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Question of the Day: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Violence of Summer

Which song would you rather have ADDED to the setlist:  All Along the Water or Love Voodoo?

Question of the Day: Friday, June 10, 2016

Yesterday’s winner:  Burning the Ground

Which song would you rather have ADDED to the setlist:  Violence of Summer or Liberty?

Got Me Trapped

It’s time for another confessional, Daily Duranie-style!

Today was the last day of learning center for my kids before a much deserved winter break. Two weeks of not having to get up before it’s light outside, two glorious weeks of not dealing with traffic, having to listen to talk-radio (it’s all that my son will tolerate the first thing in the morning) or begging my youngest to please get up out of bed and get dressed, well after her alarm has gone off (and she’s shut it off only to go back to bed!).
As my two grabbed their backpacks and gifts for their teachers out of my car and made their way past the new guard gate to their classrooms,  I pulled out of the parking lot – I hit “shuffle” on my phone so that I could listen to music on the way home. I really do like having that little bit of time to just listen to my own music as I’m driving back home – while the drive to school takes about an hour most days, the drive home only takes about a half-hour, but it’s enough time to clear my head.  One of the songs that came up today was “All Along the Water” off of Liberty. I know many of our readers would have quickly hit “next”.  I didn’t.  In fact, and this is where the “confessional” comes in, I actually LIKE the song. A lot.

Yes, I know what the song is supposedly about. I can hear the lyrics and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to decipher them. I don’t really care.  In fact, I don’t really care in the same way that I don’t really care that any time he’s asked about his lyrics, he likes to fall back on the whole “it’s about SEX” thing as an answer.  The thing is, the song usually wakes me up, gets me moving, and I like that it’s especially cheeky, too. Who cares??

I know many fans don’t like Liberty, and count it among their least favorite albums. Personally, I like it, and I’m totally OK with being an outsider on that one. I love “Serious”. I like “Violence of Summer”, particularly when I’m belting it at the top of my lungs while driving home at 2am (long story). “All Along the Water” is one of my favorites on the album. It’s fun, and there are times, this morning included, when I need a little frivolity to start the day! No, maybe it’s not the most serious piece of music the band has ever written. I guess it’s probably not going to be one of their masterpieces in the same way I would venture to guess “Paper Gods” or “The Universe Alone” will become. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes, music is just supposed to be FUN. For me, that song fits the description! I’d love to see them do it live. Can you imagine?? (No, you probably can’t…but I sure can!)

For me, this holiday season has not been especially easy. I’ve had to start being a little more creative in finding some enjoyment. It has been the small moments – things I overlooked in past years I think, that have put a smile on my face and made me appreciate the season and life in general. Things like watching The Polar Express with my youngest (and keeping her up WAY past her bedtime to do it!), listening to her sing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, or listening to her sing her solo part in “What Does the Fox Say” over and over and over…and over…again (because of course she’d get a solo part in that song!), taking my son to see the college of his dreams and witnessing him practically beam over being there, playing “Uno” late at night with the two older kids,  seeing tweets from band members about shows they’ve done or are going to do next year, and yes…hearing songs like “All Along the Water” come up on shuffle.  It has been the little things that have kept me going lately.

Dear readers: name your guiltiest (DD song) pleasures! What song do you find yourself bopping your head to, even though you’re sure it would be met with scorn by the rest of the community?  I’ll be interested to read your responses!

-R

 

 

 

Question of the Day: Monday, October 12, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  Do You Believe in Shame?

Which single do you like better?

Question of the Day: Sunday, January 11, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  Rio

Question of the Day: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Yesterday’s winner:  The Reflex

Today in Duran History – Violence of Summer

On today’s date in 1990, Duran Duran released Violence of Summer in the United States.  As an aside…I’m feeling pretty violent that summer hasn’t quite left Southern CA yet (I am SO over these 90-100 degree temperatures!)…but back to DD…

This was the 21st single for the band (WOW!) and it was the first single off of Liberty, and as most Duranies know – this single did not do well for the band, and that lack of success followed them until Ordinary World.

All that said, I can personally attest to the fact that it is the *perfect* song for blasting on the radio at 2am as you’re driving home from a late night clubbing.  Trust me on that.

Let’s just watch the video, shall we?

-R

Today in Duran History – Violence of Summer Promo

On this date in 1990, Duran Duran played Violence of Summer on the Japanese TV Show, Hit Studio International.  This song, off the Liberty album, is not a single that pops into people’s heads when Duran Duran singles are mentioned, especially since it only reached number 64 on the Hot 100 Billboard Chart in the US.  They also did not tour for the album that this song appeared on.  Yet, they still attempted to do promotion as the clip below shows:

What did you think of this interview and performance?

-A

Today in Duran History – Violence of Summer

On today’s date in 1990, Duran Duran celebrated the US release of the single Violence of Summer off of their Liberty album.

I realize that for many fans, Violence of Summer might not be a favorite, but to me – it’s the perfect track to sing along with as you’re driving home late at night from say, The Key Club in Hollywood.  It’s a happy, upbeat tune, and keeps you awake.  What more could you want?!?

Before I slip this blog post into an all-out review…here’s the video.  Enjoy!!

-R