Next week is Valentine’s Day. Normally, that is day that I dread and not for the reason you think. As a middle school teacher, Valentine’s Day is a day filled with heightened emotions and drama. Yet, this year, I have something to look forward to! I get the final results for our fun Duranie homework! That’s right, kids, you have one more week to get your list to me with your Top 25 Duran Duran songs!!!! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can get all of the details and directions on how to participate here. Basically, we will be compiling everyone’s favorite songs into a solid list of 25 based on the position of the songs in people’s lists. We have gotten many, many lists so far but I would love to get lists from every single Duranie! After all, the more lists we get, the more accurate the compiled list will be, statistically speaking!!!!
I have to say that I have found the results so incredibly fascinating. As someone who studies things like groups of people and patterns of behavior, I can’t help but be interested in the patterns I have seen or the lack of patterns. I had some predictions in my mind based on discussions we have had here or observations I have made throughout my tenure in the Duran fan community. Some of my predictions have been proven true and others…not so much! So, with a week to go, I figured it might be fun for all of you to make some predictions yourself about the results. Then, you, too, can compare your ideas with the results and with what is shared about the results.
*How many different songs do you think made it on people’s lists? (Obviously, not everyone is going to have the same songs as favorites, right? So how many different songs were named by, at least, someone?)
*Are all the albums represented?
*Which albums are represented the most? The least?
*Are the majority of songs on people’s lists hits? Were they the singles?
*How many of the songs had videos to go with them? Do the fact that they do or don’t seem to make a difference in people’s preferences?
*Are ballads more popular or are songs you can rock out to more popular?
*How many are cover songs?
*How many are b-sides?
*How many are demos that clearly should have made the album?
*How many were from the height of their popularity? Their 1990s comeback? Post reunion?
*Which songs do you assume with make the final 25? (Which songs do you think are most popular in Duranland?)
*Which songs are played live all the time?
*Which songs should be played live from the list?
Perhaps, these questions don’t interest you. What are you looking forward to finding out the most? What didn’t I think of to analyze? Ponder? Seriously, if you have predictions for any of the questions above, I would love for you to comment here so that we can all compare later. If you are anything like me, you will probably get some right and some…not so right. Either way, it is okay as this is all in fun! I can’t wait for the final results and for the predictions!!! Each time we do something like this, I learn so much about our fan community! I love it!
Speaking of learning about our fan community, if you haven’t already figured out by now, we have moved our “daily” question/poll/vote over here now. There are a number of reasons for this. First, I don’t have to count both on Facebook and twitter anymore and hope that I’m accurate in my counting. Second, it eliminates the possibility of people trying to vote “both” or first one answer and then the other. People have to choose as was intended. Lastly, people can see the current results right after they vote! I will always try to remember people on Facebook and Twitter when a new question/poll is up, but you can always look for it at the top of our home page as it will always be a “featured” blog! No worries, we will still be asking a new question each and every day. Now, if you have been following this series of questions (pictures of the band members!!!), you know that we have just completed Simon and have moved on to Roger. Lots of people sent in Roger pictures so it will take awhile to get through him. Then, we will move on to the rest. If you are interested in the order, you can read the original blog post about it here. Just like the top 25, I hope everyone keeps voting daily as the more people who vote, the more accurate the results!
Now, fellow fans, make sure you are sending us your list of your Top 25 Duran Duran songs (b-sides, covers and demos are okay but no side or solo project songs) numbered in order by next Friday, February 14th!!! You can send them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through a private message on Facebook! It may not be the easiest of assignments but it is fun!!!