Last weekend, I blogged about the article in Classic Pop magazine about Duran Duran’s videos. In this piece, the author mentioned about how the band or some band members were less than excited about the Girls on Film video. First of all, I’m not sure I ever really read that before or if I did, it didn’t stick to me. Then, this led me to ask the question. Do they regret this decision? Are there other decisions that they wish weren’t made? Even if they regret decisions, do they think that they were still worth it?
Again, I turn to Girls on Film. From everything I know about the video, they did it for two reasons. One, they had learned that there were clubs in the U.S. that showed videos. A long form video like GOF would get them a spot in those clubs with frequent airplay. Two, they wanted something controversial in order to get people talking. The more people talk, the more interested people get and the more likely to sell records. In fact, on the easter egg on the Greatest DVD, one version of GOF shows the band holding a sign that read, “Some people would do anything to sell their records,” (or something like that). That statement tells me that they weren’t so excited to do a video like this but they were willing to do it for the end goal of selling records, getting famous, etc.
Is it okay to do some less than awesome things in order to achieve one’s end goal? Do you think it never is okay? Sometimes is? Never is? In the scheme of things, this probably isn’t so bad. It isn’t like they killed anyone or something that hurt people directly. Still, I have to wonder if they think it was worth it now. Then, of course, I’m sure that there are lots of other decisions that they might not have been excited about but sucked it up for the purpose of the end goal.
One aspect of their career that I would put in this category is the work ethic they demonstrated. When I read about early Duran, I’m always so amazed how much they worked. They put out three albums in less than 4 years with touring and promo appearances throughout. While I’m sure that they had a ton of fun within this work, it still meant that they gave up almost every other aspect of their lives. Yes, some managed to get and keep relationships, but it seems to me that most didn’t. I am willing to bet that they missed a lot of family functions, for example. Did they miss out on reading a lot of books then? Watching movies? Taking up hobbies? Lost friendships due to lack of time?
I know it is probably weird to think about all that. Yet, I find myself asking the same types of questions of myself. I have a time consuming job but I am also busy doing political work. Like Duran in the early 1980s, I have my eyes on a prize. My schedule between now and Election Day is insane, to say the least. Is it worth it, though? I hope it will be. Will I think so if things go my way? Probably. What if they don’t? Will I second guess myself and this decision? Possibly. Would Duran have regretted Girl on Film and their insane schedule if they were not successful? No clue. If only I had hours and hours to converse with them. Nonetheless, I appreciate the food for thought.