Duran Duran as a band seems to have their own seasons, in my opinion. They are constantly changing. Some of these changes are small (touring outfits or backgrounds at live shows) and others are huge (significant musical changes in between albums). The band members themselves have had their own seasons as well, from the carefree times to harder, more challenging periods. After all, they are all humans. I know of no person who has not had good times and bad times. It is simply a part of life. For me, the more challenging times help me to appreciate the good, much like winter makes me love spring all the better. I think this is true for Duran Duran as well. I admire the fact that they are always trying to change, to make things better, to perfect their practice. Obviously, in my opinion, sometimes, they are extremely successful and other times they fall flat on their faces.
Today, I began a new series of questions for the daily question. In today’s question, I asked people to choose Simon LeBon’s best era. I assumed that some people might pick the era in which they thought he looked the best while others would choose the time he sang the best or wrote the best lyrics. Still others might look outside of the box and pick something more personal. I didn’t want to give too many parameters so that people would be able to pick whichever era for whatever reason. Of course, already today, many people have answered the question in that way. Yet, others said that they couldn’t choose because he is always fabulous. Is he? Is any of them? Are any of us? I would argue that no one is perfect and that each of us have tried things only to have them not go as planned. Sometimes, life circumstances have been such that we can’t control the time in our lives. Yes, some would argue that it is impossible to judge because times change, fashion changes, etc. It isn’t fair to judge. First, I don’t really view the question as judging. Going back to my analogy of seasons. I like winter. I think snow can be pretty. That said, is it my favorite? No, my favorite season is actually fall because I adore the changing of the leaves on the trees. It doesn’t mean I don’t like winter, just that it is not my favorite. I’m also not asking people to pick the worst. I wouldn’t do that. Many could argue that the worst of Duran is still better than most bands out there and I agree. That said, I like to stay positive. What I’m trying to do with the question is to have people pick that moment that is equal to the first day of thawing in the spring or to pick their favorite season. I want people to pick the moment, the time, when Simon really shined. It doesn’t take away from the rest of the moments but is putting one moment, one time, one era in the spotlight.
Of course, as you can guess, I will be asking about the rest of the band members as well. This isn’t a pick on Simon thing. Before anyone asks, yes, John is my favorite and, yes, I think I could pick an era that is his best. Why can I do that? First of all, I can do it because, like me, he is human. He isn’t perfect. Second, I think that there were some moments when he shined more than others. Does that mean he sucked the rest of the time? Nope. It just means that some eras were better than others. I have that in my life, too. Don’t we all? In my opinion, this doesn’t make me less of a fan. I think it just makes me a fan. A fan is someone who can and does appreciate when the band or a band member gets it right. That’s all I’m asking people to acknowledge by these questions. Is that too much to ask?