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Valentine Stones while we dance on the Valentine

If I thought yesterday was bad, today is even worse. There are not many notable Duran Duran “events” on my calendar for today, although the band has played a few shows on this date over the years, notably in 1984, 1993, and 2005.

So, I decided to do something different and talk about a song off of Paper Gods, aptly titled “Valentine Stones”.  The song is one of the bonus tracks off of the album, which I can now say are among some of my most favorite in the band’s overall catalog. This one is from the deluxe album (and I openly say I still dislike having to buy so many versions of the album to get all of the bonus tracks, even though I understand why, from a business standpoint, they do it. It is still annoying.) Yes, I’ll move off of my soapbox now.

First, let’s look at those lyrics. When I hear a song for the first time, I’m paying more attention to the music, but since this is by no means a new song, let’s just jump in with both feet.

Down here with the strays and the damaged
All stood in a line
This recovery so they tell me is one day at a time
And you think you can help me maybe
You can turn on your heels and save me
But I don’t want to be like the boys that you keep in tow
Like your valentine stones, stones, stones
Your valentine stones

All roads lead from my resurrection to your sympathy
An empty spaces which spoils your collection
That was meant for me
And you say you can help me maybe
You can turn on your charms to save me
But I don’t want to be just a toy that you keep at home
Like your valentine stones, stones, stones
Your valentine stones

Lost souls diamonds and gold
Gone cold valentine stones
Lost souls diamonds and gold
Grown cold valentine stones

First of all, I’d love to know which band member wrote this. Context is everything, although I know we’re supposed to be concerned with what the lyrics mean to ourselves. Even so, I wonder.

When I first heard this song, I thought about the title. “Valentine Stones” – for me, I went for the obvious (why think so hard all the time??). I went to school for gemology – so I immediately thought of those lovely little baubles that some generous significant (or insignificant!) others give for Valentines Day. Jewelry!  Diamonds, emeralds, rubies!!  You get the idea. I think about how they’re really just pretty sparkly things. Toys, really…which is even included in a line from the song. That’s sort of how I feel the person in the song feels. He/she is just a toy for this other person. I think that’s a fairly easy sentiment to identify with, and probably all of us have been there. Like anything, there are many different interpretations – there’s no “right” or “wrong”. What does the song mean to you?

The fun part, for me anyway, is the music. I like the heavy synth that begins the song, and I really love Simon’s vocals. They’re strong and clear, and then there’s that slightly funky rhythmic guitar. How can I not love that?!? There’s something to be said for a short, sweet and simple song like this one. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the way the band wrote on their very first album. Valentine Stones doesn’t sound dated, don’t get me wrong, but it’s simple…and maybe that’s not the correct word to describe it. There’s not a lot of extra background fancy stuff going on, at least not to my ears. There is space between the notes, even with the short little break with Nick’s crunchy sounding synthesizer, it’s still neatly added. Not messy or overdone.

I’ve sat and wondered why some of these bonus tracks weren’t put on the album, and I’ve come to the conclusion that while each bonus track stands very strong on its own, when you think about Paper Gods as a whole, they don’t seem to fit. Amanda and I came to the conclusion that Paper Gods almost gives a sort of prospective about the band’s career. From “Paper Gods”, which in many ways is the perfect description of how the band is portrayed in the eyes of critics and even the public, to “Face for Today”, which seems to be give advice to a younger generation of Paper Gods, all the way though to “Universe Alone”, which many seem to think is how the band sees the end of their career. (But they’re not done just yet!) When you consider that sort of theme, it’s not a surprise that these songs didn’t fit so neatly into the story, and are therefore bonuses.

Even with all that in mind, like many of you – the bonus tracks are among my favorite. And let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow…so while you’re dancing on the Valentine, you may as well listen to Valentine Stones, too!

-R

 

Tonight’s PARTY!!!

It is party time!!!  Well, it is almost party time!  That’s right, tonight is our Dancing on the Valentine Party!  The purpose of tonight is super simple!  It is to break the feeling the “winter marches on” feeling, to celebrate Duran Duran and to have fun!!!  What could be better than that!?!  I know that I’m really looking forward to it as real life has been a lot tiring and stressful as of late.  We hope that you, too, are looking forward to it and ready to have some fun!!!

Onto the details!  This is an online party!  That means you don’t have to travel anywhere or brave winter winter to get to the festivities!  You can enjoy it from your own house or from wherever you can get the internet.  How do you attend the party?  Simple!  You do two easy things.

  1.  You tune into the playlist that we will be making public and starting at 8 pm Central/6 pm Pacific on the Daily Duranie YouTube channel, which you can find here.  The idea is simple.  We all watch the same things at the same time then we chat, laugh, squee and whatever else seems appropriate at the time.
  2. The conversation part of the party will be taking place on the Daily Duranie message board, which you can get to here!  Once there, if you haven’t already registered, do that.  Then, scroll to the bottom of the board to see the “SHOUTBOX” area.  This is where the live chatting will take place!  Make sense?

Now, it wouldn’t be a Daily Duranie party without a drink for the night!  Our very timely drink is called “Valentine Stones”.  The ingredients are super simple:  Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lime over ice. We recommend making and drinking this throughout the night (You all know that we will be!).  The drink, in fact, could be consumed while playing tonight’s Dancing on the Valentine Drinking Game!

Dancing on the Valentine Drinking Game Rules!

Take one sip of the beverage of your choice (alcoholic or not) when you see any of the following in the videos that we put together!

  • Any dorky dance moves/dancing
  • Any references to sex
  • JoSi moments
  • DoJo moments
  • Roger twirls his stick (drum stick, people…get your mind out of the gutter!)
  • Nick takes a picture
  • John claps
  • Simon plays an instrument (his voice doesn’t count here, people.  We don’t want people to actually die playing the game!)
  • The color RED is shown
  • The color PINK is shown
  • One of the band members uses the word “LOVE” in a song or interview
  • Anyone in the video is seen drinking
  • A party is shown

I recommend printing the drinking game list or writing it down so it is right in front while you watch!  That said, I’m sure that we will all be reminding each other while we watch and party together tonight!

I think that covers it!  If you have any questions between now and party time, feel free to ask away on the Event Page from our Facebook Page, which you can get to here!

Now, I better make sure I have enough vodka to get me through the night!  Looking forward to being with all of you later!

-A