Rhonda explained the term, overrated, on here well, I thought. Picking a song or video for most overrated isn’t about hating a Duran song or video. You could even like or love what you deem most overrated. The point is that the song/video is often stated as something grand, fabulous, magnificent and you just can’t get there. In my head, this praise can come from the fans. Perhaps, it is a song that everyone seems to love when the band plays it live or a video that people couldn’t get enough of and you just didn’t feel the same. In response to this challenge, many people came up with good answers, I thought. The results were very close. The Reflex was the big winner followed extremely closely by Hungry Like the Wolf. Behind the lead was Save a Prayer, Wild Boys, Girls on Film, the Chauffeur and Notorious. I thought it was interesting that all of these songs were standards in their live performances and, yet, many people thought they weren’t all that. While these results were interesting (and they always are!), what was more interesting was that some people (I’m not talking a few people here but MANY people) couldn’t or wouldn’t give answers. Why? By the way, by asking this question, I’m not criticizing them just wondering the reasons.
It seems to me that some people couldn’t or wouldn’t give answers for a few possible reasons. One possible reason is that no song came to mind quickly and people didn’t want to search for an answer. Another possible reason is that they really love every song. A third reason could be that they had answers but didn’t want anyone to know what those answers are. I had a number of thoughts based on these possibilities. I guess I can’t really see someone loving every song even by a favorite band, especially a band like Duran. They have been around for a long time and have an extensive catalog. On top of that, their catalog is not uniform as there are some dramatic differences between songs like Notorious to Before the Rain to Box Full O Honey to Rio. Thus, if this isn’t the case, what could the deal be?
Could it be that they didn’t want anyone to know their answers? If so, why is this the case? It could be that they didn’t want people to see them doing something that would seem like criticism of their favorite band. I could get that. When I’m in public or with non-Duranies, I would say that everything Duran does is great. I would never let the outside world see their imperfections. Never. Yet, I have no problem giving criticism or questioning what they do among Duranies. I know that we all love them, generally. Therefore, any criticism is done with love. It isn’t meant to harm but meant to improve the next thing they do, if possible. It also shows that we are thinking beings even within fandom. Could this be the case with yesterday’s question? Could it be that these fans didn’t want non-Duranies to see criticism? Maybe. I don’t know. Of course, it could be that they didn’t want fans to see it, either.
Why would fans not share with other fans their thoughts about the band’s songs or videos? I don’t really know but could speculate that they might think that other fans would judge them. What if I went on every Duran message board and on every social networking site and started criticizing the album, Rio? How would that go down with other Duranies? Probably not well. Some people would be shocked. Some might be angry. Some might think less of me for thinking that. Perhaps, they think that fans should love everything the band has ever done. I don’t know. Maybe they think that fans should “publicly” love everything the band has ever done. Maybe they were thinking of music critics and the media which never gave Duran credit and didn’t want to seem like those negative people. Again, I don’t know.
No matter the reason for the non-responses, I was once again reminded of something I love about fandom. I love that we aren’t all the same. We approach questions and events about the band differently. This is good. It makes things interesting and it keeps discussion going. It helps to keep fandom alive. Now, of course, I’ll be watching for the results of today’s challenge: Best Storyline in a Song or Video. Have fun and keep playing, Duranies! 🙂