Last night, a couple friends of ours were watching old Duran footage and posting about it on facebook. They watched As the Lights Go Down, which is basically a concert from 1984 with some weird imagery thrown in for good measure, and videos, including the fan favorite of New Moon on Monday. I have to admit in being jealous in not being there with them. Of course, I have my own copies that I could watch everyday. I don’t because it isn’t the same as watching Duran with other Duranies. When Duranies watch together, we are allowed to *squee* at the same shots, laugh at the silly Simon dance moves, make fun of the cheesy “special effects” and comment about why the stuff was and still is so great.
Thinking about these videos bring me back to happier times. I think about when that footage was fresh (1984) and what it was like to watch them for the first time. I remember how I could not get enough and watched as much as I could over and over and over again, thanks to the magic of the VCR or of the constant reairing on MTV or Friday Night Videos. I am also reminded of the reunion in the earlier years of this decade when Duranies came out of their Duranie closets to once again admit that they love this British band. At that time, old footage was played and replayed as we were all excited to find others who loved as we loved. It built up our excitement about what the new album with all five members was going to sound like or how the next tour would be. I think all of us, whether we admitted it or not, felt that we had the chance to experience 1984 not as the children or teens that we were but as the adults that we are now. This meant that we could follow the band to as many shows as possible within our means and have a very good time while doing it. Now, life in the fan community isn’t as rosy or as positive. We have come back to reality, somewhat, as we have witnessed Andy leave again and an album that left many Duranies wondering.
As we sit and wait for the next album and tour, I cannot help but to hope for a little bit of that 1984 or 2004 magic. I wish for excitement and positive energy. I long for moments of *squeeing* at the band members and feeling like I was part of something with a bright future.