The guilty pleasure that is Duran Duran…

John Taylor back in the day...

This week’s post will be short. I have had the week from hell and I need to finish the first draft of my novel, which my writing buddy has been patiently waiting to receive. She’s read the first 145 pages. Now I need to give her the remaining pages and I am still stuck trying to tie up loose ends.

But…I just wanted to take a moment to share an interview with Rob Sheffield, the author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. I haven’t read either book yet. However, now that I’ve read this interview, I am intrigued and have ordered both books.

The titles alone caught my attention. I was a teenager in the 1980s so I remember the guilty pleasure of liking Duran Duran. On the one hand, I loved their music and I had crushes on Simon Le Bon and John Taylor–just like those pink-clad Duranies who roamed the corridors of my elementary school and high school. But I also liked Echo & the Bunnymen, the Cure, Depeche Mode and Tears for Fear–so I was convinced I was somehow more “intellectual”. In hindsight, I was hardly intellectual back then–I wouldn’t even call myself intellectual now. But when you are a teenager and you are trying to define yourself, you don’t want to be associated with girls whose giggly frothiness is just too much to bear. Even when you like the same music and you secretly harbor the same pubescent lust for a gangly yet gorgeous British bassist.

So now I will patiently await the arrival of Rob Sheffield’s books and return to my first draft, which features scenes that have been written while listening to Duran Duran’s “Waiting for the Sound of Thunder”, “Planet Earth” and “New Religion”. Maybe listening to Duran Duran today will push me even closer to finally finishing this draft.


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