Category Archives: Duran Duran

duran duran live in dallas

It’s been a while, but finally have something worth posting. Terrific show last night at the American Airlines Center. The legendary Nile Rodgers and Chic set the tone for what was a nonstop party. Enjoy.

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duran duran in slinky 'girl panic' video

 

It’s been nearly a year since Duran Duran first digitally released the Mark Ronson helmed comeback album All You Need Is Now. Today, the new romantic legends released an old-school-scale music video for album highlight “Girl Panic.”

Directed by Jonas Akerlund, the full video is more than nine minutes and features appearances by fellow fashion forward legends Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Helena Christensen posing as band members. The song is interspersed with “interviews” of the alt-reality Duran Duran, and has cameos from the guys as journalists and service industry schlubs. Enjoy:

And if you did enjoy that, perhaps you’ll also like the “making of” with interviews from Nick, John and the supermodels themselves:

Oh, and one more thing. Here’s the David Lynch remix of “Girl Panic” produced for the Record Store Day 7″ single:

coachella 2011 – duran duran

I promised I wouldn’t post any more Coachella sets with three exceptions: Cut Copy, Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran.

Well, theaudioperv has done it again, so here’s the full hour of Duran Duran. It’s broken into two clips, so if you really ❤ “Ordinary World,” you’ll have to put up with a brief interruption. Otherwise a solid set from a band in the midst of a textbook comeback:

Here’s the complete setlist if you’d like to follow along:

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Hungry Like the Wolf
  3. All You Need Is Now
  4. Notorious
  5. Safe (In The Heat Of The Moment) – (with Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters)
  6. The Chauffeur
  7. Ordinary World
  8. Girl Panic!
  9. (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
  10. Rio

    Encore:
     

  11. Bond Medley
  12. A View To A Kill
  13. Girls on Film

duran duran live on kimmel

Last week, Duran Duran streamed a live concert on youtube directed by David Lynch. Last night, they appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to further warm up ahead of their upcoming tour in support of All You Need Is Now.

According to reports, the full set included “Girl Panic,” “Ordinary World” and “A View To A Kill.” The featured song on the broadcast was the title track from the new album:

“Notorious” played Kimmel off the air.. here’s the full version:

Duran Duran’s tour kicks off in Connecticut on April 2, with a looming headlining gig at Coachella on April 17.

david lynch directs duran duran unstaged

Last night was the big American Express corporate gig for Duran Duran. They streamed a concert live on youtube, directed by noted Hollywood outsider David Lynch.

At the moment, the band has made four songs from the show available on their youtube channel. Frankly, Lynch’s direction — with grainy filters, visual non sequiturs and glitchy effects — makes the clips pretty unwatchable. Not to mention the song selection leaves a bit to be desired.

Anyway, judge for yourself. Here’s the opener of the new album, “All You Need Is Now”:

Also from the new record, “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” featuring Kelis:

They dug deep into the back catalog for “Careless Memories” from their 1981 self titled debut:

And finally, “Notorious” featuring a rather uncertain Beth Ditto of The Gossip:

My eyes hurt.

duran duran all you need is now preview

Everyone’s favorite new romantics return next week with the release of All You Need Is Now. It’s Duran Duran‘s first album since 2007’s Red Carpet Massacre, and looks to be their most relevant since 1988’s Big Thing — unless you were really into “Ordinary World”.

Although the physical release of the new album isn’t until February, you can get a digital copy a week from today exclusively on iTunes, which is currently offering a free download of the title track.

Produced by Mark Ronson, All You Need Is Now is billed as a return to form. Unabashedly pop with a rush of keyboards and hi-hats, it’s certainly an improvement over their guitar-based sound of the 90’s and their recent left turn into R&B.

Have a listen to some leaked tracks and judge for yourself. “Blame The Machines” has Simon Le Bon sounding like the fresh-faced disco cherub from “Girls On Film”:

With only a couple ballads, plus guest spots from Ana Matronic and Kelis, All You Need Is Now is pretty bereft of filler and delivers the goods Duran Duran fans have been missing. It seems Mark Ronson will succeed in restoring the tarnished legacy of “the prettiest boys in rock”.

mark ronson's record collection is cooler than yours

It’s hard to get a read on Mark Ronson.  Is he a gifted producer, amazing networker and innovative composer?  Or is he an over hyped, privileged one-trick-pony?

In truth, he’s probably a bit of both. His third album, Record Collection, is released today — and while it follows the guest star formula of his breakout sophomore release Version, it makes a sonic shift from hip-hop horns to 80’s keytar.

The first two singles maintained the hip-hop connection, with the always-up-for-a-guest-spot Q-Tip appearing on “Bang Bang Bang” and Spank Rock contributing to “The Bike Song”.

Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, who did a nice take on Radiohead’s “Just” for Version, teams up with Wu Tanger Ghostface Killah for the standout “Lose It (In The End)”:

Lose It (In The End) Featuring Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Alex Greenwald by oldwaver

Ronson has been at the controls of the forthcoming Duran Duran record, so it only makes sense that Simon Le Bon would pitch in. He lends a weighty chorus to the ironic “Record Collection”:

Record Collection Featuring Simon Le Bon, Mark Ronson by oldwaver

It’s evident that Ronson is a man with many ideas. Not all of them are good, but he can make them sound good enough and fill them out with an all-star cast. Ultimately, these solo projects may be a nice diversion, but Ronson’s legacy will be tied to Amy Winehouse, Duran Duran and whomever else he produces to the top of the charts.

“The Bike Song” is fun and all, but who’s going to remember this?