Thank You (Duran Duran album)

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Thank You
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Studio album by
Released4 April 1995 (1995-04-04)
Recorded1992–1994
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length54:26
LabelCapitol (US)
Parlophone/EMI
ProducerJohn 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
  2. "White Lines"
    Released: 1 July 1995
  3. "Lay Lady Lay"
    Released: 1995 (Italy and Brazil 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.

The album has garnered a reputation as one of the worst music releases of all time. Q magazine editors ranked it number one in their 2006 list, "The 50 Worst Albums Ever!"[2] In 2014, Brian Boyd of The Irish Times said that the LP is "accurately known as 'the single worst album in the history of recorded music'."[3]

The title cover ("Thank You", originally by Led Zeppelin) originally appeared in an edited form (5:06) on the soundtrack of the 1994 film With Honors. A still shorter edit (4:32) then appeared on Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, a month before the full version was released on this album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic1/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyC[6]
NME48/10[7]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[9]
Select1/5 medals[10]
Spin2/10[11]

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 and in Brazil.

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."[8]

"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 1995. The B-side of the single was a version of The Velvet Underground's song "Femme Fatale", previously available in 1993, on Duran Duran's The Wedding Album.[12]

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".[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."White Lines"Grandmaster Melle Mel5:31
2."I Wanna Take You Higher"Sly & The Family Stone5:06
3."Perfect Day"Lou Reed3:51
4."Watching the Detectives"Elvis Costello4:48
5."Lay Lady Lay"Bob Dylan3:53
6."911 Is a Joke"Public Enemy3:59
7."Success"Iggy Pop4:05
8."Crystal Ship"The Doors2:52
9."Ball of Confusion"The Temptations3:46
10."Thank You"Led Zeppelin6:36
11."Drive By"Duran Duran5:34
12."I Wanna Take You Higher Again"Sly & The Family Stone4:25

Personnel[edit]

Duran Duran

Additional musicians

Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thank You: Charts & Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage3.htm#50 Worst Albums
  3. ^ Boyd, Brian (25 April 2014). "Version aversion: Going the covers route brings out the best – and worst – in bands". Wayback Machine. The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  4. ^ AllMusic review
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ "Thank You Review - Music Reviews and News - EW.com". EW.com.
  7. ^ "21 1990s Albums NME Has Given 10/10 - NME". 10 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b "RollingStone.com: Thank You : Duran Duran : Review". Archived from the original on 30 November 2005.
  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Duran Duran". The Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Morris, Mark (4 April 1995). "Duran Duran: Thank You". Select: 93. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  11. ^ Hannaham, James (May 1995). "Duran Duran: Thank You: Capitol". Spin: 96. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the '90s, Vol. 23". Popdose.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  13. ^ Thank You EPK, 1995.