On February 2, 1981, an experimental New Romantic band from Birmingham released their first single. It was the beginning of the still-continuing, at times tumultuous, hugely successful tenure of Duran Duran. From 33 years ago: Planet Earth
. B-side for the single was Late Bar
, or in the US was To The Shore
. Plus the Planet Earth (Night Version)
This was the first of many, many singles from Duran Duran. [more inside]
Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf" - Isolated Tracks
While not an immediate hit, "Hungry Like the Wolf" is considered a classic song today, due in no small part to the band's use of emerging technology.
“That track came from fiddling with the new technology that was starting to come in”, guitarist Andy Taylor said in an interview with Blender magazine. They joined a Roland TR-808 drum machine with a sequencer and a Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard.
The isolated tracks are a treat to listen to - sadly, Simon Le Bon's vocals are not featured as one of the tracks.
Last night, following the Museum of Modern Art's screen of Duran Duran: Unstaged, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor took the stage for a 30 minute long conversation and Q&A session with the audience. The session was streamed live online, and continues to be available for viewing via LiveStream and MoMA
. The conversation ranges from appreciation for David Lynch to art directors and designers they have worked with to Peter Gabriel's recent So anniversary tour, to mention a few topics. [The sound for the video starts after the credits for the film stop. Do not panic.] [more inside]
The Hitmaker is Nile Rodgers' 1959 Fender Stratocaster. Last week, he left it on a train in NYC. (Warning: Autoplaying great music)
Legendary Producer/Writer/Guitarist Nile Rodgers writes on his blog about the near-loss of one of the most famous instruments in music - "The Hitmaker," also known as the "World's Most Successful Guitar
," which Rodgers played on hits by everyone from Chic, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran to Daft Punk. Oh, yeah, and that's The Hitmaker playing the funky riff sampled on Rapper's Delight, too. From a previous
MeFi post, here's Nile Rodgers talking about music and, starting at the 55:40
mark, playing The Hitmaker and demonstrating some of the most famous riffs ever played. [more inside]
is a rock and pop documentary series, broadcast and on DVD, starting with The Making of Sgt. Pepper
. There were 38 more albums covered, plus five more in the Netherlands... [more inside]
Light your torch and wave it for the lunar event tomorrow with the full 17-minute-long video for Duran Duran's New Moon On Monday (Part 1
, Part 2
Take a stroll through some famous works of art
(larger version here
.) More Pocket Movies
. [Via The Cartoonist.]