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Duran Duran's new album, will it be any good?


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#1 of 21 Craig: Mclaren

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Posted December 01 2003 - 01:57 AM

The last Duran album that really kicked ass was 1993's "The Wedding Album"

We are being told by "The Man" that the new album will be amazing. What do the HTF crew think? In todays scene of shitty Hip Hop, bland Pop "Stars", and reality TV music "Idols" can a stylish fun band like Duran Duran really fit in?

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#2 of 21 Tim H

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Posted December 01 2003 - 03:00 PM

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The last Duran album that really kicked ass was 1993's "The Wedding Album"


The last one for me was definitely 1997's 'Medazzaland'.

It's hard to tell if the new album will be among the band's best. I've heard 4 or 5 new songs and a couple are really good and the others are so-so. Most are poor quality live recordings, so those aren't always the best evidence. One of the new songs is called "What Happens Tomorrow", which I think is an amazing song. I think it could be a hit, but I don't always call 'hits' too often.

Latest news is the band will reconvene in January to finish the album with Felix Da Housecat reportedly producing.

I've been a huge Duran Duran fan for 20 years, so my opinion on the band isn't always as objective as I think. Posted Image

#3 of 21 Craig: Mclaren

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Posted January 03 2004 - 05:11 AM

just got my tickets to see the boys play Glasgow on April 15th. Posted Image Posted Image
When can we expect the new album/ first single?

#4 of 21 Yee-Ming

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Posted January 05 2004 - 09:49 PM

I heard two of their new songs at their recent concert here. Certainly need some work, but that might a "live" glitch. One of them (can't remember name) had a reasonable tuneful chorus but the verses were rather bland.

Put it this way: don't expect another Hungry Like The Wolf.

PS: coincidence -- I'm playing "Greatest" right now...

#5 of 21 Tim H

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Posted January 06 2004 - 01:56 AM

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Put it this way: don't expect another Hungry Like The Wolf.


Nor should you. The band hasn't made anything like 'Hungry Like The Wolf' since....well, 'Hungry Like The Wolf'. If by that comment you mean we shouldn't expect a big hit, then I might buy that.

I've heard 6 studio demos and a 7th song live and all I can say is they need work. The 6 studio demos were being shopped to record companies, so they are far from finished products. I think with the right producer the band could have some success with the new material. I see them more as an adult contemporary band now, and I feel they could succeed in that genre.

The band is NOT seeking the level of success they had in the 80s, and for that, I am glad!

#6 of 21 Peter Mazur

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Posted January 06 2004 - 05:46 AM

Having been a fan since way back when I first heard "Planet Earth", I expect that this new release will deliver. I actually like every album they have ever done, including such loathed ones as: Liberty, Thank You and Pop Trash.

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Posted January 06 2004 - 04:10 PM

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The band hasn't made anything like 'Hungry Like The Wolf' since....well, 'Hungry Like The Wolf'.

Oh, I don't know, personally my absolute favourite Duran track would be a toss-up between this and New Moon On Monday, which admittedly was nowhere near as big a hit as Hungry Like The Wolf, but I rather like it Posted Image

(how else could anyone sit through 5 versions of the video on the Greatest DVD...)

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Posted January 13 2004 - 02:52 PM

Tim H et al.:

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The 6 studio demos were being shopped to record companies, so they are far from finished products.
Is the band without a (domestic) label? Were they dropped by both Capitol and Hollywood Records (which released Pop Trash)?

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#9 of 21 Tim H

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Posted January 14 2004 - 01:18 AM

Yes, they are currently without a record label. The band and Hollywood Records parted ways shortly after Pop Trash flopped. I think it only sold around 42,000 copies.

There are rumors of the band signing again with Capitol Records, but that is not for certain. A new song will be on the Queer Eye soundtrack and it was originally thought all of the artists on that compliation were signed to Capitol. This apparently is not the case.

The band keeps saying they're close to signing a deal. Rumor also has it they were very close to signing with Sony last year, but all of the band members couldn't agree on the terms.

The band apparently want a multi-album deal and all most companies are willing to offer are one album deals.

#10 of 21 EricSchulz

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Posted January 14 2004 - 11:46 AM

There will be a new song on the soundtrack to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" CD which comes out in February. Maybe that will give us an idea of what's to come...

#11 of 21 Tim H

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Posted January 19 2004 - 09:46 AM

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There will be a new song on the soundtrack to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" CD which comes out in February. Maybe that will give us an idea of what's to come...


www.queereyemusic.com

Listen to all the songs (including a REMIX of Duran Duran's "Sunrise") there.

#12 of 21 Craig: Mclaren

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Posted January 21 2004 - 11:24 PM

Their UK tour is selling out fast and the media seem to be getting excited about them for the first time in years. I'm hopeful the album will be one of the big hits of 2004. They deserve it. They only now seem to be getting the respect and credit that they deserved in the 1980's. Posted Image

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Posted October 14 2004 - 06:01 AM

Bought Astronaut Tuesday and have been listening to it since. Not quite what I was expecting. I was hoping for a bit more of there 80's style and this seems to be a bit on the "techno" side. But, it's a good CD with several great songs on board.

Best Buy had it for $9.99, a worthy purchase.
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#14 of 21 Tim H

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Posted October 14 2004 - 01:01 PM

I'm also a fan of the new CD. I'm glad they didn't go with their older style, because this band has always been about moving forward. There's some great songs on here. I think "Astronaut" and "Want You More" are 2 of the best the band has ever done.

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Posted October 15 2004 - 02:10 AM

Bought it yesterday and I've given it a few spins. I really can't get into it. LOVE the lead single...but prefer the remix that was released months ago. And there are a couple of songs that are kinda catchy...but nothing memorable. A few others are lackluster. Disappointed. Posted Image

#16 of 21 Colin Jacobson

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Posted October 15 2004 - 03:01 AM

Anybody gotten the version with the bonus DVD? Curious to know if it's any good...
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#17 of 21 LanieParker

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Posted October 15 2004 - 03:22 AM

I am really enjoying this cd. I think Duran Duran is still a great band after all these years.

#18 of 21 Tim H

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Posted October 15 2004 - 06:34 AM

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Anybody gotten the version with the bonus DVD? Curious to know if it's any good...


I got it. The DVD has 5 live performances from the series of Wembley shows from earlier this year..."Sunrise", "What Happens Tomorrow", "New Religion", "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Wild Boys", I think. Interspersed with those are backstage glimpes, interviews with the band members, studio footage, and the video for "Sunrise".

The live performances are taken from a live DVD that is supposed to be coming out later on. No exact word on when. I'm not sure if any of the other content will carry over to that DVD though.

If you're a big fan, I would recommend the bonus DVD. If not, I'd say skip it and wait for the live DVD.

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Posted October 16 2004 - 08:51 AM

I was a little "under"-impressed with it. Some really good songs are there ("Sunrise" and "Astronaut"). But overall, not the "back to the 80's roots" that it was touted to be. I wasn't expecting it to sound exactly like that, but maybe at least some of the energy that they had with songs like "Planet Earth", Night Boat", "Careless Memories", "Friends of Mine", "Late Bar", "My Own Way" (the UK LP/CD version), "Hold Back The Rain" (the 12" remix only) and even "Notorious".

But, they do have 3 more albums to do with Sony, so they still have time to hopefully really get with it.
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#20 of 21 John Milton

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Posted October 16 2004 - 05:13 PM

While I haven't listened to Astronaut more than a couple of times my initial opinion is that this may be Duran Duran's worst album. Posted Image FWIW, my fave is Medazzaland.


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