I’m not making light of drug addiction; but for me, Duran Duran is sort of drug. It’s much like what Simon sings about in the song, “Drug.” Take me every morning, take me every night. Some like it hot, but I like it Duran. Once you get a little taste, you want more and more. I definitely got a hit of my favorite drug this past week.
Essentially with a brand-new album, live shows, and being all over the media, this Duran-addicted life reached a fever pitch these past several days.
Some of my inspiration for writing this came from seeing them on the Today show. Hearing the new music was exhilarating and knowing that it was on a national stage made it even better! They’ve been doing this for years when they release an album. They usually get this kind of promotion, and it’s always exciting for fans to see it all, but for some reason the addiction feels different. To use a word that many writers have used when describing the album – the term triumphant seems appropriate.
Hearing Nick say in a recent interview that they see themselves continuing to do this for the next 15 to 20 years makes me feel overjoyed and overwhelmed with how much of a fixture they are going to continue to be in my life. This (again!) gives me that triumphant feeling as if I won something! I think what I (and many others) have won was the, “pick-a-band-you-think-is-cool-and-see-if-they-will-last” game. I certainly never gave thought when I discovered Duran Duran as to how long they might last. Now that I can grasp their longevity, and the music they are making is phenomenal, it feels like I am the champion of picking awesome bands! All who read this blog can consider themselves triumphant, and likely as addicted!
Never has being a fan been so exciting! Not only am I getting personal enjoyment out of this new journey for the band, I am able to share it with all of the new friends I’ve made through social media! Listening to the new songs and deciphering lyrics for the first time was a joy I could share with other Duranies in real-time. Talking about immediate reactions and which songs were favorites was instantaneous, continuing to feed my addiction. When I was a little kid watching their videos I would have never dreamed I’d be able to have meaningful conversation with others who feel the same as me (even if we are miles away) many years later. Yet, I was texting and tweeting like a crazy person. An excited, overjoyed, enthusiastic crazy person! We feed off of one another, and the loyalty for the band seems to keep growing in direct response. It was sweet that others cared enough to stop what they were doing and give me a smiley face emoji back just because I confessed my newfound love for one of the new songs or to join me in a moment of silence for John’s bass line in “Only in Dreams”. So, thank you to all of you who have been busying letting your fingers do the talking about all of our favorite subjects: Duran Duran! What a thrill, and I want to keep getting more!
On a more personal level, there is so much Duran happening right now and I have found it extremely difficult to concentrate fully on other areas of my life. I just wanna hear the music more!! That’s why they feel like a drug! I really wanted to share my week’s experience with you all and hope that you all had a similar fun time talking to others and jamming out to Paper Gods!
Like anyone else, I waited with bated breath for the release of the album, and some names that were mentioned as having been included on the album made me feel even more triumphant! I am a big fan of Mew and Jonas Bjerre. His voice is heavenly. When I heard he was going to be on the album I lost it! Now that I have heard “Change the Skyline”, I still cannot believe it exists. I am still in disbelief that this relatively unknown Danish singer whom I adore is on a Duran Duran album. I feel like they are spying on my iTunes purchases. Maybe a duet with Ed MacFarlane from Friendly Fires is next. I can dream.
My addiction sometimes bleeds into real life: I saw Duran Duran at Red Rocks recently, and the excitement of a live show hasn’t faded! Pure adrenaline is more like it! It brings me so much happiness that I can be there for them and support them because they were always there to support me with their music over the years. I stood there with pride as they performed “Pressure Off”, “Last Night in the City” and even “What are the Chances” triumphantly, and as the night ticked away, I knew I needed more.
And the addiction carries on…
Veronika wishes to remain anonymous, but if we could tell you anything about her, we would say that she is a lifelong fan, loves Simon and lives in Texas!