Duran World Cup of the 90s


Last year, Cherry Lipstick ran a Twitter poll covering 64 tracks from the 1980s. Now we're doing again, but for the 1990s. Maybe the winner will be obvious (the poll is ongoing at the time of writing) but it's fun getting there.

The 1990s were the 4th of the 5 stages of life for Duran Duran. For the record, here they are:

1978 - May 1980 (Simon joining) : The Formative Years

May 1980 - July 1985 (Live Aid): The Glory Years

1986 - 1989: The Surviving Years

1990 - 2001: The Search for Identity Years

2001- present: The Golden Years

Duran Duran entered the decade as a new 5-piece, and skittered around as a 3 and 4 piece, only to end up back as the same group of 5 where they had left off 16 years earlier. It was a chaotic, energetic, creative time, saved by the touch of genius that alighted on the 10 minutes of Ordinary World and Come Undone.

This poll highlights the range of music they produced that far outstrips in range that the band have managed since 2001. In terms of quality it is a sprawling beast across 5 albums of varying listenability, compared to the lightening strike of gold on the first three albums. Across it all, of course, is Warren who saw off Sterling and John as band mates, added his own brand of madness to the brew, before being seen off to enable 'Duran Duran' to survive.

Here then are the 64 songs that made up the decade. They have been split by the ratings given by your Cherry Lipstick authors of our famous album reviews - C.K. Shortell, Ruth Galvin, J.R. Kiss and AW.

And so the 64 songs went to war, with one song from each pot in each group - top 2 qualified.

The seeding system was approved by the voters - all 16 Pot A tracks went through, with 14 of them as group winners (even Femme Fatale). Pot D saw a group winner (First Impression), which suggests the voters do not agree with Adam and Ruth's album star rating that gave it just the one star. Go, Little Johnny!

At the end of the group stage, the 32 survivors were made up from these albums:

Liberty - 6/10

Wedding Album - 8/13

Thank You - 5/ 11

Medazzaland - 7/12

Pop Trash -- 5/10

The voters on Twitter then chose to make the first knock-out round seeded, and so the 16 group winners faced off against the 16 Runners-Up. Would Drive By survive?

Femme Fatale marches on, along for four - FOUR! - tracks from the much maligned Liberty album (compared to only two from the fan-acclaimed Medazzaland). all the winners had generally healthy leads with no tie-breakers required. of the 16 qualifiers, 13 came from the original Pot A. No singles were eliminated.

Pop Trash ended up with only one survivor, and that beat the only remaining, but highly regarded, bonus track.

Your commentsmostly expressing outrage at their favourites losing):

@CKshortell: "This is ridiculous - Midnight fraking Sun people!"

@johnnyskinner21: "Woh woh fooking woh, this should be alot closer, PWU is pure Duran rick at its finest."

@BitterMachines: "All Along The Water is a fun song with a ton of energy but Starting to Remember is geniius songwriting."