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New Moon on Monday Video Geography

Well, hello there, Monday! I wish I could say I was happier to see you. Alas…

I know that there’s a birthday coming up later this week. Right now, I’ve got my own birthday boy with his own monster-sized birthday to celebrate. I also have entirely too much school paperwork, and teaching to do today. The Katy Kafe with Simon will need to wait until a bit later, unfortunately.

HOWEVER, I do have a treat to share. I don’t really know what it is about October, but I tend to associate New Moon on Monday with October, or just Autumn in general.  I listen to Seven and the Ragged Tiger quite often, right along with my Union of the Snake/Secret Oktober single. (naturally!!) I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the little town in France where the video for New Moon on Monday was filmed (I know a few of you out there have had the good fortune to explore Noyers). It is one place of many on my bucket list, and I’ve always been a bit curious about what it might really look like, aside from the “Hollywood magic” they use during filming.

Imagine my delight as I checked our messages this morning and noticed that our friend Jason had sent us a link to Revolutions Per Minute, a blog hosted by Hard Rock (as in Hard Rock Cafe).  Not only is the post topic New Moon on Monday, it was authored by Jason himself! Click on the heading below to open the link!

New Moon on Monday Video Geography

As Jason instructs, his article begins with the video, because “some of you (all of you?) may not have seen it in a few years.” Of course I watched the video. It’s easily been a week or two since my last viewing and I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten the expression on Roger’s face as he passes out his propaganda, or the way the band looks as they’re dancing at the end. Due diligence, you know??

From there, Jason takes the video apart, deconstructing the scenes and finding current day photos to show how each locale currently appears. I loved it, since it is the closest I’m likely to come to Noyers until I’m finished paying for college…and paying off the loans for college!  (Good times!!) For those of us with all the wanderlust in the world and no way to fund it, his post gives us the tiniest glimpse behind-the-scenes into a beloved, iconic Duran Duran video.

Video geography, indeed.

Take a look and enjoy!  Thanks for sharing it with us, Jason!!

-R

 

 

Do You Remember? New Moon on Monday Filmed 1984

Today is a special little day in Duran history, as far as I’m concerned. It is one that lives in infamy for the band…and one that I treasure.  On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran filmed the video for my favorite video, New Moon on Monday.  (and isn’t it appropriate that today is in fact, Monday?)

Filmed in Noyers, France, the video (which I know we’ve all seen thousands of times) is about the band taking part in a resistance movement called “La Luna”.  Brian Grant was the director, setting out to create a short movie. Interestingly enough, Mr. Grant was not the band’s first choice for director – but their first choice (I’ll give you two guesses) was unavailable. (Yes, their first choice was Russel Mulcahy!)

As most fans know, there are several versions of this video available, the longest and most delicious being a 17-minute version included as an Easter Egg on the band’s video anthology DVD, “Greatest”. (actually, all but one of the versions is included as an easter egg on that DVD, happy hunting!) That version has plenty of dialogue between Simon and the female star, Patricia Barzyk. (she was Miss France in 1980!)

Shockingly, this is the band’s least favorite video, as Andy mentions in his book Wild Boy. (and later confirmed to me on Twitter as part of a day-long Tweet-spectacular) To be fair to the band, they had to give up part of their winter holiday to film, and it was cold. They “battled” the cold by drinking.

We all do what must be done.

Well done, boys….spending the day imbibing culminated in some of the most spectacular, wonderfully fantastical…dancing…EVER…at the end of the video. It is the gift that keeps on giving!  (I tease purely because I love.)

Although no twerking of any kind is involved that I can see (you’d only understand that comment if you were at the New Years Eve show in DC, which I was not…or if you were friends with Amanda, which I am), Simon does appear to nearly be taken out by a horse, and Nick dances. He DANCES.

Yep, the video is golden.

In all seriousness, I love this video because it’s long, it has a story to it, the styling of the band, (I always did love their bomber jacket phase), and the way they all look. (That’s right, I am mentioning their looks. I nearly floated away the first time I saw it.) If I wasn’t already completely infatuated, I surely was then. Nowadays when I see it, the memory of watching and squeeing with my friends makes me smile.

And sure, I chuckle at the dancing at the end. I would have needed to be drunk to dance on video too, so I get it.

Let’s watch again, for old times sake!

 

Alternate version:

 

Unfortunately, the 17-minute version has been blocked on YouTube recently, so I don’t have that one to share….but enjoy the others!

New Moon on Monday, 1984. Sometimes this feels like it happened a lifetime ago, but other times – I can hardly believe it’s been 33 years.

Do you remember?

-R