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VH-1’s “The Set” in 2004

Yesterday, I wrote about 2011. Today, I’m going back even farther.

Does anyone remember “The Set” on VH1 in 2004?  It was sponsored by Bailey’s (I don’t know why I have zero trouble remembering that little bit of trivia….), and it was filmed in California, just outside of Los Angeles. I remember that DDM gave away tickets to fans so that they could go and be in the audience to watch it being taped. I also remember being so jealous because nearly every Duranie I knew who lived here or was willing to travel here got tickets.

Many DDM members had signed up to enter the contest, even though they didn’t have a way to get to Los Angeles. Those that did win were given two tickets. So, if you were smart, you teamed up with a friend and both entered, basically doubling the chances to win. Well, so many people had won that either couldn’t get here or already had a ticket because a friend had won, that Jim – the person in charge of DDM at the time – had to go down a list of people to contact in order to find people who could go. He contacted a friend of mine who already had tickets, and she even gave him my name as someone who didn’t already win. Even then, I still must have been so far down the list that I was never contacted. I can remember the disappointment, particularly once I heard about all of the people who signed up to win even though they knew there was no way they could go. Alas, that’s the way it goes!

Even so, I was able to watch the broadcast, and out of their appearances in 2004 for Astronaut, it remains one of my favorites. I found a clip or two of it on YouTube to share.  In some ways, it’s funny to watch it now, because so much has happened in the years since, but it’s a good reminder of where we’ve been, particularly when fans aren’t really sure of where we’re going next!

 

-R

To be a fly on the wall at the Rum Runner

To be a fly on the wall…

On this date in 1986, there was a party. It was a demolition party, held at the Rum Runner in Birmingham. The first scene of the crime, so to speak.

There are plenty of things I am thankful for at this point in my life, trekking the streets in Birmingham among them. I’ve even wandered down around the Cheapside area, where Duran Duran spent time before getting their big break. One thing I couldn’t do was visit the Rum Runner. Sure, I could see where it had once been, but that’s not the same as having gone inside, really. It’s not the same as seeing the mirrored tiles for myself, or smelling (what I can only assume would be) stale cigarette smoke, or just knowing that once upon a time, a band named Duran Duran once occupied the building.

Nostalgic much? Of course! I love that stuff!

There are just times when I wish I could have been a fly on the wall, just to get a small taste of what it was like to see the austere beginnings of this band, prior to Girls on Film and Rio. But on this date especially, I can only wonder what that party was like.

Also on this date, but in 1999, Behind the Music with Duran Duran was first aired.  In my attempt to find the video on YouTube to post here, a few things became clear—namely that it would seem there was more than one version of this made (and even then, I’m really not sure).  In any case, I found one that is Behind the Music Remastered, dated in 2010. I’m assuming that this edition is updated to include the reunion, which would not have happened yet in 1999. In any case, take a gander and see what you think!

-R

OK, JT fans, do you remember Strange Frequency?

Strange Frequency – a show I had never even heard of until Amanda enlightened me. Admittedly, I have never been the kind of fan to know absolutely everything about what each band member has done.  I might write this blog, but many of you – if not all of you, know far more about this band and the people in it than I ever will. Back then (this movie came out in 2001), I had enough difficulty finding time to pay attention to the band, much less know what past members were up to. I admit my failings and pay my penance regularly!

However, when opportunity provides, I have tried to play catch up. I own copies of John’s solo and side projects. I have seen John’s acting work, including this lovely item we are celebrating today.

Strange Frequency made its debut on VH1 on today’s date in 2001. I have to admit, I would have thought the show was far older. I suppose that 2001 is sixteen years ago, and yet my brain still thinks it was just a few years back. This is an ongoing problem.

So, getting back to the series on VH1, hosted by Roger Daltry (The Who), the program was a horror/drama show, in the same sort of vein as The Twilight Zone. In this case, each story related to music in some way. Aptly, every episode was named after a song, and the one that featured John Taylor was titled “Room Service“. 

In this episode, John Taylor plays a rock star named Jimmy Blitz, who likes to trash hotel rooms. He meets his match, however, when he stays in a hotel room cleaned by the lovely Marge. No matter what Jimmy might do to trash the room, Marge is able to clean and repair in record time. The show is worth watching simply for gazing at his beautifully applied eyeliner, but I digress.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Strange Frequency, particularly the episode with John – you should. It’s amusing to see Jimmy come undone (ha ha ha) when he tries to match wits with Marge.

“Too much is never enough!!” – Jimmy Blitz, “Room Service”

-R

Do You Remember? VH1 “The Set”

On this date in history, wayyyyy back in 2004 (which really doesn’t seem like it should be twelve years ago already, does it?) Duran Duran filmed a show for VH1 called “Bailey’s The Set”.

As I fondly recall, this was a show that local fans could enter a lottery of sorts for tickets. The show was filmed at Sony Studios in Culver City in front of a very small audience, and now there is an unofficial DVD of sorts available of the performance – which was shown on VH1 a week or so later.

A great many of my friends here in the area attended the show, but I did not. I tried for tickets, but this was at the height of the Fab Five reuniting, and tickets were hard to come by. My ongoing streak of luck (or lack thereof!) held through the lottery.  I have heard it was a really fun show, particularly since during that period, Duran Duran had been doing a great many arena-sized performances.

I don’t have the show in its entirety, but I did find a clip of Careless Memories to share.  These are actually kind of fun to watch, it was back when Dom was just subbing for Andy, and Anna wasn’t there – this may have been before she began touring with Duran Duran. Instead, there is Tessa Niles on backing vocals, I believe.

As much as I have enjoyed the recent Duran Duran tours, there was something very special about Duran Duran back in 2004…it was fun to look back.

Here’s another: (this clip doesn’t say it’s from the same performance but I am pretty sure it is)

-R

Today in Duran History – Big 80s Pop

On today’s date in 2001, VH1 released a compilation CD called The Big 80s Pop.  Duran Duran’s New Moon on Monday was included on the CD.

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CD track listing:

1. She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
2. Sowing The seeds Of Love – Tears For Fears
3. Manic Monday – The Bangles
4. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
5. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young
6. Private Eyes – Daryl Hall/John Oates
7. Too Late For Goodbyes – Julian Lennon
8. Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
9. I’ve Been In Love Before – Cutting Crew
10. New Moon On Monday – Duran Duran
11. Kids in America – Kim Wilde
12. Turn Me Loose – Loverboy
13. I’ve Done Everything For You – Rick Springfield
14. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
15. Breakout – Swing Out Sister
16. What I am – Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians

Wow…I don’t think I’ve seen such an eclectic group of songs since I last looked at one of my old K-Tel records…Poptastic!!

In case you still want it – I believe there are still a few hanging around on Amazon!

-R