) 12” of these songs mashed together? Isn’t that why we have Go Fund Me?