Yesterday, I posted the results to some surveys I created regarding Duran fans and their collections of their albums as well as side/solo projects. I promised to do a little analysis about what I thought about the results. (You might realize that I like to do this sort of thing. I tend to analyze a lot. It is the social scientist in me, I guess. Plus, I like to try to figure out the Duran fan community the best I can!) If you want to read the full results, you can read the post here.
Duran Albums Owned:
In looking at the results, I figured that most people reading this would own Rio. Heck, it is probably the most owned Duran Duran album out there as I am willing to bet that there are a lot of non-Duranies who own it. Quickly following Rio was Seven and the Ragged Tiger, The Wedding Album, Self-Titled, Arena, and Paper Gods. Again, both Seven and the Wedding Album included significant hits for the band, which means it is logical for those to be owned by many. Paper Gods might be the only odd album in there except that it was the most recent one. Rounding out the top of the albums owned list was Astronaut, All You Need Is Now, Notorious and Red Carpet Massacre.
After that, the number of fans who own Greatest, Big Thing and Decade dropped. An even greater drop happened with the albums of Thank You, Liberty, Medazzaland and Pop Trash. In fact, the least owned studio album was Pop Trash. That does not surprise me in the least. Actually, I am not surprised by the last 4 studio albums of Thank You, Liberty, Medazzaland and Pop Trash. Why is that, though? Are those albums hard to find or do fans not want to spend money to buy them? What I found interesting, though, is that there are not many fans who own Live from London and A Diamond in the Mind. This leads to another question. Is it these fans don’t own the DVDs or that they bought the DVDs without the CD? I’ll ask those questions in later surveys?
Duran Albums Heard Completely:
I have to admit that the results of this survey surprised me a bit. While it wasn’t the order that make me think, I was just surprised that so many fans haven’t heard entire albums. For example, there were a number of fans who participated who haven’t heard the whole Big Thing album or all of the Self-Titled debut. While I can understand Big Thing, but the 1st album? All of songs off of these albums are available on YouTube so cost isn’t the reason. It isn’t that I’m judging. I’m just trying to understand. If you haven’t heard all of the Duran albums completely, can you please share why? I would like to know.
Side/Solo Projects Owned Completely:
Again, I could have predicted the results to this one. I knew more fans owned Arcadia and not many would own Roger’s Freebass. The only one that sort of surprised me was that there were a lot less fans who owned Power Station in comparison to Arcadia. Is that because of the second album of Power Station? I could ask more questions to find out. Again, though, I would like to know why fans own what they do, especially after seeing the results of the side/solo projects heard.
Side/Solo Projects Heard:
The results of the side/solo projects heard completely almost matches the side/solo projects owned. Most fans have heard Arcadia completely. Few fans have heard Freebass completely. Yet, the list changes when you look at side/solo projects that people have heard some of. In that case, more fans have heard some of Simon’s followed by Andy and John. In that case, I can conclude that many Duranies have heard some of the individual songs by Simon, John, Andy, etc. Would those fans want to hear more of the solo projects then? Lastly, a lot of fans haven’t heard Freebass at all. The same is true with Dom’s stuff and many of the side projects created in the 1990s and beyond. Do people want to hear those projects?
Those are my thoughts about these surveys. Every time I use surveys like this I learn something more about our fan community. What did you think of the results?