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Eight Years of Daily Duranie!!

On September 13 of 2010, I sat down and wrote my first blog. I can remember taking a deep breath before hitting “publish”. I had no idea what I was doing, and no real concern about the quality of my work. Ignorance is bliss!

Eight year later, I’m still writing. I try not to compare my work to others and just let the words speak for themselves. I don’t live with a thesaurus at my fingertips, and while my writing might not be the most technically sound – the feeling is all there. I still love blogging, and it gives my life direction when I don’t know what way I am headed. (Kind of like right now!)

Blogging also gives me a few moments each day to take stock in my own thoughts and feelings. Lately, I have put a lot of my own dreams and desires on the back burner. My family needs most of my support and attention, and that will probably continue for a while longer as we sell this house (anyone want to move to Orange County??) and move to the next yet-to-be-determined place. The process is exhausting, and I really do feel like I’ve had to put everything I want to do aside. I never expected it would take this long, but here we are. Life has its own idea of the way things are going to go, I guess. Blogging keeps me semi-connected, at least. I haven’t even talked to Amanda since the beginning of summer, but I feel like I at least have some vague idea of what is going on with her because I read her blogs. I don’t love that I feel so removed and remote, but I believe that our friendship will bridge the gap and we’ll catch back up again.

I wish I could say that after eight years, I’ve had some huge epiphany, or that I have amazing stories to share. Instead, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I started blogging because wanted to be liked. I wanted to feel like I was part of a group. I wanted to be one of those people that others would come up to and say hello when we saw one another at gigs. Simple things, really. For a self-admitted outcast, it has been really cool.

I know that I don’t have amazing Duran Duran stories. Aside from a couple of things I’ve already shared too many times, I’m just your average fan. I don’t know more than anybody else and I’ve certainly not done more than most of you reading. Once in a while something will happen and I’ll be reminded that maybe, just maybe, the band recognizes me from somewhere – and that’s pretty neat. I don’t need to confirm that the reason they might recognize my face is because I’ve been to an obscene amount of shows during the past eight years (my husband reminds me about that all the time anyway).  I can pretend it MUST be due to this blog, right?  I don’t go backstage or hang out with anyone exciting on a regular basis.  I go to the shows I’m able, and then afterward, Amanda and I scramble to find something to do. We’re always better when we’ve got a plan, right Amanda? We spend a lot of time making ourselves laugh and being idiots when we’re together. It’s not a bad gig, really, despite the lack of pay. I don’t mind that I’m not personal friends with band members, although any time they’re ready to hang with the commoners, they can drop us a line. I really do thank them for being such an effective muse over the years. I have no doubt that it will continue.

I don’t know offhand when the band will tour again. I only know that we’re going to keep blogging, and we’re going to keep laughing.

I really do wish Amanda and I were together to toast to our eight years of insanity, but we’re not so I have a message for my partner-in-crime: We did this together, and I hope you are as proud of it as I am. As I head out to drop my girl off at school, I’m going to be thinking about Daily Duranie, and everything we’ve done together, Amanda. It has been a wild ride, and I’m so thankful I’ve had you to bounce things off of along the way. I am hoping we can get back to that very soon. In the meantime, I know you are doing what you feel you must, I support you 100%, and I’m doing what I have to do to get my family settled again. Love you lots!

Eight years and counting!!

-R

Have you watched the 360 Lyric video for “Pressure Off” yet?

I don’t really understand lyric videos.

I mean, I get why they’re done. Learning the words to a new favorite song is pretty important to those of us who are fans. I can remember listening to the same song over and over, and the feeling of triumph when I’d finally be able to sing each word. I can even remember hitting rewind and play for what felt like hours on end, just so I could hear a specific word. Sitting with a lyric sheet in front of my stereo was commonplace for me in the 80s.

A lot of that still holds true today. I like knowing the words. If a lyric sheet isn’t included with an album, I’ll go find lyrics online and learn them. God forbid I go to a show and not be able to sing along!

I’m confused about lyric videos because honestly, they seem like a gimmicky waste of money. Do people really watch them over and over? I ask because on this date in 2015, Duran Duran released a lyric video to “Pressure Off”.

This isn’t your average lyric video, though. “Pressure Off” is done in 360-vision. The way it works best is if you watch on your mobile phone. Hold up your mobile phone, making sure it is in full screen mode, as you turn around, the video gives the feeling that you are in the center of the video. It is interactive, and the effect is kind of cool. The lyrics slide by thanks to computerized animation, and the viewer is treated to seeing still shots of the band alongside the iconic “stickers” from the front of Paper Gods.

It took me a long time after it was released to get the full effect because I didn’t stop to check it out on my phone (although I understood the point).  When I finally remembered to do it, I thought the video was cute and worth a view, but it seems like a lot of work to put something like that together all for the sake of putting the lyrics out there.

Obviously, there must be more to these videos than just “Hey, watch this and learn the words!” I’m guessing somehow, they make the band money. Why only have one video for a single when you can have two? I still don’t really get it, but I suspect I’m on the right track. Having two videos up for viewing might boost chart progress and get the song “out there”.

So, if you haven’t watched the 360 lyric video for “Pressure Off” yet, why not watch it?  Take a gander. Spin in circles. Follow Simon, John, Nick & Roger and get a little dizzy in the process! Remember that to see it in 360, you’ve got to watch it on your mobile phone using the YouTube app. (Link is above)

-R

 

Everybody, Everywhere, Feel It In The Air

Do you know what Duran Duran was doing on this date in 2015?  They were filming the video for “Pressure Off” at Black Island Studios in London!

The video for “Pressure Off” is stylistic and modern, filmed in black and white. I like its simplicity and the stark black and white look. Nick’s thick black eyeliner, that damn leather jacket John’s wearing as he slowly unzips the sleeve, Simon’s mirrored aviator shades, and Roger’s super white grin at the end are huge checkmarks in my “Yes!” column. Combine those scenes with appearances by Nile and Janelle Monae in what I think has to be the most effective use of guest artists in a video, and “Pressure Off” is a big winner.

I love the whimsical side of the video, too. I am absolutely not the only Duranie to laugh at John mouthing the good old “F**k you” at the very beginning. That was my first indicator that this video lived up to it’s name! The magic of editing helped us see John upside down, and the weightless jumps into space for Nick and Simon (thank you, slo-mo). The carefree jumping paired with Nick’s seriousness makes me laugh.  At one point, John even throws his guitar, and it seems to just hang in the air. There are times I’d like to throw this laptop in the same way. actually.  The smiles and camera stare-downs also remind me that this band has a great sense of humor. I miss it!

I like the way the video is black and white, and yet the live performance of this song on tour was quite the opposite. The band wore vibrant colors in one way or another, and the confetti cannon spread a rainbow of joy throughout the venue. I’m sure the intention wasn’t to be the opposite of the video, but it is something I’ve thought about. Either way, I can’t help but smile and feel jubilant. (the edge goes to the live show for that, but even the video makes me happy)

Rather that read my gushing, why don’t you take another look? It had been a while since I watched it last, and I have to admit that seeing it today made me a little less weary of getting back into homeschool mode…

…speaking of which, I’ve got some teaching to do. Have a great Tuesday everyone!

 

-R

End of the Week Recap

I’m so sorry that I did not get a blog written yesterday.  I thought that I would have time but other duties got in the way.  Typically, if I know that Fridays will be difficult to find time, I write the blog post on Thursday night.  This week, I didn’t think I would need to do that because I did not have to go to work on Friday.  This led me to sleep in, believing that the afternoon would be open.  Unfortunately, a campaign task that I figured would be easy to get done literally sucked up my entire afternoon.  I was not pleased.  By the time I could blog, it was late and I was seriously crabby.  Not a good mood to blog.  Today, though, I’m here with a better frame of mind. (I hope! Ha!)

As I suffered through my week’s long “professional development” at work, I noticed that there were quite a few little Duran alerts that I wanted to acknowledge.

Cold War Premiere:

This week, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, attended the premiere of the film, Cold War, in London, according to Duran’s Twitter.  While I love knowing what they are up to, I also appreciate that by sharing this I learn about an upcoming film.  People should feel free to ask me about the latest political moves and people in the U.S.  I’m feel like I pay enough attention to be good on that front!  I also feel pretty solid with my knowledge on Duran but the latest pop culture like movies or TV shows?  Not so much but I do like when someone sharing something about a upcoming movie that interests me.  According to IMDB, the plot is as follows:  “A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.”  It sounds fascinating to me, mostly because of the historical context.

Simon and Sunseeker:

Simon will be a special guest at the Soton Boat Show on Friday, September 14th, according to a tweet from Sunseeker International.  What is this, you might ask.  (I did.)  This is what I learned.  According to the website, “TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s biggest and best festival of boating, showcases a plethora of beautifully designed boats and products from over 600 global marine brands.”  Its purpose is to celebrate boating in Britain.  I am not surprised that Simon will be attending.  It sounds like something right up his alley!

In2ruders:

Nick has been involved with another movie beyond attending premieres with John.  According to the tweet, Nick scored the soundtrack to the movie, In2ruders.  If that was not enough to catch your attention, his daughter, Tatjana, edited it and it stars the Bloom Twins.  Want to see the first teaser?!  You know you do!

After watching the teaser, I have to admit that I’m more intrigued with the idea of it being about the “dark side of the music industry”.  Fascinating!

Pressure Off Remixes:

If all that was not enough, Rhonda alerted me to some Pressure Off Remixes that are out there.  According to the thread, which you can read here, they were commissioned and never used.  I have to wonder why they were not used.  A lot of people really dig remixes.  Here they are:

What do you think of these remixes?  Do you have a favorite?  How do they compare to the original/album version?

-A

Lovebox Festival, 2010 with Mark Ronson

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic. During my spare time, I have been on YouTube, watching snippets of video from DD shows I went to, or videos I haven’t seen in a while, like “Nightboat”, “Careless Memories”, or even “Falling Down”.  Nearly every day I check our history spreadsheet to see if anything noteworthy pops up that I should share, but it is rare that I’ll sit down and watch videos, much less go in search of them. I guess for me, they might be a needed source of comfort. Or else, I’m just super bored with packing and cleaning. There might be a bit of that, too!

Today I noticed that on this date in history, back in 2010, Mark Ronson played the Lovebox Festival. I realize that might not be so special, but his guests definitely were!  Mark invited Simon and Nick on stage to perform “Record Collection” from Mark’s album with Business Int’l, and then John and Roger crashed the party to play “Planet Earth”.

I am one of those pesky Duran Duran fans that loves Mark Ronson, and I especially adore Record Collection. It is an album that I have to be in the right mood to play, but when I put it on, I’m never disappointed.  I was thrilled to see Simon and Nick performing it with him and yeah, it was another one of those times where I kicked myself for not being there in person.

Sorry for the video quality – I didn’t take it!  I recognized the video owner’s name, and she is a huge DD fan. I can understand her jubilance!  Check out Mark, who can be seen in the back sporting what I believe should be a very recognizable outfit to any Duran Duran fan who has spent any kind of time watching old music videos lately!

The next video, of course, is “Planet Earth”. You may have heard that one before.

Now, this video isn’t necessarily the greatest either, some of it taken from the audience with hands and arms in the way. I love that the camera scans the stage, and if you look closely, you may just see MNDR on stage – she too was involved as part of The Business Int’l for the Record Collection album.

I loved watching these again. It is difficult to believe this happened eight years ago today. I don’t know about anyone else but it only feels like a few years ago at most. Crazy, right?

-R

What is definitive Duran Duran?

Happy Wednesday! I’m sorry for my unexpected absence yesterday. We were having carpeting installed, and we had to disconnect the octopus of wires behind a desk. Unfortunately, that also disconnected our WiFi and disrupted our internet connection until it was far too late in the day for blogging.

I’m also late today, because of a meaningful, deep, philosophical discussion regarding the merits of the song “Drive By”.

Only a fellow Duran fan understands enough to talk about the space a specific song or album occupies. It is rare to find someone who understands and is able to relate such a song to the bigger picture is a gift.

The conversation was simply about why I believe “Drive By” is a definitive Duran Duran song of the Simon-Nick-John-Warren period. Actually, I think its one of the more definitive songs of their career. “Drive By” is definitive of their career during the mid-90s, but does it’s statement go even farther than that?

Let’s consider the period of time. John, Simon, Nick and Warren were defining themselves as another iteration of Duran Duran. This was an era of rediscovery, reinvention, and to some extent – forgetting who and what they once were (as a group). So “Drive By”, a deconstructed, even “now separated, once-conjoined twin” of “The Chauffeur”, is a spectacular example of this period of Duran’s career.

I can point to the cover of “Medazzaland” as another example, granted in a slightly different period. The graffiti-laden image of “Rio” weighs heavily in my mind. I often wonder if they weren’t really trying to bury that bright and glossy 80s magazine pin-up image of the fab five. Let’s face it, there was quite a bit to run from at that point. Maybe they were really over the idea of fans swarming their limos, even if by necessity. Perhaps they were anxious to be accepted as serious musicians. Maybe they were  over being the pin-up dreams of fresh-faced, dewy-eyed teenage girls?  Maybe they saw this new iteration of Duran Duran as being the “anti”1980s Duran Duran?  It isn’t difficult to imagine what they might have been thinking of when picking a cover for “Medazzaland”.

Rather than examining the song, or any one song, under the Duran Duran microscope, lately I’ve been thinking about the broader context. I’ve considered the changes in their sound over the years,  such as the rearranged, heavy jazz sounding brass and horn version of “Hungry Like the Wolf” or “Burning the Ground” – the remix to put a final period on 80s era Duran Duran.  I’ve pondered the more obvious, recent style changes, like the full, production-heavy pop sound on Astronaut compared to the deep urban groove of Red Carpet Massacre, or retro sounding All You Need is Now, along with Paper Gods.  Individually, each seeming to be a stroll down a different musical lane, but collectively – what do they really say about this band?

To some extent, I tend to believe the band has spent a great deal of time and energy running from what they (and critics) believed they were in 1984. We can say they’re not comfortable sitting upon their laurels, and we can claim that they are not easily satiated, creativity speaking, and I don’t think we’d be wrong. However,  I don’t think it hurts anyone to examine the deeper motivation of what might drive them.

Recently, during the BBC takeover night of DD television a couple of weeks back, John admitted that the critical comments from music journalists back in the day have bothered him up until very recently. This was not a surprise to me, other than being shocked at his utterance of the words out loud for all to hear. Amanda and I have been talking about that for years now – we’ve written about it many times on the blog, and I think we both cheered when we heard John say the words. Of course it bothered them. I get it! I very much appreciate his honesty and vulnerability. Accepting, and even respecting that one nugget of truth gave me such a different perspective on their career. It is like finally having the big picture come into focus. I just love them.

This is a band with an image based on the proverbial double-edged sword. On one side, they were incredibly successful because they appealed to teenage girls. They never said no to being the – poster boys of the 1980’s. In fact, they welcomed it, and we welcomed them! On the other side of that sword though, somewhere down deep, they secretly aspired to reach the recognition, acclaim and respect that comes from critics and other musicians. Screaming girls are wonderful, but perhaps having respect mattered too. Could we really blame them?

That isn’t to say the band’s career has been a giant folly, or that they were wrong to explore. Not in the least, and I want to be clear on that. In my mind, the fans are the ones who have made out the best on this deal. This band is still hungry. They are still in search of whatever is out there. With each new album comes a newly discovered Duran Duran. I just happen to believe the motivation to do so comes from something a bit more definitive.

-R

New Wave: Dare to be Different Review

Have I mentioned how I love summer?  I’m not a fan of being outside or of the bugs and sunburn that follows but I do appreciate having time to do things I want to do but cannot during the school year.  One of the things on my list was to watch New Wave:  Dare to be Different, the documentary about New York’s WLIR radio station that played the heck out of new bands, including a lot of band’s that fell under the New Wave/alternative category.

I didn’t grow up anywhere near New York so I didn’t get to enjoy the radio station for myself.  No, I grew up near Chicago with a strange relationship to radio.  When I was little, I tuned into B96, the local Top 40 station.  By that point in the 1980s, Duran was already huge so they played a lot of them along with the other popular early/mid 80s artists.  More alternative artists were not played, however.  Then, in 1985, I moved further away from the city.  This new town lacked any real radio stations to speak of.  Years later, when I was in high school, I discovered that I could get some Chicago stations very late at night and some of them did, indeed, play more alternative.  Once I had that lifeline, I swear my life turned around.  Anyway, so I can definitely appreciate how a radio station could mean so much to people.

This well-organized documentary definitely gave a history of the radio station and the context with which it was created.  WLIR was born in 1959 in Long Island and changed formats a few times until in 1982, it embraced new wave/alternative.  While the station chose this new direction to stand out, to avoid being lost in the shuffle, it ended up creating something more than a radio station.  The documentary showed how it began a culture of sorts that affected both bands and fans until they lost their FCC license.

I learned a lot by watching this documentary.  One aspect of the station that earned my respect is how the station was able to introduce the New York area to a lot of amazing bands, including Duran Duran.  They did this in a variety of ways, according to the documentary.  First, they embraced imports from the UK.  I loved that radio stations employees would go to the airport to meet the planes that carried records from London.  Clearly, they recognized that the UK was the center of a lot of great, new music then.  Second, they didn’t follow the usual directions from record labels, which wanted to dictate when a single should be released.  Instead, WLIR played songs when they felt like it.  Lastly, they also spent a lot of time just combing through cassettes listening for songs that were gems.  I totally appreciate forward thinking, dedicated people willing to put the time and work into something like new music.

Of course, the fact that this station was willing to play these new bands definitely helped the bands find success.  On top of selling more albums, bands also began playing to bigger and better venues.  One thing that the station did was have what was called, “Screamer of the Week.”  The idea was that fans could vote on which song ranked as best song of the week, which led to heavy rotation.  Apparently, Duran had 13!  When I heard this, I had to smile.  I remember that MTV used to do something similar where people could call in and vote for the favorite video.  One time, I ended up calling like 25 times to ensure that Save a Prayer would win.  Needless to say, my parents were less than thrilled once they received their phone bill.  Oops.

If I didn’t think that this station was cool enough, I loved when I found out that the fans of the station developed a culture.  People’s hairstyle and clothes began to shift to more of the New Wave look.  They began regularly attending clubs that played the music they were hearing on the radio.  Soon enough, other radio stations followed.  Clearly, the “anyone can do it”, punk attitude appealed to more than just listeners in the New York area.

Beyond the great history represented in this documentary and the fabulous music that was played, I have to acknowledge that I enjoyed seeing our friend, Lori Majewski, featured as well as one Mr. Nick Rhodes.  The best part of Nick’s appearance?  I adored the story he told about the first time that the band landed in New York in 1981.  According to Nick, they were super excited until the limo turned away from Manhattan, towards to Long Island.  That said, they spent a lot of money using the vending machines in the Holiday Inn there.  That is a pretty hilarious image!  I wonder what those vending machines sold!

The documentary created a longing for me for other entities that are willing to buck the system.  This station didn’t need to follow format or expectations.  The DJs played what they wanted and weren’t afraid to show what they thought and felt.  For example, one DJ played I Want to be Sedated by the Ramones over and over again after Reagan won a second term as President.  As the documentary ended, I felt a wave of sadness that this type of radio station seems long gone, but I also felt pure joy in just being a part of the generation that appreciated New Wave.  I feel fortunate in that I was a kid in the 80s.

If you have a chance to see this documentary, watch it.  You don’t have to be a native to the New York/Long Island area to enjoy it.  Plus, did I mention that it has great music and Nick Rhodes?  Those are two great reasons, if you ask me!

-A

Rob Fincham of The Purple Lights in the studio with Nick & John!

Alright, music fans – have you ever heard of The Purple Lights?

In full disclosure, I had not. I really do try to keep myself up to date and educated. However, as it was once described—the internet is a super fat pipe, and I am but a single, very thin, straw. I miss a lot. I would need to make it my career in order to even have the time to begin scratching the surface. Sounds like a great job, but not one that I am meant to do, I’m afraid.

I am more than willing to be enlightened, particularly when said group tweets out a photo in the studio with Duran Duran. Off to the internet I go, in search of knowledge and hopefully a track or two! My first stop is Soundcloud, which has a few tracks. I tentatively hit play and prepare myself.

Here’s the thing: I’ve learned a few things about myself since beginning the blog nearly eight years ago. One of those things is that I tend to be the cynic between the two of us, and if someone is going to give a bad review—it’s probably going to be me. I’m blunt to a fault, and I sometimes react with a knee jerk rather than be contemplative. So, I’ve learned that sometimes, it really IS better to sleep on things (and maybe even a few times!!) before publishing. Imagine that! Live and learn.

Every time Duran announces studio time or collaboration with someone, I worry. Is the sound going to be something I can actually champion? In my position, it is very easy to fall victim to being so overly critical that it does zero good for anyone. Overthinking, judgmental…maybe even a bit unfair at times. I’ve done it all and then some. It’s fine to have an opinion, and it is fine not to like all of the choices, but by the same token, I need to give it all a chance and not react before I think. Easier said than done.

So I listen to the first song on Soundcloud. “Not Alone”. The music is great. It’s got a real groove to it, which isn’t too surprising since they call their brand of music, “Groove Rock”.  I hear everything from pop, heavy or even acid rock to reggae influencing their music, and I like it.   I can’t wrap my head completely around who The Purple Lights remind me of, but they definitely remind me of something I’ve heard before. Maybe a bit of Hot Hot Heat?  Interestingly enough, I also hear a bit of early Killers in there somewhere too. I like it. Modern, but approachable, and the music is outstanding. Musicianship matters!! I’m definitely on board with this.

Of course, we have no idea why Rob from The Purple Lights was in the studio with Nick and John. Could it have been about the musical? New album? Something else?? We never know for sure. We also never quite know if it’s going to go anywhere. It’s the joy of the process, right??

No matter, it’s beginning of what is sure to be a year or more of pictures or inexplicable pictures being tweeted that include people I’ve never heard of in them. I’ll I scratch my head in wonder, and head to my trusty Google search bar. It’s the one thing I can count on for sure from Duran Duran—with every single album, I learn something new. I can appreciate their drive to expose themselves (and in turn, their fans) to new musical direction.

Nick with Rob (The Purple Lights) Fincham and John, courtesy @ThePurpleLights Twitter

 

Can’t wait to see where this goes!

-R

Happy Birthday Nick!

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get this blog done.  This week marks the last week of the school year for me, which means that I had to grade over 100 essays and clean up my room within a week.  Luckily, I finished those tasks this morning, allowing me some time to wish my favorite keyboardist a happy birthday!!!

To celebrate Nick’s birthday, I figured it might be fun to share some of my favorite Nick clips.  Let’s start with the first song that really caught my attention as far as the keyboards in Duran goes:  Save a Prayer.

Yet, the first time I remember paying attention to him as a person was in the following video:

There was just something about Nick’s look in this video that I loved.  Funny story.  I loved it so much that I decided to go as Nick Rhodes for Halloween one year.  I, of course, chose this video as the one to model myself after with the black pants, blue shirt, white tie.  As I went around my Chicago suburban neighborhood, most people had no clue who I was.  Needless to say, I felt sad that I had to explain myself to all these people.  The people typically reacted by saying, “Wait.  You are a girl dressed like a boy who is dressed like a girl?!”  Clearly, they lacked some knowledge on a great deal, including the fabulousness of one Mr. Nick Rhodes.

Another video that I adored Nick in was New Moon on Monday.  As many of you know, it is my favorite Duran video of all time.  While I know that the band might not love it, but I do.  There is so much to love, including the storyline of the band members being a part of a resistance to an authoritarian regime.  I adored watching Nick and John working together with the older woman.  It gave me a sense of the strong friendship between those two.

Besides those clips and some of my favorite scenes in the classic Duran documentary, Sing Blue Silver, involving the game, Galaga, I don’t think I appreciated Nick as much as I should have as a kid.  No, it took until adulthood to do so.  I think it started with the Astronaut EPK, especially when the band members describe Nick about 4:40 in:

I loved this EPK because you could hear both the love and the honesty from each member about each band member.  Roger called Nick a “perfectionist” but he did it with a clear and obvious smile.

Around the same time, I began to go “on tour” or traveling to go to multiple shows.  I had heard so many stories from other Duranies about their experiences with the band that I desperately longed for a story or two myself.  Luckily, I had a chance to see the band in person outside of the concert venue in the summer in 2005.  While I lucked out in getting both John and Nick’s autograph then, Nick was the first band member who stopped to actually chat with the fans hanging around.  To say that he was friendly and approachable would be an understatement.  He readily agreed to photos and autographs to anyone who asked.  I was thoroughly impressed as he truly did not need to do any of that, especially after a show.

Looking back to that time with Nick, I realize how important this was to my fandom.  I found myself falling for the band even more, which I didn’t know was possible.  Just as important, I trusted that the band consisted of great guys who deserve the love and support from the fans.  Instead of accepting this amazing moment as the peak of my fandom, I wanted more.  This led to more shows, more tours, and even actions like writing this blog.  Had the experience gone badly, I might have been turned off from fandom, from Duran Duran.  Instead, the opposite happened.

In more recent years, I have adored Nick’s parts in both All You Need Is Now and Girl Panic.

As many of you know, Rhonda and I were lucky enough to be able to wander through Brompton Cemetery where Nick’s part was filmed.  It was a definite highlight for me.  Beyond being a completely cool cemetery (and very different from American cemeteries), it also was the sight of a hilarious moment for Rhonda and myself.  As we began to wander through, the clouds opened allowing it to not only pour but also to hail.  So imagine the two of us running and searching for any sort of shelter.  When we found a place, the only thing we could do was to laugh hysterically, knowing how ridiculous we must have looked like.

Then, there is Girl Panic.  I won’t lie.  Nick’s part might be my favorite.  His dialogue and conversation amuses me.

So on this day, I channel all of my appreciation into wishing Nick an absolutely fabulous birthday and hope that he has the best year of his life.

Happy Birthday, Nick!!!

-A

Thursday News Mash-up: This is where it starts

LOTS of news to report today…

Duran Goes Dutch. Maybe.

First of all, I made a small, yet significant error in yesterday’s post. Apparently, Duran Goes Dutch is not a bootleg, exactly.  Unless of course the copy you have in your collection is in fact a bootleg.  Got it?

Yeah, me neither. Apparently, there are two different versions of Duran Goes Dutch. One is apparently an official version, made to look like a bootleg (Why?!?), and another is actually a bootleg. (Again I ask, why?!?)  I have no idea which is which, nor do I know if mine is a bootleg or not because it is currently packed somewhere. Ask me again in six months.

Punkmasters Does it Again!

Patty Palazzo has more creativity in her pinky finger than I do in my entire body. To prove it (not that she needed!), she released a few designs as an advance, certain-to-whet-the-appetite sneak peek into her new collection, due out on June 24. Get your credit cards ready, Duranies. I bought three!  I only stopped there because, well, Retirement 2.0…. and I figured I’d save some for all of you. Besides, June 24th is coming….

Check out the video Patty shared on Facebook, and turn up the volume while you do it, because I hear a certain John Taylor was responsible for the awesome soundtrack.

 

If creating soundtracks for Punkmasters wasn’t enough…

John spoke today at an event I would have easily given both of my eye teeth to be at, the Brilliant Minds Symposium in Stockholm. He gave a keynote speech that I am hoping will miraculously show up on YouTube. What is the Brilliant Minds Symposium about, you ask? According to dd.com, it is a new thought and leadership forum debating the convergence of humanity & technology. I love this stuff! Let’s face it, if Duran Duran doesn’t break my bank, I could easily get the job done by traveling the planet in search of these sorts of events. I’m doomed.  DDHQ posted just a couple of photos of John’s keynote presentation, and I was especially drawn to the words behind him. In one photo the words “Here and Now” were in the background, and in the next “Gatecrash Intimacy”.  Now I’m really curious! No matter, it is indeed exciting to hear about John’s involvement, and I’m hopeful that we hear more about the experience in the weeks ahead. (hint, hint!)

We have a Glam-father!!!

After reading numerous rumors yesterday that Simon’s daughter Saffron and her partner Benjamin had welcomed a baby into this world, Simon himself posted the news several hours ago on Twitter. Saffron had a baby boy, and apparently both mom and baby are healthy. Who could ask for more than that, really?  This is wonderful news for the entire Le Bon family, and of course we wish everyone all of the health and happiness in the world. It is hard to believe that we’ve not only watched as Simon and the rest of the band have had children, but now we’re seeing the children having children.

We’re really kind of lucky to have had the band around this long, you know??

Simon tweeted that we can now refer to him as the Glamfather… I love it!

Last, but certainly not least

I just wanted to chime in with my own good wishes for another happy and healthy year on this planet for Mr. Nicholas Rhodes.  Yes, you are The Controller, and yes, I do believe you’re at the very least alien…and probably vampire too. (Can you be both? I say yes!) In any case, I wish you the nap you likely deserve, and as much art, good health, laughter, love and kindness as you can stand in a year.  I do hope you and the band won’t stay away for too long – I miss seeing your knowing grin as you peer over the top of your keyboard rig down into the audience…particularly during Hungry Like the Wolf, but throughout the show as well. Happy Birthday Nick!

 

Until next week, I’m off!

-R