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DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: JUNE, 2019

June 20th, 2019

BE KIND, REWIND!

Can you remember what this is?

SONY SPORTS WALKMAN

Every now and again, we look back at a format that time forgot. In true ironic spirit, this format was forgotten, remembered, and could very well be in the process of being brought back again. That’s right, the dreaded audio cassette tape! Here’s a copy of the band’s first album (on cassette, natch!) from the UK.

FIRST ALBUM UK

Known as a tape, cassette, musicassette (MC), or compact… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: MAY, 2019

May 23rd, 2019

CAMERAS READY, PREPARE TO FLASH!

Another Duran Duran birthday is coming! Two in fact, with Nick on June 8th, and John on June 20th. This year, we’ll showcase some of Nick’s most memorable magazine covers, so why not kick it off with this issue of NEW TIME from Hong Kong dated October 25-31, 1985 (and not so easy to find these days).

hong kong New Time 25-31 October 1985

Outside of music, one of Nick’s greatest passions is Art. Meeting Andy Warhol, one… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: APRIL, 2019

April 18th, 2019

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME…

On April 26th, our favourite drummer is having a birthday! What better way to celebrate Roger Taylor than by devoting this month to him and some of his appearances on magazine covers.

From the very beginning, Duran Duran defied the norm, including their very first appearance on the cover of Smash Hits magazine in March 1981, which featured only the drummer and the synthesizer player! At the time,… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: MARCH, 2019

March 21st, 2019

I’LL GIVE YOU TWO BILLBOARDS FOR A CASHBOX

To keep up with trends and events in the music industry, many professionals turn to specialized publications known as ‘trade magazines.’ This month we’re going in for a closer inspection.

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE FEB 1983 USA

Print magazines first appeared in Europe in the late 1600s or early 1700s, and the first trade journals came into existence in the early 1800s. One of the earliest was THE … read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: FEBRUARY, 2019

February 21st, 2019

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!

In December 2018, we looked at tour programmes. Today we’re revisiting something from that column to launch us into this month’s topic – – the tiny details that differentiate editions of the same item. To wit: these two variants of the WEDDING ALBUM tour book look the same on the outside, but the first inside page has at least two differences, one pretty obvious and the other a little… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: JANUARY, 2019

January 17th, 2019

EPHEMERAL IS SLOWLY FADING AWAY…

An ephemeral item is one that is not meant to last very long. This month we look at a wonderful example; oversized poster packs.

Starting in 1984 the band released a series of large format poster packs. At 42 cm x 30 cm, each of the three variations contained five posters with band member photos and a cover poster with the logo and a preview of the other images.

5 POSTERS - GROUP-LR

One issue for collectors… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER : DECEMBER, 2018

December 20th, 2018

WE NOW RETURN TO OUR PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMME…

Longtime fans of CC know that when topics are too large to be covered in one column we promise that more will come in a “future installment.” This month is one of those future installments, where we return to tour programmes and cover some we missed in February 2015.

BOOKS ALREADY USED COMP
Keeping it interesting here at DDHQ, this is also a crossover. Once in a while, Ask … read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: NOVEMBER, 2018

November 22nd, 2018

SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER was released on November 21st, 1983. To commemorate 35 years of this album, let’s take a look at some of the releases centered around it, starting with this advert from Japan which announces that it is coming soon!!

3rd album coming soon - jp

This fascinating advert was produced by Woolworth’s department store in the United Kingdom. The cover art appears incomplete, with no text or double D logo. Looking closer, … read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: OCTOBER, 2018

October 25th, 2018

THE FRONTMAN BIRTHDAY BONANZA

As avid CC readers may know, on October 27th, 1958 Simon Le Bon entered the world! To celebrate, we’re doing something a little different as we plumb the depths of the world of magazines. In honour of our frontman, we are only covering (get it?!) magazines where Simon is on the cover, starting strong in 1981 with the November issue of the British music, art, and fashion magazine, NEW SOUNDS/NEWread more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: SEPTEMBER, 2018

September 20th, 2018

IS ANYBODY HUNGRY?

One of the major gateways into Duran Duran’s music for many fans was the song HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF. The single has been released around the world multiple times in multiple formats, so let’s take a look at some of the most interesting (and collectible) ones!

HLTW AD UK RECORD MIRROR

First released in the UK on 7” and 12” inch single on May 4th, 1982, the song cracked the top 5 and was awarded a silver sales award from the BPI… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: AUGUST, 2018

August 23rd, 2018

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER HOLIDAYS

August is a time each year when people celebrate a year of working hard by lifting their roots and going on vacation! This month, let’s look at some of the ‘souvenirs’ a lucky Duran fan might pick up while visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

strange behaviour map comp2

What better place to start our tour than France? The French love their holidays, and most of the country… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner : July , 2018

July 26th, 2018

THIS IS HOW A ROAD GETS MADE

Duran Duran’s fifth studio album BIG THING was released worldwide on October 18, 1988.

BIG THING ALBUM COVER

The first single, “I Don’t Want Your Love,” was released on September 19, 1988 in the UK and on October 15th in the USA across a variety of formats, including 7 and 12 inch singles, cassette singles and CD singles.

IDWYL - COMP-LR

In the UK, this amazing promo box was sent out to a very limited number of media outlets.… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: June, 2018

June 21st, 2018

Duran Duran ist Wunderbar!

Germany has always been a wonderful place to find rare Duran Duran items. This month, we’re going to take a deeper look into Deutschland.

In the 1980s, Electrola Records was the subsidiary label of EMI in Germany, and the Duran Duran releases from there are generally marked EMI-Electrola. This compilation LP from 1981 features “Girls on Film.”

aug 1981 german promo album

A small number of copies … read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: MAY, 2018

May 17th, 2018

With a crashing within…

It’s been a while since we looked at a single release, so let’s take it all the way back to 1981 and the oft forgotten second single, CARELESS MEMORIES. It may be good to start with this ad from the UK music press, released the week before the single.

cm uk advert

CARELESS MEMORIES was released in the UK on April 20, 1981 as a 7-inch single with KHANADA as the B-side track.

cm uk 7 inch

A 12- inch single was also… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: APRIL, 2018

April 19th, 2018

“AS RARE AS HEN’S TEETH, MATE!”

Australia has always been very kind to Duran Duran! Starting with the release of PLANET EARTH in 1981, which Australian fans pushed to number one, the band has had a special relationship with the land Down Under. Let’s get stuck in and have a look at some items from the early years, some of which are exclusive to Australia. We’ll start with two versions of … read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: March, 2018

March 22nd, 2018

REMAIN STATIONERY…

Surely some of the most fantastical collectibles to ever bear the Duran Duran mark would be the stationery and leisure supplies that came out in 1985. This month we will take a look at these gems, starting with a merchandise sheet that came in a packet from the fan club. This sheet, which was sent out in fan club packs in late 1984, was the first glance at the new line.

official merch sheet - stationery

The stationery sets were the first… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: FEBRUARY, 2018

February 8th, 2018

HERE COMES THE BAND

February 11th, 2018 marks the Silver Anniversary of THE WEDDING ALBUM. The album was officially titled DURAN DURAN, but fans began using the name THE WEDDING ALBUM to distinguish it from the band’s self-titled 1981 debut. The project has a wonderful history, so let’s start with a bang, going all the way back to June 1991 with this memo from Capitol Records outlining the band’s next… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: JANUARY, 2018

January 18th, 2018

WORKING FOR THE SKIN TRADE // THREE TO GET READY

In an earlier Collector’s Corner, we touched on the 1988 concert video WORKING FOR THE SKIN TRADE, which was released by EMI-PMI. There’s more to this concert vid than meets the eye, so this month let’s dig deeper.

WORKING FOR THE SKIN TRADE - VHS COVER INSERT

WORKING FOR THE SKIN TRADE was first released on VHS and Beta in the UK and the Netherlands in June 1988 on the Picture Music International label.… read more


December 2017 Collector’s Corner: Band Talks Holiday Faves

December 21st, 2017

The last Collector’s Corner for 2017 goes out with a bang – the band talk about their favorite holiday gift and favourite holiday song.

Watch here:

Special thanks to Katy Krassner and Derek Suprykaread more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: NOVEMBER, 2017

November 16th, 2017

DOING THE SPLITS…

Do you know what a ‘split seven inch’ is? If not, then you’ve come to the right place! “Split” releases feature two or more artists, and though often associated with DIY and indie labels, splits have been used by record companies for decades as a way to expand the reach of likeminded bands.

Take, for instance, this NEW BRITISH INVASION split seven from Canada (1982), which is… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: OCTOBER, 2017

October 19th, 2017

BOW TO THE THE PAPER GODS…

It’s hard to believe it has been two plus years since the release of PAPER GODS, and even harder to believe that the band’s tour to support the album ended in September 2017 with two shows in Japan. This month let’s look back at some of the more interesting collectibles from this great album.

One of the earliest available items was the FAN EDITION CD of PAPER GODS. This CD was available… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: SEPTEMBER, 2017

September 20th, 2017

Collector’s Corner: Pinning Your Hopes on Duran Duran

One of the most enduring collectibles for any artist has to be the pin-back button. Also called a badge, or simply “button,” this item can trace its history back to 1789, the time of the first US presidential inauguration when supporters of George Washington would sew buttons with printed slogans onto their lapels. The first Presidential button… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: JULY, 2017

July 20th, 2017

30 YEARS OF STRANGE BEHAVIOUR

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the STRANGE BEHAVIOUR tour. A lot had happened for Duran Duran since their well-documented SING BLUE SILVER tour. The band had become a three piece, but with the help of Nile Rodgers, Steve Ferrone, and Warren Cuccurullo, they went on to make the NOTORIOUS album, released in November 1986.

1986 notorious lp-ad

The STRANGE BEHAVIOUR tour began in Fukuoka, Japan on March 16th,… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: June, 2017

June 22nd, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. BASSMAN!

On June 20th, John Taylor had a birthday…so let’s treat the bassman to his very own installment of the Collector’s Corner! He has had his fingers in many a pie, so there’s a lot to go through here!

jt live 2017

IN THE PLEASURE GROOVE : LOVE, DEATH & DURAN DURAN, John’s 2012 autobiography, became a worldwide best seller, and was released globally in several languages.… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: May – A look back at #rio35

May 18th, 2017

Wow…look at that!

May 10, 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the album RIO, so to keep the celebrations rolling, this month let’s have a look at some of the great items from this classic era. And what an item to start with, this oversized UK store display. This is in 3 pieces and the main piece is over 1m sq (3sqft).

1982 rio lp uk store display

“Hungry Like the Wolf” was released in the UK on May 2, 1982, and its success… read more


Duran Duran Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: April 2017

April 20th, 2017

HERE COMES THE NEWS…

The first press release ever was sent on October 28th, 1906. Ivy Lee, a public relations specialist working for Pennsylvania Railroad, suggested the company send out a public statement after an accident where a train crashed into the Thoroughfare Creek near Atlantic City, New Jersey and 50 people perished. Lee’s thinking was that the company could use the statement to stay ahead of… read more


the little book of ALL YOU NEED IS NOW

March 21st, 2017

Duran Duran’s 13th studio album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW was first released digitally on December 21, 2010 and as a physical release on March 21/22, 2011. During that time period, DDHQ noticed that photos of ALL YOU NEED IS NOW stickers kept popping up on social media. They came with no explanation, and seemed to be of public locations all over the world. And then they stopped.

Some time later, after the physical release… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: March

March 16th, 2017

…THE DRONING ENGINE

The SING BLUE SILVER tour to support SEVEN & THE RAGGED TIGER began in Canberra, Australia on November 12, 1983 and ran until April 17, 1984. This was Duran Duran’s largest tour up to that point, stopping in over 60 cities in Australia, Japan, the UK, the United States and Canada. Many incredible items were produced in support, giving collectors tons of goodies that aren’t… read more


Keep Me in the Dark…February 2017 Collector’s Corner

February 16th, 2017

This month, we’ve worked up something a little bit special: We checked in with the guys with a question we’re sure all of you will want an answer to!

What is a piece of Duran Duran memorabilia you’ve kept and why?

First let’s check in with Roger

And now Simon reminisces about something fans have often wondered about…

Of course, Nick will have something to say about collecting, which… read more


DURAN DURAN COLLECTOR’S CORNER – JANUARY, 2017

January 19th, 2017

THE WORLD SPINS SO FAST

2016 will be remembered as a tumultuous year for the world, but a very exciting one for Duran Duran. THE PAPER GODS TOUR continued with over 50 shows across the world. Simon did some wonderful charity work for the BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION , who work to save our oceans, and Roger and John recorded a download-for-donation single for ROAD RECOVERY, assisting at-risk youth. In November, Duran Duran were… read more


Duran Duran Collector’s Corner – December, 2016

December 15th, 2016

NO INVITATION, MADAM…

Duran Duran’s twelfth studio album, RED CARPET MASSACRE, was released in the USA on November 13th, 2007 and on November 19th, 2007 in Europe. There was a standard CD release and a deluxe edition, which contained additional artwork plus a DVD with a documentary on making the album, and the video for the song “Falling Down.”

2-versions-of-rcm-plus-advert

As always, Japan offers a little something extra… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: November, 2016

November 17th, 2016

Duran Duran: Plays Well With Others

Over the years, the members of Duran Duran have done some interesting work outside of the band. This month, we’re going to take a look at some of the many productions and guest appearances that laid the groundwork for the collaborations on PAPER GODS.

The earliest collaboration was when Nick co-produced Kajagoogoo’s “Too Shy” single with Colin Thurston.… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner : October, 2016

October 20th, 2016

You are now entering…MEDAZZALAND!

Duran Duran’s 9th full length offering, MEDAZZALAND, was released on October 14th, 1997. For fans and collectors, this presented not only a new set of songs, but many wonderful promotional items and collectibles. For instance…

…This holographic foil poster was sent to stores in the USA and Canada by Capitol Records in advance of the album’s release.… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, September 2016

September 22nd, 2016

handbill (noun)
a small printed advertisement or other public notice circulated by hand.

In the dictionary, it gives this example: “annoyed by the handbills on our windshield.” Fortunately, we are going to be reviewing the kind of handbill you wouldn’t mind receiving…the kind with Duran Duran on it!

2015-paper-gods-uk

The word handbill came into use in the 1750s. As printing became more accessible to the general… read more


DURAN DURAN MONTHLY COLLECTOR’S CORNER: August

August 18th, 2016

THROW THE BOOK AT THEM!

Nowadays, we take our online lives for granted, but not long ago the internet was the realm of scientists and engineers, something most citizens didn’t even know existed, and the printed word was usually found in a book. Yes, the 1980s, when words were still being delivered the old fashioned way, meaning there are lots of wonderful books about Duran Duran to collect.

official lyric book

The first official Duran… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner – July

July 21st, 2016

DURAN DURAN IN BRAZIL

00 - promo poster festival

Brazil is a country that has always showed a lot of love for Duran Duran.

However, it was only in January, 1988 that the band first went to Brazil to play two of their biggest show at stadiums in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Duran headlined the first Hollywood Rock Festival in Brazil, and, in fact, the footage from this show was used in the live concert video/DVD “Working For The Skin Trade .”

To commemorate… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner – June

June 16th, 2016

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

What comes to mind first when you think about Duran Duran tour merchandise? The tour tee shirt, of course! In a way, it’s a constant way to remember their experience. Let’s have a look at some of the ones we feel is Duran Duran’s best.

1983 DOMINION THEATRE CREW SHIRT

Band shirts grew up with rock & roll. In 1956, a young Elvis Presley was the first to have his mug emblazoned on a tee shirt. His wily manager,… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: May, 2016

May 19th, 2016

Collector’s Corner: A Divine Intervention

It was just before Christmas 1988 when EMI launched the second single from the Big Thing album, “All She Wants Is.”

Housed in the distinctive modern sleeve designed by Hans Arnold, with a Dean Chamberlain picture on the back, the song was a success on the dance charts all over the world, and became another UK top 10 hit for Duran Duran.

01 - uk magazine advert 02 - uk 7 inch poster sleeve 03 - uk 7 inch card sleeve

The regular single was released in the… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner : April, 2016

April 21st, 2016

Duran Duran in : CIAO ITALIA!

With the recent addition of 5 dates to the PAPER GODS tour in Italy, Italian Duran Duran fans lit up the Internet with excitement! Duran Duran has had a long and prosperous history with Italy, going all the way back to 1981, where EMI made it a priority to break the band in the Italian market.

1981 promo - advert

Soon Duran Duran were gracing the covers of a huge range of Italian magazines, as they did around the world.… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: March, 2016

March 24th, 2016

DANCING ON THE VALENTINE

“The Reflex” was the third single taken from the band’s third album, SEVEN & THE RAGGED TIGER. After being re-mixed by Nile Rodgers, the track was released in April 1984 after the singles “The Union of the Snake” and “New Moon on Monday.” In nearly every corner of the world, “The Reflex” was a big hit for the Duran Duran, and it became their first #1 single… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: February, 2016

February 18th, 2016

IT CAME FROM CANADA…

Canada has always played an important role in the growth of Duran Duran. Since the band’s first trip west in September 1981, which included dates in Montreal and Toronto, the band has always put ‘the great white north’ on their tour itinerary.

montreal - le club - sept 25 1981-version 2LR

In Canada, the band’s first album, Duran Duran, was released on Capitol Records. Thanks to the Beatles, Capitol had built… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: January, 2016

January 21st, 2016

Put a stripe in the Union and a star in the Jack!

It is Spring 1987 when Duran Duran release their 16th single, and the third from the NOTORIOUS album, “Meet El Presidente” backed by the album track “Vertigo (Do the Demolition).” Larry Levan produced three mixes, a single version, a 7-minute extended version and a dub mix called ‘Meet El Beat.’

01 - UK adverts

“Meet El Presidente” was the first Duran Duran single to be … read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: December

December 17th, 2015

THE SUN RISING

When collectors speak of the best places to find rare and interesting Duran Duran items, talk never goes far without mention of Japan. Since the beginning of the band’s career, there have always been many unique and incredibly rare pieces to collect from “the land of the rising sun.”

tour of japan poster 1984-V2

When you think of collectibles for a pop group formed in the 1980s, the first thing that comes to mind is vinyl. Many… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: November

November 19th, 2015

“The Wild Boys – Reckless and so hungered…”

Shortly after the band wrapped up their 1983/84 Sing Blue Silver World Tour they began writing sessions for their next album. However, this wasn’t just an ‘album,’ it was a vision – a musical and visual project, that the band hoped to launch with director Russell Mulcahy, The album, which was to be called ARENA, was huge, a risk and most of all…… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: October, 2015

October 22nd, 2015

THE FORMAT THAT TIME FORGOT

Do you know what this is?

BLANK LD

This arcane customer is a LaserDisc. Most popular in the 1980s, LaserDiscs or LDs are a double-sided disc based video format predating CDs and DVDs. Typically 12 inches/30 cm, they also came in 8 inch/20 cm and 5 inch/12 cm. CLV-format discs held 60 minutes of material per side and offered rudimentary pause functions, while CAV held only 30 minutes but offered still frames,… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: September

September 24th, 2015

BOW…TO THE PAPER ICONS!

PAPER GODS has been unleashed, and part of the excitement is sorting out the icons features on the artwork. All the art comprises a collage referencing the immense visual history of Duran Duran, placed on Alex Israel’s 2012 painting “Sky Backdrop.” Let’s let these icons connect us to some great collectors’ items from the past.

paper gods spread

We all recognize the smile from Patrick Nagel’s… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: August, 2015

August 27th, 2015

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

Summer 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of THE POWER STATION tour. Let’s take a look behind the scenes.

In the summer of 1985, Duran Duran was still on hiatus, but the members of the band were having no trouble keeping busy. Nick, Simon and Roger were still in Studio de la Grande Armee in Paris working on what would become Arcadia’s SO RED THE ROSE. John and Andy had been promoting the POWER … read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: July, 2015

July 23rd, 2015

Promotional releases, while not typically available to the general public, are very common among Collectors. Before the digital age, these were sent out to radio stations so DJs would play the track, as well as to newspapers and magazines for reviews.

Not surprisingly, some of the rarest Duran Duran promos are from the beginning of the band’s career. One of the first promos ever issued was “With Compliments,”… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: June

June 18th, 2015

DURAN DURAN’S PAGEANT OF THE TRANSMUNDANE

Sometimes the world of collecting Duran Duran can lead away from the beaten path of records, magazines and posters. As you’ll see, there are some spectacular items out there that defy classification!

Let’s start strong with one of the strangest: this Duran Duran condom was sold on the 1993 tour, for concertgoers who wanted a little more bang for their souvenir… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: May

May 21st, 2015

Rio – icon of the 80s!

At the end of 1981 Duran Duran started writing and recording their second album RIO. The album was released in May 1982, so this Collector’s Corner seemed like a good time to celebrate it!

Duran Duran’s RIO is one of the band’s best selling albums, and has been certified platinum multiple times in several different countries. It remained in the US Billboard Top 200 Album chart for almost two… read more