Last weekend, I began a process in which fans would create the “Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set”. Again, this idea came from my friend, Nat, who thought it would be fun to make fans pick 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides or demos, 7 live tracks, and 7 side and solo project songs to create the best box set possible. I dug the idea and asked fans to pick the 7 singles through a little poll. Many people participated and I’ll share those results tomorrow as well as give a little analysis.
This week, then, we should be moving on to the album tracks. I began creating the poll and realized just how many album tracks there are! I always knew that Duran had a large catalog but I didn’t quite understand the length of the catalog until I started listing all of them. Eek. On top of that, imagine taking all of those album tracks and trying to pick just 7 of them to include. How next to impossible would that be?! I know that a lot of fans would struggle to pick just 7. Their frustration might be so high that they would refuse to participate. I can’t have that! Thus, I decided to break down the albums into more manageable chunks.
Today, I ask fans to pick 7 album tracks from the first three albums: Self-titled debut, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger. Next week, I’ll ask about Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty. Two weeks from now, we will focus on The Wedding Album, Thank You, Medazzaland and Pop Trash. Finally, I’ll ask about Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need Is Now and Paper Gods. From there, I’ll take the results from all of those and ask people to pick the final 7. I recognize that this may not be as accurate as if I listed all of the tracks but I think I’ll have more participate this way. I hope.
On that note, let’s vote on the 7 album tracks from the Self-Titled Debut, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger that should be included/considered for the Ultimate Box Set. This poll will be open until next Saturday (March 4) Happy voting!