Yesterday, I had a staff meeting after work. I have to admit that I found my mind wandering. Instead of thinking about the topic at hand, what I had to do after the meeting, or the happy hour I was going to enjoy with former colleagues, I found my mind wandering over to Duran Duran. I started thinking about the most recent Katy Kafe and the song title given. I pondered, “Do I like it?? Is it cool??” As typical with me, after a day of work, I quickly move on to a different but related topic. What are the things that Duran has done that I really like? I think about all the little announcements we have gotten in recent months from working with choirs to Mr. Hudson to this song title. Then, I thought about announcements in the past from working with Mark Ronson to introducing an album on Broadway to have 5 individual versions of a video as well as a regular, whole group one. My fleeting brain then started pondering moves made with their videos. Was the nudity in Girls on Film a good idea? What about the supermodels in Girl Panic? What about no band in The Chauffeur? Of course, what about their live performances? Have I liked every thing they have done with their live shows? Did I like the heads in the All You Need Is Now tour? What songs mixed into Duran classics have worked and which ones haven’t?
So, then, I gave my unable-to-focus-on-anything brain a task. A focus. I decided to think about the first 10 things that Duran has done at some points of their careers that I just have just loved. I gave myself only 3 minutes to complete my list. I did not allow myself to think too much. I wanted to see what would float to the top of my brain. I realized, of course, that this would not be perfect or in any order or that, if I did this again, the next day or the next month, I would probably have very different answers. Yet, I resisted the urge I had to organize the list. I wanted to go with the flow. Here is what I came up with in 3 minutes and in no particular order.
10 Things Duran Did That I Loved:
*Careless Memories anime video
*The addition of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax in Wild Boys during recent live performances
*Falling Down video
*Including past Duran footage in current video (video for All You Need Is Now, for example)
*The use of humor in video (Rio, for example)
*The influence and use of other arts in their visual presentation
*JoSi and DoJo moments during a concert
*Long, individual band introductions during concerts
I admit that the task wasn’t easy as I could think of about 200,000 things that Duran has done that I have loved. I could have named specific songs and videos and didn’t. They just didn’t pop up in my head the way these other ones did. Are those my favorite things? Your guess is as good as mine! I suspect that if I gave myself more time, I would answer very differently.
So Duranies, interested in a quick Duranie challenge that doesn’t require too much time or knowledge? I know you are. I challenge you to do what I did:
In 3 minutes, list the first 10 things Duran Duran did that you thought was really cool. They do not have to be in any order, except to list them as you thought about them. Do not edit or attempt to control your list.
After that, please share your list with us and the rest of the Duran fan community!!! I cannot wait to see what people come up with!