What a Duran Duran Appreciation Day! I, for one, had a lot of fun hosting an online party that lasted about 7 hours! I know that not everyone could make it when we had it due to work, time zones, etc., which was a big bummer as we would like everyone to be able to participate. That said, I want to thank everyone who did come party with us whether it was for a short time or the whole time. You all made our day a lot more fun! Of course, I also appreciated that the band sent little messages out to the fans and that they posted these cool 360 degrees virtual reality videos of Paper Gods and Hungry Like the Wolf from Oakland. All of that being said, I’m not really ready to be done with this year’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Nope. I want to milk it for as long as I can. Of course, we sorta have been doing that for the last month with our Daily Duranie challenge. So, what did the fans appreciate, according to our survey questions? What did we appreciate? This weekend, I’m going to tackle exactly that as I tallied the responses to find out if there are some songs, videos, etc. that many fans appreciate. I will also share what Rhonda and I appreciate.
Song That People Never Tire Hearing Live:
Interestingly enough, I only saw 26 different songs mentioned here. Some of the most popular were: Rio, Save a Prayer, White Lines, Wild Boys, The Chauffeur, Planet Earth, and New Religion. The song that most fans chose, which also happened to be mine as well was Careless Memories:
Rhonda chose Rio!
Favorite Side Project:
The vast majority of fans, including Rhonda, chose Arcadia. I don’t think that anyone is too surprised by that.
I was the different one on this question with John Taylor. (I’m sure that everyone knew I would answer that way, right?)
Favorite Side or Solo Project Song:
Since Arcadia was the favorite side project, it makes total sense that the favorite song was one of theirs. Indeed, it was Goodbye Is Forever. That said, there were 28 different songs mentioned. Duranies have varied taste!
Rhonda chose Dom Brown’s song, Amazing. It is a good one so if you haven’t heard it, go buy his music here!
I chose a John Taylor song (again–shocking, I know!). I picked Fields of Eden, a personal favorite.
The Song that Describes You:
There were a lot of different songs given for this answer, 49 different songs, in fact! I liked that some people would explain why they chose the song they did but I understand if people didn’t want to share. This is a question I think would be cool to be asked every year to see how you change. Anyways, we did have a few songs that were chosen multiple times, including Ordinary World, Butterfly Girl and My Own Way, which all tied with the same number of responses.
Rhonda chose the song, What Are the Chances:
I picked the song, Finest Hour.
One thing that we appreciate about Duran is their sense of humor. They don’t take themselves too seriously. It is one of things Rhonda and I try to do here, which is make fun of ourselves. About 20 different videos were given as answers, including A View to a Kill, Night Boat, New Moon on Monday, and more. Apparently, a lot of fans think the band’s acting and dancing are pretty funny. The most common response was Arcadia’s The Flame.
Rhonda and I chose Rio. It is a video that too many people interpret as being about greed, materialism, and capitalism. We are amused by that because to us it shows some dorky guys who couldn’t get the girl no matter what they had or did to impress her.
When People Became Fans:
I loved this question as people came on to proudly state when they officially declared their Duranie status. The range of responses varied from 1978 (!) all the way until 2015. Super cool! The majority of fans claimed 1981 or 1982 as the big year for them. Rhonda proudly stated 1981 as her year. I, on the other hand, am a LOT younger so I could only say 1984. 😀
Favorite Picture of the Band:
Holy cow! We got a LOT of different pictures for answers. It was SO cool to see our social media filled with pictures of the band. Many pictures went all the way back to their New Romantic days while others were recent ones. So cool. The most common picture, though, was from a 1982 photo shoot and looked something like this:
While we loved that photo shoot, Rhonda and I chose something more modern.
Questions like this make me laugh a little. 14 different album covers were given as answers. Some of the answers were for album covers that other fans hate. Variety is alive and well in our fandom. The most popular choice: Rio.
Rhonda and I preferred the album cover of Seven and the Ragged Tiger. We liked the band picture along with the symbols and whatnot.
The Song/Video That Takes You Back to When You Became a Fan:
Again, this question produced a wide range of answers, depending on when people became fans. Interestingly enough, the most popular answer was Planet Earth.
For Rhonda, the video for Hungry Like the Wolf really reminds her of when she first became a fan:
The Reflex is the video that truly pushed me into that Duranie category.
A Song That Always Makes You Smile:
This was another category that resulted in a lot of answers, 42 different songs, in fact! Some of the most popular were (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile, Hold Back the Rain, Rio and lots more. The most popular response was the one I gave: Sunrise.
Rhonda chose the song that has been added into Sunrise during their live shows for the Paper Gods Tour, which is, of course, New Moon on Monday.
What do you think of the answers to the first ten questions? Anything surprise you? Tomorrow, then, we will pause on the remixes poll to continue to appreciate Duran by looking at questions 11-20 and the answers Duranies gave in response!