Jul 27, 2009

Genetic Engineering - OMD

1983 saw the OMD lose commercial momentum somewhat,
with the release of their more experimental Dazzle Ships album, which mixed melancholy synth ballads and uptempo synthpop with musique concrete and short wave radio tape collages.
It was recorded by the 4-piece Humphreys/Holmes/Cooper/McCluskey line-up, and produced by Rhett Davies.

"Genetic Engineering" is the first single released from Dazzle Ships.

Genetic Engineering


* Genetic Engineering - OMD

Jul 12, 2009

Duran Duran Concert Review

A friend sent me his review of last nights DD concert I thought you might like:

Duran Duran at Orange County Fair CA

Written by Brian G.

This is a review of the Duran Duran concert at The Pacific Amphitheatre, Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa, California on July 11, 2009.

Duran Duran is always entertaining. I have seen them at least ten times, including shows when their popularity was at its lowest (in the late 90's).

Most groups from the Eighties seem to draw a mix of two generations of fans these days, older adults who grew up listening to these songs on the radio or teens who were exposed to incessant CD airplay by their parents. For some unknown reason, this particular show was mostly the late 30's, 40's, and 50's crowd.

Simon is still a great front man, entertaining and wooing the crowd -- he is a veteran showman. The rest of the group really laid back on this show, leaving Simon out on his own. Even the charismatic crowd-favorite, John Taylor, really stayed in the shadows and played right through this show without much crowd connection. Roger was hidden behind his drums and the evasive Nick stayed to himself. The band has really put themselves out there in other concerts, but not this one. Fortunately, Simon was up to the task.

The show was listed at 7:30pm but did not begin until 8:30pm. No opening act. Perhaps that threw off the timing if Duran Duran was always scheduled to go on at 8:30pm. They played for 90 minutes. Then another 20-30 minute encore.

For hardcore fans, they seem to have lost their "sixth bandmate" saxophonist Andy Hamilton over recent years. However, the current sax player was excellent.

The setlist was very odd. It was not designed to please casual fans nor hardcore Duranies.

They could have played straight hits for hours, but instead chose to include recent songs Nite-Runner, Red Carpet Massacre, and (Reach Up For The) Sunrise. They also included the little-known Do You Believe In Shame and I Don't Want Your Love (from Big Thing CD), and a cover of White Lines (from Thank You CD). A bonus was Arcadia's Election Day.

Notably absent were Hungry Like The Wolf, tracks from Seven And The Ragged Tiger (The Reflex, New Moon On Monday, and Union Of The Snake), and Power Station hits.

Overall, still a fun show from a band that knows how to entertain a crowd. Still Fab!

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* Save a Prayer
Skin Trade

Jul 5, 2009

One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx

The Fixx are an English New Wave band.
They are one of the few bands to have enjoyed significant success outside their country of origin, notably in the United States and Canada, yet remain almost unknown in their home land. The band is best known for their song "One Thing Leads to Another", from their most successful album Reach the Beach in 1983.
Their other hits include "Red Skies", "Stand or Fall", "Saved by Zero", "Sign of Fire", "Are We Ourselves?", "Secret Separation", "Driven Out", "How Much Is Enough?" and "Deeper and Deeper",
which was featured on the soundtrack of Streets of Fire.

One Thing Leads to Another
Red Skies
Stand or Fall


* One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx

The Fixx