Yesterday’s winner: Picture B
It is time for some more homework! Now, now, if you guys are anything like my students, you are probably groaning at the thought that you would have homework. Never fear, though, Duranies! I promise you that this homework assignment will be super fun and not that challenging. So, what is this homework???
This is simple. It is just like the Top 25 Duran Duran homework, which you can remember by reading this blog post here. Instead of being about songs, though, this challenge is going to be about videos. Yes, you read that right. Instead of it being Top 25 Duran Duran video, it will be about the Top 10 Duran Duran videos. Here are the details:
*You will send a list of your 10 favorite Duran Duran or Duran Duran related videos (side projects and solo projects) in order of preference. This means that your number 1 video is your favorite Duran Duran or Duran related video. Number 2 would be your next favorite and so on. The ranking is important as this is how I will compile everyone’s list to determine the fan community’s list of Top 10 Videos. A number one video would get 10 points whereas a number ten video would only get 1 point. The 10 videos that get the most points will be on the fan community’s list.
*These lists must be sent PRIVATELY through Twitter DMs, Facebook messages or email (email@example.com).
*The lists are due on May 16th! No exceptions. No late homework will be accepted.
*Like we did for the Top 25 Songs, we will compile the lists and reveal the fan community’s favorites here on the blog. We will also reveal our lists and analyze the results.
*Now, of course, in order to help out with this homework, I have provided this list with every video that I know of:
Duran Duran Videos:
Girls on Film
Friends of Mine
My Own Way
Hungry Like the Wolf
Lonely in Your Nightmare
Save a Prayer
Is There Something I Should Know?
Union of the Snake
New Moon on Monday
The Wild Boys
A View to a Kill
Meet el Presidente
I Don’t Want Your Love
All She Wants Is
Do You Believe in Shame
Burning the Ground
Violence of Summer
Too Much Information
Breath After Breath
Out of my Mind
Someone Else Not Me
What Happens Tomorrow
All You Need Is Now
Duran Related Videos:
Band-Aid–Do They Know It’s Christmas
Power Station–Some Like It Hot
Power Station–Get It On (Bang a Gong)
Power Station–She Can Rock It
Arcadia–Goodbye Is Forever
Arcadia–Say the Word
Simon–Grey Lady of the Sea
Simon–Follow in my Footsteps
John–I Do What I Do
John–Feelings Are Good
Andy–Take It Easy
Andy–When the Rain Comes Down
Andy–I Might Lie
Andy–Don’t Let Me Die Young
The Devils–Dark Circles
TV Mania–Beautiful Clothes
Koshii and Hush featuring John Taylor–C’est Tout Est Noir
Did I miss any???
Good luck to everyone!! I can’t wait to get everyone’s lists!!
Yesterday afternoon, I packed up my Mad World book, picked up my own chauffeur from work (my husband!), some Daily Duranie wristbands (do you have yours yet?!?), my camera and made my way up to the Sunset Strip to one of my favorite bookstores: Book Soup! My mission was to have my book signed by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, authors of Mad World. I’d never been to a book signing that had a DJ along for the ride, spinning tunes as we stood in line. My husband Walt commented as we stood in line hearing Echo and The Bunnymen that it felt like we’d been propelled back in time to the early 80s. Observant, that husband of mine…. I loved the music, and yes, I did stay long enough to catch the familiar chords of Girls on Film flowing in the air. But back to that signing…
Book Soup is not a huge bookstore. It is this fabulous, homey feeling bookstore in the heart of the Strip. Situated just up the street from the likes of the Key Club, Viper Room and The Whisky among others, it’s in an unlikely spot, which is very much part of it’s charm. It reminds me of the independent bookstores I’d find on the main street of Glendora or Covina – my home town(s). Not only can one find books in Book Soup, but there’s vinyl as well – bonus!!
As I arrived last night and stepped into the store, there was no way you couldn’t be immediately swept away back to the 80’s. Kajagoogoo was playing, and no – I can’t listen to “Too Shy” without thinking of Nick Rhodes. I’m forever cursed. Thanks Nick. I wound my way to the line snaking around the perimeter of one side of the store, and as I stood in line, I dared myself to think back to what it was like listening to these songs in the 80s. I was pretty young back then, and if I only knew where it all might lead me… (and if I could figure that out now, well, maybe I’d actually be making a decent living!!) I just remember a time when I could turn on the radio and song after song would carry me away from my teenage problems to a world of daydreams. Nowadays I struggle to find a regular radio station that I can actually stand to listen to more than a song or two. The joys of aging, I suppose.
I looked up as I stood in line and caught the wandering eye of Lori Majewski, as she glanced to see how far back the line began. She waved. I started to wave back but then thought to myself, wait a minute. She couldn’t possibly recognize you, Rhonda. She doesn’t even KNOW you. Now you’re waving like an idiot. Awesome. So I looked around, only to find that no one else was looking up. She was waving my way after all. Great job, self-confidence. *begin slow clap here* I swear it was it was my own personal Ducky moment from Pretty in Pink. (watch the end of the movie if you don’t know what I mean…and why on earth do you not know what I mean?!?)
As I recovered from that moment (there are just times when I’m glad the band ISN’T there, you know??), I saw Patty Palazzo walk past me – and so I did what
any normal person might do any Duranie might do, I got out of line to go say hi! I’d never met Patty before, but I have exchanged emails a few times….and actually, we’d agreed to talk that night about setting up an interview for the blog!! (I’m so excited about this news that I might burst! No really. I just ate carrot cake. I might honestly burst.) I don’t know where my courage came from because I am really not this brave ever, but I walked up and said hello, and even dared to hug her. *gasp* I don’t know WHERE that came from, because my friends – Rhonda is not a hugger. I like personal space. I am not touchy-feely. But I hugged Patty last night, and I’m pretty sure I violated her personal space. Maybe this is why I’ve never really gotten anywhere near the band…I’m a closet hugger!!! *gasp* This is really why I should never be allowed to go to events like this unattended. (meaning without Amanda) I even got Patty and a few new friends to wear our Daily Duranie wristbands! Amanda should be so proud…because I had those darn wristbands in my bag, and I kept thinking to myself: do I dare hand them out? Really? Should I? Will I look as super cool as I do right now if I hand them out?
(The answer is no. No Rhonda…you never looked super cool to begin with, so…you’re safe. Go with it.) So I did! Never mind that it took my darling husband three or four tries to get a decent photo…
Before I knew it, we were up to the front and Jonathan Bernstein was doing everything possible to make sure I knew it was time to hand over my book. I was too mesmerized by the process to see that he was practically grabbing my book out of my hands. (so sorry!) The next thing I knew, I was being introduced to Lori Majewski by Patty, and we’d set up a time to get together for something I’m not going to talk about just yet…you’ll have to just watch this space! (Again, I’m really thinking I might burst. Remind me that carrot cake is never an acceptable breakfast substitute…)
It’s blurry (sorry Jonathan…I hope your photographer was better than mine!)…but it is a very cool memory. Admittedly I am fangirling just a bit over meeting Lori. Back in the day, before writing Mad World, before Teen People, she was the editor of a Duran fanzine. How cool is that?? I don’t know where in the hell I was back then, but I intend to ask her all about that…when we meet up for that thing I’m not going to talk about just yet!
If that weren’t enough, and it’s really not EVER enough (I believe there’s a John Taylor quote to be had somewhere in there), after I had my books signed I had the chance to run into Duranie friends. I know that I’ve lamented here about how much I miss the band, and I do. Maybe that’s overly sentimental, but I miss seeing them play and I especially miss that sense of “one-ness” that we all feel with them when the show is going right. We’re all in that same place together feeling the same thing. It’s a remarkably cool feeling that I hope all fans get to experience at one time or another. However, it’s in moments like some that I had last night that I remember how much I miss my friends from afar. Friends from the UK, Europe, the midwest, east, northwest…southeast…I’ve been very lucky to have made real friends in a multitude of places, and last night I had just the smallest taste of getting to see some of them again. We don’t gather very often, and it was really nice to catch up with a few of them. Friendships are the one collective “thing” about being a Duranie I treasure most. Well, there is the music too…I mean, duh… (can’t really forget to mention the band, can I??), but I love seeing friends from all over.
The night ended relatively early for us, as we had to get back home, but it was really a great night and I’m glad I went to the signing. If you haven’t gotten your copy of Mad World yet, do yourself a favor and look for it on Amazon. I have read the entire thing once and am going back through it a second time. Jonathan and Lori did a fantastic job interviewing all of the bands, and there is just so much information in there – things we never would have ever known about the music we grew up with. It is genuinely worth the read. You should see my book, I was telling Jonathan last night as we left that my book is all marked up, highlighted, red-lined, complete with notes in the margin! (Note to self: next time, bring a book that is not already marked up with your notes in it…)
As many now know, it was announced last night that John Frusciante will be making a guest appearance on the next Duran Duran album. News had initially been leaked early Monday morning (US time) through Guitar Magazine. At that time, the news was largely dismissed as rumor, given that Duran Duran management (or as we lovingly refer to them – DDHQ) had not confirmed.
Let me kindly repost the statement, copied directly from Duranduran.com:
“April 23rd, 2014
We were holding this exciting news because we were hoping to give you full details when we announced, but as word has leaked out, catching us rather off guard, we wanted to confirm… yes it’s true, the extraordinarily talented John Frusciante has indeed been doing some work from his home base in California on our new album. The tracks have been going back and forth via the internet, and we are thrilled with the results. We are all such big fans of John’s work and are honoured to have him adding his magic to the record! There are no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the tracks.
Hoping to have more news for you soon.
– Simon, John, Nick & Roger”
Naturally, that news took many of us…many of us who are fans and supporters of Dom Brown, by surprise. Would he appear on the album at all? Would Dom tour with the band? Thankfully, while I was in the midst of a book signing in LA (another blog, another time), @durantigger dared to ask the question to DDHQ and they responded quickly saying that Dom would appear on the album…and from what I know, he will also be touring.
When news of John Frusciante guesting on the album first broke, I took to Spotify to really listen to his work. I know the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers , but had I really listened to the guitar enough to draw any sort of conclusion? Probably not. Then I listened to John’s solo work from Enclosure, a very recently released album. It is incredibly different from his work in Red Hot Chili Peppers. Truly, the styling could not be more different. Clearly he is a very talented and versatile guitarist, but whether or not his work will properly mesh with that of the band is yet to be heard (by fans). It is clear that most fans are thrilled with the news, with very few dissenting opinions.
As I type this, I know what many of our readers are waiting to read. They’re hoping for some drama, some reaction from me on a personal level. The fact is, I can’t comment or react to something I haven’t heard. I won’t comment on their choice to work with someone in addition to Dom Brown, because truthfully, it is not my band. I’m just a listener. I don’t have any idea what the band is thinking. I never do. I know that I’m ready for some new music, and I’m hoping that at some point before I lose my hearing to old age, we’ll get some. I know that the band threw out a years worth of material to start anew here, and that it’s all part of the creative process. I also know that before this process ends for them, it is entirely possible that they change their minds again and start over. You never know, and I’m just not going to react to something until I’ve heard it. And then…you’ll get my opinion on whether or not this worked.
On today’s date in 1987 (that seems so long ago right now…), Duran Duran appeared on the final episode of The Tube. Before anyone asks…yes, I did in fact google “The Tube”, because this American didn’t have a clue.
The Tube was a UK pop-rock music program that ran for 5 seasons. (Thank you, wikipedia) It had live hosts such as Jools Holland and Paula Yates, among others. (My brain is now starting to vaguely recall hearing or reading about this show somewhere…)
Once again, I learn something new as a result of Duran Duran and writing this blog. The gift that keeps on giving.
On this date in 2001, John Taylor released Techno for Two. Our comments have been VERY quiet lately…so if you have this (Amanda you do not count!) or know about it, please share with the rest of the class!! Whenever we post something about John’s solo efforts, or for that matter – anything that doesn’t have to do with Duran Duran directly, we receive comments that they didn’t even know such a thing existed. Here is your chance to learn. Look it up. Check it out.