During the frenzy of 2005, something else was going on besides just Astronaut tour dates. Something You Should Know was coming our way.
A director saw a story that needed to be told, and had spent time going around the country interviewing fans for a documentary named Something You Should Know. M. Douglas wanted to tell the story of Duranies, explain why we were fans, and what kinds of things we would do to express our fandom. Many of my friends were among those he had interviewed for this documentary, and they were excited to know that at some point in the future, their tales might have ended up on a big screen.
The timing could not have been more perfect for such a venture. After a long hibernation for many, the re-emergence of the Fab Five with the Astronaut album provided just the enticement to come out of the shadows. It seemed like I was running into fans nearly everywhere I went, and it made the journey that much more exciting. Like many of you, I sat waiting for the announcement that he documentary would be released. On this date in 2005, the website for Something You Should Know was launched.
While the documentary itself did not turn out quite as I had imagined – the storyline seeming to sensationalize the “slightly bizarre” behavior of fans rather than tell more of an honest story, I can remember being very excited to hear that someone even thought there was a point to fandom at all. The irony (for me), is that now having been rejected a few times for trying to tell the honest story of fandom – I can see why it was easier to sell the sensationalized stories. I could easily step up on my soapbox and lecture why this is so wrong, but I’ll refrain.
You’re welcome. Happy Valentines Day!
This is one of those times where, as I’m writing, I’m thinking about how this feels like this happened so long ago. A LOT of life has gone on since the website for Something You Should Know was launched. Even so, I remember…do you?