DURAN DURAN UK Singles Rate 1981 - 2022 WINNER REVEALED | Page 18 | The Popjustice Forum


Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by simes1970, Mar 3, 2022.

  1. My 11 is still in, but the other song is a 10. It's going to go down to the wire, with the 11's and 12's deciding
    the outcome.
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  2. Same here - My 11 remains and the other song left was one of my 10's!
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  3. The two ballads were my 11 and 12, so I'm feeling smug. (Although I almost gave "I don't want your love" a 19 which our host picked up, I meant a 10 but my finger slipped typing the 0).
  4. Here we are at the end of the Duran Duran rate with your two tracks left standing. First up the song that was winning until the last set of results. Duran's first ballad hit single and an excellent one at that

    Save A Prayer
    Score 127 Average 9.82 Highest Score 11 (RaggedTiger, Hairycub1969, MylesAngel, Unnameable)
    Lowest Score 7.1 (Untouchable Ace)
    Other Scores
    10 (Blaahh, Auntie Beryl, Letuinmybackdoor, JonBCN, Eric Generic, Remorque) 9 (Simes1970)
    7.6 (Epic Chocolat)

    Comments Include
    "Still a very underrated song, lush, scenic ballad time for Duran that doesn’t get the 80s retro praise which is heaped on lesser songs."

    "Amazing song with an equally stunning video to match. The mixture of Nick's wavering keyboard introduction, Andy's guitar,and Simon's lyrics. Its just a perfect mix of everyone on their 'A' game." (RaggedTiger)

    " This should have been their first UK Number One – damn that “Eye of a tiger” – one of their best videos too. To this day it still sounds like a big ballad for a late at night Sci- Fi movie. A very dramatic sound from the keyboards and guitars and a lovely bass line from JT!
    Key lyric for me: “Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise”" (Hairycub1969)

    So that brings us to your No1 Duran Duran single and of course it's Ordinary World. What a comeback after the failure of Liberty.

    Ordinary World
    Score 128 Average 9.84 Highest Score 12 (Unnameable) Lowest Score 7.3 (Untouchable Ace)
    Other Scores 10 ( Blaahh, Letuinmybackdoor, RaggedTiger, Hairycub1969, Epic Chocolat, MylesAngel,
    Eric Generic, Remorque, Simes1970) 9.7 (JonBCN) 9 (Auntie Beryl)

    Comments Include
    "A new sound for a new decade, that's how it felt. A magnificient comeback. The falsetto adlib." (Epic Chocolat)

    "Wonderful ballad with a beautiful arrangement. Lyrical it could easily be about their past decade’s fame – but wasn’t it about the LA Riots of 1992?" (Hairycub1969)

    "I can still remember hearing this on Radio on during the Xmas 1992 holiday period and just being blown away that Duran could produce this after the failure of the Liberty album." (RaggedTiger)

    " Such a difficult track for me, in 1993 a staggering return to songwriting form which won much plaudits deservedly. Much overplayed live ever since to the point of boredom, which is sad given its beauty." (Blaahh)
  5. So that completes the Duran rate. Thanks to you all . Until OMD time.
  6. I'm glad Ordinary World prevailed.
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  7. Congratulaions to "Ordinary World" - for a band's imperial phase being the 1980's, in the end it was their single from 1993 that came up top!
    I'm looking forward to the OMD rate next!
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  8. Here's my commentary for Save A Prayer, my 11 -
    Epic 80's ballad with wonderful fluttering synths. The production ebbs and flows, and then those guitars come in, adding something extra. Simon's vocals are stunning. 'Some people call it a one night stand.
    But we can call it paradise' - Great lyric!
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  9. But I'm happy for Ordinary World to take the win, as one of my 10's. My favourite lyric is the whole of
    the second verse!
  10. I couldn't be happier with the results. Thanks for a fantastic rate!

    Hmmm....OMD rate....will the "Seven Seas" era comeback (and iconic TOTP performances) rate highly, or will the 80s hits win?
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  11. 0.02 between the top 2. So close. Remember hearing it on the radio for the first time in late December 1992 I think and was shocked and blown away Duran could come back with something so strong still. Lyrically I believe it follows a similar theme to Do You Believe in Shame? which were both written about Simon's closest friend who had passed away.

    Thanks again Simes for another top rate. I will participate in the omd rare but have to admit I'm not as familiar with their post 80s material.
  12. Yes. Thanks for the rate @simes1970 - very enjoyable!
  13. Thanks @simes1970 good fun!

    OMD? Electricity all the way!
  14. I'd have preferred a classic line up hit to win but Ordinary world is a classic too so can't begrudge it winning. Thanks @simes1970 yes OMD will be good. Maid of Orleans for the win though!
  15. I interpreted, perhaps wrongly, 'Ordinary World' to be about coming to terms without not being that famous anymore, i.e. they'd literally gone back to living in the "ordinary world", where they didn't even need security/a disguise in public, because people didn't recognise them anymore, or if they did, they didn't care.

    "Passion or coincidence once prompted you to stay" - referring to their fan-base.

    "I won't cry for yesterday" - when they were megastars.
  16. My top five:

    1 Is There Something I Should Know?
    2 Come Undone
    3 Hungry Like The Wolf
    4 Rio
    5 Ordinary World
  17. I think mine was:

    1. Election Day
    2. Is There Something..
    3. Ordinary World
    4. Skin Trade
    5. Union Of The Snake
  18. Mine were:
    1 Skin Trade
    2 Save a prayer
    3 The Reflex
    4 Is there something I should know
    5 Ordinary world
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  19. 1. Planet Earth
    2. All She Wants Is
    3= Election Day, Do You Believe In Shame, Serious, Save A Prayer (all 10s, if I had to split & rank them, I'd use this order).
  20. Given that I awarded about fifteen 10s, and Do You Believe In Shame would have been my #6.
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