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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Duran Duran Series : The Wedding Album


 
 
 
 
The Wedding Album, as Duran Duran's 7th studio album, is rather unique in my opinion as a fan.  Otherwise self-titled Duran Duran, The Wedding Album was released on February 11, 1993.  The release landed the album #4 in the UK Album Chart, Gold certified in the UK, and Platinum certified in the U.S.  In my research, however, the success of single songs stood out the most.
 
"Ordinary World" - #6 status on the UK Top 40...#3 status in the U.S.
 
"Come Undone" - #13 status on the UK Top 40...#7 status in the U.S.
 
"Too Much Information" - #35 status on the UK Top 40
 
The "Breath After Breath" single was only released in Brazil.
 
The "None of the Above" single was only released in Japan.
 
The "Femme Fatale" single was only released in France.
 
Note of interest - The lyrics to "To Whom It May Concern" were written by Nick Rhodes.
 
Note of intrigue - The album cover shows actual wedding photos from the parents of the band members.
 
So why would I find The Wedding Album to be unique?  I have several reasons.
 
1)  Duran Duran, as the first album in 1981, was a huge success with the "original lineup" (a reference by Nick Rhodes) - Simon Le Bon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (keyboards), Andy Taylor (guitar), John Taylor (bass), and Roger Taylor (drums).
 
2)  Duran Duran, as the 7th album in 1993, was a huge success with a lack in the original lineup.  The members involved in The Wedding Album were Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Warren Cuccurullo (acoustic and electric guitars).  (The parents of these members are on the cover.)
 
3)  "Planet Earth" and "Girls on Film" are iconic classics by Duran Duran.  These songs are highlights on the first album, where the original members recorded.
 
4)  "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone" are iconic classics by Duran Duran.  These songs are highlights on the 7th album, where only three original members were involved.
 
I suppose frustration comes into play as a fan because there are so many albums and so many songs that I strongly love and that from time to time did not involve the key members defining Duran Duran.
 
Alas, for the purpose of this post, I am highlighting and promoting The Wedding Album.
 
 



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