After watching the making of Duran album
UNIT 3- DISCUSSION POST
1. After watching the making of Duran Duran’s Rio album, please respond to the following questions using specific examples from the video as well as your own thoughts on music.
A. Why did Duran Duran become so popular in the mid-80’s to the point that they were called the “Fab Five,” which was a nod to how popular the Beatles, also known as the “Fab Four,” were in the 60’s? Please address the advent of MTV, music videos, and how people listened to music during this time period.
B. Do you find the music of Duran Duran influential and/or relevant in the evolution/history of popular music? Why or why not? What do you like and/or dislike about this band? Why do you feel this way? Please explain with specific examples from the film as well as your own understandings of music.
2. After watching the making of U2’s Joshua Tree album, please respond to the following questions using specific examples from the video as well as your own thoughts on music.
A. U2 is still around and selling out stadiums (I saw them at Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers play, two summers ago) and whenever they release an album, it is considered an event and many people buy their albums. Why do you think U2 is still relevant after the release of their first album, Boy, in 1980? Please use examples from the video as well as your own observations on this issue.
B. What did you find interesting/something you did not know about the making of an album after watching this video on U2’s Joshua Tree? Please explain with specific examples from the video as well as your own ideas on music.
3. You were asked to listen to 4 of the most popular albums of the 1980’s- Thriller (1982), Madonna (1983), Born in the U.S.A. (1984), and Raising Hell (1986). After listening to all 4 albums, from the first to the last track, please discuss why you think EACH album was one of the most popular albums of the 1980’s. Please use specific songs, overall production, instrumentation, lyrics, your own opinions, and other things you are hearing on each album, to support your claim.
****Please write AT LEAST 3 FULL paragraphs (at least 1 full paragraph for each question) in your post.
****Please respond to at least 2 other students as well as answer ANY/ALL questions asked of you.