My fondness of Duran Duran comes from my fondness of Guns N’ Roses. Not a link that some would make, so I’ll risk boring those who can make that link by, well, detailing the link. No need for any of that 6 degrees of separation shenanigans, either. Here goes… GN’R’s Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum were in the Neurotic Outsiders with Duran Duran’s Johnny Taylor.
Learning about Duran Duran in the early 2000s (as you do), I quickly found out that Johnny Taylor was a) interesting and b) cool. So too was Andy Taylor. They were right into their rock and roll. The Power Station, however, wasn’t really on my radar. I knew Harvest For The World, but that was about it. That just really wasn’t my jam. Anyhoo, I’d seen the album often enough for £2.99 in the Record Fayre over the years and I had been tempted to pick it up, but each time I picked it up I heard the chorus of Harvest For The World. So the LP went back in the rack.
The Power Station album cropped up during some online social media chat about Andy Taylor’s Thunder and I set off on a journey through the dimly lit alleyways of YouTube. I decided that Some Like It Hot was one of the greatest songs I had ever heard. It’s a truly outstanding piece of music.
Typically, the Record Fayre – where I have seen a copy during every single visit over the last several years – no longer had it. To recap episode #144:
“… ah, the Duran boy? Went a while ago” said the chap as he stood up, “strange, cause I had about 10 of them downstairs… couldn’t give them away for so long”. By this point he’s flicking through the 80s and 90s LPs. I told him about how I’ve recently discovered its awesomeness. He nodded, “I think a few others discovered that too”. He did look through the Palmer records just to see if a copy was in there. But there wasn’t.
So, naturally, I cursed the skies and whoever was out buying up 80’s Duran Duran related pop-rock albums. How very dare they ruin my
day life like that!
Fortunately, one of the friends involved in the chat a few months ago happened to have a copy. He asked me a few weeks ago while we were in the studio working on some musical stuffs if I ever picked it up. “No”, says I (relaying the tale of woe from episode #144). “Well, here you go”.
The first side is perfect in every single way. One of the finest sides of music I have ever heard.
I genuinely love this album and I’ll write more about it when I get the chance.