Last weekend, fans voted on which Duran Duran demos should be considered for our fan created Ultimate Box Set. In looking at those results, I was not surprised at all by how the vote turned out.
First of all, this category produced the least number of votes. I worried about this as I assumed that there would be less fans familiar with the choices. I did create a blog with all of the demos listed as well as a chance to listen to all of them. That said, I do understand how one or two listens to a song is not the same as knowing a song well. Because of that, I expected the Astronaut demos to do the best because they are really known by many more fans than the rest.
The top 8 demos included:
- Beautiful Colours
- Salt in the Rainbow
- Tel Aviv (original form with lyrics)
- TV vs. Radio
- Pretty Ones
- Girls on Film (demo with Andy Wickett)
- A Matter of Fact
- Be My Icon (John Taylor vocals)
As you can see by the results, my hypothesis did indeed prove true. The majority of demos chosen were from the Astronaut era. Those included Beautiful Colours, Salt in the Rainbow, TV vs. Radio and Pretty Ones. Many of the remain demos chosen were ones that did eventually get released in different forms. The demo that does not fit either category is A Matter of Fact.
Box Set Status:
At this point, we have chosen singles and album tracks. This weekend, we will make our final votes on demos and b-sides. If you want to vote on that category, please go here.
From here, we will move on to live tracks. This is a category that is less clear about how to proceed. Here is where I need people’s advice or thoughts/opinions about how to pick the songs. I don’t want to just list every song that has been ever played live. There is simply too dang many. One option is to ask people for a list of which songs they like to hear live the most, but I doubt I will get many responses. An alternative is to pick from the list of songs that have played the most. Setlist.fm can provide that list. Heck, they list the top 157 songs played live. I don’t think we would want to vote on all of those! So, if we go that route, how many songs should I include? 21? 30? 50?
Of course, after live songs, we have one category left: side/solo project songs. Then, we will have our Ultimate Duran Duran Box Set.