On one level, Duran Duran is for fun. We all know this. Goodness, Simon almost always declares that “Duran Duran was the band designed to make you party,” during the introductions at concerts. This is also the band that said that they wanted to be playing when the bomb dropped. Then, if you look at their catalog of songs and videos this becomes clear with songs and videos that just seem fun. Some of the songs I’m thinking of here are songs like Rio, Electric Barbarella, My Own Way, Sunrise and lots more. Those songs/videos can be listened to or watched just for fun, for pleasure, for enjoyment. Added on to seemingly obvious lyrics and video images is the band itself. Let’s face it. For many of us, the band members were/are nice to look at. No thinking is needed in order to determine that someone looks good! Just like no thinking is needed to make you want to dance when you hear danceable music. It just happens!!! Yet, Duran Duran has always been more than this. Their lyrics and videos do make me want to dive deeper into another layer of meaning.
A great deal of their musical/visual catalog is built on having a surface layer and a much more in-depth serious layer underneath. I remember seeing an interview from 2005 from the Netherlands in which John and Simon are asked about the meaning behind the lyrics to the Reflex. John pointed out that people will continue to try to figure that out, which is very different than songs like “She Loves You” by the Beatles. They compared the lyrics to poetry. Many of Duran songs are such in which people can dive deeper to figure out an interpretation of what the song is about. What is really cool about this is that people can interpret songs differently. For example, I’m willing to bet that I could get at least 5 different meanings for a song like Finest Hour, if I asked. Just on Monday, Rhonda and I reviewed Careless Memories. For me, those lyrics have always reminded me of being a fan and Rhonda had never thought about that. Neither one of us is right or wrong. We were just had different ideas. To me, this is the one thing I truly do love about Duran. They don’t force you to think but give you thousands of opportunities to do so. I would also say that the more I critically think about something, the more I appreciate it, the more I love it.
Thus, Duran Duran gives us perfect opportunities to have fun and to think at the same time! I can’t ask for anything more! What about the rest of you? Do you find yourself thinking about meanings or searching for something deeper when listening/watching Duran or are you content to just enjoy it on the surface?