Category Archives: Daily Duranie

I Took You Home

It has been a week!  Between the first week at a new school and a new job for me and all of the, shall-we-call-it, dialogue in Duranland about corporate gigs, performances, and retweets, I’m exhausted.  No, I’m spent.  Wiped.  Drained.  Fatigued.  After allowing myself to sleep in, I began searching for a pick-me-up, something to renew my spirit.  Then, it hit me!  We had a couple friends get their orders from Cafe Press from our store and they shared their excitement with us!

First, our friend, Julie, showed off her fabulous, new Daily Duranie traveling mug!  By the way, I, too, ordered one of those and LOVE it!  It is super well-made and I love how the top can act as a handle, if you want that.

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Then, our friend, Al, modeled his cool, new Daily Duranie tank top!  I can’t wait to hear what gets asked or said to him when he wears it out in public!

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Why is this kind of thing such a pick me up?  Not only do I love that our friends have products that they like, which is part of the reason we opened a store, but it is so nice to know that we have friends like these.  Their support means everything to us.  Seriously.  When things get intense and they really did this week, this support helps keep us going!

If you, too, order from our Cafe Press store, we would love to get pictures of you with the products!!!

-A

Dream Teams, Unstaged.

Big announcement today in Duranland!  If you wanted the chance to see David Lynch’s Unstaged on a big screen – here is your opportunity!  On September 10, for “One Night Only”** you can see Unstaged in the US on a theater near you!  While it might not be the same as a live show, it’s about as close as we’re going to get for a while…and for those of us who are STARVING for a show…we’ll grab at the tickets as though they were a lifeline!

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Reactions to this announcement have been rather mixed throughout the community (as they always are).  I’ve seen everything from people excitedly posting that they will scream and dance in the aisles with friends to those who seem to think that having the screening just once, in NYC, was enough (I might say that is an incredibly selfish comment). I hope that the rest of the world gets the opportunity to see Unstaged on a big screen…although I know the process for making that happen can be rather daunting.

For tickets to Unstaged, click here

**interestingly enough, in some areas, you can also catch Unstaged on September 14. I don’t know why this is, but I’m not complaining!

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About those dream teams…

We’ve been seeing all sorts of photos with Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and the band, but there’s another dream team in town this week! Anna Ross is working on her own solo album, and this past week she’s been in the studio with Dom, and they sent out their OWN dream team photo on Facebook today:

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photo Facebook/Anna Ross

Looking forward to hearing what they’ve been working on!  

Lastly, Amanda and I have been doing a little work of our own this past week, which included (but by no means was limited to) editing our entire manuscript…all 260+ pages. We edited for grammar and content, and then worked on our sources, which was a sorry mess due to our lack of attention.(which will NEVER, EVER happen again…)  We have a plan going forward, things we want to focus on, and projects that we want to start.  I also want to move my family to Madison…so there’s also that.  

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I’m still trying to get myself back together here at home after being gone for a week…and I had quite the adventure getting home in between a monsoon that hit Phoenix which delayed our stopover there, and the crazy imposed 11pm landing curfew at my home airport (John Wayne). Eventually, the plane made it here though, and now it’s back to reality.  Yay?!?

-R

Try Much Harder Until the Truth is Drawn

Recently, I have been trying to describe what is this website is, what we do here and why.  Perhaps, you could explain it far easier than I could when I tried.  I can describe what it is NOT well.  Yes, it is a blog, but it is also more than that.  How do you define “blog”?  The definition I found was something about a personal website in which someone records an opinion on a regular basis.  Well, we certainly do record our opinions on a regular basis, a VERY regular basis.  I’m sure, at times, people wish that we didn’t record our opinions so much.  Yet, we have had and still have a lot to say about being a Duranie, about being a fan, about fandom, about Duran Duran and more.  Thus, this place definitely fits the definition of “blog”.  Yet, if you have taken any time at all to look around, you see that there are other pages.  These pages discuss our book and the various fan events that we have organized.  Our book, I promise you, showcases years of research, both in the written word type research and in the observation type research.  The fan events show that we have planned events.  Why?  What is the point of all this and how do we think we are doing with it?

I have thought a lot about WHY we do all of this.   Our book came first.  When we first thought of writing a book, it was probably more focused on just life as a Duranie.  It led to broader questions.  What is fandom?  What is being part of a fandom like?  Are all fandoms alike?  Are there negatives?  If so, what are they?  Why do people join fandoms?  Why do they leave them and why do they stay?  To summarize, we decided that fandom was fascinating.  We wanted to understand it and those people in fandom.  We wanted to understand OURSELVES.  Our book is all about curiosity and understandings.  Yet, of course, you can see a lot of that within our posts here, too.  We research and write to seek answers and understandings.  The blog came next, in order to continue this process.

Beyond expanding the process we had with the book, this place has also provided a place to discuss what is happening.  We have lots of thoughts when it comes to Duran Duran and being Duranies.  Over time, we had lost our place to discuss such things.  We needed a home.  Soon, we realized that others might, too, need a place to discuss the same things.  We have always welcomed others who want to discuss.  (Of course, the key word there is “discuss”.  There is a big difference between discussion and attempting to tear others’ down.)  Thus, this “place” came to be not only somewhere where Rhonda and I could process our thoughts regarding research on fandom and discuss all things Duran, but I would like to think it is also a “place” for others to do the same.  I, for one, love thinking critically about these topics and know that having discussions make me do that.  Hopefully, we help others to do the same.

One of the themes that we have come back to over and over, both in our research and here on the blog, is the importance of connections, when it comes to fandom.  Connections and friendships are really what matters.  This led us to create meet ups and the convention, Durandemonium.  There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing Duranies connect with each other.  I remember right after the convention seeing all the attendees friending or following each other on social networking sites.  Many of those connections are still alive and well, too.  I also believe that these connections work to keep the fandom alive during lulls and intensify the fandom during periods of excitement.

What do you think?  Does that describe what we are all about here?  All of that said, there are many things that we are not.  This is not the place to get unreleased Duran Duran news.  Why?  That is simple.  First, we don’t know anything before any of the rest of you.  While like many of you, we hear “rumors”.  We would never post those as facts.  We aren’t comfortable doing that, no matter how strong a rumor is.  To us, it is more respectful to the band to wait until something is official.  Does this stop us from being more “popular” in the fan community?  I’m sure.  A lot of people want to read about inside scoops.  I can understand that, but it won’t be us sharing them.  We are also not a place to share a lot of pictures of the band, gush about the band or post information about the band’s private lives.  Like the inside scoops, we don’t have access to the band.  Even if we did, that isn’t what this place is all about.  Likewise, while we are most definitely fans, we want to dive a bit deeper beyond how fabulous they are.  We want to think a bit more critical.  Again, that probably doesn’t make us super popular.

We aren’t here to be popular or to prove ourselves to be bigger/better fans.  On the contrary, we would like to get rid of the idea of bigger/better fans.  In fact, that kind of idea works against fandom, we believe.  It works to destroy fan communities and people’s enjoyment within fandom.  Our reason for being here is simple.  We are here to understand fandom, to discuss Duran Duran and being Duranies and to encourage fans to connect with each other.  I’m not sure we have achieved that goal but I am proud that we try.  I am proud of what we have done so far.  That means far more to me that my/our social status within the fan community.

-A

Today in Duran History – Happy Birthday Amanda!!

On this day in (a year I won’t mention today)…Amanda Pustz of Daily Duranie was born.  😀  Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Let’s take a look at some special Amanda/Rhonda memories over the years, shall we?  In September of this year, I will mark 10 years as having known Amanda. Prior to our meeting in person at a DD fan convention, I did run into her posts from time to time on the DDF message board – but it was only after we met that I think she became more involved on the message boards and online communities for Duran Duran.  One might say that I was a bad influence.  However, I present the following as evidence in the contrary:

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Quick question: which one of us is holding the vodka bottle?

I thought so.

 

 

But…rather than embarrass Amanda (primarily because she will get me back in spades…and who really wants that?!?), I decided to pick out a few of my better memories with a few stories that go along with them:  (They aren’t in order. I’m not the organized one out of the two of us…)

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This is on Bourbon street in New Orleans. The date is right, so we were there for the Voodoo Festival Let’s see if anyone can guess what we’re yelling. (I’ll never tell…)

 

Below is from the same weekend. Club Ampersand – where a fan get together had been planned by DDM.  It was a fascinating beginning to the weekend, I must say.

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We made it to the star in LA and took photos. This isn’t just about it being Duran Duran, this is a memory that (for me) showcases how long we’ve worked together on our manuscript, this blog…and bigger dreams.

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Naturally, I can’t ever forget the trips we made to the UK. Who ever thought we’d go?? Twice?? In a single year?? Thankfully, I have a fantastic traveling partner.

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Success!!! This is a photo of us in Brighton Centre – I won’t ever forget that night, and I’m sure Amanda won’t either.

 

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And then there’s the night we finally found ourselves in front row!!

 

 

 

And lastly (for now), there’s Durandemonium. There is no way I would have ever attempted such a thing without her – and I can really say that had she not been there pulling me along – it likely wouldn’t have ever happened.  And now we’re planning another!

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We try to remind everyone that while the music is what brought us here, it really is the friendships that keep us coming back for more. Maybe I’m just a big sap, but as I was driving home in particularly nasty traffic last Friday afternoon, it occurred to me that if the band REALLY needs motivation to continue, or inspiration to write – they really need not look further than the real friendships that they, in an indirect sort of way, have helped to create.

Amanda, I hope you have a wonderful birthday – and next year, I hope we’re celebrating the release of some really fantastic music to add to the soundtrack of our friendship at the same time we’re celebrating your birthday!!!

-R

Todays Date in Duran History – Boston

On today’s date just a few short years ago in 2011…John Taylor was interviewed on radio station 104.5 XLO in Boston.  Anyone hear the interview?

On another note entirely, Amanda and I stumbled across some really good news for the blog yesterday.  We noticed that we’ve been included on the links page for duranduran.com.  For us, this means a lot.  We realize that for most fans, they probably read this sort of thing and think “Big deal…who cares?”  I get that, and you know, yes – for most people it really doesn’t matter.  To Amanda and I though, it is representative of some very hard work over the past three and a half years. Time, energy, and love. We’ve been included among the best fan websites out there. It’s a symbolic gesture that matters, and we truly, truly appreciate DDHQ for including us. It means that we’re working together – and make no mistake, we are.  We’re on board to help the band, and to help the fans. It’s a delicate balance that I tend to destroy on a daily basis because I’m very much the bull in a china shop around here….but it’s fun. Amanda and I laugh a lot even as I’m cursing the latest rumor or thinking of how to word something so that no fan can possibly take issue. (Impossible.)

It’s rare that she and I will publicly congratulate ourselves, because let’s face it, it’s not cool to be a bragger, and neither of us are very good at that sort of thing.  But this time, I’m going to take the second or two and enjoy.

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Sorry I upstaged John’s date in history.  Listen…I don’t even remember that interview!!  😀

-R

 

Today in Duran History – London 1987 and Daily Question Update

On today’s date in 1987, Duran Duran played at the Palladium in London, according to dd.com.  Did anyone attend that show?  What was it like?  What were shows of this tour like?  Clearly, this tour supporting the album, Notorious, was a popular tour in that many fans seemed to see Duran Duran for the first time during this tour based on the poll here.  I thought about why this tour, in particular, might have been people’s first tour, especially since the Notorious era wasn’t Duran’s most popular.  I think most fans would agree that the era that saw Seven and the Ragged Tiger released and the Sing Blue Silver tour happen was the most popular.  During that time, they sold the most albums, received the most press, etc., at least that is my perception.  Why then didn’t most people go to shows for the first time then??  I suspect that part of it might have to do with age of the fans.  To that end, this will be the next poll question that I will ask.  Watch this space!!!

Speaking of watching this space, if you have been following this blog here, on Facebook or Twitter, you know that we ask a daily question.    We have asked a variety of questions as part of this, including songs, merchandise, b-sides, videos, album covers, side projects, solo projects, and now pictures.  We asked about pictures of Simon and we have asked about pictures of Roger.  We received a lot more Roger pictures to ask about.  Thus, it has taken a long time to get through Roger.  For Roger fans, this is really cool and fun.  Others, though, would prefer a change.  It isn’t that they don’t like Roger but would like us to mix it up a bit.  I think this is fair.  After all, part of what we do here is to get fans involved and participating in their fandom.  If some people are losing interest, this bothers us.  We want everyone to WANT to participate.  Thus, the plan is to finish the Roger pictures from the 1980s to find the favorite Roger picture from that era.  Then, instead of moving on to Roger from 2000 to the present, we will break and move on to John.  We will find the favorite picture of John from the 1980s and then we will move back to Roger.

Thus, we NEED pictures of John to be sent to us!  Please send us your 5  favorite pictures of John Taylor to our email (dailyduranie@gmail.com), to our Facebook messages, or to our Twitter DMs.  Yes, we realize how challenging of a task it is to pick only 5 but this will keep the daily question for each and every fan fun.  If you send more than 5, we will use the first 5 you send UNLESS one of those is a duplicate that we had received from another fan.  We will collect these favorite John pictures until April 19th.  Also, please do not send personal photos as we need to post them and have people vote on them.  We can’t wait to see which pictures you send us!!!!

-A

Question of the Day: March 27, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture O

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Question of the Day: March 23, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture BRT-B

The Daily Duranie’s Lists of Top 25 Duran Duran Songs

As promised, we are sharing our lists of our top 25 Duran Duran songs.  Before we share our lists, let’s review what the top 25 songs were based on the voting by the fans who participated.

Top 25 Duran Duran:

25.  Girl Panic

24.  Nice

23. Wild Boys

22.  Sunrise

21. Girls on Film

20.  Last Chance on the Stairway

19.  The Man Who Stole a Leopard

18.  Before the Rain

17.  The Reflex

16.  New Moon on Monday

15.  Lonely in Your Nightmare

14.  Rio

13.  Come Undone

12.  All You Need Is Now

11.  Late Bar

10.  The Seventh Stranger

9.  Secret Oktober

8.  Hold Back the Rain

7.  Save a Prayer

6.  Friends of Mine

5.  The Chauffeur

4.  Planet Earth

3.  Ordinary World

2.  Careless Memories

1.  New Religion

How do our lists compare?  Do we have a lot of these songs on our Top 25s?

Rhonda’s list of her Top 25 DD songs:

25.  Last Chance on the Stairway

24.  Finest Hour

23.  Hold Back the Rain

22.  Lonely in Your Nightmare

21.  Make Me Smile

20.  The Edge of America

19.  Friends of Mine

18.  Too Much Information

17.  New Religion

16.  Sound of Thunder

15.  Serious

14.  Tiger Tiger

13.  New Moon on Monday

12.  Rio

11.  Mediterranea

10.  Virus

9.  White Lines

8.  All You Need Is Now

7.  Sunrise

6.  Careless Memories

5.  Before the Rain

4.  Planet Earth

3.  Secret Oktober

2.  Late Bar

1.  Is There Something I Should Know?

Amanda’s list of her Top 25 DD songs:

25.  Out of my Mind

24.  New Moon on Monday

23.  Breath After Breath

22.  Shadows on Your Side

21.  Salt in the Rainbow

20.  Tel Aviv

19.  Red Carpet Massacre

18.  Too Bad You’re So Beautiful

17.  Wild Boys

16.  Sunrise

15.  Sound of Thunder

14.  Late Bar

13.  Vertigo

12.  All You Need Is Now

11.  Lonely in Your Nightmare

10.  Finest Hour

9.  The Man Who Stole a Leopard

8.  Friends of Mine

7.  The Edge of America

6.  Secret Oktober

5.  Before the Rain

4.  New Religion

3.  Careless Memories

2. Hold Back the Rain

1.  Planet Earth

Were you surprised by any on our lists?  Did we match more than you thought we would?  Did we not match more than you thought?  Now, that we have shared our lists, we welcome each of you to participate!  If you would like to share yours on a blog, please send (or resend) your list.  It would be cool if you wanted to explain any/all of your choices as this would be a means of getting to know you, your tastes and your Duranie experiences.  As always, we ask you to follow our guest blog requirements, they are described here.

Next week will be the final post on the Top 25 Duran Duran songs as I take time to analyze the results.

-A