Why Do You Love Duran?: The Mad Libs Edition

 The other day I was out with some colleagues and one of them asked me a question that I hadn’t really been asked for probably ten years or so.  Why do you love this band so much?  I found myself too overwhelmed to answer as I wanted to say about twenty things all at the same time.  This led me to wonder if my reasons are the same as all the other Duranies in the world.  I could just write my reasons for you all to read, but I thought I could and should do something more fun as I know that I could use a little amusement.  I also suspect that Duranies around the world could benefit with a lighter piece today.  🙂


Have you ever played Mad Libs as a kid?  For those of you who didn’t or don’t remember, it was a game of sorts with the idea to practice parts of speech.  How it worked was that there would be a story with some words missing.  The person leading the game would ask the other players to give words fitting specific parts of speech without giving away the story.  Once all of the words were given, the leader would read the whole story with those words included.  Typically, the results would be completely silly.  Thus, what I will do here is to list the parts of speech then you can write down your word choices.  When you are finished, you can use the words to see why you love Duran Duran, hopefully in a fun, silly way!  Then, please, post your finished story!  I suspect they will provide a much needed laugh!  I promise that I will eventually post my complete story as well!

Words to fill in:


1.        Verb (action word)


2.       Year


3.       Adjective (describes a thing)


4.       Adjective


5.       Song


6.       Verb (action)


7.       Verb


8.       Instrument


9.       Instrument


10.   Adjective


11.   Adjective


12.   Plural Noun


13.   Video


14.   Region or place


15.   Adjective


16.   –ing Verb


17.   –ing Verb


18.   Band member


19.   Video


20.   Physical feature


21.   Fashion piece


22.   Fashion piece


23.   Band member


24.   Physical feature


25.   Physical feature


26.   Physical feature


27.   Personality characteristic


28.   Personality characteristic


29.   Personality characteristic


30.   Adjective


31.   Band member


32.   Combination of two band members


33.   Band member


34.   Band member





There are many reasons that I (1) _____  Duran Duran.  I became a fan in (2) _____ initially because of their music and videos.  Then, the band members themselves helped to reinforce this love as is meeting and getting to know other fans.  Their music was always (3) ____ and (4)_____.  For example, I will always remember getting the chorus to (5) __________ stuck in my head for days and drove my family and friends nuts with singing it out loud!  Their songs always made me want to (6) _____ and (7) _____ (whatever that meant to my ten year old self!).  I loved that I could hear different instruments and appreciated how they seemed to both fight each other and complement each other.  I also appreciated that it was a good combination between different genres.  It wasn’t just loud (8) _____ but it also wasn’t just (9) _____.  How many times have I heard the band discuss their influences?  I can hear elements of their influences, including artists like David Bowie, Chic, Sex Pistols, Kraftwerk and more.  Simon’s voice is (10) _____ and one to be thankful for.  Then, of course, there are his (11) ____ lyrics.  They are like a strange sort of poetry, which aren’t clear but definitely thought-provoking.  I liked that I didn’t always know what they were about.  I could make a guess after having long discussions with my (12) _____.  The lyrics and the music have been easy to adapt to visual images and videos as well.


 Then, of course, there were memorable videos.  Probably the first video I saw of Duran was (13) _________.  I was fascinated by the apparent storyline combined with the exotic location.  It showed an experience that so far removed from my (14)____ existence.  Then, it seemed like every new video provided a new story.  It reminded me of good books where I didn’t know what would happen but couldn’t put them down because I had to find out how they ended!!  Plus, of course, there were some (15)____ British boys featured as well.  Who didn’t want to be the girl (16)____ with Simon in Save a Prayer or the girl (17)____ Roger or John in Hungry like the Wolf?  Who didn’t think that Nick was adorable in Is There Something I Should Know?  Many of us formed attachments to one band member based on seeing our favorite in a certain video.  For me, I became a (18) _____ girl as soon as I saw him during (19) _________.  He had the (20)____, (21)_____, and (22)____.  He was simply adorable.


Speaking of band members, they are a big reason that I became and stayed a Duranie.  I love their general style and the fact that they cared about what they looked like.  Yet, like many fans, I had a favorite.  In my case, that favorite is (23) ____.  To me, he has/had such an appeal.  Physically, I like that he is a (24) ____, (25)____, (26)____ male without seeming too “macho”.  Of course, I am also fond of his chiseled good looks and solid smile.  I also appreciate his style in interviews back in the day and in his tweets now.  He always seems (27)____, (28)____ and (29) _____.  I also enjoy him with his band members as well.  Group interviews are probably my favorite because I find their interactions entertaining.  They have a great sense of humor and make me laugh.  They aren’t afraid of giving each other a hard time, which I adore.  I like that they demonstrate a balance between being silly and being serious and seem to know when each is appropriate.  On top and even more important, they are seriously a (30)____ group of guys.  They are able to think on their feet, use incredible vocabulary, and are able to make connections that I couldn’t even come close to!  Lastly, I also appreciate how patient they are with having the same questions over and over again and with interviewers that clearly do not have a clue.  Every interview is enjoyable to me for one or all of these reasons!


Speaking of enjoyable, I have had the extreme pleasure of seeing the band live and meeting lots of other fans while on tour.  In my opinion, there is nothing better than singing along with (31)____ and thousands of other fans.  There is nothing better than squeeing during a (32)____ moment.  The best is when you share a moment with the band member of choice during a show.  I like singing with (33)____  and screaming for (34)____.  I like it all.  Through the various shows and tours, I have met many, many others who feel like I do.  Many of these friends have become incredibly important to me as well!


If I had to summarize, I love Duran Duran for their music, their videos, their style, their looks and their personalities.  I also love them for the pleasure I get from seeing them live and hanging with other fans.

3 thoughts on “Why Do You Love Duran?: The Mad Libs Edition”

  1. I became with this… Is obviously that consciously or unconsciously, I'm a Simon girl.

    I'll posted in two parts…

    PART I

    There are many reasons that I (1) dream Duran Duran. I became a fan in (2) 1989 initially because of their music and videos. Then, the band members themselves helped to reinforce this love as is meeting and getting to know other fans. Their music was always (3) beautiful and (4)interesting. For example, I will always remember getting the chorus to (5) Whats happens tomorrow stuck in my head for days and drove my family and friends nuts with singing it out loud! Their songs always made me want to (6) jump and (7) run (whatever that meant to my ten year old self!). I loved that I could hear different instruments and appreciated how they seemed to both fight each other and complement each other. I also appreciated that it was a good combination between different genres. It wasn’t just loud (8) bass but it also wasn’t just (9)guitar. How many times have I heard the band discuss their influences? I can hear elements of their influences, including artists like David Bowie, Chic, Sex Pistols, Kraftwerk and more. Simon’s voice is (10) nice and one to be thankful for. Then, of course, there are his (11) amazing lyrics. They are like a strange sort of poetry, which aren’t clear but definitely thought-provoking. I liked that I didn’t always know what they were about. I could make a guess after having long discussions with my (12) cats. The lyrics and the music have been easy to adapt to visual images and videos as well.

  2. PART II
    Then, of course, there were memorable videos. Probably the first video I saw of Duran was (13) I don’t want your love. I was fascinated by the apparent storyline combined with the exotic location. It showed an experience that so far removed from my (14) argentina existence. Then, it seemed like every new video provided a new story. It reminded me of good books where I didn’t know what would happen but couldn’t put them down because I had to find out how they ended!! Plus, of course, there were some (15)good British boys featured as well. Who didn’t want to be the girl (16)thinking with Simon in Save a Prayer or the girl (17)singing Roger or John in Hungry like the Wolf? Who didn’t think that Nick was adorable in Is There Something I Should Know? Many of us formed attachments to one band member based on seeing our favorite in a certain video. For me, I became a (18) Simon girl as soon as I saw him during (19) Serious. He had the (20)tall, (21)clothes, and (22)scarf. He was simply adorable.

    Speaking of band members, they are a big reason that I became and stayed a Duranie. I love their general style and the fact that they cared about what they looked like. Yet, like many fans, I had a favorite. In my case, that favorite is (23) Simon. To me, he has/had such an appeal. Physically, I like that he is a (24) beautiful, (25)tall, (26)chubby male without seeming too “macho”. Of course, I am also fond of his chiseled good looks and solid smile. I also appreciate his style in interviews back in the day and in his tweets now. He always seems (27)crazy, (28)interesting and (29) funny. I also enjoy him with his band members as well. Group interviews are probably my favorite because I find their interactions entertaining. They have a great sense of humor and make me laugh. They aren’t afraid of giving each other a hard time, which I adore. I like that they demonstrate a balance between being silly and being serious and seem to know when each is appropriate. On top and even more important, they are seriously a (30)amazing group of guys. They are able to think on their feet, use incredible vocabulary, and are able to make connections that I couldn’t even come close to! Lastly, I also appreciate how patient they are with having the same questions over and over again and with interviewers that clearly do not have a clue. Every interview is enjoyable to me for one or all of these reasons!

    Speaking of enjoyable, I have had the extreme pleasure of seeing the band live and meeting lots of other fans while on tour. In my opinion, there is nothing better than singing along with (31)John and thousands of other fans. There is nothing better than squeeing during a (32) Jo Si moment. The best is when you share a moment with the band member of choice during a show. I like singing with (33) Nick and screaming for (34) Simon I like it all. Through the various shows and tours, I have met many, many others who feel like I do. Many of these friends have become incredibly important to me as well!

    Great game, great blog! Keep writing, I'll keep reading from Argentina. Kisses!

  3. LOVE that you participated and posted your version of the story!!!! Sometimes, you choice words that really fit like Simon's “amazing” lyrics! Too cool!

    Glad that you enjoyed the game and enjoy the blog!!

    -A

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