Thursday, October 04, 2007

Falling Down

Song: Falling Down
Artist: Duran Duran
Album: Red Carpet Massacre

Say what you will, but I am hard pressed to come up with a band that has lasted as long, with as many line-up changes, and sporadic (and extreme) dips in popularity, as Duran Duran. The 80’s band that keeps on keepin’ on. From their height in the “me decade” to the popularity decline in the late 80’s and very early 90’s, the resurgence from the self titled 2003 album, and re-decline in sales and relevance, and then the hugely popular 25th Anniversary tour, Duran Duran has soldiered on like a Cher solo tour, unwilling to stop and yet continue to move forward musically.

I have to be honest and admit that I do not own one full Duran Duran album, only their Greatest Hit collection. And as 80’s nostalgia goes, there isn’t a better place to start than a collection of their hits which were strong, huge, and well… SO 80’s! From “Girls on Film” to “Rio,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” to “The Reflex,” and “Wild Boys” to “A View to a Kill” (the only Bond theme ever to go to number 1 on the pop charts) this band really packed in the hits. They helped to make MTV come up AND be worth watching.

The band is returning next month with their twelve studio album to be entitled “Red Carpet Massacre.” How have they decided to once again make a stab at relevance? Why hire the can-do-no-wring duo of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland of course. The duo helped write, record, and produce four tracks form the record including “Falling Down,” the first single. Oddly, “Falling Down” doesn’t sound anything like a JT and Timbaland song, and actually… I don’t really think it sounds like Duran Duran either. The album is produced by Danja, who is currently enjoying a hit with the new Britney Spears “comeback” single “Gimme More.” Again, “Falling Down” sounds like none of this so I am interested in hearing the rest of the album.

Also worth noting is that Andy Taylor left the band in the middle of recording. Because of this the band decided to re-record the entire thing without him. Ouch.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think of this song… I’m still up in the air about it.


The “Video Band”

Girls on Film

Hungry Like the Wolf

Wild Boys


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