I’m Making a Break

Today is one of those days.  It is a day in which I just find myself sitting in my living room, unable to write anything on a blog post.  This does not happen to me much.  I always have something to write about, right?  In fact, I have a list of blog topics that I keep around.  I have been doing a lot of reading surrounding female fandom lately, which is bringing up a ton of topics to write about.  Yet, none of the topics on my list are motivating me right now.  I’m just not in a mood to think that much.  Call me exhausted and needing a break, I guess.

What am I going to do with blog then?  I’m not sure.  I thought I might do a little YouTube cruising and see if any Duran clips catch my attention.  Perhaps, I find some ones that I haven’t seen before that I can share with all of you.

I started out by checking out the videos “recommended” to me!  Sure enough, right away, I saw this clip, one I had never seen before:

This clip made me laugh!  As you see here, Simon and John certainly were laughing during this interview.  John tells a story about his dad pointing out that he is “thinking a lot more now” and Simon addresses the sexual nature of the song, “Big Thing.”  The interviewer says that parents must be super concerned about this “rougher” Duran Duran.  My reaction.  Huh?  The album, Big Thing, was rough?  Bad boy like?  Really?  Of course, the interviewer’s concern about parents says to me that she is making a big assumption that the band’s fans are all kids.  Now, I was a kid still in 1988 but a lot of Duranies were grown people.  Annoying.

Then, I found this gem:

First of all, they are babies.  Babies.  So young.  What is interesting to me is the focus, still, on their looks over the music.  People, even then, seemed to think that all they (and/or their fans) cared about were the band’s looks.  Beyond that, I was entertained by the kids and all of the various things they were doing behind John and Simon’s backs.  I wonder what those kids thought of themselves years later.  Funny watch!

Here is another 1981 clip:

Here’s what I really want to know.  Perhaps, someone from the UK can explain all of the shows with little kids present with rock stars or famous people in the early 1980s.  It is so weird to see the band so young.

Then, I found this clip:

I almost turned this off until I saw the dancing.  Oh, for the dancing.  Seriously, watch until at least 1:45.  Simon has some moves.

While I feel like I see most interviews/clips that come out these days, I love when I find that I missed one.  Here is a clip of the band winning a lifetime achievement award in 2015.

Simon’s speech is touching but I really related to Mark Ronson talking about being a kid and hearing the Reflex.  “And that’s what I want to listen to for the rest of my life.”  That’s my life.  Exactly.

Clearly, I could go on and on and on and on.  Yet, I think that awards clip is the perfect place to end my search, my viewing, this blog post.  Watching these clips was exactly what I needed today.

-A

4 thoughts on “I’m Making a Break”

  1. Yes, I can explain the little kids on TV with rock stars thing. Back in the 80s we had shows (usually on a Saturday morning) called Tiswas (lots of custard pies in faces on that one), Swap Shop (where kids could call in and agree to swap their toys and games live on air, hence the name), which later became Saturday Superstore. They always had kids to
    up the studio audience and famous guests, more often than not whoever was in the charts at that time. So now you know. Love the video of Simon falling over onstage and trying to disguise it as deliberate acrobatics!

    1. I knew that there were many shows like the ones you mentioned that had kids on them. What I don’t understand is why? Did people want to watch kids with famous people? Did kids watch them?

      I agree about Simon! Too funny!

      -A

      1. Aside from being programmes that were aimed at a young TV audience anyway (Saturday morning, no getting up for school), I guess it was a chance for the kids with tickets to be in the studio to get ‘up close and personal’ with their favourite stars. A little bit as well I suppose of ‘that could be me’ wishful thinking or if a friend got on the show ‘there’s my best friend sitting next to John Taylor’. I don’t know what the appeal would be of an adult watching it – it was the ‘electronic babysitter’ that kept the kids busy while parents did the chores (at least mine did).

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