Duran Duran doesn’t care that you hate them (or at least that SPIN does). No, Duran Duran will prevail! Call them “wimps,” but the Brit-Pop band will again ride the “new” new wave (aka “chillwave”) sound that has flooded the airwaves, again subversively stealing attention from less popular (might we say, more “interesting”) scenes (ie future beats, lo-fi). The tour will support the group’s 13th album, All You Need Is Now, which was released just over a year ago.
To save you the trouble of skipping pages (so page view greedy!) to read SPIN’s decry of Duran Duran, we’ve copied it below:
CHARGE AGAINST: British neo-colonialist fops whose clunky dance pop kept funk off ’80s radio.
CASE FILES: In the early 1980s, Duran-bashing was the favorite pastime of insecure, jealous high school dudes (and insecure, jealous dads) policing the sexual fantasy lives of teenage girls who craved swishy pretty boys. In Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, author Rob Sheffield says the band inspired the most venomous arguments around his high school cafeteria tables. But even to hard-core music fans, they often seemed like a blight: At a time when George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” was struggling for airplay, radio programmers insisted that young Americans dance to these limp Brits, who, to make matters worse, had shouldered past more interesting new-wave countrymen like ABC and the Psychedelic Furs on their way across the Atlantic. Said Robert Christgau: “These imperialist wimps are the most deplorable pop stars of the post-punk if not post-Presley era.”
THE DEFENSE: The ’60s generation can keep “Like a Rolling Stone.” Our text is poptimism, cool synth sounds, and “Save a Prayer,” and we’re not apologizing for it. K.H.
We’ll give them the George Clinton argument, but it’s not like Culture Club is any less deserving of the award. What do you think?
Aug. 08 – Saratoga, CA – TBA
Aug. 09 – Saratoga, CA – TBA
Aug. 12 – Tucson, AZ – TBA
Aug. 15 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Aug. 17 – Memphis, TN – Memphis Botanical Gardens
Aug. 18 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock and Resort
Aug. 19 – Atlanta, GA – TBA
Aug. 21 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 – Mashantucket, CT – TBA
Aug. 25 – Atlantic City, NJ – TBA
Aug. 28 – Kettering, OK – TBA
Aug. 29 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
Shout out to NJ Underground for the heads up.