I admit it. I like Duran stuff. They make a lot of money off of me as I’m someone who buys merchandise. I have a ton of t-shirts, which include ones that I bought at a show and ones that I bought from the website. I already mentioned the calendar. I have posters. I have keychains and I have buttons. There are tons of bags that have some Duran logo in my closet from various tours and VIP packages. Heck, I renewed DDM and did the Gold package in order to get the message bag, t-shirt, bookmark, etc. I am such a sucker for Duran related items. I am weak. I admit it. They must love having fans like me (other than the part that I voice my opinion about what they are doing and sometimes it isn’t all that…flattering or positive).
I was like this as a kid, too. Like everyone else of my Duran generation, I had the tons and tons of posters on my wall and saved up money to buy this week’s copy of Bop or Tiger Beat. I bought every album and singles, when I could. I even had Duran Duran pajamas! How cool was I when I pulled that nightshirt out at a slumber party?! Of course, I purchased copies of Sing Blue Silver, Dancing on the Valentine and their other major videos. I also saved my money to buy larger books of Sing Blue Silver, the photograph book, and the Book of Words. How could I not? I wanted to buy as much Duran as I could, including one of my favorite Duran items of all time…the Into the Arena board game! I still have my original board game despite it being away from me for awhile. I bought the game when it came out and even attempted to play it a few times. The directions still dumb to me but the pictures were pretty! Anyway, at some point in my childhood, I decided that I should try to move on from Duran for various reasons. Yet, I couldn’t just get rid of everything so I did the next best thing! I gave my stuff to one of my good friends! Years later, then, she asks me if I wanted the stuff back! Of course, I did! Thus, items like the board game were returned home to their rightful place. I went to my first Duran show with this friend and we went to a few more after that together. Now, I will see her during our UK tour as she will be hosting Rhonda and I and going to the Glasgow show with us!
My childhood revolved around getting Duran items so it isn’t super surprising that my adulthood is filled with that as well. One of my more recent items is this tour’s tourbook. I have the ones for Astronaut and RCM. (By the way, who didn’t think the Astronaut one was cool as hell?!?!) I have fond memories of both of them. My friends and I purchased our copies of the Astronaut tour book in Chicago in March of 2005. It provided fun reading material as we drove from Chicago to Milwaukee to the show there the next night. Likewise, I purchased the RCM one in Chicago in May of 2008 but didn’t have fun with it until I purchased one for Rhonda. Then, I could go through it and highlight the fun parts for her. We did the same after purchasing copies of the Ask Katy book, “Would Someone Please Explain?” and read it together on a flight to Philadelphia in December 2008. Therefore, we decided to purchase this year’s tourbook. Originally we planned to buy it in the UK. Thankfully, we didn’t as the size is…uh…an issue. It is 12 inches by 16 inches and is way too long to be user friendly.
As far as this year’s tourbook content goes, there is some positive aspects and some…I think are lame. The cover is a shiny silver with a big pink D on it. It fits with the theme of the album art. It has many photographs of the band members taken live but they aren’t my favorite as the photos are more artistic and less clear. They are also in black and white. That said, there are colored photographs that are quite lovely. Unfortunately, the crease of the book gets in the way at times, including blocking Nick in one picture and Dom in another. Lame. Some of the photographs were those that were used to create the album cover. Again, I didn’t think they were necessary. Call me crazy but I would rather have photos of the guys! Most of the photographs besides the live ones were of the band, either as a group or as individuals. Yes, most of those photos were quite attractive! They did include a page with photos of Dom, Anna and Saxy Simon.
Beyond the photos, they did include some written content, which I was generally disappointed with. One page included the news story from the Man Who Stole a Leopard. Really? That was necessary? Then, there were pages where the band and Ronson discussed making the album. Typically, this type of content would thrill me. It didn’t, in this case, because I had all ready heard it on the DVD for the album. Nothing drives me more crazy than when they recycle material. The one part of the writing I really did enjoy, though, was when each band member was given the same series of questions. I loved reading their answers and getting an insight into how they think. A few answers really stuck out to me. Clearly, Nick is obsessed with time and getting things done as he listed his greatest fear as running out of time and listed wasting time as his greatest extravagance. Roger dislikes his nose and thinks that he is lazy. Simon actually gave much longer answers and told a beautiful story about when his eldest daughter, Amber, was born. John wishes that he didn’t care what others thought of him. Very interesting, overall.
Thus, while the tour book had some great photographs and some lovely insights into the boys, I wished for much more content. I also wish it was smaller to be easier to store and travel with. Despite its limitations, I’m still glad that I have it. I’m glad that I have all of my Duran stuff, including the tourbooks, t-shirts, videos, calendars, bags, posters and board game. Do you collect Duran? If so, what is your favorite item?