How do you guys manage to get the fundage and the time off of work to do all the traveling you’ve been doing this past year? I need to know your secret! LOL!
Amanda-The “fundage” is much less stressful for me than work. Basically, I am constantly saving for Duran trips/tours. I am also willing and able to sacrifice other things in order to pay for trips. It helps that I don’t have a family outside of my kitty to worry about. That said, I live in a one bedroom apartment, have a crappy TV and don’t spend money doing things like going to the movies. As far as work goes, as a teacher, it is challenging. Luckily, I do have set breaks and am able to take a few personal days but it is NEVER easy and often takes weeks or months to arrange it.
If you ever meet DD,how do want it to happen?
Amanda-Like Rhonda, I, too, have “met” them at a signing. Of course, I never even know if that really counts as a meeting since I barely exchanged words with any of them except John. Thus, if I were to meet them again, I would like it to a situation where they are relaxed, which probably means that there won’t be a TON of other fans around.
Would you rather have them autograph a prized possession or have a photo taken with a fave member or the whole band?
Rhonda – One of my most prized possessions is a signed Astronaut album that is signed by all 5 original members. I’ve given instruction to have that, along with my other prized Duran possessions to be buried with me in the event of my death. Of course, that’s assuming that they’re still burying people by that time. If not, my instructions are “DON’T BURN THE DURAN!!!” Sorry…got sidetracked. I would love a photo with the band, but I don’t dare hope for such things. I’ve already been very fortunate with the places I’ve been and things I’ve done. (but yeah, it’d be nice for Daily Duranie actually have a photo with the band!)
Amanda-Again, I follow Rhonda on this. I have signed CDs. Thus, I would LOVE a picture with any member and/or the band. That said, once I get them, I would gladly step aside to allow others to get photos. One photo is good enough for me!
What song do think should have been released as a single that wasn’t?
Amanda-My immediate thought here is Hold Back the Rain. Of course, they didn’t need another single at that time. For me, though, it is my second favorite song and I would have loved to have seen a video for it!
What random Duran earworms do you two get in the oddest circumstances? I’ve got a few at work: one of our books is called Planet Cake (that one’s obvious!) and I used to have a colleague called Mette Fentz, which frequently set off my Edge of America earworm (I’m just a number on a metal fence…anyone?)
Amanda-I get lyrics in my head at weird times! For example, when walking around London with Rhonda, I had no choice but to start thinking the lyrics to Careless Memories. I have also been known to quote the lyrics to other favorites like Red Carpet Massacre or Leopard. Sometimes, we have even tried to have Lyric Day in order to speak in as many lyrics as we could!!!
What is the most outrageous story you’ve told in order to go to a DD concert?
Amanda-I haven’t really told a story to get to go to a DD show. I have been pretty lucky in that I have been able to be pretty honest except for when I have had a bit of Duran sickness. ;D
Have you indoctrinated your kids yet? If so, do they like DD? What songs?
Amanda-While I don’t have children of my own, I do have 13 students currently at work. My students have been exposed to Duran to some extent. My kids typically refer to Duran as “my band” and they are aware that I’m writing a book. While they support ME, they aren’t really keen on the music. They are urban kids of today, after all!
What is your favorite movie where DD music has been used?
Amanda-I would probably choose Donnie Darko. First of all, I found the movie fascinating with the questioning of reality, mental health/mental illness, society’s standards of behavior and more. Then, the use of Notorious was genius due to the particular nature of the scene.
I heard one of DD’s song in a commercial on TV very recently, and I can’t remember what it is. Do you know what product and the song used?
All You Need Is Now is being used in a Dior ad.
Should DD explore more opportunities in using their music in commercials, as other artists have done? What about in being sampled by other artists? Have they been sampled by any artists that you know of? [i.e. an artist paying for use of some element of their music in their own music]
Amanda-Notorious BIG and Puff Daddy sampled Notorious. I have heard that Duran is pleased with the result. As far as being used in commercials, I would understand if they chose this route. Yet, I would hope that they choose the brand well. For example, being connected to Dior makes sense to me since Duran has always been connected to the fashion world.
Can you say more about your book plans? I know you refer to it, but don’t know where to find other information about it. Love to hear about it!
Amanda-I’ll just add that we hope that all fans, no matter their fandom, will be able to read it and relate. We also hope that people who are not involved in fandom will read it and understand why people choose to be part of one!
What bands have admitted that DD has been a major influence on their music?
According to wikipedia, some of the artists who claim Duran as an influence include Moby, Barenaked Ladies, Gwen Stefani, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp and Dido, to name a few.
Have any of the very, very early songs a la Wickett & Duffy + JT and NR –been released or exist anywhere? I think these are some of the titles: [Big Store, So Cold in Eldorado, Hold Me Pose Me, Signals in Smoke, Dreaming of Your Cars, Reincarnation, Working the Steel, early “embryonic” version of Girls on Film, See Me Repeat Me -early version of Rio, Enigmatic Swimmer, Ami a Go Go] Have you heard any of them? If so, how do they sound and where might one find them?
Some of those songs that you mentioned are available on the Devils album. Those songs were done with Duffy. You can find information about that particular side project here . Some of the other songs you mentioned (See Me Repeat Me, Reincarnation, Girls on Film, and Working the Steel) were demos with Andy Wickett. Those demos were floating around the fan community for awhile as a bootleg. Then, there are some that we have never heard and would love to know more about them.
Are any of the band members dual citizens (US + Great Britain)? JT must be as he married a US citizen, right?
Amanda-I do remember reading/hearing that John does have a green card but, at least, as of 2008, he could not vote, which would indicate that he is not a citizen.
Was the band able to finally secure complete rights to their work from Gloucester (post-Berrows bros.)?
Amanda-I believe that in most, if not all, situations that the record labels maintain rights, especially those songs recorded with EMI. Does anyone know more?
What’s the relationship like with Andy? I get the sense that he was gonna be on board for AYNIN but then backed out. What’s the story?
I read in Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran (AT) that during the Sing Blue Silver tour in US (c. 1984), that Charlie (Simon) knelt down to sing in tight leather pants, they split, revealing his “crown jewels” to all the audience as he wasn’t wearing underwear. To your knowledge, is this true?
Amanda-I have heard people talking about Simon’s lack of underwear. I do not know if this is true, nor do I have desire to find out. I’m not sure about that specific story you reference but I do remember hearing of another time (more recent) in which Simon’s pants ripped. He ran off stage and thought that a brilliant solution would be to staple the pants together. Unfortunately, as Simon moved around, the staples popped open, resulting in open pants and Simon getting poked in the ass. When I heard this story told in an interview, I remember John following up with the question about whether or not they were playing “Cracks in the Pavement”! Hilarious!
I have yet to hear any lyrics with curse words, although some videos have been risque. Have you noticed curse words in their songs or absence of them? It is quite a feat to not use explicit lyrics these days.
Amanda-That’s strange! I, too, have been called a motherf*cker at shows! I know that they use the word “damn” in Careless Memories and Hold Back the Rain. I also know that Simon changed the damn in HBTR to f*ck often when performing the song live. While I don’t think they record curse words much, John and Simon, at least, have both used curse words frequently.
I want to get a tattoo like JT got on his upper right arm after reuniting with the band. I don’t like the idea of pain, and it would not be nearly as large as his. Do either of you have any DD related tattoos or considered doing so? [I am 44 with college aged kids]
Amanda-Nope. In my luck, I would probably be allergic to the ink and have a major problem!
How does JT maintain his sobriety? Does he have someone as a part of their entourage that helps him with this? I admire him for doing so.
Amanda-I echo Rhonda’s sentiments. I have heard people complain that John doesn’t come out after shows much. In my opinion, I would gladly sacrifice this if it means that John stays happy and healthy.
That being said, professional sports teams have docs, trainers, etc. on the field and road with them. Who is a part of DD’s team? [I’m willing to volunteer as their band psychologist 😉
How does the band practice self-care on the road? This tour seems awfully demanding and I worry about them!
Amanda-I have heard that Simon and John like to get massages on the road. 🙂
Are they traveling the world in their regular plane? It seems so small in pictures I’ve seen. They can’t possibly travel on one plane for so long and maintain sanity and healthy relationships with each other! I hear Nick can be an a-hole and Roger has trouble with anxiety. After a day with my kids, I’m exhausted and can’t wait for them to leave. I love them, but just because they are adults, doesn’t mean they still don’t act like kids when they around each other.
Do any of the members travel separately?
Other than sleep on the plane, when together, do they practice? write? play sudoku?
Amanda-Maybe someone will ask John or Simon the next time they are on twitter!!
Any mention of writing for a new album?
Amanda-Rhonda is right. I have also heard that they don’t write on the road. Thus, they probably haven’t even thought about it yet!
I hadn’t noticed, but a review of one of the concerts said that Dom wrote half of the lyrics for AYNIN. I haven’t looked at the writing credits, and I love it that Dom is a great addition. But as I understand it,history suggests that DD songs come together when working together, including lyrics coming out of the notes and all throwing ideas in. Thoughts?
How did you first become a Duranie?
Amanda-I’ll keep my story short since we did blogs about how we became fans, which I will reference after my story. I got into Duran from listening to Top 40 radio and watching MTV. I got the songs stuck in my head and thought that bass player guy was kinda cute! It also helped that my best friend fell for them at the same time! Here are the blogs: Part 1 and Part 2!
Many hardcore duranies share likes/dislikes (for example everyone I know wants to hear SO or LB live and most would rather skip HLTW) what is one like/dislike you have that isn’t one that’s commonly shared?
Amanda-I have 3 songs that I could definitely live without that are popular: A View to a Kill, Come Undone and Ordinary World. I think that I might be excited about Ordinary World again at some point if I don’t hear it for like 10 years.
Power Station or Arcadia?
Amanda-As a kid, I was much more into Power Station. I was a John girl, after all! I was also a miserable kid in 1985 as I had just moved to a small town from a Chicago suburb. Thus, Power Station was my choice! Plus, I couldn’t get into the arty quality of Arcadia. As an adult, I think I prefer Arcadia’s music.
What was the most stressful travel experience you’ve had as duranies?
Amanda-Rhonda’s right. Both trips to the UK were filled with STRESS! For the first trip, the travel was fine. The rest of the trip wasn’t. For the last trip, we had no idea if we were going to get there due to a public workers strike. Luckily, that did not stop us and turned out to be the trip of a lifetime!
Any duran experiences that were completely unplanned and just happened in the best way possible (i.e. serendipity)?
Amanda-I can’t say that I have a cool story like Rhonda’s. During that same trip, I was on a different plane that included the roadies, merch people, etc. I thought I was super cool until I called Rhonda and found out that she had the back-up players! Clearly, I wasn’t that cool! LOL
Proudest duranie moment?
Amanda-I definitely agree with Rhonda on this one. Our published book will be the proudest moment!!! It will be the result of a heck of a lot of work, dedication, and persistence. There were many, many times when we could have just quit but we haven’t so far and don’t plan to until the job is done! As far as moments that have already happened, I’m proud that we went back to the UK to see the band play there. We could have let the disappointment of May destroy, at the very least, our fandom, but we didn’t. We stayed the course, fought through our tears, had patience and became stronger, better fans and friends because of it.