Duran Duran (1993 album)

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Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)
Studio album by Duran Duran
Released 11 February 1993
Recorded 1991–1993
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 63:34
Label Capitol (US)
Parlophone/EMI
Producer John Jones and Duran Duran
Duran Duran chronology
Liberty
(1990)
Duran Duran
(1993)
Thank You
(1995)
Singles from Duran Duran
  1. "Ordinary World"
    Released: December 1992 (1992-12) (US) / January 1993 (1993-01) (UK)
  2. "Come Undone"
    Released: 29 March 1993 (1993-03-29)
  3. "Too Much Information"
    Released: 23 August 1993 (1993-08-23) (UK)
  4. "Drowning Man"
    Released: 1993 (US only)
  5. "None of the Above"
    Released: 1993 (Japan only)
  6. "Breath After Breath"
    Released: 1993 (Brazil only)
  7. "Femme Fatale"
    Released: 1993 (France only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (D)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Duran Duran (commonly known as The Wedding Album) is the seventh studio album and the second self-titled album by Duran Duran, released on 11 February 1993. It reached the Top Ten in North America and provided two Top Ten hits in the U.S, "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone". Those hits made the band one of only a very select few artists from their era to have true mainstream success in the 1990s, a fact that caught both the record industry and the band members themselves by surprise. The album went multi-platinum in the U.S and Canada, and gave to the band the largest world tour to date.

The cover art by Nick Egan features wedding photos from the parents of the four band members.[citation needed]

Recording of the album was completed in early 1992 with an impending release by Capitol Records in the United States.[citation needed] Duran Duran's new management company, Left Bank, was distressed at the apparent lack of enthusiasm for the album and had it pulled from the release schedule.[citation needed] Manager Tommy Manzi later told HitQuarters it was the industry that were unenthusiastic about the return of the band rather than the music consumer.[4] Manzi said that industry insiders "laughed at" Left Bank while they worked on reviving the careers of not only Duran Duran but also Meat Loaf because they would rather focus on "the next hip band" than perceived "old" acts.[4] As it happened, the album reached No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart, their highest charting album since 1983's Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

Four singles taken from the album charted at the U.S: "Ordinary World", which became number one at the U.S airplay, Come Undone (number two airplay) and the dance songs Too Much Information and Drowning Man. Breath After Breath, a collaboration with Milton Nascimento, is released only in Brazil, None of the Above in Japan and Femme Fatale (cover of The Velvet Underground) in France.

During the hiatus while waiting for the album to be released, the band began working on what would become the Thank You album, and a Warren Cuccurullo-derived riff of "First Impression" led to the rapid inclusion of the song "Come Undone".[citation needed]

Frank Zappa (who died months later) and Lou Reed were collaborators in the post-production of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Duran Duran, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Too Much Information"   4:56
2. "Ordinary World"   5:39
3. "Love Voodoo"   4:58
4. "Drowning Man"   5:15
5. "Shotgun"   0:54
6. "Come Undone"   4:38
7. "Breath After Breath" (Duran Duran, Milton Nascimento) 4:58
8. "UMF"   5:33
9. "Femme Fatale" (Lou Reed) 4:21
10. "None of the Above"   5:19
11. "Shelter"   4:25
12. "To Whom It May Concern" (lyrics by Nick Rhodes) 4:24
13. "Sin of the City"   7:14

Personnel[edit]

Duran Duran
Also credited
  • 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") & 2 ("Ordinary World") and Percussion on track 10 ("Femme Fatale")
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums on track 7 ("Breath After Breath")
  • Dee Long - Additional Keyboards on track 11 ("Shelter")
  • 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")
  • Fergus Gerrand – Drums
Production
  • Produced by Duran Duran and John Jones, except "Come Undone" and "Femme Fatale" produced by Duran Duran.

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