The Ultra Chrome Latex and Steel Tour : Concert Review

September 12, 2017

 

John Cutcher attended an Ultra Chrome Latex and Steel show in New Orleans and reported back for Cherry Lipstick.

 

 

set list: (from setlist.fm)

  1. Medazzaland

  2. Big Bang Generation

  3. Hungry Like the Wolf

  4. Who Do You Think You Are

  5. Electric Barbarella

  6. A View to a Kill

  7. Out of My Mind

  8. Save a Prayer

  9. Be My Icon

  10. Buried in the Sand

  11. Come Undone

  12. Anyone Out There

  13. Friends of Mine

  14. Careless Memories

  15. Secret Oktober

  16. Ordinary World

  17. Rio

    The above concert review  originally appeared in Cherry Lipstick Volume 2 Issue 5 : December 1997.

By the time of the next issue, the Medazzaland era had hit real trouble.  Medazzaland flopped in the USA and the album's release in Europe was postponed.  The tour did not make it to Europe.  The front cover of Volume 2 Issue 6 emphasised the problem.

 

 

Cherry Lipstick readers had these views on the delay and the album itself (available on expensive import from selected stores):

 

“The decision to hold back the album in Europe for 6 months is an indication of a desperate band.”

 

“The band have sunk back to the depths of the Liberty era.”

 

“If Duran didn’t keep going into hiding maybe the general public would warm to them.”

 

“At least in the live department Duran are finally listening to the fans’ needs (I can’t wait to hear Friends of Mine live again).”

 

“This is their finest Duran album yet… I love the experimentation”

 

“There are some good ideas for tunes, but the arrangements and presentation are absolutely dire… this is not authentically Duran Duran”

 

“This is the experimental album… a more cohesive album than the Wedding Album and that can only be good.”

 

“Big Bang Generation isn’t that crap but it’s still got that boppy sad thing about it.”

 

"Who Do You Think You Are? is a cross between Oasis and some cheesy American rock band.”

 

“Every time I spin this CD it cruises up the hierarchy of Duran Duran albums… right now only Rio stands in its way…. Nick really carries it off and the music is wonderfully rich and mysterious”

 

“If Medazzaland has a classic that will, say, be guaranteed on any forthcoming Decade II it is Big Bang Generation.  It really is the dog’s testicles.”

 

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