In case you aren’t following us on Twitter or aren’t friends with us on Facebook (you should be if you aren’t, by the way!), we have been doing brackets with songs on the albums. What this means is that I put two songs against each other. The song with the most votes win and continues on to go against a different song until a song defeats all of the rest of the songs on that album. Eventually, we will have those album winners challenge other album winners. Looking at the results, I am amazed how frequently the collective community really likes certain songs. When those songs have been asked about, the vote is not at all close unless a beloved song goes up against another song in the very loved by most people category. Of course, it isn’t surprising that there are some songs that everyone seems to love. What is surprising is that these beloved songs are rarely the singles or songs that the general public knows Duran for, at least for the first few albums. It is almost like the fan culture has embraced some more obscure songs as the best ones. Let me give some examples.
As of this blog, we are in the Liberty album. Some of the hit songs that were kicked off and kicked off easily, for the most part, included Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf, the Reflex, Notorious, and more. Instead, we were left with songs like Friends of Mine, Careless Memories, New Religion, the Chauffeur, Of Crime and Passion, the Seventh Stranger, Vertigo and more. I wonder how many less-than-hardcore fans would know any of these songs. This leads me to further questions. Is this an example of us thinking that these more obscure songs are really better? Are they really better? Perhaps, it is a situation where we, as a whole community, seem to hate the singles. If so, why? Is it really about quality or about being overplayed? Are we simply sick of these hits but that we loved them at one time? Maybe, these album tracks show off the Duran sound better to us. I don’t know. What do you the rest of you think?
Then, for me, I always wonder if there is peer pressure for hardcore fans to pick the lesser known songs. Would a hardcore fan be thought less of, if s/he thought that HLTW was the best song ever? Of course, I realize that this system of voting isn’t perfect. I don’t offer any real guidelines. People don’t know if they are picking songs they like the best or the ones that they think might be great songs, in terms of the songwriting. Our fan community is a tough and strong one, though. Maybe we, collectively, have discussed songs so much that there is a consensus about how good or bad a song is. I see this in the voting, too. For example, today was Hothead vs. Serious. Obviously, Serious is winning…by a landslide. I think a number of us could have guessed this result.
So, fellow fans, I am asking you. Why do fans pick the more obscure album tracks over the single? Is it because they are higher quality, because we are sick of the hits, or because we have collectively discussed and decided that some songs are better? Maybe I should do a survey of that!
Winners so far:
1st album-Careless Memories
Seven and the Ragged Tiger-The Seventh Stranger