‘Scuse Me While I Turn 16

Back in the day, my best friend Renee and I were total Durannies. She loved Simon, and John Taylor (bass, for the uninitiated) was all mine. We watched the documentary Sing Blue Silver almost every day after school, usually with a bowl of buttered popcorn and orange juice on the rocks, daydreaming about how we would go see them.

We knew that when we snuck backstage, Simon and John would fall madly in love with us and take us to Paris immediately.

By sunset, after a whirlwind shopping spree, we’d be romantically perched atop the Eiffel Tower, never to return to rural Pennsylvania… unless Duran Duran played a show at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and begged us to go with them.

So, yeah. That didn’t happen.

But, I did meet John Taylor once, at a record signing in San Francisco. By then I’d graduated from college and expanded my musical horizons, but my Duran Duran cassettes were still stacked next to Faith No More and New Order. John T. smiled at me and posed for pictures, just as nice as I always knew he would be. It was pretty great โ€“ mostly because Dave was there with me and said, “I think he liked you.”


(I clearly am forever stuck in the ’80s. The jacket I’m wearing to a holiday party tonight is not soย different than the one Simon is sporting in the pic above.)

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  • LaVonne says:

    I heart Duran Duran. Simon was mine. Do you have the picture of you and JT to post?!?

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    I do have photos! They're on my home computer… will post tonight!

  • Jean says:

    I love Duran Duran. I remember going to see them at Madison Square Garden when I was in High school. And yes I still have the program. My favorite was Roger Taylor.

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Jean –> All we need is someone who loved Nick and Andy, then you, Renee, and I could have a Duran Duran video viewing party!

  • Lydia says:

    I'm your Nick girl. I've always been a sucker for eyeliner.

    Sign me up for that viewing party.

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    OMG! We only need an Andy fan. There's got to be someone out there… where are you, Andy fan?

  • Lydia says:

    Andy was always a tough sell. I fear the type of girl who'd like Andy wasn't a big D2 fan.

  • de23 says:

    Sorry I'm a few days late, but yes, here I am, the Andy fan! I only found your blog a week or so ago looking for paleo recipes, and with the crossfitting and all, I knew you were a girl after my own heart! But I couldn't believe a D2 post (or 2!). I had my whole room done in mostly D2 posters (including the one you have above), and yes, Andy was my favorite (it's that whole guitar hero thing). I've been very disappointed in him since, and count myself under Simon's sway now, but it was Andy for many years. And I can't believe you got to meet them in person!
    P.S. I promise my next post will be something more adult. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    de23 –> Hello and welcome to the dino-chow, CrossFit, Duran Duran party! I had my room wall papered in John Taylor! My closet had double doors, so both of them AND my bedroom door were completely covered like a collage: tiny images of JT's head cut out of Tiger Beat, full-size posters, and everything in between. Oh, my.

    I think the best version of Andy was on the Arena tour. I didn't see it live, but in the Sing Blue Silver video, he seems so playful. Let's just remember him that way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kosmika says:

    ..ehm.. so you have also the poster of John with that red leather gloves (he wears them in New Moon on Monday and The Union of the Snake video.. but I know that you know what I'm talking about ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) it was my favorite photo.. I bought red leather gloves just like John's, I was totally in love. I was 11 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Kosmika –> Um… of course! And I totally wish I had those red leather gloves right now! But that's because in my world, it's always the '80s.

  • Kosmika says:

    I had those red leather gloves!!! (ehm.. not exactly those, but really similar ones..) ๐Ÿ˜€
    I'm desperately looking for that photo.. uhm.. I can't find it on internet.. and mine is lost.. ๐Ÿ™