Duran Duran "Falling Down" stream

Posted August 16th, 2007 by Eric Greenwood · 121 Comments

Despite the buzz about Duran Duran’s “Nite Runner” stream at Entertainment Weekly, its label (Epic) has strangely chosen a different track for the first single, which you can stream here: here

“Falling Down” is less adventurous and more laid-back than the Timbaland-produced, beat-heavy “Nite Runner.” Perhaps, the label is hoping for another “Ordinary World”-style comeback. Justin Timberlake is said to have co-written this one, too, but his influence is undetectable (thankfully). It just seems that Duran Duran would have to come up with something extraordinary to worm its way back onto pop radio, and “Falling Down” doesn’t seem to have the weird, off-kilter chops that “Nite Runner” does. 

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  • 1 stuporfly // Aug 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve been saying essentially the same thing to people this week – “Falling Down” isn’t a bad song, but it strikes me as kind of a safe move. “Nite Runner” is far more to my liking, as it’s a new sound for the band.

    But I’m quite encouraged by the other tracks I’ve heard from the new album thus far. Overall, it sounds like they’re on the right track.

    “Falling Down” seems like a poor choice for a first single too. It’s got the feel of an album track, much like “What Happens Tomorrow” off of Astronaut.

    But truth be told, I never listen to the radio, so I have no idea what makes a chart hit or miss.

  • 2 enrique // Aug 17, 2007 at 5:06 am

    Firstly sorry my English all. I’m Spanish. After 26 years listening Duran Duran music, I’m not worried at all about charted, so I dont mind at all the choice for a first single. All that I want are new songs to enjoy… Falling Down is a good song, but it is an amazing choice: it seems to me as a Andy’s taste song!. I would have understood better Andy’s position if Nite Runner was the fist single!. Another thing: is anybody agree with me on why Beautifull colours, Virus, etc. were never released? Thank you, and Love from the very sunny Spain

  • 3 Agterhuis // Aug 17, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Hey stup…..
    nice to see you here……

    I agree with you….this is a save move by the record company…….and its a shame that they dont make Niterunner the first single…

    this track doesnt bring them the succes they want/need

  • 4 Ferdinand Sutanto // Aug 17, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    This is so radio-friendly, it could easily fit itself among the recent hits in the us and the uk, which could pave the way for the common music listeners to give their attention to the new album…then maybe it’s a good move to release ‘nite runner’ after the album is released. How many writers nowadays can write songs like these guys do?
    NOT many…
    Duran rock on…
    A fan from Jakarta

  • 5 Anthony DeVito // Aug 17, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    “Falling Down” feels Beatles-y to me, in a good way. And it has that uplifting chorus that gets in your head and stays there.

    I think they (the record company) hope Duran will ride the wave of the tons of Timberlakian (is that even a word? no) press with this as the first single, and while that’s still percolating, release Night Runner hot on its heels. At least that’s what I’d do, if I were a (shudder) record exec.

  • 6 darren // Aug 17, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    i don’t mind falling down – it kind of grows on you – and really is duran about charts or about the fans. I like how duran has progressed over the years and how classics like Serious are still very ‘in vogue’.

    Always a Duranie

    ….. because i’m falling down with people standing ’round

  • 7 RunningBlind // Aug 18, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    easily better than either “(Reach Up For the) Sunrise” or “What Happens Tomorrow”, the first two singles from ‘Astronaut’….”Falling Down” may indeed be their best single since “Come Undone” on ‘The Wedding Album’ from 1993.

  • 8 Biskit // Aug 18, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    If they release Nite Runner they will be slated, if they release Falling Down they will be slated….never known a band to get scrutinised so much…..if any other band released EITHER track, it would no doubt hit the top ten and peole would think EITHER song was fantastic!
    In my humble opinion I think Falling Down is fab…it’s catchy, got a great chorus, been humming it for days now…certainly does enough to keep me happy.

  • 9 tiffjusi1 // Aug 18, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Hey, Stupe! It’s always interesting to get your feedback on new material, esp. w/you being a musician w/most excellent taste-(except for “Nite Runner”) *heh* ;0

    My thoughts: “Falling Down” is an excellent choice for a release!!! Astronaut had to grow on me and I wasn’t overly thrilled w/the initial tracks released. I hope they keep this “as is” b/c in my opinion, it is the best (new) song I have heard from them in years. Love it or hate it-“The Wedding Album” is probably the one I like most….and this kind of has that “feel” to it. Not the same, but more the way I like my Duran Duran-CREATIVE! ;) This made me fall off the wagon again-I’m hooked!

  • 10 duranarella // Aug 19, 2007 at 1:08 am

    i’ve been a duranie for most of my years and chart success has never mattered to me.in fact, i seem to be repelled by the” in” stuff like reflex and wild boys etc.. i’m very surprised they aren’t goin’w/ nite runner as a single b cuz i thought the goal of working with the 2 tims and their notoriety now was what they were trying to flow with .however, i’m in love with falling down in a melancholy way,not sure why.i know nite runner would be the very “in”track to lead out with.which would be very hot right now.and which would become very played out.because it just fits in to this latest movement,ya know.which would give them lots o’ bucks and great success.not sure i want that.i guess i’m greedy.sorry boys.i want you to myself.let’s see how it plays out.-

  • 11 turn.upthesound // Aug 19, 2007 at 1:47 am

    certainly seems to be a safer choice as a first single. ‘falling down’ , has radio play written all over it. stations are gonna whore this one out since it has JT and duran together. in my opoinion, duran duran can’t do nothing wrong. but they sure are unreliable when it comes to release dates and gaps between albums!

  • 12 jamespack // Aug 19, 2007 at 2:33 am

    Yer but OW was released in 1993 and we now live in 2007. US radio would be all over NITE RUNNER and it would eat up the charts as it would appeal more to the non duran fan as IS what is being played right now, FALLING DOWN is very duranish and may hav little chance on US RADIO – it would be met with indifference by US TOP40 RADIO as its too old sounding. It about appealing to the masses and not a small core of Duran Duran fans. Go with Nite Runner for the US market as first release and Falling Down for Europe. GO WITH NITE RUNNER – GO WITH NITE RUNNER.

  • 13 Armand // Aug 19, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Hi,

    I also like to say that Falling Down is much better then Night Runner. Night Runner has a sort of Notorious groove and in that way repeating themselves. It is definitely not a new sound. Falling down is a more new sound that fits to the nowadays music in the charts so that would also be the best choice.

  • 14 BlackScorpio // Aug 19, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Hi friends.

    My oppinion about the new album is being changing along the time.. first I thought, and I still think, that the songs included in the “Lost Album” were the best ones.. the return to the roots, as they would have the essence that connects songs like “Save a Prayer” and “Salt In The Rainbow”.. yes.. for me these songs, have that Time gap, but are somehow connected by somekind a common spirit that all the tracks of the “Lost Album”should have.

    But Andy’s left, and Timb’s come.. “Night Runner” was created, and I am sure that this song should be the first single.. it is perfect song, cause it is the kind a song that when a person passes through it, this person is attracted to look behind.. :)

    I thing “Falling Down” is a good song, but doesn’t have the necessary kind of impact that could get Duran Duran to the top of the charts.. and the title is a good oportunity for the critics, to shoot the normal attacks to our band.. is a song that the melody grows on us, in other words, a perfect album song, not a single that put the lights focus on the new album.

    J.

  • 15 MikeHanson // Aug 19, 2007 at 10:29 am

    @blackS, there are several people posting on non-Duran Duran boards that have heard several tracks off the ‘lost’ album (believe it or not, that’s your choice). Their reviews are the complete opposites of your theory on the return to their roots sound. You may want to check them out.

    I like Falling Down a lot, the song is solid. I have to believe the label radio tested these tracks before making a decision. So perhaps it will get loads of play. If they didn’t, then it may have a harder shot at breaking through.

  • 16 Paulo // Aug 19, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Hello, I’m a fan from Portugal since 1981…
    Sorry about my english, about the new Duran Duran era I must say how much disappointed I am. In fact DD were always “visionaires” and made me to understand many things about music and art. Nick Rhodes for me it’s the “mentor” of the band and someone who can make the perfect bridge betwween art and music. I grow up learning this, understanding their way, the fab songs, the videos all the names involved, from Warhol to Grace Jones to Francesco Scavullo or Stephen Sprouse, Duran were always in the cut edge. They are now a classic band and a big reference for many people and musicians around the globe.
    This new sound for me it’s the wrong way, a big mistake. I can’t deal with the idea of listening DD desperate for new audience, for top seller singles and working with “teen idols” like Timberlake, that I don’t believe has nothing to give to DD… Timbaland belongs also to other musical universe where DD don’t need to go to find or ask for help or bring musical solutions.
    They made their way, they built a musical/arty back catalogue so rich… DD belong to a group of artists who gave as all the proofs they are so important like the Roxy Music or Bowie… they help Goldfrapp and Scissor Sisters to have visibility… why this choice? Are they desperate, confused? Without ideas? Maybe now I understand why Andy Taylor left… I don’t like the songs of this new album, I don’t like the name of the album, I hate Nigt Runner ( very poor, repetitive, boring and a cliche, there are many similar stuff made like this in the past two years, this is not the “school of DD”.
    Unfortunately this will be a disaster and maybe not a top chart album or singles, Why?
    Because they lost their creative soul and sold them to this peole involved who created the musical routes where Duran Duran are only performers.
    This could be the end of Duran Duran, A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.
    2/5

  • 17 Blank // Aug 19, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    @Biskit – you nailed it. This band can never do well enough, it’s just weird.

    My 2 cents: Falling Down is a great , beautiful, song, with all the ingredients to be a hit – as long as it gets played on the radio.

    Fact remains that, if you don’t hear it, you don’t know about it, right? And if you don’t know about it, it’s not a couple thousand die hard duranies that are going to make a difference, i know that much, we’ve tried.

    The cherry on the cake for me, however, is that DD write great songs. They always have, and always will. Period. This one is brilliant and the other ones previewed at the NY show and after-party rock too. All except Nite Runner. Which is crap. But what do I know? The charts are full of crap these days, it might actually do well.

  • 18 duranduran74 // Aug 19, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    I must admit, this is the DD I know and love, and yes if it had the coverage over the airwaves, it’d do well. Nite Runner……..it’s okay, and maybe would get others interested, but the guys face an uphill battle no matter what they do……(well this is true in the UK) they don’t get respect for their talent from the press, or the radio stations, and that’s sad, they’ve got so much to offer, not just as performers, but song writers, and producers!

  • 19 tiffany // Aug 19, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I would prefer to see The Valley come out first, but Falling Down is starting to grow on me. Nite Runner needs more work…

  • 20 Gene // Aug 19, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    I want to hear Red Carpet Masacre first. something tells me they should release that first. I love everything I have heard so far for the fact its that different agian for them. Its one step closer to what they want to be. you never know what they are going to do tomorrow. Nice……..

  • 21 Paulo // Aug 19, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    About the single Falling Down, I must say that is a better choice than Night Runner, but I don’t like both… I’m hearing Falling Down many times and it reminds me an american boy band trying to sound mature, it’s incredible but the production it’s not appropriate for a group like Duran. Can you imagine Bowie singing this music? I think the chorus are terrible it’s not Duran Duran, it’s a mistake!!!!

  • 22 ITALYGUYinNYC // Aug 20, 2007 at 1:11 am

    First of all I want to apologize for my poor English …
    I like FD, but I don’t think that it represents the album properly.
    For what I have heard so far, Red Carpet Massacre is going to be an incredible collection of great tracks (THE VALLEY – SKIN DIVERS – NIGHT RUNNER – among others), it contains different sounds, a variety of influences and beats and I am afraid that Falling Down might misrepresent the album; Maybe it is the poor quality of the streaming, but the first time I heard FD, it sounded a bit … predictable and way too safe.
    I would go with “The Valley”; it is the perfect blend between up-to-date and DD classic, but since unfortunately that is not a choice so I will stick with NR; it has definitely more potentials for Radio Play, Club Play and media attention than FD (if, of course, climbing to the top of the charts is what they are seeking).
    NR has already created a buzz around it. It has already generated controversy and interest and surly people would want to hear it, even if it is only out of curiosity.
    I exposed both songs to non-DD-fan friends and NR was definitely the winner.
    It is catchy, it is funky, and it’s DD with an up-to-date mainstream twist.
    The beauty of this band has always been their innovative spirit, musical experimentation and fusion of sounds while maintaining that everlasting DD chord. Perhaps the bad quality of the streaming on EW does not make NR justice. I heard the band playing NR live at the Hammerstein Ballroom and I surely could hear that DD chord in every beat of the song … John’s bass, Nick’s Synths, Roger’s drums and Simon’s vocal that sounds just perfect for this song and it “glues” everything so well together.
    I’d say, go with NR … or why not being even more daring and controversial by releasing a Double A-sided single with both songs (I can even picture the art cover) – just kidding (sort of ).
    Regardless of what the final decision will be, please get the album out soon … fans and critics are exposed to a very bad quality versions of 5 of the new songs and I am afraid that is not giving people the accurate idea of what the album will actually sound like. … and please make THE VALLEY the second single of the album.

    Viva Duran!

  • 23 Tracyann // Aug 20, 2007 at 11:45 am

    I love this song – but I am worried about it’s chances at radio play. I disagree on The Valley being a single. The more I play it for non-fans the more I’m hearing “is this a religious message?” which confuses them. Great song, but I don’t think it would translate to huge sector.

    As far as the lost album goes, the more I hear about it the less curious I am to hear it. It sounds like it was made in the midst of a difficult time in the band and that shined through via the lack of quality. RCM is the future right now, if your a fan, that should be your focus. Not tracks that may or may not be the holy grail of what some think is the Duran sound. The expectations are so high for them that all they have to go is down.

  • 24 Peternj // Aug 20, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    This track is brilliant. I can hear it getting A LOT of play on AC stations. Just wait!

  • 25 ROGERBELTRAN // Aug 20, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Falling Down sounds more duranesk than Night runner and sound good as a first Single… I know already this will be an excelent album for all of the duran duran fans over the world, Simon’s voice still being one of the greatest voices in the industry and we love and respect that. WE Will Have Duran Duran for a while!!! A+++++

  • 26 Fer LeBon // Aug 20, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Well it’s nice to see different points of view,I know many people don’t like Night Runner and maybe prefer Falling Down but even though they don’t think positive about this album,I respect this but for me both songs are really good,they’re different of course and obviously they have to add new style in their music ,everybody knows how things works in this industry and in every place.
    I think Falling Down sounds more Duran Duran,but Night Runner is pretty cool too.No matter wich one would be the first cut I think this album will be a great one,and despite the pessimists we will have Duran Duran for a longggggg time,just wait.

  • 27 pathisel // Aug 21, 2007 at 2:30 am

    They should go with Nite Runner first, it would get the airplay, get some more fans, and then release falling down. Both songs are excellant. Nite Runner can play the clubs as well, and would be on top 40 and every other station. Falling down will only get play on adult contemporary radio first, which will miss the boat for them….intially……….I am truly excited about this album, just think a new album, with two completely different songs that I have heard so far…if anyone has any other songs feel free to share them with me at pathisel@sbcglobal.net , thanks-Pat

  • 28 mario // Aug 21, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    just release the record already.
    duran duran never fails to impress ..with each album they sound better and better.
    go for it..
    falling down is definitely a radio friendly song…

  • 29 Theodore // Aug 21, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Night Runner is infinitely better; infectious, I’d say. This is not good. Sorry.
    T

  • 30 Pascal // Aug 21, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I remember JT, commenting after the release of WHT that they wished they had released WHT before Sunrise (I agree), which may accounts for the decision this time…
    Duranie since the early ages, I am so far disappointed by both songs: “Falling Down” is a typical DD song in the style of Ordinary World and WHT but with less quality (i.e more in the style of Somebody Else Not Me, a song which flopped in the late 90ies because Simons vocals were not as stretched as in the other 2)
    Night runners is more minimalist and reminded me of a modern version of their “Fame” Bowie cover back in 81, probably more appealling to a younger audience but no so “Duran” really…, although I can’t help appreciate they are trying to create a different sound.
    DD has always been about making good melodies and feel good music: I’d like to hear more JT’s bassline
    (an instrument which is so present in modern music now) mixed with the distinctive analogue synth from Nick (I also hope they’ll choose the remixers wisely)

  • 31 artefacto // Aug 21, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Imagine U2 or Oasis realising “Falling down” in my opinion and instant # 1 hit!!

    But Duran has always been a victim of the media ,no matter what they do, that sign of “80’s act” is heavy to get off their back despite that their best work musically speaking came after the so called 80’s!

    Falling Down like “somebody else not me” are master piece if played by the Beatles or the Stone…..

    I really wish then good luck with that song wich is a great pick btw

  • 32 noman // Aug 21, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    This soundslike A-HA does`nt it???but i like it…this band will always be under-rated ,give this song to u2 n it will b a success …this song carries a good alternative touch in it and can be a lit bit guitar heavy in order to attract rock lovin ppl ….

  • 33 Hernan Frisone // Aug 21, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Sorry, but my english is very poor, i´m argentinian. In my opinion “Falling Down” is a beautifull song, i hope the best for the boys and your future.

  • 34 durangirl316 // Aug 21, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Stupe-

    Since I first heard bits of these two, I have favored NR. Falling Down will be a great hit, and is a great tune. But something about NR, even the first time I heard it, struck me as a new page in Duran – and in the most positive way. Really looking forward to the album release to hear all the great tunes Duran has worked and reworked for the past months.

  • 35 noman // Aug 22, 2007 at 8:09 am

    this song can be a hit but they need to make an awseom video …no experimentation with the videos like of some1 else not me n stuff after ordinary world no video was that good

  • 36 noman // Aug 22, 2007 at 8:13 am

    beautiful song specially the last ending chorus has such a great tune can`t take that off ma mind

  • 37 Derek // Aug 22, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    The more I hear the more like it. C’mon, this is good! I pray for the right video to accompany this. This is SO different from Nite Runner(which I like, too); but I can say from what 4-5 songs I’ve heard that I will really, really like the cd. Viva Duran!

  • 38 Barbarella2006 // Aug 22, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    EXCELLENT – Duran at their BEST I Love it!!!! If the rest of the new album is like that we are in for something amazing!!!! It will be a big hit if it gets the right radio play!!! But I don’t care cause I will be adding it to my DD CD Collection. It’s great the way the boyes are not afraid to experiment with their music. That’s why they have stood the test of time. I liked Night Runner because it’s different for DD, but this has blown me away GREAT STUFF!!!

  • 39 Tgilbrea // Aug 22, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I do like this song, although I think ‘Box O’ Honey’ is the best new song I have heard so far. I think EPIC doesn’t want another ‘White Lines’ disaster – because if ‘Nite Runner’ flops, it will flop big time and a second single wouldn’t have a chance. Personally, it hasn’t grow on me. The vocals are Simon (I think I could listen to him sing anything except R&B Thank You) so that is ok – it is the instruments and the sounds I don’t like. There is some really cool hip & hop Timberlane stuff out there – this isn’t one of them. It feels empty.

    BTW – I think Astronaut wasn’t a hit because the chorus in Sunrise was cheesy and forced. The rest of the song was great.

  • 40 Tgilbrea // Aug 22, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    BTW – Is ‘Falling Down’ about Bush by any chance?

  • 41 Duran Duran "Skin Divers" stream // Aug 22, 2007 at 9:50 pm

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  • 42 Georgia // Aug 23, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    I do love this song! Very Ordinary Worldish.. I just hope it does well for them! They sooo deserve more recognition out there! Can’t wait till the release of the cd! Love to see the video to this song!

    Love these guys!!!

  • 43 gerry // Aug 23, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Well Night Runner will be a number 1 even as a second single , maybe near christmas. Falling down will warm up an make the audience to focus on the album.With medias help i can see 3 top 10 singles and awards coming from this album.Good luck .

  • 44 domran // Aug 23, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    http://www.supload.com/listen?s=SoGQfZN5tlH

    this should be the first single !!

  • 45 Jose // Aug 23, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    hello, i am Jose from Lima Peru. I heard the song, its really excellent, it sounds good, specially the chorus.The style is a little strange at first, but if you heard the song again, this is beautiful.
    I think falling down will give a surprise in chart.I am safe it will be a top ten.
    I remember i heard before Out of my mind in 97, and someone else not me in 2000, but i dont feel the same, this work is very very better.
    I will heard duran duran in american chart again.

  • 46 Booster // Aug 23, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Nothing Duran Duran do should ever surprise a real fan. They have always challanged us and that’s why I (for one) love them. keep the surprises coming.

  • 47 Jose // Aug 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    hello,i am Jose from peru, sincerely i think Falling down will have a top ten in USA..Falling down is a better musical work than Nite runner. Anybody remember out of my mind and someone else not me of duran duran? Part of the work in 90s and 2000 with Warren. If you analyze, you can see duran duran having success like notorious and I don’t want your love in the ends of the 80s but without Warren cucurullo like an official member.They had more liberty without him. What happened?

    Two things:

    1.- Well, warren only had a good performance with the wedding album, and Thank you album, album with good aceptation in the audience, but no with the critics.After of that, his performance was terrible!!!

    2.- The singles. For example, they choose in the 90s, singles like Violence of summer with a weak sound of guitar, or serious or electric barbarella with the same problem.
    With the ballads in 90s (except ordinary world and come undone) out of my mind and someone else not me, we found weak contributions in guitars and a depressive style.Without John Taylor, duran duran sounds totally different.

    In 2004 was very different,We remembered reach up for the sunrise, but duran duran didn’t take advantage of the guitar of Andy taylor, the chorus was too forced too. Altough, i liked a lot this song. Really always this situation were so. Duran duran appeared like an obstinate group. Why duran duran didn’t drop Warren before? Warren was an obstacle. Now with Falling down, well, we found a different duran duran but with a much better sound.I like the song.It will be a success specially for the contribution of Dom Brown. For me, much better guitar player than warren Cucurullo. Nite Runner its too commercial for me, maybe could hit the chart mainly for the rithm and for Timberlike. Nite runner could be a top 10, but I rather Falling down. I hope with anxious the new album.Now it will be different. Falling down will be a success!! and Nite runner too.!!

    Jose

  • 48 ELDIABLO // Aug 25, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Great!!!!!!!

  • 49 edurado // Aug 25, 2007 at 10:19 am

    me devuelve la esperanza al fin suenan bien duran duran y no como timberlake

  • 50 Booster // Aug 25, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    won’t have a word said against Warren, Medazzaland and Pop trash are Sublime, and live… forget about it, I’m a guitar player and I know what he can do.

  • 51 Osvaldo Alcázar // Aug 25, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Saludos A todos:

    Al leer todos sus comentarios, me parece entender mejor el presente de Duran Duran, siempre buscando un HIT que nos reposicione en los charts. No lo puedo entender.

    Yo prefiero sin lugar a dudas una música más sincera, sin pretenciones de marketing( o si no, escucharíamos a Fergie o cualquiera de esos raperos gringos) no me interesa cual sea el single, yo los voy a escuchar igual!!!! .

    Si quieren mi opinión preferiría a Box Full Honey, esa es una canción que nos representa como estilo, grupo y honestidad.

    Bueno saludos y los felicito por seguir siempre fieles, al igual que yo..

    Osvaldo

    Pd: en español.

  • 52 paolo // Aug 26, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    after several listenings to all tracks available on the net I must say the new album is growing in my mind, and getting better and better. The best is certainly box full of honey: a wonderful ballad. Skin divers is the new “all she wants is” and has a really dark atmosphere. Nite runner is funky and I hope the final mix will give more presence to the funk guitar part like the live version of the song which was amazing.
    Red carpet massacre sounds very intersting and with a great energy. The valley is a bit repetitive…
    Falling down is good but a few parts remind boy bands trademark too much (the echos of the verse and the cappella chorus ) . From this anticipation I could say this new album is a good compromise, a great mix of different styles with a bit more hip hop inside. Probably the worst aspect is the drum section: not much space for roger unfortunately..
    But let’s wait the whole lp in a perfect audio quality to say the last word. In the meantime…good job guys, welcome back!

  • 53 stef // Aug 27, 2007 at 9:23 am

    I’ve heard Nightrunner and i didn’t like it very much,for me that’s not a DD song!
    When i heard Falling Down i had that tinkling feeling again when hearing a new DD song.So it may be a save choice but it’s definetly the better one for as far that i’m concerned.If they had put an interlude in Nightrunner as Timerlake has done in lovestoned then it would not have been this boring then it it is now.

  • 54 andy // Aug 27, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    what i want to know is when are they going to release the new stuff….hurry hurry hurry…..i`m going to wee!

  • 55 andy // Aug 27, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    what i want to know is when are they going to release the new stuff….hurry hurry hurry…..i`m going to wee! i want the new stuff …..i can`t wait any longer

  • 56 Dave Russell // Aug 28, 2007 at 5:28 am

    This sounds like something Paul McCartney has wrote, i can really imagine him singing this. Very pretty little track.

  • 57 Dave Russell // Aug 28, 2007 at 5:36 am

    Oh, and a quick message to Jose with reference to Warren Cuccurullo being a rubbish guitarist…………GROW UP!
    Have a look at the Big Thing Milano concert and say he is rubbish.

    I went to an event in London years ago called Night of 1000 Guitars. Warren appeared alongside some real legends and was awesome.

    Just because you do not like a style of playing it does not mean it is rubbish.

    ………..better than that 2 time quitter andy taylor, and before you say ‘he was fired’, look at the reasons he was.

  • 58 lamberto // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:00 am

    I Paulo,
    I’m a very old duran duran fan (1983).
    I don’t think this album will be famous!
    this is not a duran duran song!!!
    where is Andy?
    simon, john, nick, roger, you dont’ understand!
    without Andy Taylor guitar and with Timbaland you have not a future!!
    less chorus, less keyboard, more and more wild guitar!!
    Andy come back, Timbaland go home!!!

  • 59 Amber // Aug 28, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I am really looking forward to this CD. I love that Duran Duran is always pushing in new directions and I hope this album is a huge success. I’m counting the days until November 13th!

  • 60 sandy // Aug 28, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Well done Duran Duran, I look forwrad to your new album. I have been a fan of Duran Duran since 1981 and have grown up with the changes in style of music you play. My children aged 16, 13 and 10 have seen you live and come away having had a great time. My daughter Helena aged 7 months will also grow up listening to your old and new material. Cant wait to take them all to your next tour.

  • 61 Paulo // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    I believe we must wait for the album and buy it, with more sound quality and the final mixes… but as I said before and after reading all these opinions, many people around the globe will be disappointed with this new album and new musical direction.
    I think DD choose a wrong way and maybe their lost their best qualities.
    For many of you some of these songs are ok, they sound good, new material all the excitment, but if we make a retrospective and start to listening some DD “pearls” all these stuff are poor, much more worst than Astronaut ( that I like very much) Let’s wait for the album to have the final product but for me the only songs that I lIke are “The Valley” and “Box Full of Honey” but I don’t like the album, the name, the choosed singles and I’m sorry, it will be a flop, maybe they will have some chart impact but it’s not a mature album as the precedents…so Dazed and Confused……………..

  • 62 Paulo // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    It’s impossible to listen Skin Divers and not to think about Nelly Furtado…
    I think they were very impressed about the Justin Timberlake hit Sexy Back…
    It could be funny listening Depeche Mode (DD comtemporaries) with a very strong career, changing their way, sounding like an american teen band and lost their personality… that’s the problem of Duran Duran for the first time in their life. It’s a shame… such a shame….

  • 63 cory kanada // Aug 29, 2007 at 2:17 am

    paulo…breath after breath man..chill. I am a number one timberlake hater!!! I thought that he would kill duran…night runner made me pre-vomit in my mouth…but this is not the 80’s anymore…the younger kids like the newer sound and if it makes duran a hit then thumbs up…I know that there will be “old” sound duran on the cd like box full and falling down…you say you liked astro…not!!! Bedroom toys..come on…been a fan since rio…that cd was worse than liberty…chains and what happens are the only good songs…i think red carpet will roll out new and old and forge one kick butt cd…duran forever!!!

  • 64 FABRIZIO from Italy // Aug 29, 2007 at 5:34 am

    The more I listen to it, the more I love..for me this is a great song with a dreaming atmosphere, me too when I hear the chorus I feel like I’m falling down. My opinion DD are always the greatest.

  • 65 ROGERBELTRAN // Aug 29, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    After reading all your comments and hearing some tunes from the new album I want to let you know somenthing SKIN DIVERS is the song I choose as a first single… Night Runner, Falling down, Red Carpet Massacre or even Box full of money sounds nice and different but believe me SD sound new and fresh if they choose this one as a new single the will hit the TOP… DURANIE 4 EVER

  • 66 Jman:)~ // Aug 29, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Falling Down is much better sounding than what has been released for Nite Runner. Don’t be fooled… Duran2 is famous for releasing VERY COLLECTIBLE remixes!! Falling Down better have an incredible video for single release or their doomed! wHoOSh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 67 MB // Aug 30, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Agreed about Skin Divers. At the NYC show, this was the one that kept running through my head for days. The bass is great and the overlapping of Timbaland and Simon is great. My fav, all the way around…

    You feel brand new when you come up for air.

  • 68 ALEX // Aug 30, 2007 at 8:16 am

    SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!!! IT IS GOING TO ROCK ALL OVER THE WORLD AND TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS!!!! GREAT DURAN!!!

  • 69 Ben // Aug 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I quite like Falling Down – it’s a nice enough song. Night Runner is interesting. However, Skin Divers is cringeworthy thanks to the completely unnecessary and, quite frankly, embarrassing presence of Timbaland. It just doesn’t suit a DuranDuran record and sounds like a desperate attempt to attract the yoof market. Bizarre.

    Indeed, I think it’s a shame that, these days, every record seems to have to have someone rapping at the start or in the middle. Why!? I’m no Beyonce fan, but Crazy in Love was a great record and the presence of Jay-Thingy took away from the song, as the presence of Timbaland does here. It feels so tacked on.

    Anyways, I’m still hopeful for the album but, after the over-polished turd that was ‘Astronaut’, I expect to be disappointed again.

  • 70 LUÍS PAULO // Aug 31, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    LONG LIVE FOR DURAN DURAN!!! RULES THE WORLD. BRASIL AND RIO DE JANEIRO LOVE YOU!!!!
    VIVA FALLING DOWN. RETURN TO RIO !!

  • 71 xxxxx // Sep 1, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Bad move getting rid of Andy Taylor.
    It was quite dispicable how they treated him.
    This band will be on the scrap heap this time next year. It is like they are trying to go through their comeback thing in 2003 again and delte Andy Taylor as much as possible.

  • 72 MARTIN PHILLIPS // Sep 1, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Nite Runner is bound to be released as a single at some point, as it will be brought by both Duran and JT fans. However for me Falling Down is the best Duran Duran track I’ve heard for a long time. It mixes the soul sound of Serious, Finest Hour and the brilliant Chains with a modern backing track that builds up. If radio picks this up it should go Top 10.

    I’m looking forward to the release of the new album. Hopefully theres no tracks along the lines of Drowning Man and Bedroom Toys as for me our heros seem to include 1 overly pretentious track on each album.

  • 73 Luis A. Del Moral // Sep 5, 2007 at 7:54 am

    As an avid fan since 1983, I am always happy and excited to have Duran Duran back on the scene showcasing their newest creations. However, in my opinion at this point in time, all the chart topping dreams and aspirations of glory should be put aside. They have earned their place in the music world and their longevity commands the outmost respect.

    The new songs are good but not as fierce and genuine as previous releases. The new sound is way too manufactured and predictable. It sounds like a premeditated attempt to hit the charts. Guys, you do not need that!

    Falling Down and Nite Runner might or might not hit the charts. It’s all the same to me beacuse I will support the album. However, I beleive many fans crave the energy and enthusiasm of Girls on Film, Late Bar, Rio, Hungry Like The Wolf; or the beauty and atmospherics of The Chauffeur, My Antartica, Midnight Sun or Some Else Not Me.

    Your efforts are appreciated but you can certainly do much, much better. Sorry guys but a little tough love can sometimes do more good than bad!

  • 74 Ticiano // Sep 5, 2007 at 7:54 am

    “Falling Down” was surely the best choice for a single. It is already playing in radios here in Czech Republic and I am sure that it is gonna play all over the world because this songs really trasmits the high astral and optimism that Duran Duran always was known for.

    I think that “Falling Down” will be for this album as “Reach up for the Sunrise” was for the album Astronaut. It is about hope just like “Ordinary World”.

    Keep your ears on the forthcoming track “Box full of honey”. That is gonna be the nicest one in the next DD album, probably.

    Best regards for all,
    Ticiano

  • 75 simon cresswell // Sep 5, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    I think niterunner and falling down are great songs…i recon the radio stations would of played niterunner cos its totally new sound to duran even if there is a bit of 80s funk in there but falling down is a duran anthem for the 21st century as ordinary world was for the 20th century………………………………………..
    Its truly amazing these guys keep producing such great sounds with the inthusiasm of a new band each time…………..roll on the fact there not just in the past !

  • 76 Duraniesrock // Sep 6, 2007 at 9:03 am

    I happen to be a lifelong Duranie, since they first came out with HLTW, and I can’t stand the Timbaland connections in Nite Runner. I’d rather have seen Nile Rodgers come back and work with the band instead, he knows what funky music is! I love Falling Down, it sounds much more like real Duran Duran music. When I buy the new DD album, I guess I’ll have to burn my own copy of it, minus the Timbaland crap.

  • 77 Duraniesrock // Sep 6, 2007 at 9:06 am

    I have to completely agree with the posters above that mentioned DD doesn’t need Timbaland or any overproduced crap in their albums. I’ve got a feeling that their record label forced the issue in order to make more profits from DD. Look at what happened to Nelly Furtado when Timba got hold of her? Sure, she got more popular, but her sound suffered. I wish Andy was still on board, I guess he got out while the getting was good.

  • 78 pathisel // Sep 6, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I like it all. I am amazed at all the people who are “long time fans” but are throwing crap at the band. Let’s listen to the progress of DD through the years and you will see some songs where it is almost all Rhodes’ on keyboard, so don’t bring that thrashing in here. The new cuts are great, I do love Falling Down, and it is more of a DD vein, but keep in mind that if they kept their so called “sound”, they probably wouldn’t have a record label after this album, get real, I love them, and so do a lot of you, but they just are having a hard time selling, even though their music has been great. Now attach a “hot, right now, name “to them and hey, it’ll get them some more mainstream publicity, and maybe more sales, which means we will get more albums from them. Just don’t listen to the couple of tracks if you don’t like them, but I think they sound great.

  • 79 simon cresswell // Sep 6, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    niterunner & falling down are both fantastic for differents reasons and both will chart well for the same different reasons. simons vocals are so unmistakeable they can pull off a different sound as a band and still be unmistakable duran this is another exciting chapter for duran duran. what more could we ask for. i will tell you nothing FANS!

  • 80 lovelove // Sep 7, 2007 at 1:56 am

    i believe falling down its very duran from the lyrics to the music i dont like night runer is all timbercrap p just hooope that the next album do not include that guy he just do not have anything to do with duran duran.

    ps ANDY PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 81 lovelove // Sep 7, 2007 at 2:05 am

    simon voice is amazing!!!!!!!

  • 82 Warren Taylor // Sep 8, 2007 at 4:58 am

    I think Simon, Nick, and the other two quitters Roger and John should leave the band now and give up the name Duran Duran immediately. Then Warren and Andy can reform the band properly with each other and we will get some proper music with guitar. I think Maradonna would be a good lead singer he is soooo sexy in a leotardand the hand of god would bring more hits i like hits only…..and they will keep Dom Brown as well so we will get some proper music with guitar……and Justin could be like John cos hes JT innit and Timberland can be Roger cos he WRAPS like the drum in it……and then they should cover the song Vindaloo and all time anthem and sure fire hit……cos thats what music is all about…….I only buy hits…….I never listen to music…..i know for the next album Kajagoogoo will be the producers…Andy and Warren have plans for Duran Duran….and then they would have even more hits……they told me

  • 83 NiteOwl // Sep 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    I could change my mind with repeated listenings, but “Falling Down” doesn’t sound like single material to me. It’s good, but it sounds like a better late 90’s Duran Duran album track. And that’s not good enough for a single in 2007.

    I think the production is too clinical and sterile… It needs a fuller, lusher sound for a song like this. And more dynamics between chorus and verse. Sure, the chorus is kinda hooky, but there’s no real emotional contrast between verse and chorus. It just kind of plods along and Simon doesn’t sound like he has much invested in it….

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a BAD song… it’s melodically pleasant enough. But a hit? I don’t think so… I’m sorry to say.

    Night Runner. UGH!!!! There’s a couple of ok ideas here, but they pretty much play themselves out after the first 30 seconds. Then it just grates on me. And who needs that silly huffing and puffing sample in the background? Maybe people like that, but it makes me want to shoot myself. Not sexy, not cool, just annoying.

    Even the “deep” backing vox, which I have always liked, sound… WRONG here.

    I don’t know. Maybe they needed Andy? I hope the rest of the album is better.

  • 84 NiteOwl // Sep 10, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    One other thing: If you listen to the structure of “Falling Down”… it’s very much in the vein of “Ordinary World.” It’s not a clone or anything, but the development sections and even the contours of the melody mimic OW in places. Bottom line: It comes off as a poor man’s OW. And the production isn’t as interesting as OW.

    OW itself might have problem being a hit today, why do they think a descendant of OW would fare better? They’ve tried this tack already with “Somebody Else Not Me”… It’s not working!!!!

    Sadly, I don’t think this can possibly be a hit. Maybe the album, but not this song. DAMMIT!

    I do like the Roxy Music-ish coda though… reminds me of the end of More Than This or Spin Me Round.

  • 85 NiteOwl // Sep 10, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Also, I think “Falling Down” would be better if they had a “surprise” chord in the middle of the chorus, even if they only did it in the last repetition of the chorus. Maybe on “ground” when he sings “but before I hit the ground” on the third line. Although that might be kind of predictable sounding itself…

    there’s potential here, but it needs something more.

  • 86 denise // Sep 13, 2007 at 10:35 am

    I’m so happy that DD decided to release “Falling down” first. love it!!!!! Nite runner is cool, of course, but not unique and touching enough for me (personal opinion).

  • 87 noneyabuziness // Sep 13, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    same old crap. Duran fans think it’s sooo good. They always do.

    It stinks.

  • 88 NiteOwl // Sep 17, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Actually, I’m a Duran fan and I’m on the fence about it. So we don’t “always” think that way. See my posts above.

  • 89 Jack // Sep 21, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve had a few listens to some of the released tracks and am not impressed at all. Something is missing, and cannot place my finger on it. It seems overcooked (but nowhere near as overcooked as Astronaut), but is not terrible. I do not have plans to buy it, and this would be my first skip on buying a DD album in probably 15 or so years.

    Is it better than Ordinary World? It is comparing apples and oranges. While tat was my favorite album, it did have its share of stinkers on it. But I have no idea why it is compared to it. Will they have the success like OW? Only time will tell on that one, but with the right marketing and airplay, I am sure it could be a crowd pleaser, because after all, it is about getting listeners that may not be fans of the band.

  • 90 Heather // Sep 21, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    I hate to see newer fans bashing us veteran fans because we simply have the temerity to criticize our favorite band. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Maybe as older fans we have audio memories we can compare the newer and, in my humble O, lower-quality DD material to. Maybe that’s why we say what we do. I can’t imagine a Rolling Stones or Beatles board full of newbie fans showing the cheek to criticize the original fans of other of those bands. Duran used to be original style-setters and taste-makers back in the day when the new fans were too young to attend their concerts. I was at the original Seven and The Ragged Tiger Tour concert. I saw them in action. It was part of an era and was something you’ll never understand. Criticize us if you must, but maybe, just maybe, if we say the best band in the world should have no need to desperately throw itself at newer (and lesser) talents, we could be onto something. Go back and listen to the older albums before you bash us for wishing the Timbawhoevers of the 2000’s would stick to their game and leave Duran to themselves.

    Duran Duran is right up there with the Stones, the Beatles, Zeppelin and The Who. You don’t see Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant or Pete Townsheld swooning to co-write with Kelly Clarkson or be produced by Timbaland.

    Any of you who thinks otherwise should have been there to hear Simon LeBon sing “Cracks In The Pavement” the first time. Those who were there have paid their dues and have the right to criticize. We listened to decades’ worth of better music from this band by which we (I think) rightfully judge it.

    Try buying some of the albums in question and listening to them. I’d start with “American Science” off Notorious then cap it with “New Moon on Monday” off 7*TRT.

    If you still think Red Carpet Massacre equals what you’ve heard after that, I pity you.

  • 91 Jocelyn Fabiancic // Sep 22, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I’ve been a fan of Duran Duran since they first invaded the UK and US charts in the early eighties. I definitely think Falling Down, Box Full of Honey, and The Valley are potential top ten hits in both countries. I think Box Full of Honey has the most potential though.

    Overall, this new album may surpass Astronaut in total sales.

    Thanks.

  • 92 ANTI-HEATHER // Sep 23, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    poor heather who cant evolve; poor heather who cant enjoy it for what it is (pop music); poor heather who is destined to rain on the duran duran parade; poor heather should learn when she has nothing good to say than not to say anything at all … RCM is the freshest sounding duran duran cd in AGES

  • 93 Oktober // Sep 24, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Many times Record Co. signs multi-millionaire contracts with these bands, that is they are ´forced´ to release 6 albums in the span of 5 years
    Remember Aerosmith in the 90´s , the Stones , etc … hope this won´t be the case

  • 94 NiteOwl // Sep 25, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    I don’t think Heather is “poor.” I too loved old school Duran Duran, and I can evolve just fine. It is because I KNOW how good Duran Duran was back in the early 80’s that I want them to be so much more. I don’t want to give them a pass when they’re not writing songs up to snuff with their greatest works.

    I don’t think we’re doing the band any favors by pretending they’ve created something on a par with their former glories. (To be fair, I have not heard the whole album.)

    OK, maybe they can never be as great as they once were, but Astronaut came pretty close in my opinion. I am an amateur musician, and I can tell you that almost none of the new songs feature the tricky modulations and chord changes that made Duran Duran so wonderful. (What Happens Tomorrow and Reach Up are notable exceptions.)

    The new song, “Falling Down” is being compared to OW because thematically, and structurally, it IS similar to OW. The starting key is the same, the melody is a very similar pentatonic figure, and the build into the chorus is similar as well.

  • 95 simon84 // Sep 28, 2007 at 1:32 am

    i love falling down, and night runner, i think they are fantastic songs!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 96 Johnny Duran // Oct 1, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Hmm,,,,to tell you the truth, of the 4 songs I heard from the new album, for me Skin Divers is the best….Skin Divers has a hit potential…even Timbaland sounds good…very catchy….

  • 97 SCUBY // Oct 5, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    ID LIKE TO KNOW WHY BEUTIFULL COLOURS WAS DROPPED FROM ASTRONAUT! IV BEEN PLAYING THAT IN MY TAXI AND ALL AND I MEAN ALL MY PUNTERS WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEY CAN GET A COPY AND WHY THEY’V NEVER HEARD OF IT! EVERYONE WHO HEARS ITS SINGS ALONG WITH IT AS ITS A VERY CATCHY TUNE WITH A LIVELY BEAT!! SHAME IT NEVER GOT RELEASED COZ I KNOW IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TOP TEN HIT!!!! AS FOR SKIN DIVERS, WELL! ITS A FLOATER! NOT A DURAN TUNE IN MY OPINION THEY DO BETTER ON THERE OWN!!

  • 98 SCUBY // Oct 5, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    3.33PM??? ITS 8.30PM ERE ,WHERE IS THIS PLACE,? LOL…

  • 99 COLOMBIANO // Oct 7, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Sorry by my english. I´m colombian. I thing that falling down is a great song. It´s a good choice to be the first single. I thing that the second single woulb be The Valley o Skin Divers. Good look boys. You are one of the best band of the world, for your original sound.

  • 100 SCUBY // Oct 11, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    TO D COLOMBIATTY MAN, HOW CAN YOU SAY ‘ORIGIONAL SOUND’ IF TIMBERLAKE AND TIMBERLAND ARE LEAVING D TRADEMARK ON THIER SONGS??? ILL ADMIT DD HAVE PLENTY OF POTENTIAL, BUT REALY NEED TO MAKE THIER MINDS UP AS TO THE STYLE OF MUSIC THEY PUT OUT! OUT OF ALL THE ALBUMS I CAN ONLY FIND A HANDFULL OF SONGS THAT DONT SOUND LIKE B SIDES!!!!!

  • 101 SCUBY // Oct 11, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    TRUBLE IS MOST SINGER SONG WRITERS, BOY BANDS, GIRL BANDS, SMURFS AND HELIUM SINGERS ARE IN IT PURLY FOR THE MONEY!! DD SEEM TO SING FROM THE HEART!!!!!!! SHAME THAT SOCIETY OF TODAY ARE SO CHAVY AND SINGLE MINDED!!! EVERY1 LIKES DD BUT ARE ASHAMED TO ADMIT IT DUE TO THE NOT SO GREAT PERFORMANCE OF LIVE AID !!! BUT THATS MY OPINION;)

  • 102 SCUBY // Oct 11, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    OH AND 1 MORE MOAN, I THINK THE ANDY TAYLOR DEPARTUER IS DUE TO HIM NOT BEING ALOWED TO PLAY HIS BANJO LOUD ENUF! HE CANT SING BUT HELL FIRE HE CAN PLAY!!!!

  • 103 Mika // Oct 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Not sure what the reporter is talking about as Night Runner being the better track with the “buzz”. But if he isn’t a fan that makes senses–he probably likes whatever sounds like what everyone else is doing. I have been a DD fan for 20 years–bought at least TWO copies of every album and “Falling Down” uses Simon’s voice SOoooo much better and is so much more Duran. Night Runner sounded to me like a song I could grow to love as an overall album but is not really a Duran song. Falling Down feels right and I cant wait to see them in NYC in November. I will be there!

  • 104 hoertjes // Oct 15, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    falling Down is ok, but is missing a bite. Just too safe. NR just sucks, glad they skipped that one as a first single. Skin Divers should have been the first single though, it’s not MY Duran sound, but probably would have been a massive hit. It’s catchy!

  • 105 Ocean // Oct 16, 2007 at 5:46 am

    Good day to everyone,

    I am the child of the 80-ties. I’ve grown up with the new wave bands, and guess what; besides Depeche Mode (who really went different) the only living bend out of the whole bunch is Duran Duran !!

    Yes, they had their ups and downs, but they are still alive and yes we are debating over their singles and new album in 2007 !!

    Todays music just sucks, and you cannot deny the fact the Justin Timberlake music has CRAP witten all over it.

    Sexyback for example is just rubbish, and you are talking about one of the most succesful single over last year or so.

    We all I guess being a part of EPIC (SONY) deal, you just have to make compromises in order to
    maintan a record deal, otherwise you are history
    before you know it. So in that view I see the whole buzz about Timberlake-Timbaland.

    Thank God the record company took Faling Down as a single.

    I mean, I might agree with you when you say that
    Ordinary World was in 1993 but then again, when was Save a Prayer released ??

    So to sum up all, I think sometimes there is a thin line betwen a major hit and a flop.
    I mean I hope for the good advertising and video for FD looks promising after ages, but to bet and say; yes we have I hit is debatable.

    For me the worring part is; why always their record label is picking pre-Chistmas time to launch single and LP ??

    That is just out of any logic, because there’s gonna me loads of R’B stuff, reissues and hits compilation around.

    To sum up all, as Duran fan I wish them the very best and I rate Falling Down as a decent single.

    If this is going to be good enough to give a kick to the album, we’ll see.
    Anyhow whatever happens we shouldn’t judge them too hard.

    ps I am from Croatia and going definetly to buy
    single (s) in Italy as this format is NA back home.
    And for all of you die hard Duran fans a question;
    why for years now the only way to participate on offical site forum is after you pay a certain amount of money ?

  • 106 simon cresswell // Oct 18, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    The video to falling down is stylishly fantastic and i bet the extended X rated will be even greater!…..i have read all comments and have to say what i feel!…firstly in twenty five odd years i have been a fan recent albums have been stronger in there entirety as in more quality per album, secondly dear stuck in 80s fans there were weak moments on particulary seven and ragged tiger but yes we loved there sound! thirdly its 2007 durans third decade surely they can sound different to be relevent to todays sound and use producers they choose!, its why duran are still here! there not boring they are consistently experimenting and moving forward all the time!…I loved astronaut for different reasons to what i loved durans very 1st brilliant album!, but i recon im gonna love red carpet massacre for another reason!……..what brilliance this band has and still does bring us! They truly are head and shoulders above any other group from there time!…. Its gonna be a whoooshing 12 months!

  • 107 Marisan // Oct 20, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I think they should have picked more up-lifting track for their first single. I just don’t think that Falling Down (FD) will get to the top 10. The song and video that comes with it are too depressing, and I don’t think people want to hear another gossip/satire about stupid Hollywood train wrecks from an 80s veteran pop band (that’s kind of making them look silly not wise). We have ET or any other Hollywood gossip channels to do this. Also, I don’t buy the concept of flirting with models of half their age. That’s making them look old and more like Hue Hefner. It worked in Girl-On-Film (GOF) when they were 20 something, but not any more. A ballad and the GOF like visual just don’t go together. I would have preferred Night Runner or Skin Diver much better for their first single. Listening to FD, I don’t get the same warm fuzzy feeling as when I first heard Sunrise. The record level might have thought that FD may be a hit like Ordinary World (OW). But without a sparkling guitar riff (as in OW) and more up-lifting theme, I’m afraid it will be falling down…

  • 108 chevythunder // Oct 22, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    This song is quite popular on XM radio channel 20. It makes almost every top 20 countdown as voted by the XM listners.

  • 109 bronxchris // Oct 24, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Night Runner was a much better choice. Better as a single and better for the club remixes. I was so excited when I learned it would be the first single. They changed it and now it’s this other song. What is it called? I can’t remember because it’s not very memorable.

    I went back and looked at other first releases off of a DD albums and this one is the only one I have no opionion of. At least Violence of Summer made you love it or hate it. This song is just ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • 110 LOOKIN FOR FULL falling down TEXT // Oct 30, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    I download the video from YouTube 6.58 min long but cant understand the first part of the video where the guy and his girlfriend are in the car, before she got off to the house..
    If someone could kindly write me the words and also his/her opinion of the music video because i have no idea of it. Why is the house full of women and what does she do there? And when she goes out??

    Thanks FRANCESCO

  • 111 LOOKIN FOR FULL falling down TEXT // Oct 30, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    my mail is MINICOOPERPARKLANE@YAHOO.IT

    im looking for the whole text and the conversation in the limousine and also your opinion about the meaning of the video.
    Who are all those girls??!!

  • 112 80s suxx // Nov 10, 2007 at 3:56 am

    This is not a Duran Duran album, It’s T/T featuring DD. Join those of us that hate RCM on the Official Red Carpet Massacre Bashing Forum.

  • 113 DURANIEGIRL68 // Nov 21, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    I have been a “TRUE DURANIE” since I was a young one, and continue to be through my years of growing wisdom. I am very happy with the released single of “FALLING DOWN”, but wish it would get more radio play. I believe it was a safe move for their first single from “RED CARPET MASSACRE” and it is a song that truly grows on you the more it is listened to. As for “RED CARPET MASSACRE” as a whole, a new realm of DURAN DURAN has been generated from their earlier releases. The incorporation of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on a few of the tracks gives the album a twist of newly learned “FUNK WISDOM” mixed with “DURANIE WISDOM” of the past. In my opinon, the overall CD is something well worth listening too!

    THANK YOU SIMON, JOHN, ROGER and NICK FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

    A Forever Duranie!

  • 114 Tracey // Nov 24, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Thing is guys – it makes no difference what you think. If the album isn’t a hit – and it won’t be, because if they couldn’t sell a decent amount of Astronaut with all the buzz of the original five, then this won’t sell anything either – then Sony will dump them.

    This is the last chance for Duran Duran.

    They should’ve never gone with Sony – they always have to pretend they’re big stars, but outside the USA, who they favour more than any other country, they are also rans.

    If years ago they had treated the whole world as they’ve treated the USA they would’ve been more kindly looked on musically, but the USA was always their one and only, and they have to bear the consequences.

    Any band who can rid themselves of not one but two fantastic guitarists, is not interested in the music, but only in the fame and the money.

  • 115 DENA // Dec 4, 2007 at 7:07 am

    Let’s face it, the new album is the weakest they have ever made, that’s why the general public have turned away in drove.
    They need to get back Andy Taylor (again)FAST!

  • 116 geers2 // Jan 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Andy did the right thing in ditching DD after the new record changed direction. Timbaland? JT? Are you kidding. Does every song Timba produce have to have a haunting human yelp in it?

    JT had way too much influence over the record. He literally said to DD, “where is the next Ordinary World?” Well, this record doesn’t have it. Even Astronaut had more OW-like potential hits — “Nice”…”Tomorrow” … “Sunrise” Maybe these tunes are sugar-coated but at least they have some creativity. Falling Down? Dull and redundant.

    Without Andy, DD loses all its cred. The Ordinary World hook. It doesn’t get better than that. Skin Trade? A gem. Notorious. A funk classic.

    RCM may be club ready, but DD has lost its magic thanks to interference from two guys who know a little bit about programming drum beats.

    geers2

  • 117 Diana // Jan 15, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Estoy feliz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 118 nightboat // Jan 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    geers2: well done for mentioning, as examples of Andy Taylor’s importance to Duran Duran, three songs released after he’d left the band first time round. Oops.

  • 119 geers2 // Jan 22, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    They were two SEPARATE thoughts. I wasn’t crediting him with them.

    I saw Andy perform these songs live and he played every chord as if he had written them. Perhaps he’s a loose cannon but I give him credit for performing 110% — even songs that weren’t “his.”

    geers2

  • 120 geers2 // Jan 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    FYI…
    Re: Notorious

    “With material from three guitarists, the band has since found it difficult to tell what guitarist ended up playing on what finished track.”

    It’s quite possible Andy wrote the aforementioned Skin Trade and Notorious but was never credited. Perhaps we’ll never know.

    geers2

  • 121 rodrigo // Apr 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    i love song falling dowb is ny favourite