Duran Duran – Rio (1982)
exemplary artwork by Sarca @ caughtmegaming
Made in the UK Artist #1: Duran Duran
“…to prove that I’m a man, I guess I shouldn’t tell them that I like Duran Duran”
– Barenaked Ladies (BNL), Grade 9
For the last several years, I’ve taught Grade 9 math.
When we hit the Angles unit, I like to give memory hooks to remember what different angles are called.
Less than 90°? Think of what people say to babies. Awww cute.
Between 90° and 180°? What did Tim Robbins accuse the warden of being in the 3rd best movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption?
Between 180° and 360°? The Duran Duran angle!
Many students will get the first two references but more often than not, the Reflex reference will sail over their heads.
For better or worse, it appears feelings about Duran Duran no longer factor into secondary school social acceptance.
Also for better or worse, I can’t listen to Duran Duran without hearing that Grade 9 line.
Recently, I argued Rush was a band that people either love or hate. Whether it was 1976 or it is 2016, few would argue that there have been severe social consequences of choosing a given side when it comes to Rush. As a result, a person’s Actual feelings about Rush tend to align with their Publicly Declared Rush feelings.
Now in 2016, chances are that bold declarations about Duran Duran won’t be met with too much hostility or hi-fiving. But if you found yourself in Grade 9 in 1982, your Publicly Declared feelings about Simon Le Bon & friends were probably character defining. Duran Duran, therefore, is a group that people Publicly Declared to either love or hate.
How people Actually felt is the more interesting question.
Take the plight of the Barenaked Ladies Grade 9 protagonist. He wants to be perceived as a man, yet he likes Duran Duran.
His Actual Feelings (measured on the x-axis) are positive but because he fears social repercussions, he withholds information/denies that he likes the group. His Publicly Declared feelings (measured on the y-axis) are therefore a negative value.
This puts him at point BNL on the graph below.
However, sometimes for mass peer acceptance, a Grade 9 student might be tempted to profess love for a popular artist that they secretly despise. 20 years ago, I’m sure I was that guy, pretending to be into mega-selling bands that I didn’t actually like. I suppose there aren’t many that cite their grade 9 year among the most proud moments of their lives!
But it happens, and Duran Duran was happening in 1982.
Which gives us point GNS (Grade Nine Student) on the above graph: the guy that actually hates (negative x-value) what he publicly loves (positive y-value).
To borrow a line from Rio, I know what you’re thinking, I’ll tell you something: What does this have to do with Rio?
In 2016, people will probably feel the same way about Rio that they’ve always actually felt.
It’s the public declarations about Duran Duran that may (and maybe should) change.
Speaking graphically, if people are honest about their actual feelings, the x-values remain the same, the y-values flip, as shown below:
That former Grade Nine Student (GNS) stops being a sheep; if you don’t like ’em, it’s OK to say so!
And the BNL protagonist? Fly that Duran Duran flag proudly my son.
The points each move 270° (or a Duran Duran Angle if you will), actual feelings align with publicly declared feelings.
The world is as it should be.
And in my world, even if it somehow disproves that I’m a man, I’m not embarrassed to tell you that I like Duran Duran.