Saturday, October 2, 2010

Duran Duran . . . their debut - Planet Earth/Late Bar





"Planet Earth" was Duran Duran's debut single from their debut album "Duran Duran" . . . although this post is mainly about the song, the following are some facts that I will elaborate on in another post that is specifically about the group.

They were one of the most successful groups in the MTV-driven 1980's music industry. As of this writing, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 . . . selling more than 100 million records. Duran Duran was formed in 1978 by childhood friends John Taylor and Nick Rhodes.

The group was named after the villain from the movie "Barbarella" . . . the villain is named "Dr. Durand Durand."

The band worked with fashion designers to build the image that earned them the nickname "the prettiest boys in rock by People Magazine."

The group has never disbanned, although they have gone through numerous personnel changes through the years and some of guys formed new bands such as Power Station and Arcadia.

Duran Duran created what they called "night versions" for each of their songs which were extended remixes featured on their 12-inch singles, choosing to create a new arrangement of the song, loosely based on the version they were playing live at the time. This formed the basis for the "night versions," beginning with the song "Planet Earth".

In addition to the 12", the night version of "Planet Earth" was included on the EPs "Nite Romantics" and "Carnival."

EMI included unreleased alternative mixes of both "Planet Earth" and "Hold Back The Rain" for the 1999 remix album "Strange Behaviour" . . . oops someone screwed up . . . it was supposedly a mistake . . .




The song "Planet Earth" is often played by NASA for astronauts
 on a mission when a space shuttle is due for arrival






Planet Earth | Duran Duran
Lyrics
Only came outside to watch the night fall with the rain
I heard you making patterns rhyme
Like some new romantic looking for the TV sound
You'll see I'm right some other time
Look now, look all around, there's no sign of life
Voices, another sound, can you hear me now?
This is planet earth, you're looking at planet earth
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop this is planet earth
My head is stuck on something precious
Let me know if you're coming down to land
Is there anybody out there trying to get through?
My eyes are so cloudy I can't see you
Look now, look all around, there's no sign of life
Voices, another sound, can you hear me now?
Is is planet earth, you're looking at planet earth
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop
This is planet earth
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop
This calling planet earth
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop
This looking at planet earth
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop
This is planet earth


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