Song of the day: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - This Time Of Year
We flew in Rebecca Blake, the New York-based fashion photographer who had shot us for Rolling Stone the previous year. She shot through the night, preferring the drama that only artificial light can provide.
The shoot was certainly dramatic. A full-size, hot-blooded tiger was brought onto the set at the State Library of New South Wales. The clothes choices are decidedly uptown — back to black — Nick has the most gorgeous black lizard suit, with tight black boots and black tie, Roger and I are both in evening dress, and Simon and Andy are more casual-looking in expensive suede and leather. We all looked like successful, wealthy young men; still available.
- In the Pleasure Groove, Chapter 45
Happy 30th Anniversary, Seven and the Ragged Tiger!
Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
panic girls are the actual best all I’m saying
Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!
I know I don’t post as much Duran Duran as I used to, but I’d never ever say that I’ve “moved on” from them. I feel like “moving on” implies abandonment, or letting go or something, perhaps for good. That’s not the case with me and Duran Duran. I found them in a time of my life where I just needed, for a few fleeting minutes, something to lean on where no one was really giving me that.
At the time I was very busy to the point where I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. And my problems were so miniscule to other people at the time, that I don’t feel like I got the help I needed from the people I knew. Duran Duran gave me that and so much more. It sounds weird, to me. It shouldn’t. But it does. I got music that could either soothe my soul, make me dance, or motivate me to get stuff done. I got awesome friends here through them. Mostly through the internet.
People always say “it’s the internet, don’t take it too seriously.” What people don’t realize is that behind every computer that connects to the internet—particularly, Tumblr users—there is a person. A person with needs, wants, and emotions. You don’t need to know someone in real life to be friends with them, in this day and age where technology and the internet are so prevalent. So the connections that I’ve made here through DD are special to me. The post I made earlier about the Hyde Park liveblog party? I meant that. We all came together and had one huge party and it was amazing. That’s what I mean. Stuff like that. I couldn’t stop smiling that day because of what a fantastic day that was.
My point is this: People change and tastes change but it doesn’t mean we’ve moved on. And how could I ever abandon a band that I owe so much? The answer is that I can’t. And I don’t plan on it.
Ok, so these are my most prized possessions. They would be the first things I would grab if my house was on fire….
My Duran Duran Story
This vinyl collection is more than just music to me. When I was around 12, my older sister decided that after years of school she was going to take off and travel the world with her now wife. Unfortunately, this was also the time when I was going through a lot both mentally and emotionally and let’s just say that my life was not a bowl of cherries.
When she left, she wasn’t sure exactly how long she would be gone or if she would decide to live abroad, so she gave me her vinyl collection . Many of the records you see here are the ones that she gave me. (She likes to think that they are still hers and they just live with me, but we all know that’s a bunch of malarky)
That’s when Duran Duran became a huge deal in my life. Dealing with both my personal issues and my sister leaving (who’s always been more of a second mom to me) at the same time was such a huge blow, and their music helped take away some of the sadness and helped me feel connected to my sister during some of my most desperate moments.
Over the years, the amount that I’ve listened to their music has ebbed and flowed, but what they mean to me will never change.
Thank you Duran Duran for all of it.
4:45 Simon and John fighting over the stuffed polar bear oh my gosh
"Can I have the polar bear?"
"As long as you take care of it."
"I will take care of ittttt."