|album by Duran Duran|
|Released||11 February 1993|
|Studio||Privacy Studio, London, UK|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop rock, soft rock|
|Writer(s)||Duran Duran, Milton Nascimento, Lou Reed|
About the album
The album was recorded almost entirely at Privacy Studio in the living room of Warren Cuccurullo's house in Battersea, London by John Jones. After the relatively poor showing of Big Thing and Liberty, the direction of this album was more tightly controlled by EMI than their previous work. However, the label was very pleased by the early composition "Ordinary World", immediately sensing a potential hit single.
Recording of the album was completed in early 1992, with a planned mid-year release by Capitol Records in the United States. However, Duran Duran's new management company, Left Bank, was distressed at the label's apparent lack of enthusiasm for the promotion of the album, and had it temporarily pulled from the release schedule.
During this hiatus, John Taylor returned to his wife in Los Angeles, and Le Bon, Rhodes and Cuccurullo began working on a few cover songs for what would later become the Thank You album. At one point, Warren played a slow guitar riff derived from the earlier Duran Duran song "First Impression" to John Jones., which sparked the quick creation of the song "Come Undone." This was rapidly included in the upcoming album along with Femme Fatale.
A copy of "Ordinary World" was leaked to a Florida radio station late in 1992, and listener demand soon led to its early release in several markets. The band, long ignored in Los Angeles, was invited to play at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas show on the strength of the song's popularity.
The album itself was released early in 1993, and its swift commercial and critical success came as a surprise to many who considered Duran Duran to be a purely "eighties" phenomenon who had already faded to oblivion. Success hinged on the Adult Contemporary singles "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone". Some critics seemed to consider the band as a modern act for the first time, and to re-evaluate their back catalog as deeper and more significant than that of a throwaway "teeny-bop" band.
Both the band and the record label seemed to be caught by surprise by the sudden success. Bassist John Taylor, who had begun recording solo material on the side and was considering leaving the band, agreed to stay instead.
The front cover artwork was designed by Nick Egan and features wedding photos from the parents of the four band members.
- "Too Much Information" - 4:56
- "Ordinary World" - 5:39
- "Love Voodoo" - 4:58
- "Drowning Man" - 5:15
- "Shotgun" - 0:54
- "Come Undone" - 4:38
- "Breath After Breath" - 4:58
- "UMF" - 5:33
- "Femme Fatale" - 4:21
- "None of the Above" - 5:19
- "Shelter" - 4:25
- "To Whom It May Concern" - 4:24
- "Sin of the City" - 7:14
Japanese edition bonus tracks:
UK tour edition bonus tracks:
- "Falling Angel" - 4:35
- "Stop Dead" - 4:31
- "Time for Temptation" - 4:09
- "Come Undone" (12" Mix Comin' Together) - 7:21
- "Ordinary World" (Acoustic Version) - 5:07
- "Too Much Information" (David Richards 12" Mix) - 4:14
- "Ordinary World"
- "Come Undone"
- "Too Much Information"
- "None of the Above" (Japan only)
- "Drowning Man" (released only to clubs in America)
- "Femme Fatale" (France only)
Duran Duran are:
- John Jones - co-producer, engineer, programming, keyboards, guitar, vocals
- Milton Nascimento - vocals on track 7 ("Breath After Breath")
- Steve Ferrone - drums on tracks 1 ("Too Much Information"), track 2 ("Ordinary World") and percussion on track 10 ("Femme Fatale")
- Fergus Gerrand - drums on tracks 3 to 6, and 8 to 13
- Vinnie Colaiuta - drums on track 7 ("Breath After Breath")
- Bosco - percussion on track 7 ("Breath After Breath")
- Lamya - backing vocals on track 3 ("Love Voodoo")
- Tessa Niles - backing vocals on track 6 ("Come Undone")
- Karen Hendrix, Jack Merigg - vocal samples on track 4 ("Drowning Man")
- Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe
- Mixed by David Richards (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 9, 11 to 13)
- Bass mixed by David Leonard (track: 4)
- Producer and arranged by Duran Duran, John Jones (tracks: 1 to 8, 10 to 13)
- Recorded and programmed by John Jones
- Recorded by (live drums) Tony Taverner and John Jones
- Recorded by (live drums assistant) - Stuart Every
- Written by - Duran Duran (tracks: 1 to 9, 11 to 13)
- Written by - Duran Duran, Milton Nascimento (track: 7)
- Written by Lou Reed (track: 9)
- Photography (band photo) - Adrian Green
- Artwork by (art direction) - Duran Duran, Nick Egan
- Artwork by (design) - Eric Roinestad, Nick Egan
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