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There’s something you should know

Happy Monday!

Today I’m coming to you from a tiny little RV park in Santa Barbara. We’re in the process of moving some things into storage closer to where we’re going to be living, but the blog must go on! So, I’m writing away at my very serviceable dinette while two of my kids are still sleeping.

I don’t really know what this blog is going to be about today, but I wanted to chime in with my thoughts on Friday’s BBC4 takeover. First of all, a very special thank you to tvcatchup.com. Thanks to that website I was able to tune in at the same time as my friends across the US as well as those across the pond, which made viewing even more fun. I’ve now learned “the secret” for watching UK shows, which I believe will continue to come in handy!

I loved There’s Something You Should Know. Seeing the band in that tiny car, reminiscing their history together, made me smile. (Actually, watching Nick’s face as Simon got in the driver’s seat was pretty damn funny too!) I appreciated the intimacy of the tight quarters, and it felt like I was right there listening. There were many times throughout the program that I felt like I was hearing them talk about my own history with the band, particularly when they talked about the period of the reunion going forward. I texted Amanda, saying “This is when our story began”,  which was very true.

I don’t know how to put my feelings into words. Back when I first discovered Duran Duran, I can distinctly remember my parents talking about them, about being a fan in general, as being a passing phase. Truthfully, when I was in college I don’t know that I really paid a lot of attention beyond getting a silly grin when I’d hear one of their songs on the radio. I mean, I still went to concerts, and I still loved their music, but I didn’t continue putting posters on my wall or giggle with friends about them. But the thing is, and most of you know this as well, I didn’t exactly stay away permanently.  By the time the reunion hit, I’d discovered the Duran Duran forums on their website and felt pretty darn committed. By that time, most everyone around felt like I should have grown out of that fangirl stuff.  As I watched the shows Friday, I was comforted by the thought that I’d been a fan of theirs since nearly the beginning.  It isn’t weird to be a fan at my age, it is incredibly unique and special. How many people can really say that they’re still super into a band that they’ve loved since they were a child?  Not many. That’s really something to be proud of, and celebrate.

Yeah, I’m one of those “teenage girls” that really interfered with their work being accepted by critics. That’s true. But I think I’m beyond the point where I feel as though I should somehow feel badly about that. For one thing, the idea that because a teenage girl likes something means it’s only superficial and not really “worthy” is incredibly stupid. That’s on the critics, because to me it means they obviously didn’t know how to do their job very well. (Seriously, that’s what it comes down to. How hard was it to just put a piece of music on and judge it solely on its own merit? Apparently it was very tough). There have been moments over the past several years where I’ve wondered if the band regretted marketing themselves as heavily to teenage girls, simply because of their poor relationship with critics. Would it have changed their career much had it been done differently? No one knows.

Here’s the thing I do know for sure, and I wish the band would just read my words and accept them: I loved YOUR MUSIC before I ever saw any of you. I would have loved your albums even if there hadn’t been videos, teen magazines, dyed hair, keen fashion sense, yachts, champagne, cheekbones to kill for, or makeup skills I’m still trying to copy to this day. Why? BECAUSE YOUR MUSIC IS WHAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH FIRST.  The magazine covers and your good looks were merely an outstanding bonus. The critics couldn’t have been more wrong, and that’s on them. 

As I watched the shows and chatted with Amanda, I’d see scenes where Roger was walking through Cheapside, or some of the shows from the Astronaut tour, or even the little bit they showed from Paper Gods, and I was so proud. I mean, I’ve been a part of all of that. So have each of you reading. That’s amazing!  How many people can really say that?

Again I answer, not many.  There’s something you should know, right there.

-R

DD on TV – 36 years ago today!

Did you know that on this date in 1982, Duran Duran made their first appearance on American television?!?

It’s true. They appeared on a popular Philadelphia show called “Dancin’ On Air”, where they lip synched “Rio” along with the song that will outlive us all…”Hungry Like the Wolf”!

I wasn’t even twelve when this happened, but then again, I simply refuse to believe that we’re really starting to celebrate their 40th anniversary. That can’t be possible!

I know the band claims to not be fond of looking back. If I’m going to be honest – I don’t necessarily enjoy counting the amount of years we’re looking back either. I know I’m not alone when I say that I can barely remember a time when Duran Duran wasn’t in my life. I can’t even say that about my own husband! It’s bizarre and strangely comforting all at once.

All of that is even more heartwarming when I consider that tomorrow night, I expect that nearly every Duran-fan in the UK will be sitting in front of their televisions as the band takes over BBC4 for the evening. I’m envious, and only a little annoyed that the entire world can’t participate. Licensing fees, country boundaries…too much red-tape for this girl. I hope everyone who is able to see the programs enjoys them.

On a similar note, I’ve noticed that in the lead-up for tomorrow night, the hashtag #DD40 has begun to be seen and used by folks other than the Duranies who started it. This is exciting!  While I know the band is somewhat reluctant about the whole thing—those of us who will use any excuse to turn something into a massive extended party are thrilled to see it. May the festivities continue!

I also wanted to once again mention that due to family circumstances beyond my immediate control, I can’t commit to Durandemonium in August. A few people have asked and I wanted to make sure everyone understands. It is a huge undertaking to coordinate a successful convention, and I’m finding that it is equally stressful and time-consuming to prepare for a move. I just can’t manage both, and it turns out that my husband really is expecting us to move north with him. Imagine that! The good news is that after a week of house hunting, we have a good idea of where we want to move. We’re going to be trading the OC beaches, traffic, and small backyards for acreage, cleaner air and trees!  If all turns out as we hope, I won’t be more than ten minutes down the road from the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, where Duran performed a couple of years ago. Amanda remembers it for cows alongside the amphitheater. I remember because it was where Simon came to the front of the stage pretending to have a big mouthful of water to spit on us, and then didn’t (the first time anyway). I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder at a show.

Anyway, once this crazy move is done, then I can go back to planning a big Duranie party to celebrate the 40th. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it?

In the meantime, enjoy your night of television tomorrow, UK Duranies!

-R