Earlier this week, Duran Duran’s social media posed the question, “What is your favorite video from the first album?” There were numerous answers on both the band’s Twitter and Facebook pages. In looking at those answers I noticed three types of responses: A definite one video answer usually with a reason, a list of multiple videos or a video from a different album. These answers were ones I have come to expect from fans. I’m never surprised when fans don’t want to choose. I guess it is possible that people like the videos the same. I generally don’t have a problem picking one favorite but I get that not everyone is like me. (The world is thankful of that. Very thankful.) But what about the fans who don’t know which songs are on which album?
In thinking about this, it reminds me of a game that we did at our convention in 2013. In this game, everyone had an index card with a song, an album, or something else Duran relate. They could not look at the card but had to ask questions of other fans to figure out what their card said. I believe that I had some song on Seven and the Ragged Tiger but as I went around to ask questions, people told me that my card was some song on Rio. By the time I got to Rhonda, I was asking about each individual song on the Rio album. I distinctly remember her looking at me so weirdly like she thought I had lost my mind. I couldn’t figure it out until she told me that I was asking about the wrong album. Clearly, not everyone knew which songs were on which albums. I made some comment that maybe I should teach Duran Duran 101 at the next convention. Some people around me chimed in that they thought it was a good idea. Interesting.
When I think about that moment at the convention or people’s answers this week, my first thought is always a bit of surprise. People really don’t know what’s on the first album? Then, I recognize that while I know what is on the first album, I might struggle with songs on Liberty, for example. I know that Rhonda and I have a review to do for next Friday. What exactly comes next after Liberty? I would have think about it and then I would probably check to make sure that I’m right. What’s the difference for me? Simple. I have listened to the first album a heck of a lot more than Liberty. On top of that, the first album has been in my life a lot longer. As an educator, I can tell you that frequency with material makes a big difference in retaining information.
This leads me to think more about teaching and learning. I don’t think I’m bad when it comes to Duran and the band’s history. I have done a lot of reading on my own and watched a lot of documentaries (way more than once I might add). I like that kind of stuff. I like learning. Maybe that is a reason why I became a teacher. Funny enough, I especially like learning about things I’m interested in, much like my kids. Of course, I don’t try and learn everything about all things I’m a fan of. I guess for me it is about how big of a fan I am or how into it I am. I suppose that is sort of normal, hopefully.
What about the rest of you? How much do you think you know about Duran Duran? Does it matter how much you know? Do you think that all fans should know sometimes? If so, what? How have you learned about Duran Duran?