This week, Duranland was a buzz with responses to a little feature on Buzzfeed called “21 Signs You Spent The 80s Worshipping Duran Duran” that was published in June, which you can read here
. For some crazy reason, this article did not catch anyone’s attention until now. Nonetheless, it was passed around all over the place, including through Duran’s official Facebook. Most Duranies seem to enjoy it. I know that Rhonda and I appreciated seeing faces of friends of ours and that one dear picture was taken from our lovely, little blog here. (Thanks for citing, Buzzfeed!) Yet, the one thing I heard over and over and over again was how it isn’t just the 80s. No. There are still a ton of Duranies around even in 2013. We didn’t stop in the 1990s or the 2000s. We are still here. In fact, to prove this, I thought it might be fun to show how this worship still exists–to give a little twist to the original article.
21 Signs that You Worship Duran Duran in 2013:
1. You celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation Day on August 10 as an international holiday!
2. You accept the current line-up of the band to include Simon, John, Nick, Roger, and Dom. Some might even prefer it.
3. You attend or plan Duranie meet-ups, get togethers and/or conventions.
4. Your vacations are weekend or week long trips in which you travel to see a number of shows!
Our tweet during the summer of 2012 tour. We drove a LOT!
5. You believe that the band’s 2010 album, All You Need Is Now, is one of the best Duran Duran albums of all time along with the classics.
6. You know and can imitate all of Simon’s dance moves including the punchy-punchy of Notorious, the round about of The Reflex and the chicken dance of Wild Boys.
7. You spend hours on twitter hoping to see tweets from one or more band members and hope that you will one day get a response or a retweet.
8. You still go searching for Duran vinyl.
Amanda searching for Duran records
9. New pictures make you *squee* just as much as older pictures.
Photos by Bryony Evens from December 5, 2013
10. You know what Durantime means and are used to it but still hate it.
11. You want to see a Duran show in Birmingham, England, or are thrilled that you have.
Our tweet before the Birmingham show in December 2011
12. Your friends are mostly Duranies or people who have been willing to learn as much as the band to understand what you are talking about.
Durandemonium 2013 group photo
13. Any and all daily plans are thrown out the window whenever there are official Duranie alerts, especially when snippets of new music are released or tour dates are posted.
14. You have experienced the full range of emotions that occur on presale days, including stress, fear, frustration, hope, elation, joy and excitement.
Duran Duran Music–the site of the presale!
15. You go to a Duran show, see new Duran footage, or read articles about Duran and recognize at least 25% of the audience/fans.
via Buzzfeed.com who cited our blog and featured this awesome picture of our friend and guest blogger, Krista!
16. You understand that the biggest debates in the fan community have to do with the guitar players and Red Carpet Massacre.
17. You still buy t-shirts and other Duran merchandise either at concerts or on the internet, including ebay to replace any item you “let go” in college when you thought you were “over” the band.
Our friend, Kim, showing off her Duran merch!
18. You have a Facebook page, a blog or a website based on Duran Duran or have creative projects influenced by Duran in some way.
Our current header!
Some of the creative people we have showcased here, including author and friend, Karen Booth, and tribute band, Rio.
19. You go through the 5 stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) when you miss an important event, especially if the band was there and interacted with fans.
Rhonda can’t face the world!
20. You know that Duran Duran has formed the soundtrack to your life and you wouldn’t want it any other way.
From the very first album to the most recent album!
21. You call yourself a Duranie and always will!