Song Lists: Duran Duran

I was hoping to put this out to coincide with their new record, however as both founding members (Nick and John) have birthdays in June and they’re as much an English institution as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, it seems the perfect time to explore the beautiful colours of Duran Duran.

*Some are related projects – mainly Arcadia and The Power Station. When I say colour I speak of base colour – a song – let’s say Lonely In Your Nightmare is mostly dark green but shifts key for the bridge and chorus to orange and white respectively. Apologies also for those tuning in about the lack of colours as WordPress new editing page has taken this feature away. As always I hope this is both interesting and thought provoking.

WHITE

CARELESS MEMORIES
NIGHT BOAT
FRIENDS OF MINE (first part of the chorus is in rose while the ‘oh no..’ part returns to white – though a different hue to the verses, outro alternates between rose and yellow)
RIO (intro, chorus and outro in orange, middle part – with the sax solo – in dark blue)
NEW RELIGION (although I’ve listed it under white there are touches are pink and/or green in it, notably in Nick’s synths)
FAITH IN THIS COLOUR (again because of the nature of its coda there are flecks of other colours here and there but the mainframe is in white. The slow version however has its mainframe in dark blue/green)
PROPOSITION (middle part in green)
WANT YOU MORE

GOODBYE IS FOREVER

MURDERESS (bridge alternates between violet and crimson while the violet wins through for the chorus)

CREAM

VIOLENCE OF SUMMER (middle in yellow, then green then back to cream)

MINT GREEN 

GIRLS ON FILM
SHADOWS ON YOUR SIDE (I’ve included this purely for its unusual combination of mint green and black – chorus and outro)
HOLD ME
TOO LATE MARLENE (bridge and sax solo in green, middle in taupe)
LIBERTY
NONE OF THE ABOVE
FALLING ANGEL (latter part in green)

KEEP ME IN THE DARK (intro is in orange)
EL DIABLO (bridge the same green except the ‘so far away’ line which is fiery red, chorus in dark green)

COMMUNICATION (chorus in brown, bridge to the latter part in blue grey, then light blue)

YELLOW

LAST CHANCE ON THE STAIRWAY (the middle xylophone part is somewhere in the white/mint green-sphere as Duran are so good at, chorus and outro in deep red)
UNION OF THE SNAKE
BREATH AFTER BREATH (intro and outro in deep pink ‘from where I stand..’ parts in green ‘breath after breath we carry this mortal coil’ parts are I think an offset white with a faint infusion of pale red)
RUNWAY RUNAWAY (as with many songs in yellow and with Stairway above there is some degree of red in its coda)

GET IT ON
GO TO ZERO (middle part ‘Andy’s guitar solo’ in green)

APRICOT

THE CHAUFFEUR (hard to pick any one colour with this one due to its spiralling chord sequence and also its light arrangement; in short, it’s a cocktail of white, apricot, pale yellow and orange)

ORANGE

SOUND OF THUNDER (bridge is grey/violet, Andy’s guitar break in the middle in dark blue/orange, following that the song switches to blue for its concluding part)
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF (chorus turquoise)
HOLD BACK THE RAIN

RED (different shades)

FAME
SKIN TRADE
A MATTER OF FEELING (chorus in deep pink, middle in pink)
HOTHEAD
UMF
SOMEONE ELSE, NOT ME

MISSING (very deep red, bordering on and at times featuring flourishes of crimson)

SOME LIKE IT HOT (verses may be a lower register of white but like Breath After Breath above there is a hint of red present, however the bass on the intro may be green, bridge and chorus in white)

BLUE GREY

PERFECT DAY (chorus in brown)
BOX FULL O’ HONEY

PALE BLUE/PALE ORANGE

OUT OF MY MIND (as with the dark blue/orange couplet below, this is the slightly paler variant particularly in the middle where Nick’s synth streams in like sunlight, which is a nice touch!)

BRGHT BLUE

ORDINARY WORLD (like Out of My Mind but a little brighter on the blue, intro and chorus have a touch of orange in it)

MID BLUE

ANYONE OUT THERE

DARK BLUE

SHOTGUN
BIG BANG GENERATION
BLAME THE MACHINES (chorus in dark blue/yellow)

DARK BLUE/YELLOW

NICE
GIRL PANIC!

DARK BLUE/ORANGE

FINEST HOUR

LIGHT GREEN

LATE BAR (chorus in violet)
SO LONG SUICIDE

TEAL GREEN

WINTER MARCHES ON
MIDNIGHT SUN (‘catch me i don’t wanna fall’ and ‘you and I don’t always fly’ part in grey/violet)
LEAVE A LIGHT ON (this song actually opens in mint green but quickly shifts to the rich tones of teal or forest green, middle part in olive/grey)

DARK GREEN

PLANET EARTH (chorus white)
LONELY IN YOUR NIGHTMARE (bridge orange, chorus white)
SECRET OKTOBER
ELECTRIC BARBARELLA (chorus red, middle ie Warren’s distorted guitar part in olive/brown)
SILVA HALO
STILL BREATHING

HARVEST FOR THE WORLD (verses and middle in white)

PALE PINK

NEW MOON ON MONDAY (chorus in rose, middle grey/violet)

PINK

THE SEVENTH STRANGER (verses sway between pink and deep pink also signs of light green during the course of this one, this song is a good example of how difficult it can be to differentiate between green and pink)

THE PROMISE

ROSE

IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW? (middle ‘harmonica’ part in white)
I TAKE THE DICE (chorus in grey)

CRIMSON

TIGER TIGER
DRUG (ORIGINAL VERSION) (some elements of deep pink and maroon in its coda)

MAROON

AMERICAN SCIENCE (bridge in crimson, chorus in yellow, 2nd guitar solo and brass parts in grey)
ALL SHE WANTS IS.. (another one that in its coda ventures into and out of purple)
DO YOU BELIEVE IN SHAME? (middle in crimson)
REACH UP FOR THE SUNRISE (again with this one, a good degree of purple – so what makes it maroon instead of purple? Fine tuning, it’s all in the nuances, very difficult sometimes to decide what should be listed where)

ELECTION DAY (this is indeed one of the most complex of the lot and is a bit of a sonic kaleidoscope, with flecks of maroon and red, some touches of purple in Nick’s synth intro and again in the outro, chorus and Grace Jones part in the middle in red)

VIOLET

PURPLE

TEL AVIV
SAVE A PRAYER (chorus in red)
NOTORIOUS
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE
DRUG (ALBUM VERSION)
THE VALLEY

LONELY TONIGHT
STILL IN YOUR HEART (chorus in green, first part of sax solo in dark grey/rose then returns to purple)

GREY (varying shades)

A VIEW TO A KILL (bridge grey blue, chorus bright blue)
VERTIGO (chorus and outro in violet)
PALOMINO (chorus in bright blue)
SERIOUS (middle part in crimson leading into latter minute and outro in white/rose)
MY ANTARCTICA/THROB
TOO MUCH INFORMATION
COME UNDONE
BEING FOLLOWED
SAFE (IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT) (bridge and middle in a nice prussian green)

THE FLAME

GREY GREEN

ROSE ARCANA (the Arcadia project certainly saw them push boundaries in their musical palette and this little gem is right up there. The extended version moves further into pale green and pink – for Nick’s Japanese synth touches)

OLIVE/BROWN

ALL YOU NEED IS NOW (as with Shadows On Your Side a while back, this is an unusual pairing this time with a grey/pink chorus, middle and outro. That is to say those parts alternate between pink for the first line, then grey and again, so pink/grey/pink/grey. It isn’t far off being grey/violet but again the nuances in Nick’s synths play their part in the colouration of this one)

LADY ICE (along with Election Day this is probably one of their most complex for tone and showed their growing interest in colour/key experimentation. Really tricky to explain here but I’ll have a go. The verses are a murky khaki-olive-brown-grey, the chorus is easiest as it’s in a very pale and fiery red. The line leading into the chorus and the last line (for lady ice) in white, Nick’s synth breaks at 3.37 and 5.39 in apricot. Andy Mackay’s oboe part in the middle meanders between mint green and green, like this.. green)

BROWN

BLACK

THE REFLEX (bridge – mint green chorus in red)
THE MAN WHO STOLE A LEOPARD (chorus in brown, orchestral piece on the end in pale pink)

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