Saturday, September 04, 2010

A favorite song from (not too) long ago

My favorite Duran Duran song is "Secret Oktober" which was the B side of the single "Union of the Snake," back when singles had sides. The song was written and recorded in a twenty-four hour time period before the "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" album tapes were sent off. In the 1983 original, only vocalist/lyricist Simon LeBon and keyboardist Nick Rhodes are on the track. Recently, I found this cover by musician Michael Aaron, and I like it better because I'm predisposed toward stringed instruments. The rapid images of the video itself are distracting, mainly because I want to see what the guitar chords are. You can listen to the original here.

Some of you (like my mom) will say, "I didn't like the band then, and I certainly won't punish myself by listening to one of their songs now." Fine. Go ahead. Disparage away. When I was 14, I officially threw over Top 40 for heavy metal but quietly kept most of my old music. When it comes to musical preferences, I tend to acquire new genres without losing my appreciation for the old ones. The one exception may be modern musicals a la "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera." I remember listening to one of those musicals while I washed the dishes only to have my mom enter the kitchen and say, "You know, I preferred Motley Crue to this."

7 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

I like musicals still. And Duran Duran.

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: Don't stand on one foot waiting for it, but I still plan someday to make you an actual mix TAPE. Of course, I'll have to make the mix CD first. :)

Saints and Spinners said...

P.S. I still have a tape-to-tape duplicator with my CD player. Remember when those were new and cool? I refuse to relinquish mine as long as it works.

tanita davis said...

Bwa-hahahahah!
Yeah, Farida's Ma. I hear ya.

tanita davis said...

Okay: full disclosure -
Once you've had to sing All I Ask of You for six weddings in one summer, YOU ARE BLOODY WELL SICK OF THAT STUPID CHRISTINE.

Saints and Spinners said...

Tanita: Bwa ha ha, indeed! You've just reminded me of a piano-playing friend of mine who got hornswoggled into accompanying a dorm floor-mate who wanted to sing "Memory" from Cats. She thought she had made it clear that she did not like to play songs from Weber musicals, but somewhere there was a bait and switch. It was for a coffee-house, not an official college performance, but still... she was a good sport and you couldn't tell how much she hated it unless you knew her.

Lone Star Ma said...

I will thrill to receive such a tape! The anticipation of it should give Roseanne (my car with the tape deck) something to live for.

Christine was always a wench. But Erik rocks.