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I light my torch and wave It – video for New Moon filmed 34 years ago!

Not even gonna lie, I love to light my torch and wave it for the New Moon on Monday.

This darn song. It got me from the very first listen. The video certainly did NOTHING to stop me as it was filmed in France on this day in 1984.

Yes, I know the band apparently hates this video. “The dancing” they say. Oh please, Simon. We see you and Mr. “Danceophobia-arms” John Taylor at every single show. Yes, the dancing. We love you for it.

I. Love. It.

Naturally, it’s not JUST the video. I adore the anthemic nature of the song. It is like a giant “call to arms” for all Duran fans.

(note to band: Planet Roaring could have TOTALLY been the follow-up. I’m sad you missed the opportunity to send the song blazing at every single show. Alas…I’ll get over it. Eventually.)

I did love every single second of singing New Moon on Monday at the top of my lungs on the Paper Gods tour, though. There was something very special about hearing the absolute roar go up from the crowd when Sunrise would morph into New Moon. It woke the crowd up as we were transported back to 1984. I felt my teenage energy bursting at the seams, and I just know that the crowd must have been glowing for the band every single night when they’d sing this song. So sure, I’m going to watch the video today. I need no excuse, but anytime I can celebrate another year of my torch being lit because of this song and video in my life, I’ll do it!

-R

LA Forum in 1984. Were you there?

Truth be told, I’ve been hitting you all with “This date in Duran history” posts lately because I haven’t had much to draw from in the inspiration department. I think it’s kind of quiet, and that always makes blogging a little more difficult, so I go to the past to try to give me something to say.

Today is not really much different. I hopped on Facebook hoping for something, and then realized that on this date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the LA Forum. This was a show I wasn’t able to attend, but I know plenty of people who did. I envy those that could be there, including my friend Karen from childhood. I remember hanging out in her bedroom for sleepovers throughout middle and high school. Each time, I would take a second to look at her ticket stub from the show. I had that stub memorized down to every last perforation. I was so envious. She was the youngest of three or four, and her sister was a lot older than her (probably the same difference in age as my two girls – 11 years). So, her sister took her to the concert. Sure, they were in $11.00 seats, which back then meant she was probably in nosebleeds – but she was there.  I was not. I don’t know what it was like to be a Duranie back in the 80s in that sense (of going to concerts), because I didn’t go to my first Duran Duran show until far later….1989.

Sure, it was only five years later, but I don’t need to explain to all of you how different of a time that was. We lived it, right?  So, in 1984 my Duranie-ness was expressed solely through the amount of hours I spent listening and watching DD on TV, talking to friends about them. (I won’t lie, in 1984 I spent most of my time talking to friends about how I was going to marry Roger Taylor. I was deep in the throes of delusional fairy tales, which were far more exciting than real life woes as an awkward thirteen year old.)  Going to shows and experiencing the frenzy first hand was something I never had the chance to do. By 1989, Roger and Andy were gone. The band was very different. The vibe had changed. I think the closest I’ve come to feeling that same type of energy (as 1984) was during the Astronaut tour.  Again, I can’t lie – that was good enough for me. I got it.

I think the one thing that strikes me between my being a fan back in 1984 and now is that never once during all that time that I spent memorizing every last movement Roger made in their videos, or listening to “Is There Something I Should Know” over and over again, never ONCE did I ever think that I would grow up to do what I’m doing right now.

What I mean by that is, I never once considered that at some point, I’d make something to the equivalent of my own fanzine. Never mind DAILY. I never thought I’d be a blogger (not that the idea even existed back then), but I never thought I’d even be in a fan club, much less write about it, or be anything but some face way way way back in the crowd at a concert.  I don’t mean that the band knows me personally, I mean that I never considered that any of YOU – my fellow fans beyond my close friends from grade school – might.

So, when I struggle with things like having a project rejected, or not knowing what to write about, I need to remind myself that I didn’t set out to do much of what I’m doing right now. Every single day is an  adventure, or an opportunity, to do more. I’m open to whatever comes my way, and aside from trying to reach a personal goal of being published (which really hasn’t got much to do with Duran Duran other than they were the inspiration for me to at least try), I don’t have any grand designs here. I’d like to have a few more hours during the day to spruce this place up from time to time and learn a little more – but other than that, I’m really good. I really LIKE being a blogger. Sure, I’d really like to have one of the two (or three) manuscripts Amanda and I have written to get published, but even if that never happens – I’m going to really work hard to appreciate my successes, and to me, this blog is a success. Why? Because I LIKE doing it.

February 6, 1984 was 33 years ago. I could have never, ever guessed where the band would go from there…nor where I might go.  The sky continues to be the limit from here.

-R

Back Into the Arena

It isn’t every day that I can sit and listen to an interview on BBC West Midlands featuring my favorite drummer in the entire world, hear Hungry Like the Wolf…and contemplate that on this date thirty-one years ago….Arena was released.

I know Duran Duran says they’re not nostalgic, and that may very well be the case;  but I don’t know how they can help but NOT but look back fondly from time to time.  When DDHQ pulls out the pictures of “Into the Arena” board game on top of it all, I just can’t help but remember 1984. I’d just turned 14, in fact, my mom and dad had put money into the card they gave me for my birthday so that I could go down to Wherehouse Records and get Arena on the day it was released. It was the height of Durandom in America, and I can remember getting so excited over every little mention of Duran Duran, which was often! At the time it seemed like I lived and breathed them.

Oddly, it wasn’t a whole lot different from the present… kind of funny, really. I mean, I take blogging seriously because it’s a responsibility I’ve chosen to take on, but I also am well-aware of how crazy it seems. I’m 45 and yes, I write a blog about being a Duran Duran fan. I’m glad life worked out this way.

On any given day, I make it part of my day to read any articles about the band, watch/listen to interviews, and try to keep up with whatever is going on in the fan community. I glean whatever I can, try to make sense of it, and post away.  In plenty of ways, this blog has allowed me to still BE a fan. I would have never seen that possibility at the age of 14. I just don’t think I had any kind of foresight of what would come next. My goodness, my dreams back then were to open the door and see Roger Taylor waiting to take me away, but not before I became a conductor for the LA Philharmonic. Because you know, those two life aspirations go together perfectly….right???  Yet, if I really think back on what I was like at 14 – I’m not all that much different. I used to journal quite often, particularly when something was bothering me. Some kids had sports, I had writing and music.  I still do.

Back then, I believed the 80s would last forever. It felt like a very long time before I would graduate from high school. I couldn’t imagine music being any different from it was on Seven and the Ragged Tiger, and even after I came out of Wherehouse on that fateful day in 1984, clutching a bag with my cassette tape and vinyl copies of Arena – I had not a single doubt that I would love Duran Duran forever.

Life was so innocent for me in 1984. I didn’t realize that Roger was about to leave the band, or that Andy would follow. I hadn’t even had a boyfriend yet, or had my heart completely broken. I didn’t know that a day would come where I wouldn’t practice my clarinet, or that I’d be a stay-at-home-mom.  I don’t remember worrying about wars, or bombings – although I do remember talking about the possibility of nuclear weapons. I hadn’t ever used a computer, phones still had cords (in fact our phone in the kitchen was still a rotary!), and I didn’t really even know what rap was. Facebook, Twitter and social media weren’t even twinkles in someone’s eye….in fact, I kind of giggle when I think of what Simon, John, Roger, and Nick might have said or done if someone had told them that at some point in the future, they’d actually have the opportunity to trade messages with Duranies. Even better? Dom would have only been twelve years old. Had he even learned to play guitar by then?!?  Who knew what the future would hold….

So there’s some 1984 for ya.  Happy Anniversary Arena!

-R

Duran Duran History – Arena

The Arena album makes Duran Duran history today by climbing all the way to #4 on US charts on this day in 1984. 1984 wasn’t a bad time to be a Duranie: from MTV to radio, magazines to board games, it seemed like the band was everywhere, and in many ways fans were spoiled into believing it would always be that way. There was little (if any) down time for the band during this period and it seemed that nothing but good times lay ahead. Little did fans realize that with the end of 1984 also came the veritable end of the band’s initial heyday…at least as far as chart success, and the general public was able to gauge.

-R

 

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Memories

Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid

I know I’ve already done a date in history for today, but also on this date in 1984, Duran Duran, and particularly Simon LeBon, was featured in Bob Geldof’s and Midge Ure’s project “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, by Band Aid.

On a day where it’s pretty difficult to get into the holiday spirit…I think it’s uplifting to see that yes, we really can make a difference. Music matters. One single song, one single Duran Duran song (yes, I felt it was theirs) made a difference. I remember being 14 (goodness gracious) and feeling a sense of pride hearing that song on the radio. The band participated in something that mattered, something that was going to make a difference. Buying a single piece of music helped make the world better…all very lofty ideas for a kid. Never mind that Simon thought he was doing a solo with Sting or that he was pretty annoyed to realize he was going to be sharing the microphone with many, because I didn’t know any of that in 1984. I believed it was all for the greater good. Helping the world…hell, saving the world.

Nowadays, it’s impossible to miss what’s going on around us. I am sure most have read the headlines this morning, watched the videos, and were probably shocked by the photos coming from Ferguson.  It even has it’s own set of hashtags on Twitter, for crying out loud. It blows my mind, in some respects, that we’re still dealing with the same sorts of problems now that we were back in the sixties. Nothing seems to change fast enough, and yet everything seems to move way too quickly in this world. Well, back in 1984 I really did believe we were changing things, making a difference, doing good for the world with a single song. Call it naivety, innocence…maybe even a little ignorance, but I believed. I bought into the ideals. Hook, line, sinker.

For me, “Do They Know it’s Christmas” was the Christmas song to own. One single Duran Duran song turned Autumn into the holiday season for me, and what’s really funny is that it still happens to this very day. At some point just before Thanksgiving I will turn on the radio to our local “Holiday Music Station” (KOST 103.5) just to try and feel a little more in the spirit – and “Do They Know It’s Christmas” will come on, in all of it’s glory, and I’ll smile. I’ll forget the trials of being an adult, and something in me clicks. I’ll start thinking about how I felt sitting in the backseat of my parents old green longer-than-a-city-block Mercury as the song would start and we’d more than likely be out looking at Christmas lights, as we always did more than once during the holiday season. Sure, I was a kid and didn’t really know much about the world around me at the time – but I believed there was more good than bad.

Somehow, I think we all still need a bit of that today.

-R

 

 

This Past Week in Duranland (September 15 – September 21)

It is that time of the week when I sit down and actually make sure I know what all happened over the past week.  I do this to ensure that I am caught up but to help any of you reading this who might be in a similar boat.  So, what happened this week?  No more Unstaged screenings.  No more performances–aired or streamed.  Was it a completely quiet one, then, in Duranland?  Let’s take a look!

September’s Collector’s Corner was published!
This month’s corner focused on the three different versions of the Carnival EP, which was released in 1982.  I do own the US version and appreciated finding out the differences between the versions.  It made me want to get all three now!  If you, too, would like to learn about the EP and the different versions, check it out on duranduran.com here.

Vanity Fair UK October edition!
The October issue of Vanity Fair UK contains a supplement called, Vanity Fair On Time, which features those pictures of Simon on the Rio boat that Simon fans have been dying for!  It also contains an essay written by Simon himself!  See a couple of pictures on the official press release!

Fashion Rock photos!
If you are a paying member of DuranDuranMusic, there are some photos from Fashion Rocks that can be seen in the photos section.

John Warwicker Interview
DuranDuranMusic is featuring an exclusive interview with John Warwicker, a graphic designer who worked on Astronaut and the singles from that album.  While he didn’t work on anything official until 2004, I found the interview to be fascinating as he met and did some posters for the band before they signed with EMI.  He has also been recently involved with Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories project.  What really caught my attention, though, were his comments about John and Nick and their ambitious nature.

Rio’s Bass Line:
Bestbassgear.com mentioned John Taylor’s bass line in Rio as being one of the toughest bass lines around.  They also featured an isolated clip of the bass here.  While I always appreciate recognition of John’s work, I hate that it is wrapped up with a line that reads, “In fact, some of you might think, ‘Duran Duran counts as a band?'”  Really?!  They wrote and played their own music for decades.  I cannot believe that people are still saying crap like that.

Mark Ronson Article:
On a better note, Mark Ronson discussed Duran Duran on cue point.    As a fan who LOVED All You Need Is Now, I adore Mark Ronson both as the producer on that album but also as a fellow fan.  I love the comments he made in this article about how he was a great producer and a super fan when working on that album.  I will always say that part of the reason that album turned out SO WELL is because Mark is a fan.  He gets it.

Rolling Stone Magazine on 1984:
This week, Rolling Stone magazine published the list of the Best 100 Singles of 1984.  As someone who loved music that year, I couldn’t wait to see who and what made the list.  The Reflex made it.  Any guesses at what position it landed at?

Crave Online:
Crave Online also featured a little article on Duran Duran, which is available on duranduran.com.  In this article, there is a brief review at the Madza party and the lack of recognition by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Twitter Activity:
Simon hasn’t tweeted much this past week but he did come on to comment about the Scotland vote and to mention one of U2’s new songs.  Did anyone listen to that one?  Simon said that he wished Duran would do something like it.  John didn’t tweet much but did post a few pictures.

Is that it?  Did I get it all?  For a “quiet” week, there was still quite a bit of activity!  On to the next week…

-A

Today in Duran History – From Britain with Love

On today’s date in 1984, From Britain with Love – The Continuing British Invasion, featured Hungry Like the Wolf.

From Britain With Love was a radio show vinyl album collection of 12-LPs.  It was licensed for broadcast on the ABC Rock Radio network (in the US) on this date in 1984, and as you may have guessed – it was a 12-hour show. I don’t personally remember anything hearing about this, and so I have to guess I didn’t listen in.  Anyone out there remember this radio program?

-R

 

 

Today in Duran History – Bananas!

Sometimes our notes for the Day in Duran History are just flat out silly sounding.  Take today for instance…on today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran lip synched The Reflex on a German TV show called “Bananas”.

Wanna see the performance?  Of course you do!  I was astounded that I found it so easily on YouTube.   This just reiterates what I’ve always thought about YouTube…you can find ANYTHING on there.

Enjoy some Thursday Eye Candy, thanks to YouTube!

-R

Today in Duran History – The Reflex

My friend Jessica will love (too strong a word, maybe??) me for pointing out that on today’s date in 1984, parts of The Reflex were filmed.

I won’t lie. I LIKE the video for The Reflex.  I always imagined what I might have been like in that audience. (I’d have lost my teenage mind, I’m sure) I wonder what it was like to be in the arena, knowing that if you were anywhere near the front – you’d be seen in a DD video for all eternity.  I can certainly think of worse things!  And then there’s John Taylor, all up on stage and cute in his red/silver/white jacket/shirt/I-really-don’t-know-what-to-call-it up there with his bleached bangs and cheekbones, alongside Simon and Andy, with Nick and Roger towards the back but still ever-present.   I still like the video.  How could I not?

The Reflex on YouTube