On this date in 2000, the VH1 show, Storytellers, aired in the UK. Are you familiar with the concept of the show? Wikipedia describes it in this way: “In each episode artists perform in front of a (mostly small and intimate) live audience, and tell stories about their music, writing experiences and memories, somewhat similar to MTV Unplugged.” The Duran Duran episode was the 58th and originally aired in June 25, 2000.
During this time, I was not paying a huge amount of attention to Duran Duran, sad to say. I was deep in the midst of graduate school even during the summer. Yet, my sister-in-law told me about the show before it aired. She knew that I was a big fan and pointed out to me. Of course, I tuned in then! I couldn’t wait to see what songs they would play but also the stories behind the songs.
The show which you can see here is just short of an hour and featured many classic Duran tracks like Rio, Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf, Notorious, A View to a Kill, Save a Prayer, Playing with Uranium, Ordinary World, and Pop Trash Movie. I think my favorite story actually was the free association the band did before Hungry Like the Wolf. While it didn’t shed light to the creation of the song, it did amuse me a lot. It shows how quick on the feet they are, which I love!
I truly appreciate the little behind-the-scenes of how the songs were created. It reminds of the Classic Rio DVD, Songbook from 2009 and even what is featured on the extras of the All You Need Is Now CD/DVD. It seems to me that no matter how many articles I read or how many shows like this I watch, I always learn something new. This leads me to wonder. If the band were to do another show like this, which songs do you think they should tell the stories for? Part of me thought it would be good to do just post-2000 songs but then I realize that there are lots of other songs that I don’t know much about.
So, here is the challenge. Like the show, pick out 9 number of songs that you would love for the band to shed some light on. For Storytellers, they tended to focus on some big hits and their new material. In this case, you could choose any of them. Here is my list today (note–if I did this again tomorrow, my list might be completely different!): Planet Roaring, Red Carpet Massacre, Secret Oktober (lyrically), Vertigo, Last Man Standing, The Universe Alone, New Moon on Monday, A Matter of Feeling, and Too Bad You’re So Beautiful. What songs would you like to know more about their creation? What would make your list??