Yesterday’s winner: Mediterranea
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: Other People’s Lives or The Reflex?
Yesterday’s winner: Mediterranea
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: Other People’s Lives or The Reflex?
Yesterday’s winner: The Reflex
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: Runway Runaway or Safe?
Yesterday’s winner: Other People’s Lives
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now Tour: The Reflex or Rio?
The last winner: Pressure Off
Which song better represents the Paper Gods Tour: The Reflex or Rio?
Did you see the interview with Simon and Nick on CNN yesterday? They sat down with Hala Gorani to promote their upcoming rocket-fueled show at the Kennedy Space Center later this month. It has been quite some time since I saw an interview with Duran Duran on CNN, so I was excited to see it. Naturally, in every interview there seems to be the inevitable point where the same questions seem to get asked. This used to drive me crazy. Often, I’d exclaim, “Is there NOTHING else that you can ask?” in complete frustration. I’d think to myself…or even tweet, “This is a band who has been around for forty years, and we’re still asking them about favorite songs and lines of lyric?”
As a self-proclaimed die hard fan, it’s easy for me to sit back and say all of that. Sure, I could get mad about it, and rest assured – I have. There’s been time spent feeling anger and frustration because journalists can’t ever seem to get past the simple questions and dig a bit deeper.
Yesterday though, I didn’t feel any of that. Even as Simon fielded the question about what “The Reflex” means—and still did not give an answer—I just smiled. At the time, I didn’t think about how many times I’d heard or seen that question come up before. I just thought about how Simon was answering it this time. When Gorani asked why the band still made music, it didn’t frustrate me at all. I loved that Nick talked about how they don’t like making the same album twice.Simon described how one of them might play something that reminds someone else in the band of something new they’d come up with, and that after awhile it starts to feel like a candy floss (or cotton candy for us American folks!) machine that keeps building and building. I can’t get mad at any of that.
It is 100% true, die-hard fans could probably ask all the deep, soul-searching questions. What I think we tend to forget though, is that we die-hards represent a very small percentage of the viewing audience. You’ll never convince me that Duranies outnumber average, ordinary, viewers for CNN, and it is those average people that interviews cater to. Maybe someone watched that interview yesterday who hadn’t seen the band in years and didn’t even know they’re still around!
Don’t believe me? Well, nearly every show—particularly those that have me flying somewhere—I run into at least ONE person who says, “You’re going to see Duran Duran? I didn’t even know they’re still together!” Then, without fail – they break into the chorus or the doo-doo-doos from my favorite song (and yours), “Hungry Like the Wolf”. As I always say, it’s the song that will outlive us all.
Yep, I think we’ve all felt like we could do a better job asking the band interesting questions. It is easy to feel annoyed. It is also very easy to miss the real point and heart of the questions when you’re annoyed. The peace comes when you hear the same questions being asked over and over, and somehow – you’re still able to find joy.
At this point in this band’s career, when many of their peers have retired, quit, or just plain given up – Duran Duran is playing at the Kennedy Space Center. That fact alone, blows my mind and I sure hope it blows yours, too. I love listening to Simon explain – over and over – that he’s never going to explain “The Reflex”, and that he wants to keep Duran Duran going for as long as he can. Simon shared that he sum of all the parts each member brings adds up to so much more than each of them could do solo. Their interviews, regardless of what is being asked, still make me smile. That’s where I find my peace, and my joy.
In April 1984, the Reflex was released as a single. As many of you know, this song became a number one hit for Duran Duran. For me, this anniversary marks my anniversary of a Duranie. Many of you know my story. As a kid, I listened to a lot of Top 40 in my Chicago suburb and became addicted to MTV as soon as it hit our cable package. My best friend and I liked Duran Duran as soon as we heard them as we often listened and watched together. Yet, there was nothing serious about our feelings for Duran until the Reflex. That song changed it all for me. My like for the band became a love as I found myself not only addicted to the song but to the band itself. My fandom, of course, exploded from there. I couldn’t stop listening to them and bought as much merchandise as I could find and afford. Soon enough, my best friend and I spent most of our time talking Duran. We bought magazines that we shared whatever info we learned and then drooled over whatever pin-ups were included. The rest as they say is history.
For my Duranie anniversary, I thought I might share the top 5 reasons that I am and will always be forever grateful that Duran Duran and this fandom came into my life.
This might seem pretty dang obvious but Duran Duran really has provided the soundtrack to my life in a couple of different ways. First, they have been the music I have turned to from early childhood all the way until present day. This means that the band’s music was there as I grew up, as I formed my identity, grew into adulthood and beyond. Second, their music has often spoke to me, on an emotional level that other artists haven’t. When I think of trying times, certain Duran songs come to mind. As I remember really fun times, different songs pop up. I’m thankful for each and every one of those songs that allowed me to be in the moment, to push through something tough, or to feel more intensely.
I have learned a lot from Duran Duran. They have been great teachers. A lot of what I think and appreciate came directly or indirectly from Duran. Let me give some examples. First, the band always represented an optimism that I have embraced. In some cases, that optimism takes the form of fun like the idea that they would be the band to dance to when the bomb is dropped. In other cases, it is recognizing that life is hard but that you have to have hope with songs like What Happens Tomorrow. No matter how much I get beaten down, I remain optimistic. Second, the band appreciates art in all forms, including music, visual arts, graphic arts, photography, fashion and more. I have grown up appreciating art as well. (Probably helps that my mom is also an artist.) I also love that the art that they like or produce isn’t always obvious or straightforward. Often, it requires thinking deeply, which I love. Third, the band has a wicked sense of humor that can be seen in videos like Rio. I love how much they laugh when they are around each other. I definitely learned to appreciate the same thing.
My natural instinct is stay home, be comfortable. go about my day-to-day routines without any changes or drama. I probably could be a hermit if I let myself. Yet, I know that this won’t and doesn’t bring me happiness. Needless to say, I need to be pushed out of my comfort zone from time-to-time. Duran Duran has done that very thing. Most obviously, I definitely would not have traveled as much as I did/do without going to see the band. I am not a big traveler and really hate flying but I do it to go on tour. To me, the reward is worth the stress of travel. Plus, after every trip, I always feel glad having done so. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I feel stronger, more confident. Beyond that, I started planning Duranie events with my partner-in-crime in order to try to bring the fan community together. I can organize all day, every day but leading events isn’t something that gets me all excited. Again, though, afterwards, I feel pretty badass and find it becoming more and more second nature to me.
If you read through this blog, you will see so many posts that describe amazingly fun times Rhonda and I have had through this blog’s existence and beyond. Truly, when I think of times that I have had the most fun in my life, I immediately think of Duran Duran, events related to the band and their shows. Touring is literally my favorite place in the world to be, especially those two hours that the band is on stage. I have been extremely fortunate to have been to as many shows that I have and really hope that there is a lot more in my future.
Last, but certainly not least, Duran Duran has brought me many friendships. As a kid, the band brought me and my best friend closer. As an adult, they played a significant part in connecting me to so many people, including some of my favorite people. In some cases, they are people I am extremely close to like Rhonda who I met at a fan convention in 2004 to people I just met in February whom I look forward to getting to know more.
Duran Duran has made my world significantly brighter, better and more fun. For all of that, I’ll be forever grateful.
Any idea what our most looked at blog has been? My goodness…at this point, we have over 4,000 blog posts. So what would be the most “popular” of sorts??? Was it one that shared big news about a tour or a new album? Nope. Was it one that focuses on some controversial topic within fandom or our fandom? It is not. Could it have been the interview with Dom Brown? That would be a good guess but…alas, it is not. No, the most viewed blog post is the one I wrote about the interpretations of the Reflex. My reaction to this? Oh, for the love of Pete…
Let me give some background. For awhile I was writing blogs that analyzed and/or offered interpretations of certain Duran songs. Some of these songs were ones that I had been thinking about and others were suggestions from our readers. It became obvious that I could not ignore one of Duran’s most successful singles and one that is often discussed in interviews. I can think of countless times that the band, most specifically Simon, has been asked about what the song means. So, I need what I had to do and looked up the interpretations online then went through the lyrics to determine if the various interpretations were possible or likely. All of this was done on this blog here. Since the blog was posted almost 5 years ago to the day, we have had a ton of people look at it. We still get comments on it.
Now, looking back, was it smart of me to do that blog? Was it a good idea to really look at that song? I don’t know. I’m not ashamed of the blog post. A part of me really enjoys looking at theories and lyrics and trying to analyze them and always will. But should I have done that with this song? I don’t know. I have seen interviews in which John Taylor has indicated that it is a good thing that the lyrics continue to be discussed like a poem would. Maybe so. Yet, I see Simon appeared to be slightly annoyed or frustrated when the topic comes up. Is it because he feels embarrassed about them? I suspect not. I wonder if his feelings are similar to mine when I see the hits on this post or new comments.
I am always glad when someone comes to the blog for whatever purpose. I am proud of all that Rhonda and I have written over the past 7 years. Likewise, I’m hopeful that one blog post might lead to more searching on the site or having someone subscribe to check in daily. I’m sure Simon feels the same way with the same hope that someone into the Reflex will lead to listening to lots more Duran. That said, it doesn’t always lead to that. There isn’t always more searching on the blog or new dedicated readers. If I had to focus on one point, I would emphasis that there is a lot more here on the Daily Duranie besides talking about the Reflex just like there is a lot more to Duran than the song or a lot more to Simon’s lyrics.
So, if you have come to search for the meaning of the Reflex, that’s great. Please, though, take some time to look around at other interpretations or other blogs. Consider subscribing. Come back more often. We have lots more to offer.
I have been thinking about lyrics a lot lately. I think it started from this set of questions of the day we have been doing. First, we ask our readers which song has the best lyrics per album. (We are starting Liberty, by the way!) Then, we ask people to pick THE best lyric or line from the song that they determined had the best lyrics overall. Eventually, we will compare all of the favorite lyrics. Beyond the question of the day, I have also been listening to the new Killers album and trying to bond with it. One song, in particular, has caught my attention due to the lyrics. The song is Rut and it definitely fits how I have been feeling at/with work. Lines like, “I’m climbing but the walls keep stacking up” or “I’ve done my best defending but the punches are starting to land” make me feel as if someone is putting my feelings into words. This personal connection to the lyrics have made me want to listen to the song a lot.
When I think back to my lifetime of listening to music, I recognize that the importance of lyrics has grown on me. When I think back to falling for Duran, I think of songs like Save a Prayer and the Reflex. When I think about those songs, lyrically, they make me laugh. Save a Prayer is obviously about a one-night stand–something that my 9 year old self could not relate or connect to! The Reflex, on the other hand, just seemed silly to me as a kid. That song’s lyrics, though, are ones that people still seek understanding of. In fact, our most viewed blog post of all time is the one where I pondered what the heck the Reflex is really all about. I know that I did not connect to the song in 1984 because of the lyrics, no matter what I thought they meant. No, in 1984, it was all about whether or not the chorus was catchy and the video showed cute guys.
Yet, now, when I think about the Duran songs that I have connected with, I think of the ones that captured something in its lyrics that I can relate to. The first song that comes to my mind about that is Before the Rain. The verse that spoke to me in 2010 was this one: Little pin-pricks
And how my ears bleed
On the bomb ticks that is my heartbeat
In every life-flash
In every car crash
I hear the silence waiting to fall
Why did it speak to me? In December of 2010, I had to say good-bye to a beloved pet, Othello, and then 10 days later, I said good-bye to my grandma, my lone living grandparent. My heartbeat felt the pain of the silence that follows death and I connected with it deeply. To me, it spoke of grief. Is that what the song is about? I doubt it but there was enough there that made me feel like I was not alone in my grief–that someone else understood.
The same thing is true with Duran’s latest album, Paper Gods. I remember listening through it a few times before I really tuned into the lyrics. The song that caught my attention then? Last Night in the City, believe it or not, the exact opposite of Before the Rain. The lyrics described exactly what touring means and is like to me. It is where we get connected, whether that connection is with the band and the fans or with fans to fans. What is funny is that Rhonda connected with the lyrics around the same time. I have fond memories of a text message exchange one evening as we traded favorite lyrics back and forth and talked about not only what they could mean but, more importantly, but how and why they spoke to us. It was at that moment that I knew that I could and would bond with that album.
What about the rest of you? How much do lyrics matter? Do the lyrics need to speak to you in order to love a song? Likewise, if a song’s lyrics are silly, can you still bond with the tune?
Favorite lyric from New Religion: “I might just be right this time (searching for the undeniable truth that a man is just a fool)”
Which song has BETTER LYRICS: The Reflex or New Moon on Monday?
Yesterday’s winner: New Moon on Monday
Which video do you like better: The Reflex or Wild Boys?