Discuss anything other than DD thread! Nov 2, 2020 10:47:43 GMT -5
Post by Kiffa on Nov 2, 2020 10:47:43 GMT -5
Sad news for sure, but it doesn't surprise me that it didn't get mentioned.
The Outfield were one of those bands that may have been British, but were definitely going for an American sound, and even image. Honestly, I'm not sure I even knew they were British until a few years ago. Much like The Fixx or A Flock Of Seagulls, they never really broke big in England-- and even in the US, their success was pretty short-lived. Looking at their Wikipedia page, I see that they did have two Top 25 hits after that first album, but I couldn't tell you how either one of them goes.
I like their first run of singles a lot, but in the public consciousness (and this is why the lack of a mention from DD doesn't surprise me), I don't think they're of the same stature as the other bands you mentioned. They're kind of B-listers-- and I don't mean that as a put-down, because there's nothing wrong with that. One of my absolute favorite albums of the '80s is Cutting Crew's "Broadcast", but even so, I have to admit that they're a B-list band at best. They made one great album and then kind of faded away into obscurity and mediocrity. I kind of feel like in most people's opinions, the Outfield did too. Your mileage, of course, may vary, and I hope my candor doesn't seem too harsh. Personally, I think "Say It Isn't So" is a fantastic song-- better than "Your Love"-- but you never hear anyone play it, or "All The Love In The World". You hear one song, again and again, and so in most people's minds, they've been retroactively relegated to one-hit wonder status. Were they one-hit wonders? No, not really. But that's become the perception.
I guess what I'm saying is that Duran Duran can't publicly acknowledge every contemporary who passes away (because it's starting to happen pretty regularly), so they're probably more apt to save it for people who they had a personal connection to, drew inspiration from, or who left a truly indelible mark on the world of music.