This weekend I checked the Daily Duranie gmail after a week’s absence. I found a lot of “junk” mail, a couple emails that needed a response of some sort, and an email containing a link to an article regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and specifically – Duran Duran’s current lack of nomination.
I’ve blogged about this subject before. In fact, you can read my initial thoughts here. Since that blog posting, I’ve had the chance to trade emails and posts with folks who are a driving force behind getting the band nominated. My own personal opinion hasn’t really changed, but I have to recognize and even applaud their efforts. Working to get the band nominated is just another facet to our fandom, and the last thing I wish is to make light of their energy, enthusiasm, and hard work.
I try to remain as open minded as possible, both in “real” life and within the blog, and as such I’m always interested in reading articles about the band, and you never know when an opinion can be swayed. As it turns out, the article comes from a blogger for Goldmine magazine, and you can read the blog for yourself right here. The blog sets lays groundwork as to why the band should eventually be included, and for the most part, I believe that goal was reached although my questions about the necessity remain.
Ultimately, my issues with the Hall of Fame are at least trifold:
1. (and probably most important) The band themselves do not care about the Hall of Fame. They’re not interested! I realize that’s probably a shock to many readers out there, and some are probably asking “How does SHE know?” right about now. There was an interview done this past winter (I believe it was in December) on what I think must have been a UK morning TV program. I am trying to find a link to the interview, and if I find it – I’ll bring it here. There are two interviews I’m thinking of at the moment – in one of the interviews they were doing a cooking segment for some sort of holiday-ish pudding thing, and on the other, I believe they were being interviewed by someone who was a self-described huge fan for a podcast?? I’m not sure, but if anyone knows of the interviews I’m talking about, please send them my way! The question was asked during the interview, and Simon answered. I can’t quote him word for word without the video, but his point was that they’ve never once cared about what the critics thought, and they feel (as do I) that being nominated to the Hall of Fame is very much based on politics in the music industry. The band hasn’t ever really wanted to be that “legitimate mainstream” band – they like being on the outskirts, in the fringe, so to speak – and in Simon’s thinking, if being nominated is important to the band, that means they would be buying into that line of thinking, which at least Simon, speaking for the rest of the band, does not. That may be a blow to fans who are working so hard to get them nominated, but I can still understand where the band is coming from on this one.
2. I still believe the band has more to write in their book of history. To induct the band at this point would be underselling them, in my opinion. I still believe that their best days may very well lie ahead, and in my opinion to nominate them now is far too soon.
3. There are MANY other bands out there who have yet to be nominated that I really do feel have given far more to music history than Duran Duran at this point. I know I’m not alone in saying that. I still feel their lasting legacy lies far more with the visual media (videos) than it does with the music at this point. Their time may eventually get here, but I don’t believe that this is their moment yet.
As I ponder this topic, the big question that comes to mind over and over is whether or not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is really that important over the long haul. Is it going to make a difference in years to come? Is it worth selling one’s soul over? Part of me almost has to liken the induction to getting a star on the Walk of Fame. Many don’t realize that it doesn’t take much to get a Star – just money of course – and these days it’s become almost a “vanity” sort of thing in Hollywood. It didn’t start out that way of course. Back in the “golden days”, it was a real honor to be awarded a Star, and not many had one. Nowadays when you walk down the streets of Hollywood, you’ll see stars awarded to not only radio, TV & film stars, but even animal “actors”, and celebrities that have barely gotten to the legal drinking age, much less done work of enough substance to truly appreciate their celebrity status. It just seems to have lost it’s magical meaning from overuse. Of course, the R&R Hall of Fame may be different since it takes more than just money to get nominated, but the fact remains that in the end after all is said and done, it’s just another shiny plaque to hang on someone’s wall.