parodies by nacrowe
i first became aware of the ENGLISH NEW WAVE band DURAN DURAN when i the singles from their then-current album DURAN DURAN [THE WEDDING ALBUM] (PARLOPHONE, 1993) playing throughout DISNEYLAND's TOMORROWLAND as a child. its interesting because that album is a bit SUBDUED and sonically much of a down-tempo departure from the celebrated core elements of their earlier sound. i just felt "COME UNDONE" and "ORDINARY WORLD" were catchy songs and made an impact on me as a child.
for whatever reason DURAN DURAN don't get the credit they deserve as ACCOMPLISHED musicians or songwriters. maybe its because they were so globally MASSIVE and commercially SUCCESSFUL back in the 1980s and had lots of young female fans. i dont know, i wasnt there. like everything, i heard their music out of context when i was in high school living in KUWAIT of all places. what really struck me about their sound on records like their debut DURAN DURAN (review linked HERE) and RIO (EMI, 1982) was the FUNKY and PROPULSIVE bass lines of JOHN TAYLOR and the LUSH layered keyboard pad textures of NICK RHODES. the combination of those two brought a sound that was both KINETIC and CATCHY while being SOPHISTICATED and well-ORCHESTRATED. because of such i always considered DURAN DURAN to be INTELLIGENTLY constructed pop music.
still not sure why this band doesnt get the attention or acclaim they deserve, but my guess is that the context of the 1980s was such that there were other "serious" artists during that era that had "SERIOUS" socio-political messages about the state of the world, i.e. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, U2, DIRE STRAITS, MADONNA, PRINCE and even THE SMITHS. for me, listening to DURAN DURAN is just fun and i dont overthink it.
as GEORGE CLINTON once so astutely surmised, "FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW." and that was the general fun vibe of this episode from two and a half years ago.