At some point over the last couple of weeks, I realized I’ve never properly interviewed our own intern! Here we are, several months into Jason’s stellar career as our very own intern, his star steadily rising into the stratosphere….and many of you (okay…I mean I) know next to nothing about him. I figured that I had better rectify the situation because before you know it, he’ll be way too busy to do little interviews with yours truly.
Luckily, Jason found himself with a little extra time while he’s furloughed from his day job, and was happy to indulge me with answering a few questions and having a chat. Be sure to check out our big announcement towards the end of the video, too!
The past 16 hours or so have been a bit of a blur. I’m suffering from vertigo as I type, which may or may not have been self-induced. I’m also struggling to get and keep food down at the moment, but more on all of that in a few months. (yes, I did mean months and no, I’m not having a baby. In fact, smack yourself for me if you actually thought that. ) Meanwhile, I have a blog to write!
Calling all bass players (brand new, experienced…or potential!) out there! Has it always been your dream to have John, yes that one, teach you bass? Well you are in luck!
Yesterday, DDHQ announced that John would be taking to Instagram today at 11am PDT to post the first in a series of bass tutorials. How cool is that?!? Following the tutorial at noon PDT, he’ll be doing a LIVE Q&A, and yes, this is all on Duran Duran’s Instagram page.
I’ve never so much as even held a bass guitar in my hand, but I’ll take the time to watch today, just out of pure curiosity. I can’t imagine I’ll be alone. I wonder if Instagram can be broken by the amount of viewers….let’s hope not!
Don’t forget about Fade to Grey on Saturday! Our very own DJ Velvet Rebel takes to his Twitch channel once again and spins our favorite tunes from the 80s. This time, he’s partnering with Punkmasters and is giving away a t-shirt during the US party (9pm EDT), so tune in! Maybe I’ll see you in the chat room!
I promise, this blog isn’t all self-promotion. Just wanted to toss it out there that Fade To Grey is back on Saturday and Daily Duranie has partnered with Punk Masters, yes, that Punk Masters for this weekend’s show. What does that mean? Well, it means that the amazing Patty Palazzo is giving away one of her custom shirts as seen on every member of Duran Duran.
Here’s the inside scoop for the Daily Duranie readers. I’ll be giving away the shirt during the 9pm EST show later in the day because the shirt can only be shipped to a US address. The current situation with the virus has disrupted international shipping too much. It will be trivia and it will be Duran Duran themed. Hope you can make it. Sirius/XM DJ and Mad World author Lori Majewski was in the chat last Fade To Grey so come hang with Daily Duranie’s intern DJ Velvet Rebel.
But, it’s Wacky Wednesday which means I owe you a blog. So, last night I put on 60 minutes of videos from May of 1983. I like to go back and watch videos to discover stuff I missed (sometimes) or forgotten (often) when I was a young, wide-eyed kid. It helps fuel my growth as a music writer and gives me new ideas as a DJ. And it keeps me occupied so the wife can relax. Haha!
Here are some of the highlights and lowlights. And if you want to watch along, here is the link.
Mick Jagger and Bette Midler duet on “Beast of Burden”. This definitely falls in the things I sort of remember but forgot for a reason category of these exercises.
The theme, the flag on the moon, the voice of Mark Goodman. I am nine again.
Hall & Oates trying to act tough in “Say It Ain’t So”. Honestly, their videos are better than they should have been pretty consistently.
Friday Night Video Fight this week: Phil Collins vs. The Cars
“Who Can It Be Now?” by Men At Work is an example of a band that makes such good videos that it distracts from how good the songs were. Colin Hay was Elvis Costello held hostage by a koala bear.
Mr. Mister “Hunters of the Night” is why I spend nights in 1983! Don’t remember this song at all and it’s a new wave nugget of detached AOR cool that suburban me was all about.
Robert Plant “Big Log” is a video that I hated as a kid. What was Led Zeppelin and why should I care who Plant is? So, so naive was I.
1983 commercial: “You are the coffee generation” as I look at the stars on my Starbucks app….damn right we are the coffee generation!
The Alan Parsons Project was on MTV? “Don’t Answer Me” is yacht rock gold.
Someone tell me where to model for “Stray Cat Strut” ended up. There has to be a blog about it somewhere.
RATT “Round & Round” is on and this seems so much earlier than I thought hair metal infiltrated MTV. Hmmm….
German schoolteacher Nena. German never sounded so cool.
We get about three seconds of .38 Special before someone stopped their VCR. Glad it wasn’t just me. I didn’t like them in 1983 and that’s before I discovered how awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd was.
Blancmange in MTV News. Wife tells me they were huge but I really didn’t remember them when I heard them a few years ago.
“No Artificial Color” was a selling point in 1983 for soda. I think soda is the last thing we worry about in 2020.
Ray Charles selling laser disc players with “Rio” on the television. Ladies and gentleman, 1983.
Queen “I Want to Break Free” is so amazing. Why wasn’t I into Queen in 1983. This is the best video all so far.
Phil Collins with the Against All Odds song. Is that a decent film? Bueller? Bueller?
Couldn’t finish on a Phil Collins video so going past one hour.
If you asked me what the first video from Paul Young on MTV, I would have bet a bottle of rum that it was “Every Time You Go Away”. I stand corrected. Fun Fact: this video was filmed at the famed Hammersmith Odeon in London. I know this because I went to see Spandau Ballet there for my wife. And Shirley from Wham! was next to me in the concession area. That was awesome.
As we wait patiently for time to pass, countries to reopen, vaccines to emerge…. and perhaps even for some politicians to be voted out or removed from office….I stumbled upon a new cover that I felt compelled to share!
Do you remember that spoken word piece called “God” that was a B-side to “Do You Believe in Shame”? Well, I found something a little more updated. Alright…I admit it, Jason sent me the link and it’s a little something he did all on his own… and it’s fantastic!
Thirty-two years earlier, in 1988, the words had more to do with the Iran-Contra hearings. In 2020, it’s a pandemic, yet the feelings are the same.
“…it was just the thought that in this particular democracy, and probably every other one in the world, there is somebody who believes he is more right than all the people who put him there.”
And with other updated lyrics such as “Outside the wind was howling the doo-doo’s from Hungry Like the Wolf”…it provided me with a much needed chuckle. After all, we can’t stay mad ALL the time, can we?
Kudos to Jason (@VelvetRebelMusic) for taking the initiative, and Strangeways Radio for posting it on YouTube. I love it!
I have two things to share today. Just two, and so this post will be short.
Get your eyeliner ready because our favorite online DJ is having another dance party! That’s right, VelvetRebel will be back on Twitch this Saturday night, spinning tunes that will bring back the sweet scent of cloves mingling with the faintest hint of hairspray and kamikaze shots. Jason has his own Twitch channel, so you’ll tune in there for the party. http://twitch.tv/velvetrebel1984
Hmm…maybe that’s just my memory of the late 80s, then. Moving on….
Second, have you seen Duran Duran’s tweet from earlier today?? If not, run, don’t walk, to Twitter right now and check it out! #DuranDuranRadio, is that a thing?? It is now…or soon will be…on Duranduran.com! The possibilities are endless, and the music…well, that’s a given, isn’t it? Love the idea, looking forward to tuning in as soon as they get it up and running! If they can’t play live in front of thousands, MAYBE…just maybe…they can play DJ!
I know that by now, surely you’ve seen it and have had a chance to absorb the words, feel the emotion, and understand it’s significance. Yesterday afternoon, there was a note from John that had been posted throughout social media. In the note, he explained that about three weeks ago, he had tested positive for COVID-19, but that he is feeling okay now. In John’s case, the symptoms were mild, a “turbo-charged” flu. It did not sound as though he needed any sort of hospitalization, and naturally the best news is that he’s fully recovered.
Oddly, and yet pretty much exactly as it should have been, Amanda saw the note first. I had texted her about something else entirely, and she made sure to tell me that I ought to go read Twitter. So I did. I have been mostly off of social media, and I’ve tried very hard not to watch the news – although I do watch my (very) local news each night. I’m not going to sugar coat it – I can’t handle it all otherwise.
Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, but this is my life right now. Each day feels very much like the one before. Last week, I found that getting out of my house into the sunshine (we had wonderful spring weather last week) helped a lot. I weeded, took care of my chickens, cleaned out the coop…and tried to forget what is going on outside of my gate. This week, we have rain. It’s rained 2 and a half inches just since yesterday. It’s a mess outside, and we’re all stuck inside. We watched movies yesterday, and I sat and made some progress on a blanket that I’m crocheting for my youngest. I felt incredibly antsy the whole day, and didn’t sleep well last night. Sure, we’re only being asked to stay at home, and that doesn’t sound hard – but it is. We know what is going on around the globe. Not watching the news doesn’t make that go away, but I also don’t linger on every single number being thrown around, or remain critical of every single word a leader mumbles off the cuff. I just don’t need it. I do need, however, a little bit of hope.
Seeing that John tested positive and has recovered definitely put me through some emotions. Of course I was concerned – who wouldn’t be? It’s frightening to see that someone I know of has had it. (John is the second person I know – albeit not personally – to have tested positively for the virus) I was also filled with love and joy, too. He cared enough to share with us, and he cared enough to make sure we saw that yes, there really is hope out there. Not everyone dies, despite the lack of media coverage regarding recoveries. It’s good to see and have evidence of that.
Throughout this experience thus far, the one thing that I’ve found fascinating on a personal level is the sheer swing of emotions from day to day. Some mornings, I wake up believing that we really will get back to normal. Someday, I’ll go to another concert, or I’ll see my friends. For that matter, I’ll be able to go back to Fossil, my favorite wine bar in Atascadero. Shopping won’t be such a trial, and yes – toilet paper will be found in stores once again. Then other days, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get back to what we once were. Will it always be like this each time COVID-19 rears its head if it is indeed seasonal? Sometimes I feel completely fine and at ease. Other hours, I feel like climbing the walls. It seems as though most people feel that way, too.
I have all three kids here. At the onset of problems, we immediately requested that my oldest and her boyfriend come to stay up here. I was willing to take the chance that they’d been exposed (and vice-versa), plus we knew that they may need our help financially because they were both out of work for a bit. They’ve been here for the past three weeks, and they’ll stay until the stay-at-home orders have been lifted. My house, although spacious, is indeed full right now. I have more animals living here than people (four cats, two dogs….and eight chicks in a brooder in the laundry room, not to mention the other twelve outside in a coop!), but with at least five different daily schedules to manage and two different diets to accommodate, this has been an interesting experiment in patience. But, we’re making it work, and every night is game night!
As I told John in a reply yesterday – hope is really important. Hope gives a huge boost to the immune system. I think we could all use a little of that right now. Music is also supposed to help, which has been a struggle for me lately. I just don’t take time to listen. My brain can’t process it all…which is why, I for one am thankful that our good buddy Jason has agreed to do another DJ set. Aptly titled The Music Between Us, it takes place this Friday, April 10th. The fun begins at 1pm PDT, or 9pm GMT and will include “visual treasures from the Durandy archive”. I believe Jason is going to stream this directly from YouTube this time – but stay tuned for details on that!
Until tomorrow, take care of one another!
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