Obviously, the clip is meant to be funny! It isn’t filled with tough, thought-provoking questions. In fact, it isn’t filled with many questions at all. It is more about showcasing the band and their history in talking about a “comeback”. Does this make sense in 2004? In one way, it does. In another way, it does not. For the general public, Duran Duran hadn’t been around for years or even a decade. For those of us in the know, we knew that they had always been around. Thus, it could be annoying that the interview was framed in such a fashion. On the other hand, maybe, it isn’t so bad. Maybe, it was good in 2004 to talk about a comeback, to emphasize Duran’s attempt to get back into the spotlight. What do you think?
Now, I have to admit I enjoyed Duran’s reactions. Poor Roger couldn’t keep much of a straight face with some of the questions. John and Simon did better with “acting” and tried to seem annoyed at some of the questions. I have to admit that I smiled quite a bit at John’s reaction to the question about grandkids or Simon’s reaction to his revealing that he has been married for awhile! I also loved when John asked if a “rockin'” type song would be “Eye of the Tiger” or when the interviewer included “Walk Like an Egyptian” as a Duran hit! Talk about placing Duran in the early/mid 80s! The only part that didn’t really amuse me much was the idea that Duran needed famous collaborations. That hit home a little too much after the whole RCM deal with Timbaland and Timberlake. Interestingly enough, they didn’t really seem all excited about that idea even in a joking manner except for maybe Roger.
I tend to be super critical of Duran interviews. I usually think that the questions asked are too surface, too common, too annoying. They typically seem like they haven’t done any research or know very, very little about Duran. In this case, they didn’t try. It feels like they knew that they couldn’t do a regular, serious interview well. Therefore, instead of trying to be serious, they would embrace the silly. I can appreciate that. I admit that the interview at least amused me to some extent. What do the rest of you think?