I have history on the brain. Yes, part of the reason, is because I am teaching history this year. Part of the reason could be that we do a daily Duran Duran history blog post. Yet, this week really made me think about history. Why? Obviously, there was this little rumor this week about Lindsay Lohan in connection to the next Duran album. Any and all news and rumor should be making me think about the future, right? This one didn’t. It made me think of the past, specifically recent Duran Duran albums and their reactions from fans.
First, I thought about this time of year four years ago. Think back. What was going on three years ago in December? I’m sure that many of you guessed it. The Duranie universe was all excited! We had a new single in All You Need Is Now along with the video that accompanied it. The digital copy of the album was about to drop. Each and every day was filled with some new piece of information, new interview or new video clip, etc.. Social media was hoppin’ and many, many Duranies were spending hours upon hours hanging out on Twitter and/or Facebook. Life seemed really good and the future was definitely bright. While I’m sure that there were some fans who weren’t all that excited or didn’t like what they had heard so far, those fans were few and far between. In general, most fans were pretty thrilled with the state of Duranland, at least from what I could tell.
This, of course, is not how I think of the Duran sphere when I think back three years before that. 2007 saw the release of Red Carpet Massacre. Like the release of All You Need Is Now, there was plenty of news to share and discuss. In contrast, though, from the AYNIN era, the discussion wasn’t overwhelmingly positive. Instead, debate was the most common occurrence on message boards, then. While some were excited by Red Carpet Massacre and the working relationship between Duran and Timbaland and Duran and Justin Timberlake, others weren’t. The fans who liked RCM, I’m sure, probably felt like they were doing a whole lot of defending the band and the album whereas the critical fans kept trying to explain why and how this album was so bothersome to them.
As I return to the present, I try to place this rumor in the context of recent Duran history. It seems clear to me that rumors like the one we had this week fit way more with the RCM era than the AYNIN era. Clearly, if the rumor turns out to be true, there are some fans who would like Lohan to be on the album or would be okay with it for whatever reason. There are many other fans who would not for the reasons brought up this week and more. From what I saw, the discussions already started forming the same camps as fans did in 2007 over Timbaland. Some fans instantly defend the band or try to find/point out the positives. The less-than-excited fans try to articulate why this rumor bothers them so. Not fun.
Is this the normal ebb and flow of Duran Duran and Duran Duran fans in that, for one album, the fans (in general–not everyone but most) love the album, but then question the moves made for the next one? If so, then, perhaps, one just needs to accept that as part of being a Duranie. For me, personally, I hate the fact that unlike AYNIN, there seems to be little excitement. There seems to be a lot of debate and some concern. I so wish that wasn’t the case. Now, in fairness, perhaps, this concern and debate will change once facts are known. Maybe part of the problem is that the album has taken so long to be finished that people couldn’t sustain excitement but that it will return with the release of #DD14.
Until then, don’t blame me for being wanting to be stuck in the most recent Duran history with All You Need Is Now away from Lindsay Lohan and the cast of thousands that supposedly have worked on DD14. Just send me to the eagerness of a Mark Ronson produced, very Duran Duran sounding album.