Some Like It Hot

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.

 

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  1. Hackskeptic says:

    It’s interesting that John and Andy went for a rock/funk side project. Andy was always a rocker and John was heavily influenced by Chic which leads directly to The Power Station. I loved their version of “Get It On” (Andy’s guitar playing is awesome), and this record is far better than Simon, Nick and Roger’s Arcadia record of the same period.

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    1. J. says:

      Get It On is one of my favourite tracks here. I’ve been trying to find the time to finish a ‘review’ of sorts and that’s a noted highlight. I never heard Arcadia, actually…

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      1. Hackskeptic says:

        and you haven’t missed much. Arcadia’ s album is for Duran collectors only IMO

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      2. J. says:

        Spotify, then?

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  2. BuriedOnMars says:

    Never gave Duran Duran much a listen until Rock Band. I choose bass for those Hungry Like the Wolf (Which Sarca insisted we play a lot) and John Taylor’s groove blew me away. Mad props to that guy.

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    1. J. says:

      Yeah, John Taylor can play. Proper great bassist… underrated, I reckon. And how great is Hungry Like The Wolf? He’s all over that thing!

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  3. DanicaPiche says:

    I’m really happy to see this great write-up, J! Love a lot of Duran Duran’s music and haven’t heard this album. I’ll have to check it out.

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    1. J. says:

      Couldn’t recommend it highly enough, Danica! If I find the time I’ll share some proper thoughts on it, but I’m honestly obsessed. Phenomenal stuff.

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  4. Jay says:

    Gifts of music just keep on giving!

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    1. J. says:

      Indeed! I don’t think I’ll tire of this!

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  5. deKE says:

    Neurotic Outsiders is a classic!
    Power Station is a classic !
    Wins Wins for all around!

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    1. J. says:

      I completely agree! Was hitting up Neurotic Outsiders the other day, too. Amazing album.

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  6. Sarca says:

    Well! I LOVE this album. All of it. Even Harvest for the World. Brings me right back to a young tender age, and I think the album still holds up! Magical.
    I do think Arcadia is worth a listen too. It’s more artistic than Power Station, but still worth a listen.

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    1. J. says:

      I actually didn’t mention how Harvest For The World has won me over! It’s the lowest point in the album, though… but I don’t dislike it. I just think the eldest of it is so strong.

      And yes! I was surprised how well the album stands up now. I’m looking for a copy of the second album, though I know John Taylor had stepped away by that point.

      I’ll add Arcadia to the list.

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  7. Sarca says:

    BTW, you should check out John Taylor’s book, In the Pleasure Groove. Great read!

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    1. J. says:

      I keep forgetting to look for it, but I’ve just thrown it into my Amazon basket!

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  8. stephen1001 says:

    I love a perfectly executed side of music – and that opening side sounds like one for the books!

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    1. J. says:

      Yeah. I only have a handful of LPs that I’d say have a perfect first side. This is one of them.

      The only drawback, of course, is that side two has a lot of work to do!

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  9. jprobichaud says:

    Never tempt the record gods. I’ve played that game, picking up an album and putting it back down and then picking it up again next time, too many times and have been burned every damned time. Glad it worked out for you in the end.

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    1. J. says:

      Yeah. I’d like to say I’ve learned my lesson, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve said it! I’ve been burned a few times… fairly recently I had dilly dallied on a copy of American Music Club’s Everclear for weeks… months… yet when I went to get it it was gone. Bah.

      But aye, this one… hurrah!

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  10. 80smetalman says:

    That has always been the paradox with Duran Duran for me. I’ll be the first to say that they were all, especially the Taylor brothers, good musicians. However, I never really cared for their music except for “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “New Moon on Monday.” The Power Station gave the brothers a better chance to show what they were capable of.

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    1. J. says:

      I really do like Duran Duran (the two tracks you mentioned are great), but The Power Station is something else entirely. I don’t know who’s responsible for it.

      But aye, it allowed the Taylors (unrelated, believe it or not!) the chance to shine a bit more.

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      1. 80smetalman says:

        That’s something I didn’t know. I always assumed John and Andy were brothers.

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  11. 1537 says:

    This was the tape playing when {Name Witheld to Avoid Tabloid Interest} made a man of me in the backseat of her mother’s car. True story.

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    1. J. says:

      Understandable, I guess.

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      1. 1537 says:

        Not that I made it all the way through the tape twice, or anything.

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      2. J. says:

        Was it the Some Like It Hot cassingle?

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      3. 1537 says:

        No, no, it was a much lengthier thing.

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      4. J. says:

        I’ll have you know that track is just over 5 minutes long!

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      5. 1537 says:

        That’s twice!

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  12. keepsmealive says:

    Hooray for finally getting yourself a copy! I had a wee dig here and discovered I have a copy – I should have sent it to you!

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    1. J. says:

      How lucky! Imagine discovering you have a copy! Seriously, that’s a jackpot right there… you should drop the needle on that one!

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  13. I’ve still not heard this. Never ever seen a copy in the shops either. Ever.

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    1. J. says:

      I was convinced that, knowing I was after it, you bought the copies from the Record Fayre!

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