A few months ago, we started a fun little task around here. We asked that Duranies everywhere vote to develop a Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set. This box set will contain 7 singles, 7 album tracks, 7 b-sides/demos, 7 live tracks and 7 side/solo project songs. Through weeks of voting, the 7 singles have been chosen as have the 7 album tracks. Now is the time to move on to b-sides and demos. This section proved a bit more difficult for me to develop. I’m pretty confident in my Duran knowledge. Yet, I had to do some additional research to create the complete list of b-sides and demos. I’m willing to bet that I missed a few (probably MORE than a few!).
In doing my research, I discovered that there are a lot more b-sides than what I originally thought. Here’s the thing. Back in the day, as much as I hate that phrase, b-sides were literally located on the back of singles, 45s, whatever you want to call them. In recent decades, there are no 45s. Instead, b-sides have morphed into extra tracks. Therefore, I put all extra songs into the b-side category. This meant that the b-sides number more than 30. Wow. I didn’t think that I could chose just 7 from all of the 30+ b-sides. Then, if I added demos, the list grows even bigger. EEK!
Therefore, much like I did with the album tracks, I split the list. The poll here has about 18 or so b-sides. Next week, I’ll do a poll of the rest of the b-sides. Two weeks from now, it will be the demos before I combine the results into one poll. On that note, here is the poll for half of the b-sides. Like always, pick 7 of them. Unlike always, I left an option to add one, in case I forget a song. That said, generally, these b-sides are from the 80s. Next week, I’ll ask about the later ones.
On that note, vote away, people! Have fun!