Yesterday’s winner: Electric Barbarella
Which video do you like better: Sunrise or What Happens Tomorrow?
Yesterday’s winner: Electric Barbarella
Which video do you like better: Sunrise or What Happens Tomorrow?
I’m sick. Not horribly so, but enough to where I’m having trouble staying awake and I’m fighting the urge to crawl back into bed. (although I’ll be honest: that last part is pretty normal for midweek!) As such, I’m keeping this post short and sweet.
On this date in 2005 – which was a very good year for Duranies, I might add – Duran Duran performed What Happens Tomorrow on GMA (Good Morning America), along with Save a Prayer.
I know from looking at our own “Day in Duran History” spreadsheet that there are a number of things that DD has done on the 1st of February throughout the years. Selfishly, I continue to keep picking THIS item because I remember that time period so well. It was exciting to be a fan. The original lineup was back together (as is evidenced by this video – fun seeing Andy on stage with them again), they had released a new album, and they were back on TV. It was like the 80s, without acne and frizzy hair!
So, forgive me as I spend another day thinking back to a really fun time in my life – and likely yours as well as I take another gander at Duran Duran performing What Happens Tomorrow on GMA!
I remember the Astronaut era. Who doesn’t? Thinking back to 2005 (and even a bit prior), it was like a rebirth of my own fandom. I discovered the online Duraniverse for the first time, I engaged with other fans, found a best friend, and found a real home in the community. I know that in hindsight, many think back on Astronaut as though it wasn’t a best effort by the band. Some fans have said that the juicy, meaty stuff they like wasn’t quite there. I’m not entirely sure I want to agree, but that’s OK. For me, the album marked a new beginning.
One of my favorite songs off the album from the very beginning was a song that I first heard at the 78-03 show Duran Duran played in Costa Mesa, California on July 16, 2003 called “What Happens Tomorrow”. It was one of two songs (“[Reach up for the] Sunrise” being the other) they played in their set that would eventually end up on Astronaut. “Virus” was also played, but was not included on the US/UK version of the album.
One of the qualities I most enjoyed about the song was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. The middle section of the song – the “Silent Icy River” section was much slower than the rest of the song and served as a bit of a break. I liked it because it added some texture, but I can also see why the band decided to nix it. The slower section probably would have been much tougher to “sell” for radio, and at the time, I think the band wanted support from radio. Taking the mid section out made the song pure pop, which is likely what they wanted and needed at the time. I suppose that is the risk of introducing songs to audiences so early in the recording process. If the songs end up being changed, the original audience can be put off – which may or may not have been the case with What Happens Tomorrow.
When the song was released in the UK on this date in 2005, it was done without the slow midsection, and the “Silent Icy River” portion was made into its own song and included on the single as a “B” side.
Oddly enough, in my search to find “What Happens Tomorrow” on YouTube, I ran across video of Duran Duran playing on NBC for New Year’s Eve in 2004, which I think might be the last time Duran Duran played on NYE prior to just recently. I’d forgotten, and maybe some of you have too.
Without further adieu…
Released on October 11, 2004
Produced by Dallas Austin, Don Gilmore, Nile Rodgers, Mark Tinley and Duran Duran
Had 12 tracks except for in Japan which had 13
3 different songs were released as singles:
The band at that time was made up of John, Nick, Roger, Andy and Simon. With backing vocals by Sally Boyden and Tessa Niles.
Two videos were made from this album:
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
What Happens Tomorrow
Electronic Press Kit (EPK:
The tour begin in January of 2005, despite having played a few gigs at the end of 2004. The band played a show in UK before moving to North America for the spring. The summer saw shows in Europe, the U.S., and Japan. The band returned to the UK around Christmas. Then in 2006, the band played in different cities in Europe before a doing a mini-tour of the U.S.
This album represents a significant time in Duran’s history. The reunion that many of us longed for and never thought we would see come to fruition. A lot of fans, including myself, jumped back in. It began the second half and most significant part of my fandom. I toured for the first time, really, and saw many shows. I also made many friends. It was a fun time! My whole story will come next week. Until then, I would love to read your stories surrounding this album!
Today is the 4th of July, and for those of us in the US…and maybe even those in the UK who are (or should be by now anyway) quite thankful they are no longer responsible for the crazy people across the pond…we are celebrating Independence Day.
For my family, that consists of a parade in the morning, pool time in the afternoon followed by a barbecue and fireworks in the evening. There isn’t much time leftover for video viewing. However, I suspect I will more than make up for my lack of Duranie-activity today in the coming days ahead. I leave for Chicago tomorrow!
So, while I am cheering on my youngest as she performs in her first parade, or as I’m lounging by the pool—I picked a few videos that reminded me of the fourth of July, or of summer in general because let’s face it—how many Duran Duran videos really have fireworks in them??
This one is obvious, and I’ll be honest: I will use ANY and ALL excuses to play this one.
I’m reaching here, and I’ll admit it. I gotta say—I love the stars. 🙂
The sun, the sand, the yacht, the ocean. Summer. 🙂
So, a few things with this one. First of all, anything from Live Aid reminds me of summer purely because it took place on July 13th, and I remember it being incredibly hot in LA that day. Secondly, I have noticed that t-shirt of Simon’s being worn by some Italian fans during their tour there, and didn’t realize he wore it for Live Aid. (No, I am not quite that detail oriented, and no, my memory is not that great. Sorry.) Lastly, I think the sentiment of this song and Simon’s words at the beginning are still perfect, even today. We still have much to learn…
Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans and Happy Monday to everyone!!
Yesterday’s choice: Hallucinating Elvis
Which song would you rather be LEFT OFF the setlist: What Happens Tomorrow or Bedroom Toys?
Yesterday’s winner: What Happens Tomorrow
Which song would you rather be LEFT OFF the setlist: Astronaut or Bedroom Toys?
Yesterday’s winner: Hallucinating Elvis
Which song would you rather be LEFT OFF the setlist: Sunrise or What Happens Tomorrow?
I’m not going to be around much tomorrow, so I’m writing this on Sunday night. With any luck, I am going to be at a day spa, relaxing and “balancing my qi”…as my youngest likes to say. There will be no dancing on the valentine for me tomorrow…hopefully just some lavender-scented bliss.
Every once in a while, I tend to get so caught up in the motor that runs Daily Duranie (and my house) that I actually forget to BE a fan. I forget to take time to stop and smell the roses much beyond the occasional “listen to Paper Gods” in the car. That bugs me, too, because here I am, trying to write a blog about what it is really like to be a fan, and yet sometimes I am hard pressed to even know what to say!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that being a DD fan is drudgery. Far, far from it. It’s the peripheral stuff. You know….life: taking the kids to school, trying to put together a lesson here at home. Catching up on Twitter only to find that a couple of friends had a fantastic (and yet way way way over my head) conversation about a group I know next-to-nothing about, but very much want to learn. I catch DDHQ posting a question about favorite lyrics from Paper Gods…and my mind goes completely blank. (I truly sat back and had to think for a few minutes. “What in the hell is ON that album anyway???”) In the interim I realize I’ve shot away 30 minutes that I should have been reading my world history textbook in order to teach a lesson to my son. There’s not much time for watching videos. For laughing. For enjoying being a fan.
This (school) year seems a bit worse than previous ones as far as time goes, likely because I’ve taken on some added responsibilities by deciding to homeschool my very youngest. Sometimes I question my sanity with that decision. (like right now in this moment) Even so, I miss feeling like I can sit around and chat with my friends on Twitter or Facebook…or even on our message boards without facing some pinnacle of crisis later in the week for not spending that 30 minutes doing one of the other 10,000 things I was supposed to do during that time. I am sure I’m not alone.
That’s why last night was so precious. I was able to spend four beautiful hours just watching videos and chatting with friends, both old and new, on the Daily Duranie boards. We have a “shout box” built into the boards, which acts as a chatroom – and it’s open all the time. (I noticed a few people saying they couldn’t find the shout box – when you get to the message boards, scroll all the way down to the bottom and it’s there.) We made it into a party, called it “Dancing on the Valentine” and even gave it a theme drink. (because why not?) We made up a video playlist and hung out watching videos and chatting. I can’t even tell you how much I needed a night like that. That’s the thing about Daily Duranie, we do this as much for ourselves as we do everyone else.
It isn’t ever very hard to remember why I became a fan. I’ve been told that this blog shows just how much love Amanda and I have for the band, even underneath all the blogs where we’re kicking their asses about one thing or another. It’s just that sometimes, I forget to actually be one.
Then there are the friendships. Oh, the friendships. It is easily the best part for me…I love seeing fans find other fans, connect and build a friendship. Hosting chats and online (and in-person) parties brings people together. Giving fans a place to meet and cultivate friendships begins to grow a loyal community, so anything that I can think of to make that happen is exactly what we’re going to do next.
Hosting chats isn’t exactly in my comfort zone. I’m really more of the type to sit back with my beverage and watch the scene unfold in person. You’re far more likely to find me in a dark corner talking to one person at a time than in the middle of a crowd. But, when it comes to Daily Duranie, somehow…I find a way to make it happen. And really, I need those moments.
Even more? I loved watching a lot of videos from Live in London, or smiling at the video for What Happens Tomorrow. I even saw clips I hadn’t seen before (there are a lot out there!!), like the band covering Starman, or the interview they did with Howard Stern back in 2006 (or something like that). In fact, I’m hoping to squeeze in a few more videos before bed tonight. (don’t tell anyone!)
Those moments, however far and few in between, renew my spirit and rejuvenate my fandom. I hope they do the same for you, and that if you missed our little party last night, that when we announce the next one, you’ll find your way to hang out with us.
Yesterday’s winner: Out of my Mind
Which single do you like best?