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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!

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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.”

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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“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


Duran Duran Monthly Collectors Corner: April, 2015

April 23rd, 2015

ON THE COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE…

One of the greatest ways to know your band is going places is to see them on the cover of a magazine. Over the course of Duran Duran’s career, they’ve graced the cover of a staggering number of magazines from all over the world. Let’s take a look at some of them, going right back to the start.

RECORD MIRROR 1981

The band’s early covers follow the release of “Planet Earth”… read more


Duran Duran Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: March

March 19th, 2015

There’s A Dream That Strings The Road

This month marks the anniversary of the release of Duran Duran’s “Is There Something I Should Know?” one of the most recognisable tracks the band released in the 80s.

Rocketing to the top position of UK Top 40 on the week of release, this single was Duran Duran’s first no. 1 hit in the UK. The track was a huge success in the USA, reaching no. 4 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, February

February 26th, 2015

PROGRAMMES…GET YOUR PROGRAMMES HERE!

The exciting news about Duran Duran live dates in the new year has brought a real buzz to the start of 2015! And what better way to celebrate live performance than with a look at the history of the tour programme.

JAPAN 82

The programme was first introduced in seventeenth century theatres, where hand-written booklets would be distributed to the audience detailing the cast, crew and… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, January

January 22nd, 2015

Collector’s Corner – January 2015 – Save Your Prayers

The Duran Duran track “Save A Prayer” was released worldwide in August 1982. However, due to the popularity of the video on MTV, the song was re-released with a live version in 1985. This month marks 30 years since its release, and as it is one of the most significant ballads by Duran Duran, we’re discussing it in this month’s Collector’s Corner!

In … read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, December, 2014

December 18th, 2014

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET

Nick Rhodes has always been an avid photographer and lover of photography as an Art. You could always find Nick and his trusty camera documenting life as it blasted by him while on the road touring with Duran Duran.

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Around 1983, in the quiet of hotel rooms around the world, Nick started working on something new, a fusion of media: photography meets television. He would manipulate the television picture… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, November, 2014

November 20th, 2014

Knock, knock… Notorious!

In November, 1986 Duran Duran put out the album NOTORIOUS worldwide. Having paired down to a trio, the band got creative in what would turn out to be a seminal release for them. Simon, John & Nick teamed up with Nile Rodgers, who they had worked with before on several tracks, and brought some funk in to the Duran canon.

This was an important time for the band. After the success of “Seven… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, October, 2014

October 23rd, 2014

FRONTMAN ON THE SIDE

The members of Duran Duran have had a number of cool side projects throughout the years. THE POWER STATION and ARCADIA, and recently TV MANIA were all released and promoted worldwide and are known to most Duran fans.

POWER STATION-ARCADIA-TV MANIA

But one member of the band has done some things that fly a little more under the radar.

SYN CD SAMPLER

That’s right, Simon has been stepping out on us for quite some time now! One of his earliest forays… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, September, 2014

September 18th, 2014

Join the roundabout of ‘Carnival’!

At the end of the Summer 1982, EMI had some fresh ideas on how to bolster sales of RIO, originally released in May of that year. MTV mania was just taking hold, and the timing was right. Part of their plan was to bring in re-mixer David Kershenbaum for an EP. The result, CARNIVAL, was released in September 1982 in just three major territories, discussed below. This already made the EP… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, August, 2014

August 21st, 2014

TICKETS PLEASE…

One of the most natural things for a fan to start collecting is ticket stubs. If you go to a show, you normally end up with a ticket stub after you enter, so you’re already well on your way. All you need to do is make the conscious decision to keep the stub and boom! You’re a collector. The live experience offers up the chance for a few other choice collectibles. Let’s take a look.

NEW STUBS 84-2006

After… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, July, 2014

July 17th, 2014

The first 33rpm 33 years ago

33 years ago Duran Duran released their first album; critics and fans equally praised the album with ALL MUSIC GUIDE saying later, “Duran Duran’s eponymous debut artfully coalesced the sonic and stylistic elements of the burgeoning new romantic movement they were soon to spearhead.”

UK original and testpress 1981 first album album promo poster

The original album was recorded in London at several studios during 1980 and 1981. … read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, June, 2014

June 26th, 2014

MARCHING WITH THE BAND

Before record shops, buying music meant sheet music. The industry developed alongside printing technology in the 15th century, and by the Industrial Revolution the printed music industry was booming, as the burgeoning middle class purchased pianos, with sing-a longs a favourite social activity for families and friends, from traditional hymns to the day’s top hits.

EARLY SHEET MUSIC COMP

The invention of… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: May, 2014

May 22nd, 2014

AND THE AWARD GOES TO….

One of the most revered items to collectors worldwide is an authentic sales certification Award, also known as the Gold or Platinum Record. These awards are made in very small numbers, and due to the rarity of them coming onto the open market, they can be very expensive.

There are two main types of sales awards. The first is an award that is presented by a music industry trade association. Some… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: April, 2014

April 24th, 2014

Live Bootlegs!

Like them or not, unofficial recordings (a/k/a bootlegs) have always been an interesting phenomena for collectors, and Duran Duran fans are no exception. The live sets highlighted in this Collector’s Corner have been around for quite awhile and are worth a second (or third!) look.

For the most part with these early vinyl releases, the source were special radio shows that were eventually released… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collectors Corner: March, 2014

March 27th, 2014

At the end of each year, the ASK KATY section of the site receives an influx of emails asking if there will be a Duran Duran official calendar coming. To this day it remains a popular item for fans. For those who may not know, the first official calendar was released in winter 1982 via the band’s fan club at the time, and then launched to the public through a small ad campaign in the UK music press.

The next year, the band put out… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: February, 2014

February 28th, 2014

“Excuse me. Aren’t you…?”

1985 brought Duran Duran one of their biggest hits in the form of the 14th James Bond theme, “A View To A Kill. ”

Written for the Bond movie of the same name, and starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken and Grace Jones, the track hit the charts all over the world. Accompanied by a a great video directed by Godley & Creme (who also filmed the video for “Girls… read more


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: January, 2014

January 23rd, 2014

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

Posters. A much-talked about topic on Duran Duran’s social media as of late, with the publication of Andrew Golub’s terrific new book, BEAUTIFUL COLORS: THE POSTERS OF DURAN DURAN. With such momentum, what better topic for the Collector’s Corner to dive on in to?

Speak to any fan and it seems that a poster on their bedroom wall is a typical rite of passage, be it for a music artist, sports team… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner: December, 2013

December 26th, 2013

EVEN IN ARCADIA, THERE AM I…

For those who aren’t familiar, Arcadia was formed in late 1984 when Duran Duran were recording the James Bond theme “A View to a Kill.” With John and Andy working on the rock influenced The Power Station project, Nick and Simon decided not to take a break and devoted their ‘off’ time to a project once described by All Music Guide as “the best album Duran… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner: November, 2013

November 28th, 2013

MY OWN WAY – something up (y)our sleeve?!

Exactly 32 years ago this month Duran Duran released their fourth single ,’My Own Way.’

After the successful debut album ‘Duran Duran’, with singles ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Careless Memories’ and ‘Girls On Film’, the band started to work on new music in the Fall of 1981 at Townhouse Studios in London. “My Own Way” was released mid November… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner: October, 2013

October 24th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE CLUB : PART ONE – THE WILDERNESS YEARS

By the summer of 1981, Duran Duran’s fan base had swelled to the point where they had too big an audience to still be able to personally handle requests from fans for signed photos and info on the band. So some friends were rounded up to help, and the Duran Duran Club was born.

The first official club packets were sent out in the summer of 1981. We were lucky enough… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner: September , 2013

September 26th, 2013

Japan – land of the rising sun and obi’s – Part I

All Duran Duran releases in Japan are true gems. The Japanese sense for quality is remarkable, and the records serve the imagination of both fans and collectors, not only for the rarity, but also for the paper band on the side (obi – 帯 ) which comes with all records, CDs, DVDs and books released in Japan.

The obi-strip, often designed to respect the… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner: August, 2013

August 22nd, 2013

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING – PART ONE

One of the categories of music collecting that you don’t often hear about is advertising. Ads can make for some interesting collectibles, as they are totally unique to the country, year and publication in which they appear. This month we’ve chosen some unique examples from the world of DD advertising.

One way UK music fans would find out about new bands was … read more