What is a fan? In my definition, a fan is not someone who likes everything the idol(s) does. Yet, I have people who respond to the daily question about song preference by saying, “both”. Yes, you can like both songs. I often do but I am asking people to choose which one people like MORE. I also have people who say, “neither.” I can understand that. I am a Duranie or a Duran Duran fan. What that means to me that is I like the music and the band, generally. Yes, they are my favorite band. Thus, I think that when they get it right, musically or otherwise, they REALLY get it right. Yes, it also means that I generally think they get it right more often than not. That said, like the person who always answers with “neither” or the fan who wonders if they need to turn in their Duranie card because s/he does not like a particular song, I, too, have Duran songs that I don’t really like. In fact, and I know this might be shocking but there are songs of theirs that I hope I never hear again. We all know that Rhonda would be happy never hearing that song involving an animalistic need for food. Can you guess which song it is for me? Some of you might since I have mentioned it before, but I bet the rest of you will be shocked.
Come Undone. I cannot stand that song. Now, I didn’t initially hate the song. I didn’t. Probably, at one time, I might have even said that I liked it. There are other songs that I instantly didn’t like *coughZoomIncough* but this one grew to annoy me, then grew to go beyond annoyance. Why does it bother me? First, I have to hear it at practically every dang concert I go to. Although, if the band would ever read this (yeah, right…), I SO appreciated that I didn’t have to put up with it at the Atlanta show this past August. That almost made the show for me right there! What is my problem with hearing it live? It is BORING. Now, remember that I focus much of my show on a certain bass player. He doesn’t move much during that song. Neither does anyone else. There is no JoSi or DoJo. The stage is typically set in a green light and everyone just plays or sings. Boring. No interaction with the crowd. Nothing. Then, of course, there is that horrible, cringe-worthy moment when Simon decides that it is a good idea to lick his fingers. *shudders* Yeah, not my thing. Then, again, I’m not a Simon fan. If I was, I might think it was cool or hot but I’m not. Second, musically and lyrically, it just doesn’t do it for me. I know that technically there is nothing wrong with the song, but I still don’t like it. Lastly, it seems that it is overrated among the fans. Everyone loves it or so it seems. Everyone thinks it is so great. Maybe, part of my problem is this album, in general for me. I saw the band live for the first time during this era. I went to the show with a few friends and had a good time. Afterwards, though, I distinctly remember telling my friend that something was off with the band and that they should think about breaking up. Seriously. I couldn’t give any reason to that statement then other than it was a feeling to me. Obviously, I’m glad that they didn’t retire then and yes, I’m glad that this album brought them success. It just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know why. It isn’t bad but it didn’t wow me the way I wanted. It still doesn’t.
What is my point in telling you all this? I like to think that I’m a pretty dedicated Duranie. I write a blog, do a daily question, write today in Duran history each day, etc. Yet, I still have songs that aren’t my favorite. I have songs that I hope I never hear again and I don’t think that makes me a bad fan or less of a dedicated fan. It makes me human. A fan does not have to love everything the band does. I look at it this way. I love my nieces, for example, but I don’t always love what they do. They are human and make mistakes. This is how I look at fandom. I will always love Duran but I don’t love every song and every album. In fact, some of them I would be happy to kiss goodbye forever! What about you? What songs do you want to kiss goodbye?