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June 13th, 2001

Hi Katy – I know there have been a number of Secret Oktober questions answered, but I
have one more (which I don’t think was asked): I’ve heard that Simon and Nick wrote the song very quickly (perhaps in one night) because a deadline for a Union of the Snake B-side was fast approaching – is that true? Thanks, and keep up the great work on the site! Jason

THANKS FOR THANKING ME JASON. YES, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY SECRET OKTOBER QUESTIONS, BUT SIMON FELT THIS ONE DESERVED AN ANSWER AS WELL: “Yes, it’s true; S.O. was written, recorded and mixed inside 24hours.s”

secret oktober

April 11th, 2001

hi katy, i was just wondering what the song secret oktober was about? it is one of my
all time fav’s…also, did simon choose the title because his birthday is in october?? thanks, lainie

HI LAINIE. I WENT RIGHT TO THE SOURCE:
“It’s one of mine too. It’s about escaping on yer birthday. whoosh s”

“Khanada” Live

December 26th, 2011

I like the song “Khanada” very much. I was wondering if the band ever played it live, after the 1981 “Careless Memories” tour. Thank you very much. Andrea..

“We all put on our thinking caps for this question and the consensus is, we don’t think that we have! Perhaps we should as we have re-worked some of the early B-Sides in the past, specifically “Secret Oktober” and “Late Bar.” “Khanada and “Like an Angel” must be due for an overhaul by now….!” The Band

Ch…Ch…Change

February 11th, 2010

During the Sky TV Songbook show, you guys played some classic Duran Duran fan favorites such as “Late Bar” and “The Chauffeur.” These songs are loved by the fans, however, you guys have chosen not to play these songs on recent tours. You did play “Chauffeur” at some selected shows, but not all. Also, it was mentioned on a Katy Cafe, that Nick’s favorite DD songs are “Secret Oktober” and “New Religion” (mine too!). Granted Nick changes his mind daily, these songs also were not included on the last couple tours. Any reasons why Duran Duran has continuously left “Late Bar” and “Secret Oktober” off the set list for the last couple tours? I remember you guys playing Secret October on the “Let It Flow” tour and it was amazing, especially how you guys tweaked it a little. I realize we could go in circles questioning why this song and that song was not plays, but these two songs really seem to define DD, and the fans love these songs. Thanks! Have a great day! Mike V.

“Because we change our mind all the time…have been thinking “Secret Oktober” is ready for revival again though. The Band”

Memories of Sydney

March 26th, 2008

Hi Katy, Here is a question for the band. There is a great interview on the web of Ian Little talking about ‘The Reflex sessions’. It seems like there was a lot of fun as searching and editing synth sounds. May the band tell us their most memorable souvenir about those sessions. thanks a lot. cheers. Franck

“We were all living in Sydney at the time, personally I saw very little of the studio outside of the studio walls. We rarely took days off and usually worked thru the night, going back in to the studio as soon as we woke the next afternoon. Although it was a very lengthy process, I have particularly fond memories of working with the late Alex Sadkin, who taught me a great deal about sound and mixing. It was a period of great turbulence – we were under pressure to complete the third album and had to release a single before completing all the other album tracks. We managed to agree upon “The Union of the Snake” and only realized at the last minute that we had not written anything suitable for the B-Side. The single was due to be pressed in America 48 hours later, so Simon, Alex and I stayed up for a 24 hour period in the Studio, in which the track, “Secret Oktober” was written, recorded, mixed and couriered just in time to make the deadline. Of course, we will be back in a day’s time, creating more memories. NR”

Re-Work Those Songs!

October 18th, 2006

One of the things I enjoyed most about your live shows between 1987 and 2000 was that you changed the arrangements of some of your songs. ‘Girls On Film’ has probably had the most facelifts over the years (no pun intended)…from the 88/89 house version, to the 93/94 string arrangement to the 95 Portishead take. Of course some of your other songs were also reworked such as ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ in 87 and 93/94, as well as the more obscure ‘Secret Oktober’ in 98.

When the original line up got back together it made sense to play the original versions live – it’s what your audience expected and I’m sure you guys also got a kick out it. My question is, after over 3 years of being back on the live stage, are you guys going to mix things up again a little and re-work some of your old classics for the live show? It would certainly make the large number of re-offenders coming to your shows very happy while pleasing Joe Average who only comes to your shows to hear the hits you cannot possibly drop from the set list. Thanks, Carsten

“Dearest Carsten – Well it is somewhat fortuitous you should pose this question at this time. We have indeed experienced the joys of re-working songs on previous tours. I thought I spied you in the audience 3 days ago at our show in Bratislava, at which you may have been thrilled to discover that we elected to play “Some Like it Hot,” which segues into “My Own Way” in an altered state. We are also performing “Serious” from the Liberty album, which again has had some re-constructive surgery. We shall continue to explore the “Nip/Tuck” process with our songs. NR”

Impossible Task

September 27th, 2006

This is for anyone in the band, but I’m guessing the list-master Nick might be most inclined to answer (and it was inspired by his end-of-year top 10 lists, and I find it nearly impossible…but figured I’d ask the band):

You must create a 12 track Duran Duran CD for a time capsule. The rules are: The CD can only have 1 song from any given Duran studio album; all 10 original studio albums must be represented; the 11th track must be from the pool of Duran b-sides and/or stand-alone singles; and a 12th track is allowed for anything from the catologue, including remixes. Given these parameters…what would the 12 songs be? Chris, Wallingford, CT

Well Chris, it took some time to get back to you. So long in fact that ASTRONAUT came out after you asked your question!

“To answer your very clever question:

Girls on Film
The Chauffeur
The Union of the Snake
Skin Trade
All She Wants Is
My Antarctica
Ordinary World
Perfect Day
Medazzaland
Hallucinating Elvis
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
Secret Oktober
A View to a Kill

Sorry, had to think about this one for while….Nick Rhodes, September 27, 2006.”

Video Changes

July 11th, 2006

Hi guys. I love all your videos. Is there one video you did, that if you could go back and change, which one would it be and why? And if there was a song that you didn’t get the chance to make a video for, but would of loved too. Which one would that be and why?? Thank-you Taylor’s Mom

“Hi Taylor’s Mum, The only part of of a video I would change is the end of ‘Something I Should Know’ where I am singing to the camera. I look very uncomfortable doing this and cringe every time I see it to this day. The end of ‘New Moon on Monday’ is pretty hilarious too, the part where we are all dancing in the street…oh and the end of…no I won’t go any further, I’ll be here all day! I think ‘Secret Oktober’ would have made for a great video ..the lyrics are just so visual. RT”

wishing

August 1st, 2004

Hi Simon, my question is:- Is there a song that you wished that was released as a single instead of putting it onto a B-Side etc? I am thinking of “Friends of Mine” or my favourite Duran Duran song ever “Secret Oktober”. Great to see the five of you guys back! Dave.Whitley Bay

“Actually Dave, I have to say that there isn’t. s”

ok then, shortest song!

November 15th, 2003

Hi Katy…Nick told us what song took the band the longest to do, so we want to know which song took the shortest amount of time to complete. Thanks, Milt

“To my memory, the fastest song would really be “Secret Oktober.” It was written, recorded and mixed over an 18 hour period in Sydney. Because we were putting out “Union of the Snake” as the first single from the third album, and did not have a B Side, we simply had 24 hours in which to produce one. So Simon and I stayed up all night together with Producer Alex Sadkin and created “Secret Oktober.” Of our other songs, “Hungry Like the Wolf” came together the quickest – I started it in the morning with a sequencer. As each band member arrived through the day, the song was built and by the evening it was pretty much complete. That was, of course, a demo though, recorded at EMI Studios in London. We re-recorded it for the RIO album some months later. NR”

roger's favorite b side!

May 30th, 2002

Hello Katy, I always wanted to ask each member of Duran Duran what are their favorite b-side singles. My favorite is Khanada. I love the mix ofguitar and synth in that song. Thanks.. your fan in St. Louis -Milan

“Milan…..It would have to be ‘Secret Oktober'(Union of the Snake) I love the lyrical imagary-“the sound of shotgun taken by the wind and lost in distant thunder”-with ‘That Fatal Kiss'(View to a kill) coming in a close second-to hear a Duran song rearranged ‘ James Bond style’ by John barry was just amazing. Roger “

drive by

March 24th, 2002

Firstly, great to have the whole gang back! ‘Drive By’ is an aurally artful piece which inspires great emotion in me. This is definitely , in my book, the most beautifully haunting interpretation of any Duran Duran song I have yet to find myself ‘in the middle of'(followed closely by 97’s Secret Oktober). My question is, what was the inspiration for this version of the song, and how did it come about? p.s. – Never, ever stop using strings :) Gary

“Actually we were working on the wedding album tour out in LA and decided to extend the intro of the song and i wrote the little daydream part while I was stuck in traffic.s”

b sides didn't make it

June 29th, 2001

Hi Katy! I was wondering…of all the b-sides and unreleased songs, which one do the guys wish they would’ve put on an album or maybe would have released as a single even? Just curious. Thanks. Michael

HI MICHAEL. THE CONSENSUS IS THAT “SECRET OKTOBER” SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE THIRD ALBUM & A SONG CALLED “I BELIEVE/ALL I NEED TO KNOW” WOULD HAVE MADE A GOOD ADDITION TO THE BIG THING ALBUM HOWEVER, THEY THINK THE FACT THAT SOME OF THESE SONGS ESCAPED THE ALBUMS MAKES THEM A LITTLE MORE SPECIAL AS B-SIDES/BONUS TRACKS.

song picks

June 20th, 2001

Hi Katy, My name is Mike and I have been a very loyal Duran fan for over fifteen years. Its wonderful news that the original fab five have all reunited.

I’ve scene my fair share of Duran Duran shows including the weekend that
Duran Duran played in Cleveland when Michael Hutchence passed away. It was a
very emotional show for the band especially for Simon. One question I’ve always wondered is who picks the song list for each tour? Does the band pick all the songs or does the record company usually have a say in what songs are played? Mike

HI MIKE. DURAN DURAN CHOOSE EVERY SONG THEY PLAY LIVE. THEY REHEARSE BEFORE A TOUR TO CHOOSE WHAT SONGS SOUND THE BEST AND IN WHAT ORDER THE SET SHOULD RUN IN. THEY PICK A “B SIDE” EVERY NOW AND AGAIN (LIKE SECRET OKTOBER) AND ALSO LIKE TO MIX IN SOME NEW STUFF FROM WHATEVER THE MOST CURRENT CD IS.

b side of union of the snake

December 27th, 2000

Great job on the site. I remember having a 45 of Union of the Snake, and i do believe the b-side was Secret Oktober. Please let me know if i am right. Thanks for you time, Angie

HI ANGIE…YOU ARE CORRECT