Did you listen to the Katy Kafe this week featuring Roger Taylor? I did and blogged about it on Friday. Sometimes, a word, a sentence or a detail from those Kafes stick with me. That is the case with this one, which is funny because it wasn’t very long or did not feature a ton of news on the Duran front. Yet, it did give one juicy tidbit. Duran Duran is planning on returning to the studio before the end of the year.
According to Roger, the band is planning to return to the studio for some “fun” (his word) but it might not be a new album. I don’t know about the rest of you but I keep thinking about what exactly that might mean.
After the All You Need Is Now album cycle, I felt a sort of desperation for the band to keep active. That album spoke to me and felt like Duran had embraced themselves and their fans. Many fans seemed to be active on social media and expressed a lot of happiness about their fandom during that time. While I say that, I recognize that it wasn’t a complete utopia and I knew that even then. Nonetheless, things felt good to me and I really believed that Duran was on the “right track,” whatever that means. Then, of course, the time between that album and Paper Gods rolled around. 2012 turned to 2013 then to 2014. That tiny sliver of desperation I felt seemed to be growing. I often blogged in response to this feeling. Many took some of those blogs as complaining and not being understanding of the creative process. I kept trying to explain that it had more to do with my concern over their success and the fear that if they took too long, the fans wouldn’t remain. Those blogs always came from love, despite my flaws.
In hindsight, a lot of it had to do with my own fear that the band wouldn’t come back or that when they did come back, too much would have changed to feel the same. The fun wouldn’t follow. In reality, this had a lot more to do with me. Things were not always ideal in my world and I was putting a lot of my hope and joy onto fandom. I needed to have something to look forward to, something to give me happiness and not much in my life was beyond fandom. This combined with the fact that Rhonda and I took our fandom to a more serious level by not only blogging but organizing meet ups and a weekend long convention. Fandom took on a greater role in my life.
Now, we are witnessing the last dates of the Paper Gods Tour and era. This time, things seem to be different. On a personal level, I’m aware of what happened last time and how I reacted and why. I also understand creative process work in a different way now than I did in 2013. I have vowed to give them as much time as they need for whatever exactly they are going to do next. Yes, the plan is just to give as much support as I can. Funny enough, though, the band seems different this time, too. The fact that they are planning to go into the studio indicates this. It doesn’t sound like it will be years between Paper Gods and whatever is next. (While I type that sentence, I hear many of you pointing out Durantime. That may be true but I, again, will be positive throughout it all.) Of course, while the band is planning to return to recording, Roger says that it might not be a “new album”. So, what could it be?
I have no idea what exactly the band is going to be doing in the studio. In order to figure it out, I have thought the band’s career. Is there anything that they have had in the past that could give us an idea? Maybe. At times, the band has released a single in between albums. I’m thinking about songs Iike Is There Something I Should Know or Wild Boys. Could they think about writing and recording a song to be included on a re-issue or on a live album? What about a album of remixes or another greatest hits album? While they have never done a real EP, or smaller album, they could do one now. Maybe that would be good.
Of course, one factor that makes this time unique is that the 40th anniversary is coming up. Could that be the factor that is pushing the band back into the studio? Could they be doing something special for that? What about the idea of going through some of those demos that we know were close to being ready and finishing them? I can only imagine that the band has a lot of work out there that could be completed and sent out into the world. If they did an album of those, that might not be considered a “new” album? I’m not sure. Roger sure left me with more questions by this piece of news.
While I’m prepared to be patient and supportive through this time between Paper Gods and whatever come next, I wouldn’t mind getting a little something to ease the anticipation. I’m okay if it is a song or two or an EP or an album featuring previously unreleased demos. Whatever and whenever it is going to be, I’m looking forward to it.