Copied from Manimal:
The Duranie part of me has felt pretty weak lately. I haven’t been feeling very Duranie like. Is it because I have been working ten to twelve hour days, which doesn’t allow for a lot of fandom expression or focus? I’m sure that could be part of it. Could it be because we haven’t really seen or heard that much from the band for a LONG, LONG time? (Don’t criticize the messenger here, people, but it has been more than 2 years since the last real tour and more than 3 years since we had new music.) I find myself struggling to remember, at times, what the big deal is with Duran Duran or with me being a Duranie. Then, I thought…if I am feeling that way for whatever reason, am I the only one? (Again, don’t criticize here, people. You can’t be critical of emotion/feeling. I’m not liking how I have been feeling but it is what it is. Plus, stick with me. I promise that it will be worth it.) I can’t be the only one, right? My goodness, each and every day I do something related to Duran Duran and, yet, I’m still not feeling it that much. What would cure this illness?! Well, I’m sure a good show or performance might do the trick but I can’t just snap my fingers and make that happen for myself. I’m also sure that if DDHQ asked us to do some work for them that I would snap out of it. (HA! As if!) So, what’s the next best thing? I need to remember good times. The best times. I need to remember the best times I have ever had. I need to remember the best experiences I have had as a fan. I need this and my fandom needs this.
Thus, I am proposing a challenge to myself. I will make myself think and list the ten best experiences I have had as a fan. Perhaps, these experiences will be a show or the first time I heard a song or saw a video. Maybe, it will be something to do with a band member or two. I suspect that tours will be featured heavily. My friends, no doubt, will be featured. They will be in my list, for sure. As I begin to think about the best experiences I have had as a fan, I’m already remembering that those best experiences don’t have to do directly with the band, necessarily. They are connected to the band, in some way, or in connection to being a fan, to being a Duranie. I need to think and remember that fandom is more than the band. It is about the activities I have been able to participate in and the experiences I have had along the way with the friends that I have made.
Therefore, I will spend the next week thinking about all of the great experiences I have had as a fan. Once I have a list, I will work to isolate the top 10 experiences. Then, I will share what I have come up with next week and invite all of you to do the same. I, for one, would love to each and every one share here on the blog. On that note, I have a list to start…
On this date in 2012, John Taylor did a book signing at Book Soup in Los Angeles for his autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I cannot believe that this book came out two years ago now! I feel like it was just released. Anyway, did any of you attend this particular book signing? I was lucky enough to attend the one in Chicago that took place about a week or so after this one. If you want to read about my experience, I wrote about it here. (By the way, take a look at what Mr. Taylor is wearing in the picture!)
On today’s date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the Bell Center in Montreal. This date was of course included in the All You Need is Now tour.
The big news for this week: those anxious to hear Simon LeBon again (and I’m assuming that counts all Duranies) will get their chance again soon. Simon is featured on a song by Charli XCX that will be on the upcoming soundtrack for the movie, Mockingjay Part One. (Part of the Hunger Games series).
Lorde curated the soundtrack for the movie, putting together a compilation of songs with her own special stamp. She directly communicated with the artists chosen, such as Grace Jones, Miguel, The Chemical Brothers, and of course our own frontman. Another name from the track list jumps out at me, as Bat For Lashes was at one time under the Manimal label (see the interview with the man behind Manimal Vinyl, Paul Beahan!). It would appear that Simon is among good company, and provides an excellent chance to expose new audience to not only Simon, but also Duran Duran.
1) Stromae: “Meltdown” [ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim]
2) Chvrches: “Dead Air”
3) Tove Lo: “Scream My Name”
4) Charli XCX: “Kingdom” [ft. Simon Le Bon]
5) Various Artists: “Track 5″
6) Raury: “Lost Souls”
7) Lorde: “Yellow Flicker Beat”
8) Tinashé: “The Leap”
9) Bat for Lashes: “Plan the Escape”
10) Grace Jones: “Original Beast”
11) Lorde: “Flicker” (Kanye West Rework)
12) XOV: “Animal”
13) The Chemical Brothers: “This Is Not a Game” [ft. Miguel]
14) Lorde: “Ladder Song”
I cannot tell a lie, I can hardly wait until November 17 so that we can hear the song and review it for the blog. New music…two beautiful words to type this week.
On today’s date in 1983, Hungry Like the Wolf was featured on Rock USA: October 22, 1983.
This was a 3-LP box set syndicated radio show album that was also licensed for broadcast on the same date. The show was a collection of songs from various artists, and you’ll find the track listing below: