November 8 | Ok, ok!
We are all so excited about Being Followed which has
finally leaked. Thanks to Mark Ronson and his radio show on
eastvillageradio.com the Internet and millions of Duranies are still
jizzing all over themselves. The song, from what we have heard so far,
Rhythmically, sounds very much like
the first Duran Duran album rather than Rio. Production sounds great, so
the clear instrumentation, you can actually hear all the instruments: a
classic Duran Duran old-style guitar riff, disco druming, energetic bass
flicks, vibrant synths and a beautiful performance by Simon that uplifts
the track at the maximum of loveliness.
Some fans says that Being Followed recalls Atomic by Blondie...
yes, maybe it recalls something in some points, but something
very different from Blondie: check out the guitar and the rhythm
section of the first 50 seconds "A Forest"
from "The Cure" [thanks to loyal duranasty.com
visitor Donata for the heads up]. Don't you think that the beginning
of the two songs have a few points in common? Of course the
Duran track has a totally different mood, rhythmically more
joyous, more electronic, a totallydifferent
song! Maybe just a little similitude between the beginning of
the two tracks.
clever cut and paste Marcel Agterhuis has made an amateur
longer version of Being Followed [posted on soundcloud.com] without Mark Ronson talking all over it.
This is not the real entire version but just a more listenable and 'clean'
version of the bits aired by Rosnon. Get it here
Duran Duran on
When Mark Ronson
aired a bit of Being Followed he talked all over it to protect the
track,. At some point he said "This is exclusive property of
Capitol Records". You might think he was just saying
whatever came into his head just to protect the song but the
question is: Why one like Mark Ronson [Duran Duran's N°1 fan, so one
of us!] would give such a wrong information through a internet radio
with the entire fan-base listening to his program?! I would assume
that he was saying the truth, rather than just imitating some
old-style 80's deejay. But again, why he had to mention
questions seems to lead to the same answer: Duran Duran
might release All You Need Is Now on Tape Modern
record label under license to Capitol/Emi; a bit like it
was to Universal for The Devils. But again we still have to put a big
question mark on this. I guess we are very close to the official
announcement... so we can only wait...
[answer at the end of this post -
picture originally posted on Nile's twitter]
Duran on the press |
Get the latest articles about the guys published in the international
press: The interesting article 'Key component' from the South African The
Citizien says "The mega-selling band were one of the first to embrace and
manipulate “new media”. Get the scan here. Full article [page one page two] on Nick and MNDR about music and sinth on
Dazed and Confused [a very nice read!] and italian magazine's DiPiù which
features half page about Simon, Yasmin and Amber Shopping in Rome
early this month. Enjoy!
news tidbits from different sources that I got here and there:
According to Duran Duran's PR
promotion will start through end if this month and december! So watch
out for Duran Duran in the main media.
saturday 30th October Roger Taylor deejayed at Subtone, Sharon has sent
me this nice pic of Roger, Jake and Gisela she took
during the deejay set. Check out also this gallery with pics of a older Roger&Jake
deejay set at Subtone.
seems that Deepvisual, responsible for Duran Duran's
concert projection and visuals, has been working on Andrew Day's camera
work on the Duran Duran USA tour 2000. Don't know if this stuff will
ever be commecially available in some format or the guy is just
providing clips for the Vh1 Classic’s Behind The Music:
Remastered and/or other tv specials.
Click the pic to enlarge
More SYN? |
From John Jones's blog on march 12, 2010 [Jones
worked with Duran on Liberty, The Wedding Album and Thank You]:
This is a screen shot photo from a nice chat I had with Nick and
Simon from Tokyo the other day. They were together at Syn Studios
creating music and looking forward to a drive in the country in an
Audi R8 V10."
I guess we have to expect
something more from Nick Wood and Simon in the future... Get an
exclusive good quality pic of Simon in Tokio last
june 29 2010 Denis O'Regan on his site posted some news about upcpming
events: "A large scale exhibition of my prints, a lecture and
live performance by a yet to be announced band are in
the planning stages. Venue is the Hospital Club in London. In early 2010
publication of a limited edition coffee table book. [i.e. the coffee
table book he refers to might be the long awaited "Carless
Memories - Duran Duran in the eighties" announced early this
year - check out the news I posted on january 26; The Hospital Club is
where the band recorded the SkyArt performance... I guess there's a
strong possibility that the band he refers to might be Duran
the description of the book that O'Regan gave early this year:
‘Careless Memories - Duran Duran in The Eighties’: this
unique book documents Duran Duran in the Eighties, using pictures from
Denis O’ Regan Archive. Duran Duran contribute interviews and
their memories from the period. The Sing Blue Silver tour is
covered in detail, featuring numerous unseen images,
many of them black & white. The book is a strictly limited
edition premium publication, delivered in a custom slipcase,
signed by band members. Book buyers will receive an
invitation to an exclusive Duran Duran performance, at wich
they can meet the band. Buyers will also receive a custom USB
stick featuring a recording of the show
The answerto the picture quiz is: Mark Ronson! Two generations
of Duran Duran producers in the same picture taken in Nile Rodgers's
garden in New York in the 80s.