Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!! I’ve been in an emotional rut lately but my #1 darlings are always here to make me feel better. On this day last year, I highlighted my favorite songs of theirs that I felt were lesser-known by the (severely deprived) non-Duranie general public. This year, I want to share the songs that bring me comfort, that soothe me when the plane of life is having some turbulence.
But first…let’s appreciate their beauty for a moment, because this also comforts me:
At first, I was in love with Simon Le Bon (the singer, for you noobs out there):
But it didn’t take long for me to fall harder for the bassist, John Taylor:
And they’ve always been extra beautiful together:
Okay…back to the music! Obviously that’s the most important thing.
In no particular order, here the Duran Duran songs that comfort me when I need it:
What Happens Tomorrow- when I was a teenager, it felt like the opening lyrics were meant for me; “child, don’t you worry. It’s enough you’re growing up in such a hurry. Brings you down, the news they sell ya, to put in your mind good old mandkind is a failure”. Now, I cling on to “you’ve got to believe it’ll be alright in the end, you’ve got to believe it’ll be alright again”.
Come Undone- you can feel the 90’s seeping out of this one but I love it. But anyway…”now we’ll try to stay blind to the hope and fear outside. Hey child, stay wilder than the wind and blow me in to cry…who do you need? Who do you love? When you’ve come undone”. Also, there’s moment in this music video where John Taylor mouths the lyrics “hey child” and I always felt like he was speaking to me. Alas, I’ve been hopelessly in love with him since I was 13…it’s not my fault.
Box Full of Honey- this wasn’t a major single, just a track off of Red Carpet Massacre that I love. And this is more just light and pleasant rather than touching on troubles in life, so it comforts me in that way. It feels feathery in it’s acoustic tone. Also I just enjoy these lyrics: “what I thought a pretty tune, was howling at the moon, to keep me company this evening”.
Falling Down- also from Red Carpet Massacre but this was indeed released as a single. It even features Justin Timberlake! “Because I’m falling down, with people standing around. But before I hit the ground, is there time, could I find, someone to help me?” I relate too strongly to this right now. But anyway, it’s a gorgeous song.
Leave a Light On- from the album after Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need is Now. It’s just so mellow and relaxing. “I know, I swear, If you leave a light on for me, I’ll come back,”.
Lonely In Your Nightmare- we’re going way back here to their second album, my favorite, Rio. Not a massive hit (at least here in the US), but that entire album is perfection, so in my eyes it is. “Because you’re lonely in your nightmare let me in. Because there’s heat beneath your winter, let me in”
Ordinary World- I almost forgot one of their most beautiful songs! Back to the 90’s on this one. “No, I won’t cry for yesterday; there’s an ordinary world somehow I’ll have to find. And as I try to make my way through the ordinary world, I will learn to survive.”
Well there you have it, folks; those are my top 7 comforting Duran Duran songs (in no particular order). I would love to hear what your Duran Duran comfort songs are, please comment (this goes for everyone, from fellow hardcore Duranies to casual listeners)!
But wait…. because it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day, I also have to share my all time favorite song of theirs in general as well (disclaimer: the band is not in the music video, it’s kinda devastating. But just close your eyes and listen!):
Again….HAPPY DURAN DURAN APPRECIATION DAY!!!