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Happy Halloween 2019!

I don’t know if there will be many treats for me this Halloween! So far, it’s been all tricks here at my house today! I’ve been working non-stop on doing some website housekeeping today, unfortunately to no avail. I’m going to be continuing to work on that this afternoon until my little pumpkin gets out of school a bit later. ( I suppose she is neither little, nor would she be amused by that term of endearment at this stage!)

Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays , but I didn’t mind the trick or treat portion of the day! (I can hear Nick’s shocked gasp right about now…) Not a big fan of scary movies or any of that, and since I’m now a parent, I struggle just to find time to get it all done. It’s the kids holiday, not really mine, I guess. Case in point, I was sewing a costume for the aforementioned “pumpkin” just last night. She decided to go as a character from one of her favorite anime once she discovered that her school allows them to come in costume, which meant I had less than a week to pull something together.

Did I mention that sewing isn’t one of my better talents?

As a quick aside, I saw a T-Rex, Mario, Santa, and some Elves…and Deku (that’d be MY kid) this morning at the school drop-off. The kids refuse to wear their orange and blue school colors for spirit day, but they’ll sure as heck come in costume on Halloween. Sure, ok…I get it.

I think I’m struggling to get into the spirit of it all this year, which now that it is actually *the* day, I suppose it’s a bit late…but I’m going to try by referring to the Master himself, Mr. Nick Rhodes.

I ask you, has there really ever been a more dignified vampire?

Probably not.

Duranduran.com describes Nick’s playlist this year as “esoteric”…which makes me laugh. I’m just going to copy them here for all to enjoy! The best part of this list is that there are videos to match!

Midnight Star – Freak-A-Zoid

CJ & Co – The Devil’s Gun

Cameo – Rigor Mortis

Hot Blood – Soul Dracula

Souls Unlimited – The Raving Vampire 

James Brown – Hell

Billy Preston – Creature Feature

Lee Perry & the Full Experience – Disco Devil 

The Pop Group – She is Beyond Good and Evil

Brian Auger and The Trinity – Black Cat

The Temptations – Witchcraft (For Your Love) 

Dusty Springfield – Spooky

R Dean Taylor – There’s a Ghost in my House

If that’s not enough for you, and you’re looking for a little more Duran this evening…I give you Roger’s playlist, the full list available on Spotify, or you could certainly recreate it elsewhere!

That’s it for me today. I’m back to website maintenance! We’ll chat again next Monday!

-R

A Special Halloween Playlist

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Today is a “special” sort of Halloween. The kind where you still have school in the morning, a showing at your house in the afternoon, and no time to clean, much less get ready for trick or treating.

I realized this morning that I packed our candles. More specifically, I packed the tea-light candles I typically use for jack-o-lanterns. Those are packed along with the bucket I use for the trick-or-treat candy, our Halloween decorations, and the trick-or-treat pumpkin that my youngest normally uses for collecting her treats. They are in a storage unit approximately 3 hours from my house right now. God, I love moving…and even more so now that we’ve been “moving” for about six months.

Since I was thinking about Halloween, and showing my house later on…and since I also have a real sense of humor, I was considering putting together a special play list to have going softly in the background as people come to see the house today.

Yeah, I’m THAT type of seller. Hard to imagine my home still being on the market, huh?

Anyway, I want the playlist to be Duran-centric, for the most part. It can’t be too long because my house doesn’t take that long to see, but I’ll also use it tonight for the darling little trick-or-treaters as I’m sipping on some sort of apple-cinnamon type of drink. Hey, we ALL should get treats on Halloween, shouldn’t we?!?

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Night Boat (Yeah, I took DDHQ’s idea. Sue me.)

Out of My Mind

The Flame (Yes, it’s Arcadia. And??)

Tricked Out (I picked this because for some strange reason it reminds me of something Danny Elfman might compose, and he reminds me of Halloween. Yeah, I’m stretching. Again, sue me.)

Secret Oktober (come on now…of course this has to be on it!)

Chains (It has this haunting sort of feel to it that goes well for the occasion)

Red Carpet Massacre (the name alone works for me!)

Only in Dreams (can you pick a song just because it has the word “vampire” in it? I say you can.)

New Religion

Late Bar (legs and arms crawling through. Good enough for me!)

Election Day (Yeah, has nothing to do with Halloween but everything to do with what will come next. GO VOTE!)

The Universe Alone

 

There are plenty more that I could add..but what would you add to your own Halloween playlist? Give it a try and let me know!

Off to go get myself some candles….

Happy Halloween!

-R

 

 

 

 

Duran Duran Pumpkin Carving Contest Voting!

Happy Halloween everyone!!!  This year, we decided it would be fun to do a little pumpkin carving contest!  Of course, it had to be Duran Duran themed/inspired!  We had a number of people submit pictures of their carved pumpkins and now is the time that we can all vote on the best one!  The winner gets more than just our praise!  The creator of the best Duran inspired carved pumpkin gets a PunkMasters t-shirt of her choosing!! We cannot thank Patty enough for offering up a t-shirt for this!  It is super cool of her!!

Now, let’s get to the vote!  Poll will be open for a full 24 hours and winner will be announced tomorrow!  Good luck to everyone!!

I’m editing this post to include enlarged pictures of all the pumpkins before people vote!  Apparently, our polling toll does not allow for people to click to enlarge.  Instead, it counts the clicking as voting!

Pumpkin #1

Pumpkin 1

Pumpkin #2

Pumpkin 2

Pumpkin 3

Pumpkin 3

Pumpkin #4

 

 

 

Pumpkin 4

Pumpkin #5

Pumpkin 5

Pumpkin #6

Pumpkin 6

Pumpkin #7

Pumpkin 7

Pumpkin #8

Pumpkin 8

Pumpkin #9

Pumpkin 9

Now, VOTE!

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Duran Duran Pumpkin Carving Contest!

It’s time for a contest!!!

It has been a long time since we’ve run a contest here on the blog, so Amanda and I decided to try something crazy.  So today we are excitedly announcing:

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  • Get yourself a pumpkin.
  • Carve it with your very best, and most creative Duran-inspired design. This design can be ANYTHING having to do with Duran Duran, including but not limited to Paper Gods!
  • Send us a picture, including your REAL NAME, to our GMAIL (dailyduranie(at)gmail(dot)com) by 11:59pm PDT on Friday, October 30.
  • Please do NOT submit photos on Facebook or Twitter – they cannot be accepted that way.
  • Pumpkins MUST be carved (painting is great but you have to carve too), and the pumpkins also have to be real. (no fake pumpkins, that way the same pumpkin cannot be used from year to year!!)
  • Subscribe to get Daily Duranie by mail here, on Facebook and on Twitter!!
  • HAVE FUN!!!

Photos will be posted and voted upon by all of YOU here on the blog on Halloween.  The pumpkin with the most votes wins, and will be announced on November 1st!  (In the unlikely event of a tie, Rhonda’s youngest child will choose the winner. She’s very picky and cannot be bribed. Good luck with that!)

What do you win?!? Not ONLY bragging rights of being the most creative pumpkin carver in all of Duranland…absolutely not!! This time, our friend Patty Palazzo is donating a PunkMasters T-shirt of the winner’s choosing (one t-shirt, design and sizing to be decided by the winner).  We think the prize is pretty cool and thank Patty for her generosity!

So get started! It’s never too early and we’re never too old to carve pumpkins!!!  Amanda and I are looking forward to seeing some amazing designs from the fanbase, and you never know, you might even see a pumpkin or two from us along the way as well!  😉

Questions? Ask away in the comments and/or send us an email.

-R