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Hi Blog. Coming out of Debito.org’s Summer Vacation briefly with some good news:
Long-time readers of Debito.org know what a deep appreciation I have for ’80s band Duran Duran — which is still putting out good albums chock full of good music (see below), and touring to full arenas. I was at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu tonight to catch them (for the second time, the first back in Canandaigua NY on June 26, 1987). Good seats, great setlist. This was their first time playing in Honolulu (they cancelled a previous date in 1994 due to lead singer Simon Le Bon losing his voice), and as the last stop on their current tour (they spent a few days recuperating on-island), they put on an excellent show to a rapt crowd.
And, I’m proud to say, thanks to mutual friend GB, I got a backstage pass. And met and briefly chatted with Simon Le Bon. As they say, pictures or it didn’t happen:
I’m going to treasure this memory for a lifetime, as I have been following DD assiduously since 1982. Thanks GB. And thanks Simon.
As for people who still think Duran Duran peaked in the mid-1980s, I challenge you to listen to my iPod’s “Damn Good Duran Duran” playlist. (And in terms of musicality, I also challenge you to listen to John Taylor’s bass line on the song “Rio” as an isolated track, and tell me it doesn’t rank up there with Geddy Lee or Tina Weymouth.)
Here’s the playlist, songs in the order I play them. You can find them on YouTube if not on iTunes:
- Last Chance on the Stairway
- A View to a Kill
- Late Bar (2010 Remastered Version, from the Deluxe Version of their first eponymous album)
- Too Late Marlene
- My Own Way (Night Version)
- Come Undone
- Breath after Breath
- Point of No Return
- The Flame (as Arcadia)
- What Happens Tomorrow
- Reach Up for the Sunrise (Ferry Corsten Dub Mix)
- Girls on Film (16 Millimeter Mix)
- Only in Dreams
- Box Full o’ Honey
- Winter Marches On
- All You Need is Now
- First Impression
- Do You Believe in Shame?
- Anyone Out There?
- Late Bar (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, 17 December 1981)
- New Religion
- Before the Rain
- Still Breathing
- The Chauffeur
- Ordinary World
- The Man Who Stole a Leopard
- Watching the Detectives
- Is There Something I Should Know?
- Last Night in the City
- Playing With Uranium
- Be My Icon
- Shadows On Your Side
- Crystal Ship
- Michael You’ve Got a Lot to Answer For
- El Diablo (as Arcadia)
- Lady Ice (as Arcadia)
- The Universe Alone
Very few of these were chart material. Many are deep album cuts, very rewarding to fans. But at 3 hours 15 minutes you have a lot of good stuff from a band you’ve probably thought was merely fashion and hair. Give them a listen. And maybe you’ll know why I’m such a devoted fan after nearly 40 years of their existence (and 52 years of mine). Dr. Debito Arudou
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