When I read the blog that was posted on dd.com, which you can find here, I couldn’t help but to realize that most of the reflections were very personal. John talked about how his daughter was born during the making of the album. Nick Egan talked about his thinking through the video shoot for Ordinary World. Comments from Simon included how he listened to the album as a whole for the first time. Of course, at the same time, everyone agreed that it was a special album that meant a lot to the band and their career. I don’t think there is any Duranie out there who could argue against that. We all know that Duran had lost a lot of the spotlight they had in the early 80s. Albums like Big Thing and Liberty didn’t get them attention, strong album sales or hit songs. The Wedding Album, on the other hand, did get them all three. For the first time in years, the band was back on the charts and back in the spotlight. It renewed their confidence and belief in their ability to write great, meaningful music. One could wonder what would have happened to Duran had they not had this. Would they have called it quits? We will never know. Nonetheless, we all can appreciate what the album did do for the band. Of course, it also affected the fans.
Based on a lot of the posts I have seen from fans, they are much like the band and their colleagues in the blog post on dd.com in that they are all related the album to themselves and their fandom. For many fans, this album was the one that brought them into the fandom. For those fans, there is no album that means more. I get that. I look back at Seven and the Ragged Tiger in fondest for the same reason. For other fans, they liked the band before but this one really made them a Duranie for life. Again, this album means a ton to them. Some fans just love the songs so much. Whatever the story is, the anniversary makes them think about what the songs and album means to them. I’m no different. In hearing that it was the album’s anniversary, I immediately thought about what it meant for me. My story is simple. It was the first time I saw the band play live. That said, my friend had to ask me to go. Duran wasn’t as much a central part as it is nowadays. I was more focused on graduating high school and getting ready to go to college. I went to the concert with 3 friends and had a good time. That said, as I am sure you all know by now, I didn’t leave the show having my inner Duranie awakened in a big way. Nope. I told my friend, “That was a good show but something seemed wrong. Not sure what it was but it didn’t feel right. I wouldn’t be surprised if the band isn’t around much longer. Maybe it’s time.” I know, I know. Blasphemy. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that in this blog post but it is true. That is what I said. Now, that didn’t stop me from listening to the album. None of the songs really grabbed me then. Later, I saw the beauty that Ordinary World was once I was able to relate to the meaning of the song. Now, as we all know, the songs that are most often played from this album (Ordinary World and Come Undone) are not my favorites and that is an understatement, of course, when it comes to Come Undone. I much prefer Too Much Information and Breath After Breath, which I think are too often overlooked. No, this album isn’t my favorite but it is important in my history as a Duranie and important in the history of the band. I can’t and shouldn’t ignore that.
Despite my experiences, I can appreciate the album and definitely celebrate the anniversary. I think it is important to look back at events and their significance. Maybe, this is the historian in me. Perhaps, it is that all of my history and social science classes have taught me that what happens in the past can and really does matter for the present. Does this album matter for Duran and their fans? Absolutely. Duran and its fanbase are where they are because of it. It was a big part of their story and their success as a band. If one is to appreciate the present state of Duran, one must acknowledge anniversaries like this. Thus, I’m thrilled to see everyone’s posts and tweets about it. I love hearing about what the album meant to different people. Likewise, I love that the band and their colleagues took the time to look back, to reflect, to celebrate this huge chapter in their careers. This reflection, this remembrance will, I’m sure, weigh in their minds as they begin to think about the next chapter.
It is interesting to me that on this anniversary I have noticed a few tweets from certain people like Simon, Dom, and Simon W (sax player). These tweets have made reference to being in Zurich. Now, of course, they could all be in different parts of Zurich. Maybe they aren’t with each other. That’s very possible, right? Sure. It has also been pointed out to me that TV Mania has gone quiet. Huh. Of course, this has led people to wonder if there is something going on and what it could mean. Now while I do appreciate the focus on the past, I won’t lie. The thought that the band or some of the band might be together excites me more. What I appreciate the most about the past is that it has led the band to NOW, the present. What excites me, what brings a smile to my face, what increases the bounce in my step is the FUTURE. I cannot wait to see what the band in its current form can come up with. Then, maybe in 21 or 22 years from now, we can rejoice in this upcoming album’s anniversary.