Our plan was simple. Get the CD and review the packaging today. I started panicking a little yesterday because the pre-order didn’t get here – normally when I pre-order from Amazon, I get the CD the day before it comes out. I love that about Amazon. Well, this time I didn’t order from Amazon. I ordered from a company that is sending me a signed copy of the deluxe version (we all know who that is, but because I’m not happy with said company at the moment – I’m not advertising for them.), and although they claim to have sent it – it’s not in my mailbox as of yet. So, my backup plan was to go to Best Buy and pick up another deluxe copy because it has songs on it that my other copy won’t have. Whose brilliant idea was that, anyway? Show yourself and prepare to be flogged! I called Best Buy last night, knowing a contact at a local store that would set one aside and hook me up. Well, that contact told me that his store, as well as the other local store I frequent – sent their copies back. Their stores have very limited shelf space, and in his words “Duran Duran just doesn’t sell.” I was surprised mainly because this is a Best Buy exclusive. You’d think that the store would at least carry a couple of copies, if for no other reason than to say they tried! This morning I got up, promptly noted that I was A. Feverish B. Probably dying or at the very least dizzy from an inner ear issue, oh and C. Realized that it was release day and I had nothing to look at, listen to, hold or even use as a coaster if it sucked. (I’m kidding about that last part. For THIS album, anyway.) I got up, prayed a shower would warm me up and make me feel human…and got on with my morning.
At this point, I checked Facebook, cursed at the hundreds of others that had their CD (Because for today at least, this is the way I am. I’m weak, annoyed, and damn it – everyone should love me.) and posted my Best Buy debacle. I then got several text messages and a phone call from Amanda letting me know that her Best Buy must be in the Duran Duran PRIDELANDS because there are 18 freaking copies at her store. Of course there are. She’s kind enough to pick me up one, (which is fair play because I have her signed one coming to my house – then I’ll be forwarding it on to her) but both of us agree that I really should make the 25 minute drive to Best Buy, preferably one that I didn’t check stock with last night, and see if they’ve got anything. So off I go.
I get to Best Buy, wait outside for 5 minutes because they open at 10am (keep in mind that time is ticking away here – my youngest is in preschool for the morning. I have approximately 2 and a half hours of “me” – HA don’t I wish!!! – time before I go pick her up.), and promptly at 10, go in with the half dozen other crazy people that needed to be there when the store opens. I briefly considered that perhaps I wasn’t the only Duran Duran fan wanting their newly minted copy of All You Need Is Now, then I realized that my cold drugs were kicking in so obviously I wasn’t thinking clearly. I went into the store, and on the way back to the CD section I was asked three separate times if I needed help. Looking back, I don’t know why I didn’t say yes – but I didn’t. I figured it would be fairly easy to find a new release, especially of a band as auspicious as Duran Duran. Of course I’d find it! Amanda said there were like 18 copies at her store! This is Orange County California – there should be at least that many! Well, first I looked in the regular CD section. They not only had nothing, they didn’t even have a nice little divider card with their name on it. That’s when I started getting nervous. Then I went to the New Release “showy” racks at the front of the department. Let’s see – they had The Strokes, Kanye West, Taylor Swift (that damn album isn’t even NEW anymore!!!), and a whole bunch of others that I don’t care about. No Duran Duran. So then I start looking for someone to ask. There isn’t a blue shirt to be found. Where in the hell did they all go?!? That’s when I started thinking it was a conspiracy. Obviously. So, I finally get pissed off and go up to Customer Service. The woman behind the counter says “Oh yeah, I’ve seen it. I remember looking at it and saying ‘Wow – I didn’t even know they were still together!'” I take a deep breath, mainly so I don’t unleash on the poor girl. She must sense my annoyance because she immediately goes on a hunt for it, stopping at three tables and then saying “Oh, you know what, it must still be in the back!” She goes to the back, comes out and tells me they don’t have it. I say “Yeah, see that’s fine except your little website says you do, so I wonder where it is?” I even tell her all about how it’s a Best Buy exclusive,and that it’s got two songs on it that you can’t get anywhere else, and that I need to write a blog about it…TODAY. Then she starts apologizing. She finds two other guys to help her and at this point there are 3 blue shirts crawling around on the floor looking through every single shelving rack that was out, on the hunt for Duran Duran (I swear I could say a quote from Barbarella here….but I will refrain.) Finally and triumphantly she shouts with glee “I found them!!”, and there in her hands are not one, but two copies of the album. She then told me that they only got the Best Buy exclusive version, not the regular album – but the deluxe, and that I am going to be buying one of the two copies they will ever get in stock, because their store won’t re-order. “Duran Duran just doesn’t sell.”, she tells me.
At this point, I’m leaning up against a shelf, trying to steady myself because I can tell my fever is back up and running again. I go and buy the copy, being congratulated by the clerk for making them find the album, and I run out of the store – ready to listen to all of the songs to my hearts content. FINALLY.
I’ve listened to most of the album at this point, and I’m looking over the packaging with a fine tooth comb. Later as I am gripping a box of kleenex, my blankie (yes, I have a blankie – it’s an afghan that my grandma crocheted for me when I was about 4 and went into the hospital to have my tonsils out) and a pillow – I will watch the DVD. Tomorrow, I will comment.
Until then, have fun finding the CD. I do have plenty to say about this release and the various “exclusive deluxe copies that you can’t buy anywhere else!”, but I’ve decided that until I can think clearly – I’ll wait to comment. I’m at least that kind….sometimes.