The other day, a friend of ours pointed out that there are a number of Duran Duran reaction videos now on YouTube. I had no idea. I, of course, wonder why the explosion of these types of clips now. Part of me wonders if it has to do with the YouTube sensation of TwinsisthenewTrend. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a couple of boys who listen to various songs for the first time and react to them. In some cases, their reaction videos have caused songs to sell all over again. Their videos get thousands of viewings and people enjoy the heck out of them. I have to admit that I have watched a few myself. The kids remind me so much of students that I have had over the years that they make me smile. So, are these Duran reaction videos done to try to create something similar? I have no clue. So what are they like? Here are a couple that I found:First of all, how does she get around to watching the video and sharing it on YouTube like that??? Second, she is getting a 90s vibe in terms of fashion?! From the Reflex?! What?! Then, she says that they are a simpler band. What is that supposed to mean? Of course, she did say that it was catchy and that she would have to check out more Duran. Hm… Here’s another one. This time the focus is Rio. For the most part, I have to say that I enjoyed this one more. I like that she had more “reaction” to the song and video. It felt more natural to me. Plus, I laughed a lot as she tried to figure out the lyrics and what they might mean. I appreciate that she really thought through the song, the lyrics, etc. It was a more in-depth effort. Of course, there are a lot more out there than just these two, which means that I could spend hours and hours just watching and being entertained by these newbies taking a listen to Duran for the first time. So, here’s my question. Does this kind of thing help Duran Duran? Could these type of YouTube videos introduce people to Duran and get them new fans? Or does it feed stereotypes about the 80s or about Duran? Could it do both? What do you all think? -A
. What I appreciate is that the ones I’ve seen are all younger people who were probably not born during Duran’s heyday, and for them Duran could qualify as an oldies band. And they like their music! So by their clips they will help expose their peers to our favourite band, and this is a great thing.
I appreciate all of that, too! I love that these youngins’ are open-minded about their music! 🙂 -A
I’ve seen several DD reaction videos by a guy named Jovaughn who posts under Jayvee TV on YouTube. Watching him hear these songs and watch the official music video for the first time is such a joy to see. He really has an appreciation for the band’s musicality and as it is coming from a younger person’s perspective, really makes me happy that their music continues to find it’s way to other generations.
I will have to check him out! Thanks for the tip. 🙂 -A