The Analog Kid really loves Duran Duran, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally feature a Duran Duran 12″ single in a “New Tunes On Monday” series. I won’t post Duran Duran singles each and every Monday, because a) I am not a 13-year-old girl living in 1984, and b) I would run out of material in about 3 or 4 years, and then what would I do?
Even if you grew up listening to Duran Duran, the 12″ mix of “My Own Way” might be unfamiliar to you. The version of “My Own Way” on the Rio album was actually the band’s second attempt at recording the song– the first was released as a stand-alone single in late 1981, a few months before the Rio album was recorded. The original version almost sounds like a disco tune, but that didn’t stop it from reaching the U.K. Top 20. The band wasn’t particularly happy with it, though, and decided to re-record it for Rio in a version that sounded a lot more Duran-ish.
In addition to the “Night” and “Short” versions of “Hold Back The Rain,” the U.K. 12″ includes the unavailable-anywhere-else b-side “Like An Angel.” Duran Duran has never included the original version of “My Own Way” on any of its (multiple!) greatest hits compilations, and therefore it has become one of the band’s rarest releases.
Duran Duran: My Own Way [U.K. 12″]
EMI Records, 1981
1. “My Own Way [Night Version]” (Duran Duran)
2. “Like An Angel” (Duran Duran)
3. “My Own Way [Short Version]” (Duran Duran)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Duran Duran: “My Own Way” (Duran Duran)
From the album Rio
Capitol Records, 1982
That Patrick Nagle album cover was my stepping stone into Duran Duran, but the videos didn’t hurt, plus they got their name from Barbarella. And when my unabashed 80s man-crush Robert Palmer worked with them on Power Station — yeah, I became a Durannie.
I’d sort of forgotten them until a few years ago when I picked up the ’97 Duran Duran Tribute Album. A lot of fun.