My first thought as I sat down to write this blog was that I graduated from college in 1993. Today, that feels like a million years ago. I don’t know quite what it is about those mid-90s for me, but the years and memories all blend together. Not quite a black hole, but not quite distinct vivid memories, either. Unfortunately for me, that includes The Wedding Album.
Sure, I remember hearing “Ordinary World” on the radio. Who wouldn’t? It was the first time in many years that Duran Duran seemed to be on heavy rotation. I also remember blasting “Too Much Information” in my car as I would drive home from school. So, I know I must have bought the CD at some point. I can remember wondering why on earth they (the band) went with the album being self-titled again, because it seemed so confusing. As it was, I always called their first album, well…their first album, as opposed to Duran Duran by Duran Duran. Why not just give it a name? Turns out, we did it for them anyway. Everyone I know calls it The Wedding Album. I even capitalize and italicize it as though that’s the way it’s meant to be!
Where was I? Oh yes, very few memories of this album when it came out. It is true. I suppose in some way, my experience is indicative of where I was in my life at the time. I was months away from graduating from college. I was trying to find a job, dating my boyfriend (who eventually became my husband), commuting a ridiculous distance back and forth to school each day, and I guess I really wasn’t paying as much attention to Duran Duran as I once did…or would again in the future.
I can tell you a few things about my own feelings about that album from day one, though. To begin with, I really liked “Ordinary World”. My husband even learned the guitar part well after we were married and moved back to California because he knew how much I loved it. However, my favorite song on the album, both then and now, is “Too Much Information”. I also liked “Come Undone”…and for me, those were really the only songs that hit me off the album. I played it all the time in my car, but I found myself hitting repeat on those songs and skipping much of the rest. All I can say is that we all have our favorites. I’m glad the album propelled Duran Duran onward, because they’re still with us today as result.
From what I’ve read over the years, I wasn’t the only fan that was consumed by real life during this period. I wish I had more memories. One thing I do remember – very vaguely – is going to see Duran Duran play at Irvine Meadows later that year. I went in August, and I sat…wait for it…on the LAWN. My friend had bought tickets for the two of us to go see Duran Duran together as a graduation gift. I was excited to see the band – I think it was only the second time I ever saw them, actually. I knew we’d be way back from the stage but it didn’t matter much to me, at first. However, even back then going to shows wasn’t without some sort of drama. My boyfriend was more than a little annoyed that he wasn’t invited, and so he went and got his own tickets – much closer to the front – and went with one of his friends. This, my friends, was the one and only time that Walt has ever had a better seat at a Duran show than I’ve had, and HE WILL NEVER LET ME FORGET IT. Good times!
That’s probably why I barely remember the show or much from this era – I blocked it from memory. 😀