Kat commented on Ology's Battle Of The Fans: '80s Semi-Finals (Duran Duran Vs. Depeche Mode):
“Duran Duran, watched them live many times since 1983. Best live band I've ever seen.”
May 20, 2013
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“Duran Duran. They've done New Romantic to funk to house, done them well, and combined them in interesting ways.”
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Nell commented on Ology's Battle Of The Fans: '80s Semi-Finals (Duran Duran Vs. Depeche Mode):
“Duran Duran. I'm a fan of both, and have seen both perform, but it was hearing The Chauffeur live that really showed me how much a piece of music can do emotionally even when the lyrics are somewhat abstract.”
Remember all those massive, epic dance parties you always imagined everyone else was having with No Doubt's music blasting in the background during the late '90s? Yeah, there's a hella lot of that in the band's new Sophie Muller directed video for "Settle Down," the boisterous first taste of Push And Shove (out Sept. 25), their first new album in 11 years.
Yesterday's radio edit leak (see below) was a nice surprise (thanks, Ryan Seacrest… three words I never thought I'd ever utter) but in its full six-minute-plus incarnation, "Settle Down" is a positively righteous jumble of everything we've always loved about No Doubt: ska/dancehall/hip-hop rhythms, an old school alternative rock radio chorus and, of course, an obnoxious hook you won't be able to get out of your head
Check out the Dekotora-themed (Google it) video below.
Apart from the fancy big rigs, it's sort of a Build-A-Bear version of a No Doubt video; all the old staples are here, from Gwen Stefani's impressive collection of tank tops to Adrian Young's dependable oddball-ness. The set pieces begin to wear a little thin towards the end (how many different shots of Gwen Stefani smothered in a crowd of people do we need?) but, in tone and execution, at least, this could have been a No Doubt video in 2001. Where exactly they'll fit in today's sad excuse of a musical landscape remains to be seen, but in the meantime, it's refreshing to see they haven't forgotten who they are or how to put out a great big beautiful mess of a single/music video.
What do you guys think of No Doubt's "Settle Down" video and their long overdue return to record making in general? Get the conversation started in our comments section below.