Sometimes, an article or online post will catch my attention and I will feel compelled to respond to it. This morning, I ran across this article/post on dailyfeed out of the UK entitled 12 Reasons Most People LOVED Duran Duran in the 80s. As soon as I saw the title, I knew that I had to take a look at it and I also figured that I might agree with most of it but there might be some reasons that I don’t relate to, even though I did love Duran Duran in the 1980s. Here is their list:
- They wrote their own music
- They had great fashion sense
- They married supermodels
- They had “brilliant” lyrics
- The Wild Boys video was “unbelievable”
- They were Princess Diana’s favorite band
- Nick Rhodes was the “coolest man on the planet”
- Arena is a favorite album
- They had great live shows
- They inspired “modern” acts
- They had “brilliant” videos
- They are still together
Now, I would recommend actually going to the article to see the pictures that go with as well as the brief explanation for each of these choices. So, what do I think of them? Well, right away, I might comment that some of these reasons aren’t related to the 1980s. For example, their influence on others wasn’t known in the 1980s. We might have guessed that they would be an inspiration on others but we didn’t know that then. No one did. Nonetheless, this list made me think that I might create my own list of why people LOVE Duran Duran NOW. Some of my list will match the original’s but, there will be some changes as well.
Number 1: Duran Duran has written some of the best songs that have ever been recorded all from their first single, Planet Earth, to their most recent single, What Are the Chances. Many of these songs have stood the test of time and I suspect the most recent ones as well.
Number 2: While we admire Duran Duran’s great fashion sense, we also can laugh at some of their fashion choices now. We can appreciate that they don’t always have to be “cool”. They can be just
themselves and be comfortable with who they are!
Number 3: Duran Duran makes us think. Yes, they absolutely do make us think, whether it is by those brilliant lyrics mentioned by the original post or by their videos that seem to be more than what they seem on the surface.
Number 4: While Duran Duran can make us think, they can also provide a serious escape from reality and remind us that fun is necessary in life! Perhaps, they is why so many of us choose to go on tour to see them as much as we can!
Number 5: Duran Duran will always be cool but, sometimes, they can be pretty dorky, which we love, too! John Taylor’s dance in Danceophobia, anyone?
Number 6: Speaking of “dorky” and dancing, Simon’s dancing is ALWAYS entertaining and never fails to make me laugh!!
Number 7: Duran Duran IS a great live band! No matter how many shows I go to, they never cease to amaze me by how fabulous they truly are live.
Number 8: On top of making us think and making us laugh, they can also really make us feel. Ordinary World might bring out the tears while Rio reminds us that they make us feel “alive, alive, alive”.
Number 9: Duran Duran has recorded 14 amazing studio albums, including one, Paper Gods, released last year. While I may not love each album equally, ALL of them have gems on them and songs that have made my life brighter for simply existing.
Number 10: Beyond the fabulous music, Duran Duran also takes their time to consider the visual, whether that visual is in video form, an album cover or in the font that is used for merchandise. The details matter to them.
Number 11: Duran Duran has fabulously dedicated fans. Each of you reading this should now look in a mirror! Yes, I am talking to you. Go. Do it. You are a fabulous fan! Often these wonderful fans meet and become the best of friends! (Some of those friends are crazy enough to write a blog every day!)
Number 12: Duran Duran is STILL around and have had such an amazing career that has spans decades! We all hope that they will continue to be around for a very, very, very long time to come!