I have to be honest here, I didn’t think too much about the interview. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve gotten so used to the band being billed as a nostalgia act that I just don’t pay attention, or if it was because it was such a joy to see MOST of my favorites on TV for an interview that I just didn’t hear what the interviewer was saying. (I’ll just say it: it’s time to include Dom in the band. He’s been around a long time and he looks like he belongs there anyway at this point. I don’t care. Send me all the hate mail you’d like…call for my public flogging. I’m going on vacation in a few days anyway, so I’m throwing caution to the wind!) Where was I? Oh yes, the interview. It was only later in the day when I watched it again that I really took notice of just how intent she (Lara Spencer) was to stick to the past. I winced a bit when she asked them how it was to get back together after thirty years, and then I had to remind myself that this was not 2003. It wasn’t even 2005, or even 2007. It’s 2012. Their latest album has been out for over a year now. She even mentioned it herself when she commented that it hit #1 on iTunes. (I’m going to be even more honest here, I don’t care if it hit that on iTunes for 30 damn seconds, I’m glad the band holds on to that. All You Need is Now is SO worthy of that number one spot and I’ll never stop being proud of them for writing such a fantastic album.) I just don’t understand why the press is so apt to ignore the present when it comes to Duran Duran.
Do we still live in times of backlash when it comes to this band? Sure, they have worn and occasionally still wear make up. Name bands who don’t at this point in time. There’s not many. Yeah, they’re still good looking. (thank goodness!!) Yep, their fans are still primarily female, although there are more than a few really good men out there that love their music as much as I do. I’m lucky to count several of them as my friends, actually! Does that really all add up to discounting them to nostalgia? Here’s the real question: what about their music??? When does that actually count for something?
Sometimes, I stop and wonder if any of this bothers the band. I mean, it was one thing to be a pop idol back in the 80’s. I’ve read enough to know that the band never minded being idols to their fans, they wanted to be famous and they were willing to do whatever it took for that to happen. (Goal successfully reached!) I have to believe that at some point, they were hoping to be known for more than just making young girls scream. Sure, we fans have grown up and while we might all still scream for more when we see them live on stage, their music resonates. While we fans take them seriously (and still have fun all the while), it would seem at least to me that the press never has. Do you think that bothers them?
I suppose the band can either fight it or embrace it and continue to work towards whatever personal goals they have on their own. While I sit here writing and contemplating, I recognize that the press can be very much like a tidal wave, and sometimes it’s just better to let the wave do it’s thing and help you get places in the long run than fight mother nature.
While that method seems to work for the band, I know I’m not alone when I say that as a fan – it’s really tough to sit back and see the hard work of thirty years diminished to a few shining moments that happened decades ago. It’s difficult not to feel personally affronted, and yet if it doesn’t bother the band, perhaps we need to take our cue from them. They certainly didn’t write All You Need is Now (single) with absolutely nothing in mind. It really is all up to us to find ourselves in the moment. It’s never really been about what the press or critics have said about them, it’s been about you and I…and the band.