|Single by Duran Duran|
|from the album Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)|
|Released||1 December 1992 (U.S.)
26 January 1993 (UK)
|Genre||Pop rock, alternative rock|
|Length||5:39 (album version)
4:43 (single version)
|Label||EMI, Capitol - DD 16|
|Writer(s)||Duran Duran (Simon Le Bon, Warren Cuccurullo, Nick Rhodes & John Taylor)|
|Producer||Duran Duran with John Jones|
|Duran Duran singles chronology|
"Ordinary World" is the first single from Duran Duran's self-titled 1993 album, better known as The Wedding Album. The single peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Hot 100 Airplay chart, U.S. Top 40 Mainstream and the Canadian singles chart. It also peaked at No. 3 in the American charts, No. 2 on the U.S. Alternative rock chart and No. 6 in the British charts. The song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994. Simon LeBon, the vocalist, later sang this song with Luciano Pavarotti, to help children affected by war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In a retrospective review of "Ordinary World", Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song for having what he described as "a warm ballad feel, matching elegant verses full of entrancing repeating-note hooks with a rousing chorus built on soaring runs of ascending notes." Guarisco described Simon LeBon's vocal as being "rich in emotion but tastefully restrained".
By the early 1990s, Duran Duran's popularity had faded. Their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts.
It was not until Capitol leaked "Ordinary World" to a radio station in Florida in the autumn of 1992 that it looked like Duran Duran mania might yet hit again. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, ultimately releasing it in December.
The guitar solo that characterizes this song was arranged and performed by Warren Cuccurullo, former player with Frank Zappa. His instrumental rock trio version became a staple of his solo shows and was included on one of his solo albums "Roadrage".
Simon LeBon would go on to sing the song with Pavarotti at a WarChild benefit, which was released on home video as Pavarotti & Friends: Together for the Children of Bosnia. Le Bon later said of the event, "If you're talking about name dropping, he's one of the biggest names you could drop, Pav-The-Man."
The lyrics to "Ordinary World" were written by Simon Le Bon as the second of a trilogy of songs for his late friend David Miles; the others being "Do You Believe in Shame?" (1988) and "Out of My Mind" (1997).
B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes
"My Antarctica", a song from the band's previous album Liberty, featured as the main B-side of the "Ordinary World" single.
Many other older singles were also used as B-sides. To capitalise on the success of "Ordinary World" and the new Duran Duran fans it was finding, EMI used the single's release to lure these new fans to the band's back catalogue. This mini-Decade was spread over the two CD singles released during the campaign.
There were several other versions of "Ordinary World" released:
- The "Single Version" or "Single Mix" was a differently mixed and edited version, sent to radio stations, used for the promotional video, and available on the CD single release in certain countries outside the US.
- The "Acoustic Version" was more correctly the "Acoustic Mix" and was created using the studio guitar & vocal tracks and adding specially arranged string orchestration. An alternative live acoustic performance was recorded at the 15 May "No Ordinary Tour" live performance at Tower Records in Hollywood, which was simulcast to Hard Rock Cafés around the world. This live version was found on a number of "Ordinary World" releases outside the UK, most notably the Canadian and American cassette single and featured additional musicians, Gerry L and AD'A. It would eventually be released in the UK on the first CD single for "Come Undone".
- The "AC Edit" was featured on a US promo CD that came packaged with the Decade album.
- A live version recorded on Simon Mayo's Radio 1 show featured as a B-side to the band's later 1995 single "White Lines".
- An extended version recorded at Sony Studios in New York City for Hard Rock Live was included on a promotional 2-track CD in June 2000 by the band's new label Hollywood Records, running at 6:08.
- Live version released on 'From Mediterranea With Love' a promotional EP digital release in December 2010
Apart from the single, "Ordinary World" has also appeared on :
- From Mediterranea With Love (2010)
End of year charts
|Single by Aurora featuring Naimee Coleman|
|from the album Dreaming|
|Genre||Progressive house/Progressive trance|
- Paul Anka (live)
- Circa Survive (live)
- Fenix*TX (The Duran Duran Tribute Album, 1997)
- Something for Kate (Undone: A Tribute to Duran Duran, 1999)
- Aurora featuring Naimee Coleman (Dreaming, 2002) #5 UK
- Gregorian (Masters of Chant Chapter III, 2002)
- Kurt Nilsen (I, 2003)
- Nicotine (Discovered, 2004)
- RUST (as a single and on the Softly album 2004)
- Diane Schuur (Schuur Fire, 2005)
- Juliet Lloyd (All Dressed Up, 2005)
- Mandy Kane (One Perfect Day OST, 2004)
- Project Fusion (On the compilation album Acoustic Break)
- Sara Jean Culler (Sara Jean Culler EP, 2008)
- Red (Innocence & Instinct, 2009)
- Fernanda Takai (Luz Negra, 2009)
- Jens Kindervater (2009)
- Anjel Emme (Cover Songs for the Sleepless, 2011)
- Sacramento State Vocal Jazz (Arr. Kerry Marsh)
- Cary Brothers ("Covers Volume One EP", 2012)
- Mechina feat. Mel Rose (2013)
- PDF (216 KiB)
- The Duran Duran Timeline: 1993
- "Ordinary World", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
- "Single top 100 over 1993" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
- "Duran Duran singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
- Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved 30 May 2008)
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 5 September 2008)
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- U.S. certifications, database riaa.com (Retrieved 5 September 2008)