Thank You (Duran Duran album)
|Studio album by Duran Duran|
|Released||4 April 1995|
|Producer||John Jones & Duran Duran|
|Duran Duran chronology|
|Singles from Thank You|
Thank You is a covers album by Duran Duran released in April 1995, their follow-up to 1993's Duran Duran (The Wedding Album). It did well on the charts (reaching number 19 on the Billboard 200), but was received very negatively by critics. In May 2006, Q magazine named it as the single worst album in the history of recorded sound.
J. D. Considine of Rolling Stone said "[S]ome of the ideas at play here are stunningly wrongheaded, like the easy-listening arrangement given Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives" or the version of Zeppelin's "Thank You" that sounds like the band is covering Chris DeBurgh. But it takes a certain demented genius to recognize Iggy Pop's "Success" as the Gary Glitter tune it was meant to be or to redo "911 Is a Joke" so it sounds more like Beck than like Public Enemy."
"Perfect Day", was the first single from Thank You, and became a moderate hit, peaking at number 28 on the British singles chart, meanwhile, in the U.S. the song, narrowly failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, only reaching as high as #101, in the summer of 1995, from 24 June to 8 July, of that year. The B side of the single, was a Duran Duran version of The Velvet Underground's hit Femme Fatale, previously available in 1993, on Duran Duran's The Wedding Album.
However, despite such negative reception, Lou Reed said, on the electronic press kit that accompanied the album, that Duran Duran's version of "Perfect Day" was "The best cover ever completed of one of my own songs".
- "White Lines" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 5:31
- "I Wanna Take You Higher" (Sly & The Family Stone) – 5:06
- "Perfect Day" (Lou Reed) – 3:51
- "Watching the Detectives" (Elvis Costello) – 4:48
- "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan) – 3:53
- "911 Is a Joke" (Public Enemy) – 3:59
- "Success" (Iggy Pop) – 4:05
- "Crystal Ship" (The Doors) – 2:52
- "Ball of Confusion" (The Temptations) – 3:46
- "Thank You" (Led Zeppelin) – 6:36
- "Drive By" (Duran Duran) – 5:34
- "I Wanna Take You Higher Again" (Sly & The Family Stone) – 4:25
Bonus tracks on Japanese release:
- "White Lines"
- "Perfect Day"
- "Lay Lady Lay" (Italy only)
Duran Duran are:
- Steve Ferrone - Drums on "White Lines" and "Crystal Ship"
- Terry Bozzio - Drums on "Success", "Thank You" and "Drive By"
- Tony Thompson - Drums on "I Wanna Take You Higher"
- Roger Taylor - Drums on "Perfect Day" and "Watching The Detectives"
- Abe Laboriel Jr. - Drums on "Lay Lady Lay" and "I Wanna Take You Higher Again"
- Anthony J. Resta - Drums on "White Lines", "Lay Lady Lay", "911 Is A Joke", "Ball Of Confusion" and "I Wanna Take You Higher Again"
- Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - Background vocals on "White Lines" and "I Wanna Take You Higher"
- Grandmaster Melle Mel - Background vocals, Rap on "White Lines"
- Lamya - Background vocals on "White Lines", "I Wanna Take You Higher" and "Drive By".
- Curtis King - Background vocals on "I Wanna Take You Higher"
- Tessa Niles - Background vocals on "Perfect Day" and "Watching The Detectives"
- Maxanne Lewis - Background vocals on "Ball Of Confusion"
- Flo & Eddie - Background Vocals on "Success"
- Lee Oskar - Harmonica on "Watching The Detectives" and "I Wanna Take You Higher"
- Jonathan Elias - Moog synthesizer on "Crystal Ship"
- Bruce Dukov - Violin (Concert Master-Solo)
- Ron Folsom, Armen Garabedian, Henry Ferber, Berj Garabedian, Joy Lyle, Michelle Kikuchi-Richards, Maria Newman - Violin strings
- Pamela Goldsmith, Scott Haupert - Viola
- Suzi Katayama - Cello
- Duran Duran (tracks 1-4, 6-11);
- Duran Duran, John Jones (tracks 5, 12).
- Ken Scott, John Jones, Tony Taverner, Avril McCintosh, Steve Churchyard - Engineering
- Anthoy J. Resta, Bob St. John, David Richards, Jason Corsaro, Tim Palmer - Mixing
- Anthoy J. Resta, Bob St. John, John Jones - Additional production and engineering
- Mark Tinley, Anthony J. Resta, John Jones - Additional programming
- Tim Young - Mastering
- "Thank You: Charts & Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
- http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage3.htm#50 Worst Albums
- Allmusic review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Rolling Stone review
- "Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 23". http://popdose.com/. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Thank You EPK, 1995.