Return to Now

After the GMA appearance yesterday, I saw a flurry of posts from friends, both commending the performance of the band, and lamenting (if not panning) the interviewer for focusing on the band as though they’ve come straight from 1985 as though the band has done nary a thing since the chords of Rio or Girls on Film were recorded.

I have to be honest here, I didn’t think too much about the interview.  I don’t know if it’s because I’ve gotten so used to the band being billed as a nostalgia act that I just don’t pay attention, or if it was because it was such a joy to see MOST of my favorites on TV for an interview that I just didn’t hear what the interviewer was saying. (I’ll just say it: it’s time to include Dom in the band. He’s been around a long time and he looks like he belongs there anyway at this point. I don’t care. Send me all the hate mail you’d like…call for my public flogging. I’m going on vacation in a few days anyway, so I’m throwing caution to the wind!)  Where was I?  Oh yes, the interview.  It was only later in the day when I watched it again that I really took notice of just how intent she (Lara Spencer) was to stick to the past.  I winced a bit when she asked them how it was to get back together after thirty years, and then I had to remind myself that this was not 2003.  It wasn’t even 2005, or even 2007.  It’s 2012.  Their latest album has been out for over a year now.  She even mentioned it herself when she commented that it hit #1 on iTunes. (I’m going to be even more honest here, I don’t care if it hit that on iTunes for 30 damn seconds, I’m glad the band holds on to that.  All You Need is Now is SO worthy of that number one spot and I’ll never stop being proud of them for writing such a fantastic album.)  I just don’t understand why the press is so apt to ignore the present when it comes to Duran Duran.

Do we still live in times of backlash when it comes to this band?  Sure, they have worn and occasionally still wear make up.  Name bands who don’t at this point in time.  There’s not many.  Yeah, they’re still good looking. (thank goodness!!)  Yep, their fans are still primarily female, although there are more than a few really good men out there that love their music as much as I do.  I’m lucky to count several of them as my friends, actually!  Does that really all add up to discounting them to nostalgia?  Here’s the real question: what about their music???  When does that actually count for something?

Sometimes, I stop and wonder if any of this bothers the band.  I mean, it was one thing to be a pop idol back in the 80’s. I’ve read enough to know that the band never minded being idols to their fans, they wanted to be famous and they were willing to do whatever it took for that to happen.  (Goal successfully reached!)  I have to believe that at some point, they were hoping to be known for more than just making young girls scream.  Sure, we fans have grown up and while we might all still scream for more when we see them live on stage, their music resonates.  While we fans take them seriously (and still have fun all the while), it would seem   at least to me that the press never has.  Do you think that bothers them?

I suppose the band can either fight it or embrace it and continue to work towards whatever personal goals they have on their own. While I sit here writing and contemplating, I recognize that the press can be very much like a tidal wave, and sometimes it’s just better to let the wave do it’s thing and help you get places in the long run than fight mother nature.

While that method seems to work for the band, I know I’m not alone when I say that as a fan – it’s really tough to sit back and see the hard work of thirty years diminished to a few shining moments that happened decades ago.  It’s difficult not to feel personally affronted, and yet if it doesn’t bother the band, perhaps we need to take our cue from them.  They certainly didn’t write All You Need is Now (single) with absolutely nothing in mind.  It really is all up to us to find ourselves in the moment.  It’s never really been about what the press or critics have said about them, it’s been about you and I…and the band.

-R

8 thoughts on “Return to Now”

  1. It does bother me. Mostly because it comes off as lazy journalism. I get that there is a demographic that has no clue that Duran has been up to anything at all, but come on…educate the public, that's your flipping job! The only thing I appreciated from that interview was the slide show of all of their albums. That was quite welcome and refreshing. I can't imagine the guys get any pleasure answering the same outdated question time and time again.

  2. IMO if anyone is stuck in the past it would be the ones that keeps refering to the band as an 8ms band. Yes it bothers me and the fact it dont, at least on the surface, bother the band is of absolutely no value to me personally. The feelings are mine not theirs or yours or the neighbours but mine.
    Ive “lived” with these men, these artists for all of my youth and my adult life and I got my feelings and pride invested (not to mention x amount of money, they are free to thank me anytime *snort laugh* ). I take it as a personal insult to me and my intelligence when journalists, and I use that word lightly, claim Duran Duran are a has been band that their fans are more interested in screaming their heads off and only focus on their looks etc etc bla bla yada yada.
    *jumps off soapbox before getting to heated*

  3. We do tend to take it personally, don't we? I agree – a lot of us have a lot of time, heart, love, tears, sweat, and maybe even a little blood (listen, if you haven't had to fight off people from wanting in front of your spot in GA…I just don't even know what to say except that you're lucky!) from being fans of this band for so long. We feel that our band is a little deserving of some credibility after all of this time, not just a drawn out mention of what they DID…but what they're still DOING. I think that's fair to say.

    That said, there is a certain amount of peace to be found in just enjoying the moment with them, and letting the chips fall where they may. That's sort of the zen place I'm doing my best to squeeze every last tiny moment out of before the band goes on hiatus.

    Trust me, if anyone is enjoying this moment – and if that's the one thing the band has been trying to teach us, I get it. It's sometimes difficult to put into practice, but I get the point. 🙂 -R

  4. I simply won't listen to another interview unless it is the Daily Duranie interviewing the band. 🙂 I think R & A would have interesting questions that would make them sit up and pay attention to the interview. I don't have the time or the patience to hear the same old questions being asked over and over again by the main stream media (such as GMA).

    I think the best interview I have heard in the past 10 years was A&E Private Sessions. The interviewer (female) had interesting questions and didn't seem to be star struck like so many other female interviews have been in the past 10+ years.

    So who do I need to write to make this happen (Daily Duranie interviewing the band)?

    Lisa

  5. Wow! I'm not sure how to respond to this! Of course, I would LOVE to think that R and I could come up with some interesting questions that the FANS would want to ask but that are still serious interview questions.

    Thanks for the confidence! LOL!

    -A

  6. Aw Lisa, thank you for the vote of confidence. I have to tell you – I'm still obsessing over what ten questions I would ask Roger (Amanda's question of the week). I want to have good, thought provoking questions. Not things that would make me uncomfortable to ask or him uncomfortable to answer – but the last thing I want to know is how he feels about being brothers with John Taylor. LOL 😀

    I would love to interview the band, and I don't know many fans that wouldn't want the opportunity. I've never interviewed anyone before (other than for work purposes, which is the ONE thing I enjoyed about being in staffing way back when!!), but I would really like to do that.

    I can't imagine anyone that works for the band allowing real fans to interview them for a blog though. Maybe someday. Of course, if anyone from the band is reading this and is willing to give it a shot during your down time, let us know. I'd love the challenge.

    -R

  7. Ladies, I think you should come up with a list of interview questions JUST IN CASE the opportunity ever comes up. Trust me…you just never know!

    Getting back to the main discussion (on media reaction to Duran Duran):
    General news and media interviews are done in soundbites. Very few subjects are treated to a detailed investigative or thoroughly researched piece. It requires a lot of TIME and EFFORT to invest that much attention in an industry that operates 24/7 on short deadlines. I also see current news reporting as a form of storytelling where journalists frame information that's scripted to a preexisting template. So, there are certain “roles” that assigned to various stories. I think Duran Duran is shorthand for “the 80s” and fulfills the nostalgia of those who are fond of that decade. Whenever someone wants to do a quick report about the 80s, DD inevitably get mentioned.

    I get miffed when Duran Duran's 30+ year career is STILL only referenced to one era. Surely after so much time, someone in the media would be prompted to critically look DD over and note all the growth and change that has happened to the band then come up with some interesting interview questions. But why bother with such originality? Providing fresh perspectives is too much work! Lazy journalism, indeed.

  8. I think that if the opportunity ever came to our attention, we'd jump at the chance to finally interview them correctly and ask tough questions, like “How do you really feel about continuing to be referred to as the Taylor brothers??” and “What ever happened to that Tiger Baby pendant?”

    I am completely joking. Obviously. 😀

    I think that if we had the chance, we'd try and ask the questions we've always wanted to know as fans, and they should be prepared….because we'd dig deep!

    Everything you're saying makes sense to me, and I agree. I understand the engine behind the press, but it still annoys me at times. -R

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