Thank You (Duran Duran album)

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Thank You
Studio album by Duran Duran
Released 4 April 1995 (1995-04-04)
Recorded 1992–1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 54:26
Label Capitol (US)
Parlophone/EMI
Producer John Jones & Duran Duran
Duran Duran chronology
Duran Duran
(1993)
Thank You
(1995)
Medazzaland
(1997)
Singles from Thank You
  1. "Perfect Day"
    Released: 25 March 1995 (1995-03-25)
  2. "White Lines"
    Released: 1 July 1995 (1995-07-01)
  3. "Lay Lady Lay"
    Released: 1995 (1995) (Italy only)

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),[1] 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.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[5]

The two singles from the album were covers of Grandmaster Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day". "Lay Lady Lay" was a single in Italy.

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."[5]

"Perfect Day", was the first single from Thank You, and became a moderate hit, peaking at number 28 on the British singles chart. In the U.S. the song narrowly failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, only reaching as high as #101 from 24 June to 8 July of 1995. The B side of the single was a version of The Velvet Underground's hit "Femme Fatale", previously available in 1993, on Duran Duran's The Wedding Album.[6]

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".[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "White Lines" (Grandmaster Melle Mel) – 5:31
  2. "I Wanna Take You Higher" (Sly & The Family Stone) – 5:06
  3. "Perfect Day" (Lou Reed) – 3:51
  4. "Watching the Detectives" (Elvis Costello) – 4:48
  5. "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan) – 3:53
  6. "911 Is a Joke" (Public Enemy) – 3:59
  7. "Success" (Iggy Pop) – 4:05
  8. "Crystal Ship" (The Doors) – 2:52
  9. "Ball of Confusion" (The Temptations) – 3:46
  10. "Thank You" (Led Zeppelin) – 6:36
  11. "Drive By" (Duran Duran) – 5:34
  12. "I Wanna Take You Higher Again" (Sly & The Family Stone) – 4:25

Bonus tracks on Japanese release:

  1. "Diamond Dogs" (David Bowie) – 6:10
  2. "Femme Fatale" (The Velvet Underground & Nico) – 4:22

Personnel[edit]

Duran Duran are
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

References[edit]