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I’ve Seen You on TV: Duran Duran on BBC Four

Watch anything good lately?  Do anything fun?  I did!  Yesterday, I was able to catch the two new specials on Duran Duran that aired on BBC Four.  Thanks to friends who pointed me to tvcatchup.com I was able to watch!  I had to watch while the shows aired, which was fine.  Luckily, I had time to do so.  As I watched, Rhonda did as well, which allowed us to exchange our reactions via Twitter and text messages.  If you haven’t had to chance to watch, I recommend heading over to Duran Duran Argentina’s Facebook page here as both videos can be found there!

When thinking about this blog, I pondered which direction should I go.  Should I review the shows themselves?  I could even though I didn’t watch for that purpose.  No, I wanted to just enjoy.  That doesn’t mean that I didn’t take notice to various things like neither Warren nor Dom weren’t mentioned or that whole albums were left out.  Yet, I didn’t want to let those things bother me.  Therefore, I don’t think I want to review the shows in that way.  I could at a later time but…not right now.  I would want to rewatch them first before, anyways.

Clearly, the focus of the blog has to be something else.  After I got done watching yesterday, I tried to get back to my to do list but I found myself thinking about how much has changed and what hasn’t.  When we started this blog, we had this idea that we would celebrate fandom, work to understand it as well as do the same with Duran Duran and our fan community.  This meant that we were critical at times, held up mirrors to ourselves and fellow fans, etc.  Looking back, fandom felt super important to me.  It was at the top of my list. Now, I cannot say the same.  It has nothing to do with Duran Duran or even fandom.  No, it has more to do with my life and circumstances out of my control.  My priorities have changed, which has caused my relationship with fandom to shift.

When fandom was essential, I felt like I had the freedom, the time, the ability to be a critical thinker, to be someone who loves to analyze what I saw, heard and read.  Now, fandom needs to do something different for me.  It must be the source of joy, fun, and love.  As Rhonda and I watched the shows yesterday, both of us were reminded of why we love this band so much.  When I watch shows that capture the band’s history, not only do I get to hear so much great music but I’m also reminded of their history, which in many ways feels like mine.  As the band talked about Ordinary World, for example, I instantly thought back to when that song captured my attention and meant the world to me as I adjusted to a significant change.  When the reunion came up, Rhonda right away pointed that this is when our story started.  All of this fills my heart with a joy that I struggle to describe.

Then, of course, the history of the band was followed with the band members sharing their influences.  Before that show started, I didn’t know if I was going to like it.  I worried it would be them introducing something and then watching that something for awhile.  I figured that the band would be talking only for a couple of minutes.  Instead, it was like watching a conversation between them, reminding me of the clear friendship between them.  Likewise, it showed their personal sides rather than the famous, rock star sides.  I loved it.

What did all of this tell me?  Some things have not changed.  I love Duran Duran as much as I ever have.  The best time is sharing that love with friends even if it is just through social media or text messaging.  That said, because of where I am at, fandom, Duran Duran needs to stay in that “joy only” box.  I cannot see myself getting upset about any little detail that might have annoyed me or made me question this, that or the next before.  No, Duran is just going to be my fun, happy place.

-A

Duran Duran Take Over BBC4 and More!

I am going to blog as quickly as I can here.  I apologize that this blog post is pretty late.  While I had good intentions on getting this done earlier or even last night, it didn’t happen.  I suck.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a great reason for that.  Life is both busy and not and I’m struggling to find a good rhythm during the summer.  That said, two things I wanted to address here.  First, I know that I’m typing this a few minutes before Duran Duran “takes over” BBC Four.  Second, it appears that Duran has been busy playing a gig!  Let’s talk about these one at a time.

In case you have been busy, away from all social media, living under a rock, on vacation, abducted by aliens, or anything else that equals missing out on Duran news, BBC Four in the UK is the channel to tune into (if you can!) as the night is all about Duran Duran on film!  The official press releases describes the event in the following way:

In Boys on Film – A Night with Duran Duran, iconic British rock band, Duran Duran, are set to take over BBC Four on Friday 29 June from 9pm. With exclusive access to the band, the night features two newly-filmed documentaries which showcase incredible insights, previously unseen archive footage and rare demo tapes, as well as the group’s thoughts and inspirations across the decades since they first formed in 1978 in Birmingham.

In Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know (9-10pm) Back2back Productions has been granted exclusive access to the legendary group. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor open up about their extraordinary career, talking more candidly than ever before about the highs and lows they have endured together over the years.

Duran Duran: A Night In (10-11pm) sees the group talking about their early inspirations, as they look back together at the television programmes, music and film that they grew up on from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I were in the UK, I would probably have some friends over, pour some drinks and enjoy these two little programs together.  I suspect that there might be squeeing along with various commentary and an overall sense of excitement and joy.  I could use a little bit of that now.  That said, many of us are not there.  As an optimist, I’m hopeful that it might be available outside of the UK sooner rather than later.  (Please and thank you.)

On a different note, yesterday, I was trying to organize and clean my bathroom when I noticed Duran’s official twitter become pretty active.  I stopped and pondered…what the heck is that all about?  The tweets feature pictures and videos with the hashtags #wildpop, #bulgari, and states “when in Rome.”  Huh?  According to an article on WWD, which you can read here, Duran played at this Rome based company’s celebration of their jewelry collection.  Apparently, this jewelry is inspired by the 80s, which is cool.  If you are missing Duran live as much as I am or want to see some of the videos from this private party, I recommend flocking over to the band’s official social media!

Watching the clips from this show/party reminds me that last year at this time I was counting down the days to see Duran in Oakland and San Francisco.  It amazes me how different things feel in just a year.  Yet, Duran is a constant, a positive constant.  While I always appreciate them, I suspect that that feeling will only grow from here.

-A

There is Definitely Something You Should Know! DD on BBC Four

I love it when there’s news!

As I checked my email this morning, there were a couple of Google Alerts.  In full disclosure, I typically ignore them. More often than not, the alert is about someone with the last name of Duran, which has gotten really old at this point. This morning though, that was to be the case, as I uncharacteristically stopped scrolling and opened the alert.

My Duranie radar must still be working, because the alert announced that Duran Duran will be taking over BBC Four on June 29th!

At 9pm (GMT), viewers will see Duran Duran: There Is Something You Should Know. According to the press release on duranduran.com, “Back2back Productions has been granted exclusive access to the legendary group. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor open up about their extraordinary career, talking more candidly than ever before about the highs and lows they have endured together over the years.”

Yeah, I wouldn’t mind seeing a brand new interview. I miss those guys.

Then at 10pm (also GMT), the band talks about their early inspirations as they look back together over TV programs, music and films that they grew up with from the 60s, 70s and 80s in a show titled, Duran Duran: A Night In.  Also from the press release, John Taylor notes, “Without the BBC, there would be no Duran Duran. Forty years ago this October, the BBC first aired ‘Barbarella’. It was while watching that late-night screening of the Jane Fonda sci-fi epic that members of a burgeoning Birmingham post-punk band decided the name of one of the films characters – Durand Durand – would make for a cool and unusual band name.”

I think this show would be very interesting, particularly since I’m from the US. I’d love to see it!

But wait!

Most fans know that the BBC is in the UK. While there have been a few requests to stream the shows so that fans may watch worldwide, if you’re not in the UK, you’re pretty much out of luck for this one, at least for now. <cue tears>

Invariably, these types of programs eventually make their way onto YouTube or are passed from fan-to-fan, and I think we can probably expect the same for this one in due time. For now, as it should be…no matter how painful it might be to know I’m going to miss out, the UK fans will be able to experience the shows first. Yes, I absolutely believe they should have the opportunity to see it all first. Make no mistake, I am 100% envious knowing that I probably won’t see this material for a while, but certainly not angry or spiteful. There have been many times the US has had Duran Duran playing live shows here, with very little regard to the country from which they were born. The UK is their home, and as John mentioned – without the BBC there would be no Duran Duran.

People get so angry about the silliest things, such as this night of television. I’ve seen so many upset comments this morning!  Sure, I’d love to see these television shows. I love this kind of thing and I have no doubt that Amanda and I would have tried to watch together and we would have had many vodka tonics and laughed our way through it because these guys crack us up every single time.  Experience tells me though, that I probably will still have the chance to see these shows at some point, just not on June 29th. Somehow, I suspect I’ll likely survive the famine. Maybe.

I just don’t think I am exactly in the position to be complaining here. Duran Duran didn’t get their start here in the US. They certainly weren’t born here in America, and they didn’t cut their teeth in some dank and dark nightclub in an alley in Los Angeles or New York. It wasn’t American TV that embraced them first, like it or not.  I can’t be angry about a TV show or two being shown on the BBC, that is for sure.

Their 40th anniversary celebration isn’t over yet. It’s just begun! It is likely that we can look forward to other special events opportunities in the months to come.

However, if you want to get a sneak peek at the trailer, take a gander at the link below! I’ve watched it about 50 times now, so that should tell you just how badly I wish I could see the show with my UK friends. So sure, take my envy and laugh your way through to June 29th. If anybody figures out a way to watch the show, don’t forget to whisper it to your good friends Rhonda and Amanda!  We won’t tell!!

Duran Duran Take Over the BBC – Trailer!

-R