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Pop Trash
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Studio album by Duran Duran
Released June 19, 2000
Recorded 1998-2000
Genre Rock-New Wave
Length 59:10
Label Hollywood
Producer(s) TV Mania & SYN Productions
Professional reviews
  • Rolling Stone (3/5) link
  • All Music Guide (2/5) link
Duran Duran chronology
Strange Behaviour
(1999)
Pop Trash
(2000)
Singles Box Set 1981-1985
(2003)

Pop Trash is an album released in 2000 by Duran Duran. The album marked their first release not under Capitol Records/EMI, with whom they'd been signed since 1981. It was also the last to feature the trio of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo.

The album artwork features a rhinestone-encrusted car which belonged to Liberace.

HistoryEdit

The band left Capitol in 1998 and signed with Hollywood Records, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Vocalist and lyricist Le Bon, increasingly unhappy with the band's situation and the departure of bassist John Taylor, was suffering from a severe case of writer's block during the making of this album. In his stead, keyboard player Rhodes and guitarist Cuccurullo took on more of the songwriting than usual, reworking some of their TV Mania side project material into some of the songs on the album.

Pop Trash continues where Medazzaland (1997) left off; pop, funk, and electronica fused together, with many layers of production. The album is probably one of Duran Duran's most diverse, with songs like "Lava Lamp" including flanged drums and intricate guitars, the catty "Mars Meets Venus" and bizarre "Hallucinating Elvis" full of manufactured bounce, while gentle pop ballad "Someone Else, Not Me" featured few effects at all. Heavy guitar pieces like "Last Day on Earth" and "Playing With Uranium" are juxtaposed with softer songs filled with delicate melancholy, like "Lady Xanax" and "The Sun Doesn't Shine Forever".

This album was poorly promoted and did not sell well, although the supporting concert tour sold out at almost all venues, including a week-long stint at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. In March 2001, the band announced they had parted ways with Hollywood Records; Nick Rhodes said "Never was there a place that felt less like a record company: Seven giant dwarves hold up the building. You're listening to these people, and finally I had to say, 'How funny that your corporate logo is a large pair of ears, yet not one of you in here happens to have any.' " [1]

At the conclusion of the supporting tour for this album, Cuccurullo was dismissed, and the band reunited with its original five members.

Critical receptionEdit

Critics were generally unexcited by the album. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone[2] said:

The well-named Pop Trash shows off their jaded hooks and nasty wit; it's for fans only, but those of us who still crumple at the opening hiccups of "Hungry Like the Wolf" will be glad for another fix.

Stacia Proefrock of All Music Guide[3] said:

Some of the smooth, spacy ballads that were characteristic of their 1993 self-titled release show up here, but more often than not Le Bon is lost in a swamp of overproduction. Completely absent from this music was the aggressiveness and sexuality that made early Duran Duran great -- kinder, gentler records could probably be expected from the band as they age, but this album feels careless and flabby instead of introspective.

SinglesEdit

The lead single "Someone Else, Not Me" only peaked at #53 in the UK, and did not chart at all in the United States. However it made the top 10 in Latvia. Le Bon also recorded versions of this song in Spanish ("Alguien Más Que No Soy Yo") and French ("Un Autre Que Moi"). The music video for the single was the first to be created entirely in Macromedia Shockwave digital animation.

The song "Playing With Uranium" was released as a single in Italy only. The song "Last Day on Earth" was released in Japan; it was also played during the opening of the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Someone Else, Not Me" – 4:48
  2. "Lava Lamp" – 3:54
  3. "Playing With Uranium" – 3:51
  4. "Hallucinating Elvis" – 5:26
  5. "Starting to Remember" – 2:38
  6. "Pop Trash Movie" – 4:54
  7. "Fragment" – 0:49
  8. "Mars Meets Venus" – 3:07
  9. "Lady Xanax" – 4:53
  10. "The Sun Doesn't Shine Forever" – 4:51
  11. "Kiss Goodbye" – 0:41
  12. "Last Day on Earth" – 4:27

Additional track on various international releases:

  1. "Un Autre Que Moi" ("Someone Else, Not Me" en Français) – 4:19
  2. "Alguien Más Que No Soy Yo" ("Someone Else, Not Me" en Español) – 4:16
  3. "Prototypes" – 6:17

SinglesEdit

  1. "Someone Else, Not Me"
  2. "Playing With Uranium" (Italy only)
  3. "Last Day on Earth" (Japan only)

PersonnelEdit

Duran Duran are:

With:

Also credited:

ReferencesEdit

  1. Grigoriadis, Vanessa. "Still Pretty", Rolling Stone. Apr 21, 2005.
  2. Sheffield, Rob. "Review: Pop Trash, Rolling Stone, August 17, 2000.
  3. Proefrock, Stacia. "Review: Pop Trash", All Music Guide, August 17, 2000.






DURAN DURAN
Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell
DISCOGRAPHY
ALBUMS

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet Massacre

COMPILATIONS and EP's

CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995

SINGLES

"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"

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