Yesterday’s winner: Secret Oktober
Which song do you like better: Taste the Summer or Valentine Stones?
Yesterday’s winner: Sunset Garage
Which song would you rather see live in concert: Planet Roaring or Valentine Stones?
Yesterday’s winner: Valentine Stones
Which song would you rather see live in concert: Like an Angel or My Antarctica?
Yesterday’s winner: Planet Roaring
Which song would you rather see live in concert: Valentine Stones or Cinderella Ride?
Yesterday’s winner: Valentine Stones
Which song would you rather see live in concert: On Evil Beach or Cinderella Ride?
Yesterday’s winner: Planet Roaring
Which song would you rather see live in concert: Valentine Stones or Northern Lights?
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.
- 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.
- 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!
Track Listing so far:
- Planet Earth
- Lonely in Your Nightmare
- Careless Memories
- Hold Back the Rain
- New Religion
- Last Chance on the Stairway
- Save a Prayer
- The Chauffeur
- Only in Dreams
- The Universe Alone
- Planet Roaring
Which 14th track do you like better?
Yesterday’s winner: Only in Dreams
Which song do you like better?
Editorial note: C.K. didn’t title this blog and submitted it, probably assuming I’d come up with some catchy title for it. Well, he made the mistake of characterizing his own descriptions of Duran Duran’s music as being “caveman level”. So did what must be done and ran with it. You’re welcome, C.K!!! – R
I had a two-hour drive recently to visit friends in Boston, and it was the perfect opportunity to play Paper Gods! On drive up, I played it in its official running order, because it’s been a while since I’ve heard it that way. Then, I began to skip around, looking for specific songs. It’s about that time in Paper Gods’ five week existence that we start looking for certain songs, right? What I found interesting, though, is that most of the songs I’m gravitating toward now were not ones I liked much a few weeks ago. Specifically:
- Face for Today: Some songs grab you strictly with the music, while others may hook you with the lyrics. This one really merges the two for me. I love the idea of Duran giving advice to this generation of pop stars. And yet it also feels like it can apply to our lives too. The “hold on to your time” message is a nice continuation of the similarly themed “All You Need is Now”. It’s also reminiscent of R.E.M.’s “All the Best,” from what would be their final album, 2011’s Collapse into Now. In each case, the band is clearly speaking from a place of accomplishment and looking back, fondly, to those who are following in their steps. I loved this song upon first listen, and continue to love it today.
- Change the Skyline: Admittedly, I didn’t like this song at first, but it has grown on me. Lyrically, it talks about “moving on” and while that doesn’t necessarily resonate (I don’t want the band to “move on” and I certainly am focused on the “now” in my own life!), I do relate to the notion that you can change the skyline: with your actions, words, accomplishments, with your life…so for me, when I do get to the point where I am passing the torch to someone, I want to feel this way—that I have made a difference. Musically, I really love the percussion, even though it has that club sound (disclaimer: As you all know from my past guest blogs, I am not a musician, so my descriptions of Duran’s music are going to be at the caveman level. No “syncopated bass” references from me!). I also like the rhythm guitar and the keyboard line. And Jonas Bjerre is great, in my opinion. I am sure this puts me in the minority of the fans out there, as this song seems to take a beating on some message boards, and that is fine…I’m used to it (says the guy with the Medazzaland poster in the background).
- Sunset Garage: If you asked me in mid-September what my least favorite song was on Paper Gods, I would have easily pointed to “Sunset Garage.” It sounded too different for me, too 60’s/70’s faux Beach Boys-ish. It also seemed like the descendant of “Taste the Summer” and “Meet El Presidente,” two songs from the catalogue that don’t rank as my favorites. And yet…it grew on me. It’s so damn upbeat and catchy. You can just picture yourself driving on a coastal highway into the sunset with the top down. “Whatever happens, we’re okay…hey we’re still alive!” is one of my favorite lines on this album. This song has the trademark Duran optimism that drew us to this band in the first place.
- Only in Dreams: This one was a fan favorite from day one. It took a little time for me to get into it, but I certainly love it now. I love the orchestral beginning that gives way to the funk about a minute in (very similar to “The Universe Alone”). Again, lyrically, it’s about celebrating the now (“don’t want to wake up”), but is a little more playful than some of the other similarly themed songs. The Nile Rodgers influence is all over this one. And, yes, the (wait for it…) syncopated bass is also a cool effect. (Well done, my friend. – R)
- Valentine Stones: My favorite of the bonus tracks. When the band talks about this album being heavily influenced by both Notorious and the first album, I think of this song. It’s got the funky rhythm guitar and a haunting, early era Duran chorus that sounds straight out of 1981. Lyrically, the song seems to be about someone getting over a relationship and being leery of a suitor’s promises (as if the protagonist in “You Kill Me With Silence” finally was able to “let go” and move on, but was leery of the “rebound” relationship that awaited him…or her. Yes, I really overanalyze these lyrics!). I think all of the bonus tracks are amazing, but this one really stands out to me.
You realize that I could have written 13 more paragraphs, right? I love every song on this album. Even Danceophobia. But these are the ones I found myself gravitating toward on my recent trip. I think it speaks to the depth of this new music that these songs were not among my favorites a month ago. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? Whatever happens, we’re okay, though…hey we’re still alive! With new Duran Duran music!