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Faster Than Light: Duran Fans and the Question of the Day

I have been a part of the Duran Duran fandom for years.  For many of those years, I also spent a lot of time watching, observing and thinking about our fan community.  What do we think?  What are we passionate about?  What kinds of activities do we like?  How do we like to express our fandom?  Sometimes, I think I’m starting to figure out our community and other times…I am not sure that I have a clue.

A couple of weeks ago, I started a new set of questions of the day.  I thought it might be fun to watch a different interview each day and then score it.  When the idea came up, it seemed like others were on board.  Initially, we had a bunch of people participate in those polls.  Interestingly enough, I started the interviews from 1981, then 1982, 1983, etc. moving closer and closer to the present.  As we have moved through the 1980s interviews and onto the 1990s interviews, I noticed that we are getting less and less participation.  This makes me sad.  I always hope that the question of the day is just something that people look forward to daily and get them thinking at least for a few minutes about Duran.  Yet, it doesn’t seem like that is the case.

Of course, the social scientist in me has thought about why this might be the case.  Is that people don’t have time to watch an interview each day?  That could be.  I know that I can relate.  My job takes a lot of my time and I continue to be involved in political affairs.  If I didn’t take the time in the morning, I wouldn’t have it.  Is it about when the interviews are from?  The 1980s interviews got a lot more participation.  Why is that?  Could it be these interviews weren’t ever seen before but the more result ones have been?  Could it be that the 1980s is simply a time period in Duran history that is more loved?  What about a combination of both or all of the above?  I think all of those are possibilities.  No matter the reason for the lack of participation, the question now is what to do.

First, I think I will at least finish one round of these questions, meaning that I will share some interviews until we get to the most recent interview.  After that, I think we need to change the question of the day to something that requires less time.  I think it might be fun to ask a set of questions that we did before but have not done for years.  That said, I want to know what you all think.  So, I put a little survey together.  Which question should I go with?

I appreciate everyone’s vote!  It will definitely help me to make the question of the day the most fun possible!

-A

Duran Song Title Themes

Are you someone who pays attention to our questions of the day?  If you are, you know that generally they are poll questions.  They are quick, easy opinion questions.  The goal is just to keep people thinking of Duran each and every day.  Plus, I find it fun to think about which songs or videos I like better and figure that others might, too.

Last weekend, we finished ranking the albums and I blogged about the results yesterday.  Then, I started asking about what might seem to be random songs.  Perhaps, some of you have figured out the connection between the songs I have asked about.  First, I asked about Astronaut or Big Bang Generation.  Then, Faster Than Light went up against Last Day on Earth.  I put these songs into the space, astronomy related Duran songs.  The complete list of those is as follows:

  • Astronaut
  • Big Bang Generation
  • Faster Than Light
  • Last Day on Earth
  • Mars Meets Venus
  • Midnight Sun
  • New Moon on Monday
  • Northern Lights
  • Planet Earth
  • Planet Roaring
  • The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever
  • Sunrise
  • Too Close to the Sun
  • The Universe Alone

I grouped other Duran songs together in themes as well.  The other topics I found included violence, nature, weather, animals, places, religion, science and the calendar/time.  Could I have come up with more?  I’m certain that I could have.  Heck, many songs could be placed in multiple categories.  I am also concerned that I am forgetting songs.  Here is where I need your help.  I need you to send me titles of songs I missed.  First, let me share the lists I have so far.

Violence:

  • A View to a Kill
  • Of Crime and Passion
  • Red Carpet Massacre
  • Sin of the City
  • You Kill Me with Silence

Nature:

  • All Along the Water
  • Burning the Ground
  • Land
  • Night Boat
  • Skin Divers
  • The Valley
  • To the Shore

Weather:

  • Before the Rain
  • Hold Back the Rain
  • Salt in the Rainbow
  • Sound of Thunder

Animals:

  • Butterfly Girl
  • Hungry Like the Wolf
  • The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  • Palomino
  • Tiger Tiger
  • Union of the Snake

Places:

  • The Edge of America
  • Lake Shore Driving
  • Mediterranea
  • My Antarctica
  • Rio
  • Tel Aviv

Religion

  • Faith in This Colour
  • God
  • Like an Angel
  • New Religion
  • Paper Gods
  • Save a Prayer

Science

  • American Science
  • Blame the Machines
  • Breath After Breath
  • Lady Xanax
  • Networker Nation
  • Playing with Uraninum
  • Vertigo
  • Virus

Calendar/Time

  • Early Summer Nerves
  • Finest Hour
  • Secret Oktober
  • Taste the Summer
  • Valentine Stones
  • Violence of Summer
  • Winter Marches On

My questions now are simple.  What categories or themes did I leave out?  What did I miss?  Then, which songs did I miss or should I include that I didn’t?  I decided to stick with the titles of songs but should I include lyrics as well?  What do you think would be most fun?

-A

Daily Questions Update

Don’t be scared!  The daily questions aren’t going away!  On the contrary, I’m always thinking of new questions that can be asked and I always look forward to the results.  At times, the results are totally predictable and other times…not so much.  Anyway, I want to stop, take a second from the chaos of the end of the school year to update all of you on where we are at with this series of daily questions/polls and what is coming up next!

Ultimate Album

We are getting to the end of the ultimate album questioning.  We are finishing track 10 now and will go through track 13.  Now, in order to truly ensure that we (the fans) have picked the ultimate album in the right fashion, we are also going to go back through each track and ask again but in a different way.  The second time around we are going to list all of the track ones together in a  single poll.  You, the voter, will have to just choose the favorite first track.  Then, the next day, you will get all of the second tracks to choose from.  At that point, we know that each and every voter will consider not only the favorite second track but also what would go best to follow the one(s) chosen before.  After we do this for all 13 tracks, we can be certain that we have, indeed, the ultimate Duran Duran album as chosen by the fans!

Sharing of the Ultimate Album

Once we have the definite ultimate album, we will put together a playlist via YouTube so that you all can listen to that album!!  Of course, Rhonda and I will put together our personal ultimate albums since we just might be different than the overall fan base (shocking, I know!).  Those will go on YouTube, too.  Likewise, we would love, love, love to have your ultimate albums, too!  It would really interest me what you all come up!  You will be welcome to share just your album/track listings but if you also want to share why you chose those tracks, we would love that, too!

What’s Next:  Duos!

After the ultimate album, we will turn back to pictures.  If you have been reading or following us for awhile, you might be asking yourself this question:  “What?  Didn’t we do pictures already?”  We did.  Earlier, we found everyone’s favorite picture of each individual band member then we compared favorite pictures to get a final favorite picture of an individual member.  (It was a picture of John from 1982, if you don’t remember!)  Anyway, it is time to expand beyond the individual member.  We will be moving on to favorite duos!  Perhaps, you prefer JoSi (John and Simon together!) or maybe DoJo (Dom and John!) is your thing! NiSi (Nick and Simon) might strike your fancy or, perhaps, RoJo works for you!  Here is what we need.  Like with the individual band members, we need you to send your favorite pictures of your two band members!  Last time, with individual members, we asked you to save just your FIVE favorites.  This time, because there are two members per picture, please send your TEN favorite pictures!  Where/how should you send them?  Simple.  Send them in one of three ways:  By email (dailyduranie@gmail.com), by private message on Facebook or via direct message on Twitter.  The key is to send them in a way that others can’t see what you send.  I don’t have a deadline for the last day you can send the pictures yet, but once I do, I’ll let you all know!  Assume that the deadline will be around the end of the twelve track. I, for one, know that you all will send fabulous pictures!  I can’t wait to see them!

Now, on that note, today’s question is a close one!  Only one vote separates the choices!

-A