Prog rockers have long been bitter that Rush never gets considered. Brooding lovers of the Smiths surely characterized the Cure’s inclusion on this year’s potential inductee list as an affront to anyone who bows at the feet of Steven Patrick Morrissey.
Then there’s the Duran Duran problem, a problem that a guy named Kirk Harrington is trying to solve.
The 39-year-old statistical analyst, husband and father of three lives in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and founded a group two years ago called “Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
As its title pretty clearly implies, the organization — which actually has a small staff (albeit volunteer) — is dedicated to persuading the Rock Hall’s decision-makers to finally induct the Fab Five. The New Romantic group that largely launched the music video revolution and produced enduring hits like “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Notorious” first became eligible for consideration in 2006, 25 years after its first, self-titled album was released. But Duran Duran has never come up on the Hall’s list of nominees for induction.
“This band has inspired me all of my life,” Harrington explained via telephone, adding that he didn’t realize Duran wasn’t already in the Hall until he moved to Cleveland and saw a T-shirt on the wall at a local Applebee’s that listed every inducted artist and band.
“Their name wasn’t on the list, and I thought, that can’t be right,” he said.
Since that “Rio”-related epiphany, Harrington and his fellow supporters have devoted time to circulating a petition (they’ve collected more than 1,300 signatures so far), documenting the band’s legacy on their Web site, www.ddtrh.info, and attempting to drum up more support for Duran’s inclusion in the Rock Hall
“I think more awareness needs to be raised about Duran Duran,” Harrington says with the utmost sincerity. “But I think it will happen.”
The Duranies aren’t the only ones turning their bitterness into online movements. Those aforementioned Rush fans have amassed nearly 39,000 signatures on their ongoing Rush Hall of Fame petition.
And over at the “Make the Rock Hall Weird” site — the online destination for those who feel Weird Al Yankovic also has been unjustly snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — a tweet-in online protest is being organized next month.
In the meantime, diehards like Harrington are converting the next generation of potential Duran Duran Rock Hall of Fame campaigners.
He says his 14-year-old daughter is going to her first Duran Duran concert next month in Cleveland.
“Believe it or not,” he says, “she loves their music.”