Yesterday, I was avoiding real work and looking over Facebook. I’d posted a link to an online poll regarding iconic 80s videos, and the subject got me thinking. What is the FIRST video that comes to mind when I think of Duran Duran?
For me, it’s Rio. Keep in mind, I wasn’t considering my favorite video, or what might have been the first video I ever saw for Duran Duran – but rather the one that comes first to mind. When I think of Duran Duran, I can’t help but think of that yacht, the gorgeous water, the neon “champagne”…the pink rotary telephone…the sun, those silk suits…Andy being thrown overboard… it all reminds me of the band.
I wondered about other people…did it make a difference as to when people became fans? What about male/female choices? Would they be the same? So I decided to conduct an off-the-cuff, completely scientific poll. I asked a simple (or what I thought was simple) question: What is the first video that comes to mind when I say Duran Duran.
In asking, I made a couple of assumptions: ONE – that people who answered knew their videos. TWO – that people could actually understand what I was asking.
Thankfully, I didn’t have anyone ask about the band. So there’s that.
However, as always – a few people couldn’t come up with one video. I’m usually amused by the people who simply refuse to make a choice. Even if I promise that Duran Duran isn’t reading, that they don’t care and that this is NOT going to be sent to them as some sort of “A HA!!! Just LOOK at what your fans are thinking!” Some people just cannot choose. The band should be immensely proud that there are folks out there that just want them all. All the time. Everything must be equal. I had someone tell me that making them choose one video is like choosing between children. After I uncrossed my eyes, I contemplated the comment.
To begin with, I’m not in that camp. I will openly tell you what song is my favorite, what albums I feel should have been discarded before they were released, I’ll even go as far as to say what band member is my very favorite and why. I don’t even KNOW the band personally and I still have my favorites. I am obviously completely heartless. AND opinionated. I’ve been called a bully before, by fellow fans, because I have told them they have to choose or they can’t vote. I’m really not a bully. I grew up being the one who was bullied much of the time – but I do insist that if you’re gonna play, you play by my rules. This is my blog post, these are my rules. Simple.
My bark is much worse than my bite, but don’t tell anybody that. It’s OUR little secret.
I really didn’t ask anyone to choose, though. I just asked what video came to mind first. That doesn’t mean it must be the favorite video, or even the video you happened to see first, although I can certainly agree that perhaps the very first video ever seen could possibly be the one that comes to mind first. That makes sense.
Someone else mentioned that the video that comes to mind for them first isn’t necessarily the most iconic. Fair statement. I’m going to ask that very question at some point and see if the answers differ. Why? Because I have real work to do and I’m looking to avoid reading about patents and types of corporations for as long as possible.
So what about those answers? Rio was the runaway answer here, earning nearly four times as many votes as anything else mentioned. I don’t think that would necessarily surprise the band. I once received a comment from an entirely anonymous person, explaining the band’s image to me. Yachts, supermodels…SEX…(gasp!!). If it weren’t for that image, maybe things would have been different for the band. Yes, that one decision may have made all the difference. Maybe they would have continued opening for bands like Fashion, for instance. I really don’t know.
What I did find interesting was that even with a question like this, there were a plethora of answers. Everything from Rio to Girl Panic was mentioned. The top answers were: Rio, Girls on Film (yes, I did pay attention here and most, but not all votes on this one were from men. I can’t say I blame them.), Save a Prayer, Planet Earth, The Reflex and yes…Hungry Like the Wolf. And we wonder why those songs are on nearly every set list…
What I couldn’t really tell from the votes and would really like to know is just how much the timing of when someone became a fan (meaning what album was out at the time) and what the first video someone saw had to do with the video chosen. Not that it’s all very scientific – I just like doing these polls. There’s something therapeutic in counting hashtags instead of reading up on LLC’s, I guess. Now I see why Amanda does them every day.
This is the first real blog I’ve written in a while. I don’t know if anyone has really noticed, but I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus of my own as of late. I needed a break. I still wrote (and will continue) the Day in Duran History during the week as a short blog, but other than that – I was living Daily Duranie “free”. There’s a number of reasons for this, but I figure if the band can take breaks and take years to put out albums, I can take breaks too. When they start breaking news for us, you can bet I’ll be back to posting on a daily basis. Until then, when I have something to say, I’ll post it.