This is the reality. Duran Duran has been one of the biggest bands in the world. They have sold a ton of albums (I have heard 70 million to 100 million), played thousands of gigs, won awards including lifetime achievement awards and have become part of the public psyche. Say the name Duran Duran to anyone of a certain age here in the States and that person would have heard of Duran. In most cases, that person could also name a song or ten and might be able to name a band member or 5. Duran was huge and still is often referenced in movies, TV shows and books because people know them and the reference makes sense. For example, a couple of years ago the TV Show, House, mentioned Duran and their song, New Moon on Monday. I read a book not too long ago by Tiffanie Debartolo in which the main character was told that her true love was going to die at an early age. This character worried about John Taylor. These references show how big Duran was and is. They show how their presence was and still is felt in the world of popular culture.
As a fan, I have seen and felt this impact. On one level, I have to admit to feeling like I have been a part of something huge, something important, something monumental. The only other times I have felt a part of something this huge was during the Obama campaign in 2008 and during the Wisconsin protests that took place this past winter and spring. As a fan, I helped to make Duran huge. I bought their albums, went to their concerts, bought their merchandise and more. Without people like me, they wouldn’t have become so huge, so important. John Taylor, himself, has recognized this and acknowledged it. I remember seeing a clip on Behind the Music in which he talks about how songs like the Reflex and Save a Prayer aren’t theirs anymore but belong to the public psyche. He’s right. He goes on to say that to be a part of that is a gift. Well, I feel the same way. I feel like I have been able (along with millions of others) to be a part of something much bigger than myself. Thus, the fans have had a serious impact on the band members’ lives. We helped them make an impact. In turn, they impacted our lives as well.
I have been a Duranie for over 27 years. I have been a Duranie for a lot longer than I haven’t been. I have been a Duranie for so long that I can’t remember not being one or what it was like to not be one. They have helped to form many of my opinions, my likes, my dislikes, my interests and more. For example, I love contemporary art. Yes, my mother is an artist but I doubt I would love it as much if I didn’t find myself exposed to art through the band. Another example is that many Duranies, including myself, have found themselves being attracted to a certain type of males. I may or may not be attracted to guys who have similar characteristics to John Taylor just like my partner-in-crime may or may find herself attracted to men who are similar to Roger. Did the band might have had an influence there? I suspect that they did. They have opened my eyes to books, movies and music that I’m sure I would have never even heard of without them. On top of all of that and most importantly, they have brought me some amazing experiences, some absolutely fabulous times and some meaningful friendships, ones that I can’t imagine not having now. My world would have been a much smaller, much lonelier place.
The simple fact is that I can’t imagine my life without them. Obviously, now, my daily life is filled with checking in on what is happening with the band and their fans. It is filled with writing or reading this blog. When I’m lucky, my days are spent planning, preparing and going on tour. Duran Duran is always present in my world, in some shape or form. The truth is that us, fans, have impacted their lives and they have impacted ours. Together, we have created and sustained something big and meaningful. I, for one, am grateful that I have been and continue to be a part of it.