Back in the 1980s, I’m willing to bet that John Taylor was the big favorite. He was featured on quite a few magazine covers. I’m not saying that others weren’t but he seemed to get the most. I don’t have any statistics to back this up but I do remember hearing somewhere that the Smash Hits with John on the cover in a swimming pool from 1982 was the biggest selling issue. I also remember him winning a lot of best looking contests or polls. After that, I would have definitely said that Simon was the close second. A lot of the fandom seemed to be split between these two. Just to be clear here. These are my observations. I don’t have facts to back up my statements, just my memories! From there, fans either liked Nick or Roger. Nick girls seemed to be more artistic, possibly more Goth. Roger girls seemed to be more traditional who liked the quiet guy. Andy came last, at least with the people I talked to about this back in the 1980s.
Now, I’m not sure if this observed hierarchy has remained the same. It seems to me that Roger’s popularity has increased dramatically since the reunion. I wonder why. Some of the guesses I have for this are that people appreciate Roger a lot more since he was gone, people think he aged super well, people’s tastes have changed since they have grown up, or people appreciate the fact that Roger seems to be a lot more approachable than he was. For example, I know that I have seen Roger out and about after a show. I have also heard a lot of others say the same thing. On the same token, I would say that John has lost fans or isn’t as many people’s favorite anymore. Again, I could make guesses as to why. Maybe people don’t think he has aged well. He doesn’t seem that approachable with fans in person. He tweets but isn’t going to show up at a bar after the show. Maybe fans want their favorites to be reachable. As kids, we never expected this but now we might. Since we are now able to show up at their hotels or at bars or clubs that they hang out, we expect or request their presence.
That said, there still does seem to be a definite John side and a definite Dom side on stage. People still openly request to be on John’s side, for example. I know that when we were selling our tickets for the UK, the tickets on John’s side seemed to go faster. Does that mean that he is still the most popular? I don’t know. How can we tell? We can check follow numbers on twitter. As of now, here are the twitter stats: Simon has 56, 412 followers. John has 32, 517. Roger and Nick aren’t on twitter. Roger does have 20, 830 fans on facebook. Okay. What about on DuranDuranMusic? There, John leads with the most posts in his area of the message board followed by Simon, Roger and Nick. How should these statistics be interpreted? Maybe Simon has more followers because he is the most well-known and non-fans follow him? I don’t know. Maybe John fans are more obsessive on DDM or maybe more of them are members there. Again, I don’t know. Then again, there are a lot of groups on facebook dedicated to Nick. Maybe this is where all the Nick fans go. Maybe that is done because he isn’t on social networking sites.
Maybe the hierarchy of favorites hasn’t changed over the years. Maybe John still is the favorite. Maybe he did lose some fans or maybe Roger has increased his fanbase. I just don’t know. So, I’ll leave it to you to answer. Who do you think it the favorite band member for most of the fans? How can you tell?