This time I was lucky
Duran Duran - Decade (Greatest Hits, 1989)
“Planet Earth” and its self-titled first album’s co representative “Girls on Film” are two very good songs and a great introduction to the band. The only thing is they sound very stripped down. Even when I listened to “Planet Earth”, “Girls on Film” and the rest of the songs on Duran Duran’s debut all those years ago I thought they sounded like “demos”of what the band wanted to become. The songs sound almost one dimensional. The album was missing something. Altogether it sounded like the band had still not worked out the kinks in their sound but wanted to get something out there before they unleashed their masterpieces.
|Duran Duran circa 1981|
|The awesome "Hungry Like A Wolf " video|
|Even more awesome "Rio" video|
|"Save a Prayer" for the morning after what?|
|Groundbreaking graphics on the "Is There Something" video|
I have this clear memory of watching the “World Premier” of the video for Track 7 “Union of the Snake”. It was a pretty big deal. I remember MTV advertised it for weeks.
|Strange character in "Wild Boys" video|
Now we are officially at Track 9. With its gang shouts at the beginning, solid bass line and anathematic chorus followed by awesome drums, “Wild Boys” will always be one of my favorite Duran Duran song. Possibly tied with Rio’s “The Chauffeur which for some reason did not make the Decade cut.
|Taking in the sights during "A View to a Kill" vudeo|
|Even he knows "Skin Trade" is not up to par|
|1989 - And then there were three|
After examining this album pulled from my wife's collection, it's seems so strange all these songs were released in only a decades time. Their best material, their debut album through number album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, were only three years apart.
The band did redeem themselves a little bit when in 1993 they released another self titled album (also known as "The Wedding Album") but that is a discussion for a another day. Maybe even another decade.