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Girls Night Out With Aall In Limo & Duran Duran!

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Don’t we all have that group of friends we can do anything with?  For me, it’s my sister, my cousin Regi and best friend Janice.  They were all in my wedding, and we have gone to many nights out together, and most of them have been concerts.  Imagine my delight to be able to surprise my girls with a limousine ride to see Duran Duran in concert, courtesy of Aall In Limo & Party Bus!  Originally, there was to be six of us going, but sadly my friends Kim & Ian were not able to come, due to a mix up with their tickets.  So they left the bottles of champagne for us enjoy, which we did.  The limo was fully stocked with glasses and cold water for the ride there and back.  Our driver, Mike, was so awesome, ensuring he had a designated place for us to meet up at the end of the show.  Already excited for the concert, my girls and I agree that going to a show like this is definitely our favorite way to travel.  Thank you again Aall In Limo & Party Bus for a memorable night!


Ready for our girls night out!


Janice and Regi had no idea we would travel to see our favorite band in such style!


A little pre-concert music in the limo because we were able to plug in our cell phones directly to their stereo system!


Clean Bandit opened for Duran Duran, and they were great!


A shot during “Pressure Off”


“Rio” anyone?!  It goes without saying, Duran Duran sounded absolutely amazing in concert! 

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The obligatory “concert selfie”!  I’m wearing the “DELETE” shirt by Patty Palazzo and her brand, Punk Masters (check out the many shots of Duran Duran in her shirts here).


With my sister, Rholnna, in post concert bliss.  We finished off the champagne (and chased it with water).  I recorded “Hungry Like The Wolf” live and included the set list below.

FTC Disclosure:  I received a service and was asked to review the service in return.  Although I did receive the service as a courtesy, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

January Record a Day Wrap Up: Days 22 Through 31

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It’s time to wrap up the “January Record A Day” Instagram photo project with records 22 through 31.  I’m already into week one of the “February Record A Day”, and I’m finding it a little bit tougher than last month’s because I’m having to really dig for items like a re-press or marble colored vinyl, but I’m definitely up for the challenge.  Cheers and have a great weekend!

(Top Photo) Day 22:  Double LP – “20/20” by Dilated Peoples. Another from the hubby’s collection.

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Day 23:  Red colored record – German import of “Never Let Me Down” by Depeche Mode.

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Day 24:  Favorite Record Friday – “All I Need is Everything” by Aztec Camera. Such a wonderful & happy song!

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Day 25:  Rainy day record – “Rio” by Duran Duran. I can listen to this album during any kind of weather!

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Day 26:  I don’t own any vinyl that’s split color. So here is my sister’s OMD dual color picture disc in pink & blue for the song “Locomotion”.

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Day 27:  Album on classic black vinyl – “Mistrial” by Lou Reed. My husband bought a bunch on boxes filled with records, not knowing what was inside. There were a few gems & this was one of them.

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Day 28:  More than 2 colors – “New Sensation” picture disc by INXS.

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Day 29:   1st record I bought – “That’s Rock n Roll” by Shaun Cassidy. I was 7 & my sister was 4 when she drew all over it in red crayon!

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Day 30:  Any album before the 80s – Mott The Hoople “Greatest Hits”, from my hubby’s collection. I think this is from 1977.

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Day 31:  Any record you want – “Cookin’ on the Roof” by Roman Holiday. Finally found this at Amoeba Hollywood a couple of years ago. “Don’t Try to Stop it” & “Stand By” are my favorites!

Record A Day

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Last week, I discovered a cool Instagram “photo a day” project.  I was posting a picture of one of my many Depeche Mode records, with the hashtag #vinyl and #record, and received a like from Noble Record Store (a record store on ebay).  After checking out some their pictures, I found a list for the January Record A Day that started on the forums of The Vinyl Collective, a community for vinyl collectors.  I love this photo a day project because it allows me to share my vinyl collection, and see the collections of many record enthusiasts out there.

If you’re a collector of vinyl, join in the fun by following the themes above and hastagging #januaryrecordaday on Instagram.  Hopefully, they carry this on throughout the year!  I’ll post recaps throughout the month.  In the meantime, below are my first four days of photos.  Cheers!

Record A Day Jan 2014

 Clockwise from the left: 1) Any record you want:  “Love in Itself” by Depeche Mode, 5 track 12″ single, numbered limited edition with texture and goldfoil sleeve, signed by Alan Wilder; 2) Guilty pleasure:  “When Will I Be Famous” 12″ single by Bros; 3) Colored record: Some Great Reward by Depeche Mode, import from Germany in grey vinyl, signed by Alan Wilder; 4) “Nite Romantics” by Duran Duran, import from Japan

My Essential Duran Duran

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After my recent post about John Taylor’s book, Into The Pleasure Groove (post here), I thought I would put up the rest of the pictures from my little photo shoot.  As I type this, I realize that I actually have more CDs and cassettes that I failed to include because I have either misplaced them or they are stored someplace else that I can’t get to.  I also have a backpack and t-shirt from the Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour, the Notorious tour programme, t-shirts from the 78-03 reunion tour and Astronaut tour and a football jersey from the Red Carpet Massacre tour.  I also have a special edition of the Red Carpet Massacre CD set.  Whew, this was quite a feat.  I can’t imagine doing inventory on my Depeche Mode collection!

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Photo 1 (top), albums all on vinyl:  The first Duran Duran album, apparently with John Taylor’s signature on it (I didn’t know it when I bought it); the second release of the first Duran Duran album (with Is There Something I Should Know); Japanese import of Nite Romantics (includes night versions of Planet Earth and Girls on Film, plus Fame and Khanada); Rio; Seven and the Ragged Tiger; Arena

Photo 2: The Singles Box Set 81-85; The Reflex in a fold-out poster sleeve; Sing Blue Silver DVD; Astronaut DVD and CD; Ordinary Day cassette single; No Ordinary EP cassette single; Too Much Information cassette single; Duran Duran – Greatest The DVD; Notorious CD

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Photo 3, singles on vinyl:  Is There Something I Should Know; Union of the Snake; The Wild Boys; New Moon On Monday; Some Like it Hot; Skin Trade

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Photo 4, tour programmes: Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour; 78-03 Reunion Tour; Astronaut The Tour

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Photo 5: The full Astronaut tour autographed poster

Shaken, Not Stirred: 50 Years of James Bond

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It’s crazy to think that super spy extraordinaire, 007, has been shaking and stirring things up since Ian Flemming created his James Bond character back in 1953.  My mom has been a long time fan of Mr. Bond and I remember when my parents brought home “The Connery Classics” 007 video collection (part of it is pictured above).  I believe the very first Bond movie I watched was either From Russia With Love or Goldfinger, but I’ll have to admit that I only really started paying attention when the theme music started to include artists that I knew like “For Your Eyes Only” as performed by Sheena Easton and of course “A View To a Kill” by Duran Duran.  It was very interesting to read in John Taylor’s book In the Pleasure Groove how Duran Duran got involved with doing the theme for A View To A Kill:

I went with Janine [one of John Taylor’s ex-girlfriends] to a party Michael Caine was having at Langan’s in honor of that year’s Wimbledon tennis final, and I recognized Cubby Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond films, sitting at a table.

Janine introduced me and we got to chatting.

I said, “When are you going to have a decent theme song again?”

He said, “Well, do you want to write the next one?”

I said, “Absolutely.”

When I got home, I called the guys, told them “I think we have a crack at the next Bond film.”

– From the chapter “Megalomania At The Wheel”

I was just looking at the list of Bond movie theme songs and honestly, I completely forgot that A-Ha did the “The Living Daylights” theme (I’ll have to go back and listen to that).  I will have to say that other than “A View To A Kill”, Adele’s “Skyfall” is my favorite Bond theme. She was amazing on the Oscars.

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I’ve been thinking about “the spy who loved me” recently because of the 50th anniversary, and I just realized that my husband and I have seen the last three James Bond movies together.  We have really taken a shine to Skyfall, which we saw in the theaters last November (he loved it so much that he brought home the DVD, pictured below).  What I enjoyed about Skyfall is that it felt more like the old James Bond movies in that it had a bit of cheekiness to it.  Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace felt very heavy and dramatic compared to any of the ones with Pierce Brosnan just prior.  Skyfall had a touch of that cheekiness, mainly due in part to the interaction between Daniel Craig and Naomi Harris.  It made me finally believe that Daniel Craig was James Bond.

Cheers to James Bond and his adventures in the last 50 years and those to come.  I’m raising my martini in your honor 007!

(This post was written in collaboration with Veronica Stone.)

Getting Into the Pleasure Groove

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Before Depeche Mode, I loved Duran Duran.  If Depeche Mode is my musical Omega, then Duran Duran was the Alpha.  The only collection that rivals my Depeche Mode one is the one I have of Duran Duran.  I was only 12 when my friends and I began the obsession, and it lasted for most of my years in junior high.  I’ve also said in a previous post that I’ve learned nothing about style from Depeche Mode (see post here), but the exact opposite is true for Duran Duran: I learned that it was okay to be flamboyant, but to do it with taste and class.  Imagine my excitement when I found out that bassist and co-founder, John Taylor was married to Gela Nash, half of the creative genius behind Juicy Couture!

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When I bought this shirt, I simply thought that someone at Juicy Couture really liked Duran Duran (I Don’t Want Your Love is a song from the Big Thing album).  I wore this shirt to the Red Carpet Massacre concert.

I recently picked up a couple of copies of In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran by John Taylor.  The reason I have two is because I ordered the hard copy hoping for a chance to meet John Taylor during another book signing (I missed the one in Los Angeles last October).  When I ordered the hard copy, I got so eager to read it that I couldn’t wait and I downloaded the eBook immediately (ah, technology these days).  Once I started reading the book, I found myself hooked.  Looking back from my forties, I realized just how little I knew about Duran Duran and their actual beginnings when I was in my early teens.  I also realized that my love for Duran Duran was mostly due to aesthetics:  extremely pretty boys with very catchy tunes.

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Part of my Duran Duran ticket stub collection (sadly, I’m missing three).

I read In The Pleasure Groove with eyes wide open, and yet all of the nostalgic feelings came flooding back, along with tons of new insight into John’s life and the highs and lows of being in one of the most successful bands of their time.  I’ve read reviews that some people felt that it was slow getting through all of John’s early years, from a young lad in school named Nigel, to right when Duran Duran had started their rise in the very early 80’s.  He came from such humble beginnings as an only child from a Catholic family who lived in a suburb in Birmingham and grew up wearing glasses, to becoming a pop star and teen idol, adored by thousands of girls (and I knew several of them personally, including myself).  But I felt those chapters were important as they were written because it provided great insight into why John fell into addiction.

I am trying to live away from home, live on the road, live out of suitcases and tour buses and hotel rooms and not die of loneliness.

I missed home.

I missed Mom and Dad.

I didn’t know that then.  It’s taken me years and many therapist-dollars to figure it out.  In my self-centered fear and loneliness, I just cracked.  I never gave one thought to the consequences.

– From the chapter “Coffin Sex”

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My t-shirt from the capsule collection by Punk Masters (by Patty Palazzo, who also designed the cover for In The Pleasure Groove).  This is one of my favorite t-shirts in my collection.

In between chapters, I would think about what I was doing during each of the periods of time described in the book.  I would recall where I was in my fandom in accordance to where John was in Duran Duran’s history.  I realized how naive I was and imagined how it would feel to be where John was.  What was I doing in 1984 when I saw Duran Duran in concert to support the Seven and the Ragged Tiger album?  I was living at home, going to school, and hanging out with my friends.  Could I even imagine going from the safe confines of anonymity in my little comfortable suburban haven to hundreds of girls jumping on my car beating the windows in, chasing me down the road and sitting outside my house?  Even worse, once you are used to the adulation and the constant affirmation that you are someone important, what happens once it starts to fade, how do you feel then?  It’s an emotional roller coaster, and John lacked the skills for coping with the feelings that came with the ebbs and flows of stardom.  His coping mechanism came in the form of drugs and alcohol because he didn’t know how to do it any other way.  I truly empathise with John and his journey because I felt like I was there for part of the way, no matter how remote.  As I was photographing my memorabilia for this post, I tripped back and forth back into my teen years, wishing that I could have gone to meet John at his signing in Los Angeles so that I could tell him how real this book felt to me.  As I write this, I’m finishing up Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, and even though I’m enjoying reading the book from Peter Hook’s point of view, it doesn’t affect me as much as In the Pleasure Groove did because I was aware of the events that happened in Duran Duran’s history.  I would feel the same way if Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode wrote something similar.

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My only criticism would be that I wish the end didn’t seem so hurried.  I was happy with the pacing of the book in achieving why John lived his life the way he did in the celebrity of being a part of Duran Duran.  But I felt like everything after he met Gela was a bit rushed to get to the conclusion of the book.  I felt a bit short-changed because my sister and I went to one of the first reunion concerts back in 2003 at the Orange County Fair, prior to Astronaut being released, and I was a bit surprised that there was no mention of those concerts.  We got to hear Reach Out For the Sunrise live before it was on Astronaut, and then saw two shows on that tour as well (one with my sister and one with my mom).  Andy was still a part of the band during that time, and I felt I was left hanging with the explanation that he left due to “differences”.  The last time I saw Duran Duran was during their Red Carpet Massacre tour, on my birthday on May 8, 2008.  I hope that isn’t the last time I see them live.

Maybe the end was written the way it was because there really isn’t an end yet.  John Taylor and the boys are still writing their history as we speak, still playing live, still writing songs, still being Duran Duran.  Whatever stage you are in your Duran Duran fandom, In The Pleasure Groove is a must read.  I highly recommend listening to their albums while reading this book because you will be instantly transported directly back in time.

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Thank you endlessly to my cousin Regi for scoring me this fantastic autographed poster when she met Duran Duran during the Astronaut tour. 

(All photos are of items from my personal collection)

Enjoy the Lullaby: Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star

When purchasing on Amazon.com, I always check their recommendations based on my recently viewed and purchased items because I make very insteresting discoveries from their selections.  I have several Duran Duran items in my “Save for Later” section, so one of the recommendations was Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, Lullaby Versions of Duran Duran.  How cute, right?  Of course, seeing that version prompted me to look for a Depeche Mode version, and I found one (see it here).  I took a quick listen, definitely expecting to hear a slower version of all of their songs.  I actually found them to be quite relaxing.  Their official site says that these albums are “Perfect for babies, yoga, massage or relaxation”, which was exactly what I was thinking.  I could definitely fall asleep or do yoga to this music, and I would love it if I went to get a massage and soothing versions of Hungry Like the Wolf or People Are People came on in the background.  If I had know these existed, I would have filled Dominic’s crib with the plinky-plonky sounds of Radiohead or The Smiths in addition to Duran Duran and Depeche Mode.  Needless to say, I will buy the Depeche Mode version and enjoy the lullaby.

Images courtesy of Amazon.com

(Edited to add:  Thank you Paul from TTLRS for my very own downloaded copies of the Depeche Mode and Duran Duran lullaby albums, I love them!)

FTC Disclosure:  This review was written prior to receiving the downloads, and I was not asked to write a review.  The opinions in this review are strictly my own.