Okay, here are the rules for the November theme, Chris. Open up iTunes (it has to be a fresh open). Go to your 5-Star playlist and hit shuffle. Write about the first song that comes up. No skips allowed, unless by some crazy circumstance, you hit the same song on your next post. So here goes. Wow…
“Lake Shore Driving”
by Duran Duran
from the album Big Thing
1988 Buy the album on Amazon
I’ve been in love with Duran Duran for years. I came a bit late to the party, missing their early-80s works when they were crazy popular. Big Thing was probably the album that first got me into them but I quickly added their more popular and poppier albums to my collection. Big Thing is kind of an odd album coming off the pretty funky turn they took with 1985’s Notorious which saw the once quintet reduced to a trio. If Big Thing is odd, then “LSD” is an accurate acronym for this weird-ass, but wonderful track. Continue reading November Five-Star Shuffle: “Lake Shore Driving”→
by Deftones (originally by Duran Duran)
from the album The Duran Duran Tribute Album
1997 Buy the album on Amazon
It’s completely rare to have one of my favorite bands covering one of my other favorite bands, particularly in this case when the genres they occupy are so far apart. The Deftones could probably best be described as alternative metal whereas Duran Duran best epitomize the 80s dance pop/new wave sound. That kind of sounds like mixing bacon and ice cream. But you know what? I’ve had bacon ice cream and it’s delicious.
“Get It On (Bang a Gong)”
by The Power Station (originally by T. Rex)
from the album The Power Station
1985 Buy the album on Amazon
I love this cover. The T. Rex original is a classic but this is the version I keep returning to. The combo of that crazy hi-hat, the crunchy guitar and that slap bass is intoxicating. On top of it all you’ve got Robert Palmer working his slick, sexy cool swagger through those lyrics. What the fuck do they even mean?
“Hungry Like The Wolf”
by Reel Big Fish (originally by Duran Duran)
from the album The Duran Duran Tribute Album 1997 Koch Records Buy the album on Amazon.
I’ve had a few drinks and some Mexican queso fries so I’m feeling a bit silly. This is a totally fun ska cover of a Duran Duran classic (and Lance karaoke staple). It takes a song that should be fun to begin with and makes it a total riot.