Every year about this time I see a post on more than one DD message board, and it goes a little something like this “I cannot BELIEVE ____________ was nominated before DD!! How can that be??” Almost every year, I resist from posting a response, primarily because there are several others that have already posted exactly what I’m thinking – which is generally “So what?!?”
I know that probably sounds crass coming from a fan. It might even seem a little blasphemous to some. The fact is, and I know there are many out there who are with me on this – why on earth should Duran Duran be IN the Hall of Fame?
Are they a great band? Well, in MY opinion, yes…but in the opinion of most Americans, and definitely in the minds of most of the people who nominate, probably not so much. The fact is, Duran Duran is an 80’s band who only had wide appeal for a very short time, musically speaking. That doesn’t detract from what we as fans see, and it’s not meant. Bands like Bon Jovi, (nominated this year), or U2 – as much as I hate to admit it in the case of the latter – they’ve had enormous mass appeal for a very long time. U2 can still fill up stadiums when they tour. Duran Duran can fill up some of the House of Blues locations. It’s just the way it is. Duran Duran have never had immense success with critics, and although as a fan I can give critics the finger and be done with them, it seems to me that having the critical acclaim is important (to some) to show that yes, this band has actually influenced musical history over a length of time.
Did they have impact on the industry? Here is where I think there’s a chasm between the fans – they had a HUGE impact on VIDEOS, yes. Music?? I have to say probably not as much. Yes, it pains me to say that – but it’s true. I really believe that many years from now, the music history books will take a paragraph or two to denote Duran Duran’s influence over the way videos were made and marketed to the public. I think a lot of fans who have been following the band over the years would agree that it’s in videos where they are likely to leave their lasting mark. They already have, in my book.
Lastly, and probably most importantly for the fans who like me aren’t concerned about Duran Duran being in the Hall of Fame yet, the band isn’t finished. In some respects, it really seems that a band shouldn’t be nominated into the Hall of Fame until they’re done and they have their whole catalog to be reflected back on. To nominate them at this point would seem to be a little unfair to the band, because they just aren’t finished. It would almost be like assuming their best is behind them – and while I know there are many out there that think Rio was the pinnacle, I’m saying (and others like me), be patient. Let’s sit back and wait this one out a bit because I have a feeling that the band isn’t quite finished.
Sometimes, even in Duranland, patience can be a real virtue.