Today in Duran History – Behind the Music 1999

On this date in 1999, VH1 aired the episode of Behind the Music on Duran Duran.  I have to admit that I’m a complete sucker when it comes to documentaries on Duran Duran.  Even though, I feel like I could tell their story myself (and probably have to some poor sucker who got stuck talking Duran with me!), I still love how documentaries present their story.  I love to see who they are going to interview, what visuals they will use and what parts of the band’s story will be focused on.  For a time, I had a friend who would watch a lot of these with me.  We started to make predictions.  The people interviewed usually included Nile Rodgers, one or both of the Berrows brothers, the band, someone representing MTV, and Russell Mulcahy.  Some of the standard video footage would include videos of Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film along with scenes out of Sing Blue Silver.  The side projects of Power Station and Arcadia were always featured as was the success of the Wedding Album.  Despite being able to predict what was going to be shown and said, I still love watching them and this one is one of the best out there.  I suspect that I like Behind the Music so much because they made it all sound so dramatic.  Plus, I love what Richard Blade, the famous LA DJ said at the end.  He said something about how we weren’t there for The Beatles but we were there for Duran Duran.  Exactly.  They were/are that huge to all of us.  *sigh*

Of course, this episode of Behind the Music was redone or remastered as the band was finishing up All You Need Is Now.  I love that one, too.  Yet, I did find this original one on YouTube, in case you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in awhile.  What do you think of it?  What is your favorite part?

-A

3 thoughts on “Today in Duran History – Behind the Music 1999”

  1. The part that has always been a favorite of mine, is Simon’s comment about John, after he left the band. “I miss him, I really do. I’d have him back tomorrow.” Very touching. You can feel the love.

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