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Especially, regarding Too Much Information. I was working for Capitol around that time and a promo cassette appeared in mid with a slightly different track list and was set for imminent release. I grabbed one and was playing the heck out of it for a week or so and then everyone was abruptly told to return all copies as the album was put on hold. I believe there was a management change and then the album reappeared on the schedule for early with Come Undone and Femme Fatale replacing what ended up being two b-side tracks.
It seems like those two tracks were recorded during that interim period since they never appeared on any of the demo collections that are floating around for the album. Of course, it all worked out for the best since Come Undone might not have been written if the album had been released in Femme Fatale was alright but I think it probably would have been better as a b-side.
Apart from the guitar solo I thought it was very Walker Brothers when I first heard it. Too Much Information is a great, great track — my favourite DD track ever. Bit of filler, some naff lyrics you peeled me like an onion skin…?
Thanks for reminding me…I loved that record shop. I went through the lot over a number of years. Sadly they had a flood in the basement and everything that was left got damp or ruined. They all ended up in a skip outside! I seem to recall I bought the CD on the day it was released and was really impressed by it, though I will agree that a few tracks could be omitted i. Shotgun and Femme Fatale. Never a fan of Duran Duran although I did like and buy Planet Earth but later gave it to some girl in a failed attempt at wooing her but I did enjoy your piece Paul, thanks!
Give it another listen! Fab review Paul, thanks. I never got the album till years later. I remember hearing Ordinary World for the first time and failing instantly in love with it, the melody and words blew me away. I was also shocked that Duran could have a hit again. Because of this album I was able to see them live for the first time. Plus I got to see the incredible Astronaut Tour, and 2 years ago the Paper Gods tour with Nile Rodgers, seeing him play live on Notorious with them was a concert highlight for me.
Would this of happened had the Wedding album and Ordinary World not been a hit? This is another great in depth article Paul, one of the reasons that many of us check into your site on a daily basis. I do disagree with some points, particularly that Big Thing was an excellent album. I think those 7 tracks along with Fallen Angel would make a great 8 track album.
Also there is a great unreleased track from this era called Matter of Fact. Paul, what is that DD book you are holding. I have all of them, including Arcadia! I think it was the last one that was issued. I have the book for this album too, the sheet music.
Very creative and satisfying choices. I thought at the time that someone at Capitol really knew their stuff, when it came to Duran Duran. These were much better than the two UK CD singles. But agree that the album has at least 2 more singles in Love Voodoo or None of the Album. EMI seemed to throw in the towel by Fall of while the right fourth single could have carried the album into the holidays to conincide with the MTV Unplugged.
It just soars, funks, and grooves, all at the same time… one of those endlessly repeatable codas that should have gone on for 30 more minutes. I can see why Too Much Information was chosen, but that kind of acerbic diatribe rarely makes much of an impact. Ordinary World and Come Undone are indeed brilliantly-crafted classics. Probably the worst single of their career, and to lead off a new album project with it… just insane. It sunk the album. My Antarctica is clearly the one real classic DD song on the album, although Serious is excellent as well.
Neither of those feel like a first single, though. The supporting cast was mostly there, but not that big first single to really launch the project. What a truly wonderful article. They appear on bootlegs and i watched what i think was an acoustic MTV thing in the early hours of this morning having linked up my phone to my TV for the first time i watched over 2. The female backing vocalist on these performances is Lamla i presume i have the right spelling.
One thing i must strongly disagree though is regarding new albums. It is incredible to see behind the scenes at what record companies believe is a hit song or not… Ordinary World is one in a million! One of my all-time favorite songs, start to finish.
I still have it to this day, and spin it routinely. There are gems on those other s Duran Duran albums too! Paul, articles like this are truly why I feel your corner of the internet is so valuable. One drawback of this album was the fact that the Night Versions the band recorded in the eighties were a distant memory by the time this came out and all we got were terrible 90s remixes.
I will add my 2c worth — My Antarctica, off Liberty, is in my top 3 favourite Duran tunes ever and Serious is in my top Not bad for such a bad album. Even though it is widespread knowledge that bands earn more money with tours rather than records I guess owing to reduced sales these days, otherwise I would not imagine another specific explanation; pardon my limited intelligence for what regards economics or pop music contracts I never thought as DD willfully neglecting releases themselves but i have always rather pointed at the record company for being inept.
EMI have been fantastic in their three celebratory reissues, both with the choice of additional tracks and with the graphics which were a perfect extension of the original see the double vinyl sets. And I believe you are especially considering the current vinyl resurgence. But it does not take a genius to reissue at least The Wedding Album and I believe that even Medazzaland and Pop Trash would be well received [maybe the former more than the latter] should they receive a first time vinyl print.
I never heard TWA in full because I was not convinced enough by its singles and I postponed its purchase never imagining that the vinyl would have become so rare or so expensively valued in a ridiculous way see Violator. So get on with it Warner, start doing a bit of work and among the avalanche of reissues of all kinds that is going on start releasing all the vinyl that is being asked for by the DD fanbase.
My final scattered opinions: Mark Ronson is the only one if Alex Sadkin were still here it would be great too, or even Colin Thurston…. All the records I have happened to read as produced by him appear to have been disasters.
I despise him really. There was genuine buzz and enthusiasm about the song, and I also bought the album on release day. I thought the production sounded deliberately crude and harsh, and self-consciously surfing the grunge and electronic genres of the times, neither of which actually suited them. Thanks for the review! Angel and Stop Dead should have been included, as well as Time for Temptation…. When the re-issue double cd came out in , I was disappointed with the versions on there compared to the US versions….
I like the whole setting, and your experience in that record store. I have fond memories of visiting stores packed with promos and exclusive items, and wondering what I might find on any given visit.
I agree the record was a bit long, I still think the US single version of Fallen Angel is superior to the one released on the UK special edition and could have replaced one of those less dynamic songs you listed. It is a bit of a surprise that this record never got a proper deluxe treatment, and vinyl reissue, as a landmark record that brought the band back from the dead, it really has been unfairly neglected.
This is what writing blogs is about: You should do that more often. Paul great write up. Even for a semi-fan for me. A real delight to read. I lived in Shepherds bush so frequented out those stores and Notting Hill.
As well as the the little ones round Soho. I recall the charity store on Marylebone always had promos in there all the time so reckoned some record company was offloading stuff there all the time. I was never a huge fan of Duran Duran but I did like them, so would buy the singles and occasional albums. Unfortunately the one flop rule still applied and pretty soon they were gone off the radar for many.
I was lucky enough to see them for free at a Glasgow Hogmanay Party in George Square around about then. Just remember thinking it was excellent.
I did not buy the album. The video was excellent I remember thinking. And it came with the DVD. I once again got in to Duran Duran. My new-found appreciation for Duran Duran blossomed a little. And there is an improvement in sound, just to note for any of you wondering. And needless to say I was blown away. I was blown away. I always liked the song. But watching this video was an eye-opener. I had no idea they were so Fantastically cool back then. And what can I say?
How could I have missed this? How could I have not been paying attention all that time? It is so strange. But that is what happens is that I find I have gone back and listened to some music and either found something new I like or re-discovered bands or artists.
I plan to buy it at some point. Paul, your writing was fun to read, and the excitement of when the songs and album came out back in I remember the excitement because that album came out of nowhere. It was just a sudden surprise. And it was a very good album I might add. One of their best. Thanks Paul for this. It the reverse of the way DJs would always play singles about radios. I used to be a DD fan from when Rio came out, up till about Big Thing, which is also one of my favourites.
Wedding album was quite good but not very exciting. The title track is amazing. I am biased towards Pop Trash, maybe because the Pop Trash tour was the only time I have ever seen them live.
The problem here was a bad choice of lead single Someone else not me sounds like a bad copy of ordinary world. I actually prefer all John Taylor solo albums now. Your article shows a true passion for music — I also take a chance to thank you for your work at Superdeluxe for keeping us updated with new releases: In the end there were a lot of singles, remixes, versions… so it was a commercial succes in my opinion.
Ordinary World multiple formats worldwide, incl. As a life long fan, I find myself going to Liberty more as I get older and it has some decent moments. The best from these two albums would be a solid compilation. I was so excited because DD were clearly back! Saw that tour in Florida and they were on fire. But as strong as TWA was it is albums like Liberty and Medazzaland that make them a more interesting band to me. Sadly John admits himself that he was mostly checked out during this era so he ended up being buried in the mix a lot.
I do like much of what came out of these wilderness years but it did prove unsustainable in the end aka no hits. There is no doubt TWA gave them that extra mileage to carry on. Love this band and this album although it really needs a serious sonic upgrade, preferably with the Bonus single mixes.
They were treading water here and probably trying to get ahead of the curve while all the time forgetting they were never part of the curve. You can see it all over his face in the video — thin as a rake, that blank, dead look in his eyes.
And letting Warren over-dub some really fantastic, experimental guitar work on the second side my favorite, BTW really was the cherry on that sundae. The Wedding Album was one such casualty. Must be something to do with rights, contracts, and all that sort of twaddle. Really good article Paul! I too prefer the single mix. I gave it a spin this evening o:. Yes, the single mix is better. I had all but given up on DD with liberty after being a fan from day 1.
I remember waking up at a friends house one Saturday after a heavy night. We had the TV on i saw and heard the ordinary world video for the first time. I had no idea a new single was on the way and i almost cried, it was that good! I was very hungover, mind you. Ordinary World was great and that got me back into the fold, although I never really warmed to its parent album. I did go and see them play a rescheduled? Melle Mel joined them for White Lines, which may have been a first.
I was at that Wembley gig. I also went to the Dominion show around this time, where they played a semi-acoustic show with strings. Ah yes that was the show I went to — the semi-acoustic show at the Dominion Theatre. Was the support act Nik Kershaw or Chesney Hawkes or is my memory totally playing tricks on me?
Far from a great album. The first two singles stick out like a sore thumb and are among the best things they ever did and what got me into the band. Much of the rest sounds insipid and airbrushed and lightweight funk pop. Although I would have preferred a little of their early sound. Of As Rhodes stated when that decade was over some people wanted to lock the door and leave Duran behind-or words to that effect. The word patchy sums it up.
Thank you for the detailed write up Paul, sounds like it brought back great memories for you. Yes, they have had great songs but no albums without filler. They started to take themselves too seriously about with Arena.
The Promise is one of my favourite songs ever. Notorious and Big Thing had some great songs and had more good than bad. Liberty was the first album where there was more bad than good. The Wedding Album again had more good then bad but as many of you said could have been so much leaner. I actually love Too Much Information and it should have done better. Hope they do this soon. When saw the picture I presumed there was going to be some kind of deluxe reissue and I was hyper excited… and then I realised that wasnt the case…: The subsequent ones for me very between okay Medazzaland and unlistenable Paper Gods — which I really cannot listen to.
As always thanks for the great article Paul but it is a shame that there is no anniversary release planned. Really wish they would release MTV Unplugged in both audio and video as part of a deluxe edition release of the album. An interesting read, thanks. Ordinary World was an instant classic for me. Big sound and a great hook. You know, when Radio 1 was still cool.
Great article and great comments! But I wonder how it would have gone over in the US. Maybe that played in their decision. We should make an atheist pop compilation. It should be a nice compilation. Thank you, Paul…great read! Are they still pursuing those issues in the courts?
Touring is cash in their pockets. These still give me the goosebumps whenever I listen to them. Have been playing them aloud in my car during the errands today. Hope there is some kind of vinyl or deluxe cd reissue sooner than later. Thanks for putting this up Paul! Another very informative read Paul, thank you. I mostly lost interest in Duran Duran after their Big Thing album.
It was very challenging time to compete with a completely changed form of music, much to my dismay. I too did very much enjoy the single Come Undone. I thought it was a real return to form and for that matter IMHO heads and shoulders above any other selection on the Wedding album. Too much filler and not enough ear candy to entice me, and from my perspective, a fairly obvious double fault. Although I am sure that call could be challenged. I agree with some things you say, but OW, CU were ballads..
TMI was a great fast paced,single. They are and will always be a dance band. Duran is a great live band.. All they needed to worry about was having hits….
This kind of navel-gazing is where they always go wrong. Duran Duran started having hits around and are still going. I challenge you to find any artist that has not had dips in their career [Kylie anyone? I like every one of their albums for different reasons, teeny bop singalong to naval gazing journeys.
I was once on a community radio station and was going to play Come Undone but got the track number wrong and out blasted Too Much Information, it sounded awesome loud! All I say is that there have been no reissues for seven years, which is correct. Tackhead - 'En Concert' Singles: Tackhead - 'Dangerous Sex' Album: Tackhead - 'Strange Things' Singles: Tackhead - 'Class Rock' Singles: Tackhead - 'Videohead' Compilation: Tackhead - 'Power Inc. Volume 2' 10" compilation: Volume 3' Mix compilation: Tackhead - 'Exodus' Download EP: Tackhead - 'Funky President Vs.
The Belgian 12" was pressed onto green vinyl. The UK promo 7" plays the same both sides. UK issues had a black sleeve design. European issues had a similar but red sleeve design. The stemming release was credited to 'Doug Wimbish featuring Fats Comet '.
Percan were licensed from World Records. The promo US12" features the A-side label on both sides of the disc. All tracks remixed from LP An unknown number of WL copies were pressed and distributed, but the mini album never had a full release.
The intended titles are unknown and those listed above are either guessed or implied. The UK release had a red colouring to the sleeve while European copies were of the same design but with an orange colouring. UK one-sided 10" acetate? Features guest vocals by football commentator Brian Moore. The first UK12" was withdrawn soon after release.
Early unreleased versions of the track are thought to feature un-vetted samples of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan which were subsequently replaced by vocals from impressionists Chris Barrie and Kate Robbins before release. The Australian version came with a poster. The "Ronnie and Margaret" mix is sometimes referred to as the "Political" mix. Another version of this track is found on the Australian edition of the LP Tracks remixed from LP Other versions found on DP European editions were pressed on green, yellow, red or black vinyl and had a gatefold sleeve.
Sleeve photo's are still shots from the Ridley Scott movie 'Alien'. All tracks are remixes from LP The cassette plays the same on both sides. Edited from guest appearance on Stetsasonic's US 'A. US only full release. The UK edition of this release was a WL only test pressing featuring the title track and one or more unknown others.