Lindsay Lohan Rumors, Day Two

Some rumors refuse to die, and so when I got up this morning, I suppose I wasn’t all that surprised to see that yes – Lindsay Lohan was still in my Facebook newsfeed.  Turns out, a “source” told The Mirror that Lindsay was doing more of a spoken word part on the album while her sister Ali was doing the singing. They are to be featured on the same song.

Truth be told, until the album is in our hot little hands or DDHQ cares to respond to the rumors, we won’t really know who or what is on the album…and it’s not our job here at Daily Duranie to investigate the truthfulness of such rumors.  We do, however, respond as a sort of voice for the fans. So, after reading the rumor of the day, I threw it out to our Facebook and Twitter followers to gnash their teeth on.

Many fans are ever-supportive, saying that they trust the band’s choices, including that of Lindsay Lohan. I’m not exactly sure what that means, given that none of us have any control over what the band does. We can only control our purchasing power, and they’ve seen evidence, however limited that may be, of that power in the past. When I read that someone “trusts the band’s choices”, I don’t get the feeling that they’re reserving judgment until they hear the song – they just know they’re going to love whatever the band does because well, it’s Duran Duran. I am not that kind of fan, but there’s room for everyone in this fandom. Others though question not only the validity of the rumor (don’t we all?) but the fact that out of the billions on the planet – Lindsay Lohan has the right voice for the job. I throw up my own hands on that one because like any other fan – I have no idea what they’re going for. That would be my statement on the entire album at this particular point though, and not just from the rumor/announcement of the Lohan sisters. There has been quite a cacophony of names being paraded about over the last four years – and to those of us whom have never heard even a single note or snippet, connecting the dots from Mr. Hudson to John Frusciante and Nile Rodgers and now Lindsay Lohan may seem a little far-fetched. That doesn’t mean it can’t make sense and be completely cohesive, it just means we’re all going to have to wait until next spring or beyond before we really know what it all means. Still others feel that, if true, that it’s a stunt executed for marketing purposes. Once again I say that we can’t argue with the ten million followers Lindsay Lohan has between Twitter and Instagram. If you were in a band and wanted your music to get out to a wide audience of people, this might be one way to do it. After all, this is the same band who held up a sign at the end of Girls on Film saying that some people will do anything to sell records, which brings me to the question of selling out. The devils advocate in me posed the question if one is outraged by the idea of the band licensing their music to sell perfume or clothing or yogurt, or cars for that matter… is this any different? As one fan put it, “That ship sailed to Antigua a long, long time ago.”, I chuckled as I acknowledged the truth of the statement and wholeheartedly agreed.

It is difficult to maintain an open mind – I’m the first to say that here, and I recognize in some sense why the band has kept a lot of details beyond the names working on the album pretty mum. Once upon a time, I had all but made up my mind about Red Carpet Massacre, for instance, before the album ever hit the shelves. I never appreciated Timbaland before Duran Duran, and I still do not. My disdain for Justin Timberlake is well-documented in many places, although I’ve come around to some point on Justin these days. Truthfully I hated Red Carpet Massacre before I even held it in my hand. Thankfully for all of you, I didn’t blog back then. When I first read the article this morning that Duranasty shared, my immediate reaction was not filled with hearts and rainbows of positivity. In fact, I was considering how best to word this blog for the better part of the morning. As I told a few people this morning, I waiver between wanting to remain positive and formulating my fan resignation letter. I’m not perfect.

It all comes down to not knowing, doesn’t it? None of us really know where this album is headed. As someone pointed out earlier on Facebook, we have been given plenty of details as far as names go, but there is still enough mystery and time on our hands to overthink. Who doesn’t enjoy a great discussion on the finer points of Duran Duran?  In time, we’ll have the answers and have spirited discussions over our conclusions.


7 thoughts on “Lindsay Lohan Rumors, Day Two”

  1. I think one of the things I love most about Duran Duran is they think out of the box. So that being said, I am bit intrigued as to how Lindsay and her sister fit into their new album, and I am going I’m going to reserve judgement until I hear the final product.

    Maybe this IS purely a stunt for marketing purposes. Who knows? But even if that is the case, it’s getting people talking. Oscar Wilde said “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

    I don’t know if I would necessarily characterize it as selling out. Unfortunately, the promotion and marketing is a necessary evil – whatever shape it takes – because without it people don’t stay interested and artists won’t remain around for very long. That’s just way it is. The way I look at it, regardless of what someone thinks about Lindsay, if her involvement gets new people interested in the band then that’s a good thing, keep the fan base going and growing. Plenty of room on the Duran Party Train!

    1. I guess then with fans like you, Susan, the band has nothing to worry about. I cannot say the same for myself, because I don’t see this as an opportunity to gain more fans and that we should all be thrilled for the sake of being supportive or positive. On the other hand, I’m not throwing away my Duranie card either. I’m treading carefully, and we’ll see the proof in the pudding, I suppose. 🙂 -R

  2. “What makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you.” This is a quote by Brian Eno (Musician, Producer, Artist, Thinker). I think it reflects what a lot of people are missing nowadays when they talk about talent: a lack of an open mind setting. I’ve googled Lindsay Lohan and watched her act, give a few interviews and sing on a video. Wether you like her or hate her I think she has a strong personality and a very good rough voice. I’m guessing she will blend just fine in any Duran Duran song with her spoken voice. Also, I think she’s really beautiful beyond words. Her sister also 😉

    1. Well Marc, I don’t know that I agree with you here. I think every single person comes to art with a certain frame of mind, and that isn’t a good thing OR a bad thing. I know many times I’ll like one piece of music or one particular work of art from someone and not like other things they’ve done – and sometimes I’ve even been surprised. Justin Timberlake is a great example for me. He isn’t someone I have ever liked, but I actually surprised myself when I heard his last album and liked a few of the songs on it.

      Talent is not the same thing as art. Talent is truly just potential…art is what comes from using that potential.

      I’m not going to argue whether or not I think Lindsay would be good on a Duran album, because in my mind that’s something best left for when I actually hear the work, if that day should come to fruition. I will say this though, beauty isn’t just what is on the outside – it comes from within. I don’t see any of that when I see Lindsay Lohan. I see someone who has been used, abused and thrown away by the system and by HERSELF. I see someone who uses every opportunity to put herself in the news because she’s addicted to fame…and when I see the band being photographed with her, I have to wonder exactly whom is using whom, and that makes me incredibly sad.

  3. To me an all stars cast on the new album isn’t a problem.
    The day it gets released I’ll tell the band, “Thank you very much” and I’ll post my feedback on DDM on my very nice Roger’s thread. Period.

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