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I really, really didnt want to own a Duran Duran CD. I resisted it for so many years, and then finally in late 2002 I couldnt stand not having The Reflex and Is There Something I Should Know? at hand, as they are two really fine tracks. So I got Greatest and let myself relax my attitude a bit, acknowledging that Duran Duran really did put out some excellent stuff (though not all of it is good). I think really its the combination of the memory of their lipstick-overkill look and Simon LeBons occasional whining-into-gear vocal shifts that put me off them for so many years in retrospect, its not all that bad, I concede. Certainly the songs catch some of that times edgy excitement, and thats nice to hear again (if only as an echo). And Ive added Electric Barbarella to the list of songs I love to play when I need late-night working energy.
What I really wish is that I could locate a copy of the remix of Notorious that Radio Nova (101.5, Paris) played in 1989, in which the song was excellently cross-mixed with Chics Le Freak.
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