Duran Duran’s Thank You, an album of covers, is not “the worst album ever,” despite what you may read on the internet (that honor is reserved for any selection in The Pixies oeuvre). It is a seriously flawed album, yes, but Thank You has its moments.
Both covers of Sly Stone’s “I Wanna Take You Higher” are great, the rollicking run-through of Iggy Pop’s “Success” is fun, and their take on “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash, while lacking the punch of their live renditions, is fun too. The dead spots come from choosing songs that were pretty tepid to begin with, like Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” (yawn); The Doors’ “Crystal Ship” (hit the snooze bar); Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” (ugh); and Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You” (Well, it coulda been worse—they might’ve covered “Stairway”). People who harp on the ludicrousness of mega-white Duran Duran covering Public Enemy’s un-coverable “911 Is A Joke” fail to realize that yes, of course it’s ludicrous; that’s the whole point.
The rest of the album is merely serviceable, and for a band that was coming off its comeback album (1992’s The Wedding Album, with the soft-rock hits “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone”), returning after three years with this was a poorly thought-out move.
So, I need your help. Anyone know what that last photo is of? I found it in my used UK LP—a CD booklet-sized piece of silver cardstock with those images photocopied on to it. Some of the photos from the real cover are missing (Iggy Pop, for instance) and others are new (David Bowie). There’s a piece of tape with the band’s name on it, hand-painted on to the tape. The whole thing makes me wonder if it’s an artist’s mockup for what would eventually become the cover, stored in there by whomever previously owned the album. Does anyone else have this LP, and if so, did yours come with this too?