“And you sway in the moon the way you did when you were younger…stay with the music, let it play a little longer. You don’t need anybody, all you need is now,”

It’s August 10th, which to me and all of the other Duranies out there means that it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day!! Those babes have been my #1 favorite band ever since I was 12, which I just talked about recently; my love of them sprouted from realizing how much I loved everything from the 1980’s (minus the politics) and delved deep into an obsession with the decade. But my love for Duran Duran isn’t just for their classic, iconic 80’s albums; they have had so many fantastic albums since then.

Just because I know you’re curious, I’ll take you back to the day  I fell in love with them:

It was a summer day, and I was at my grandparents’ house while my aunt Adelaida and my uncle John taught me a little bit about the massive benefit concert that was Live Aid. On July 13th, 1985, literally every good musician you can think of (pretty much everyone I love that was alive at the time) was either at JFK Stadium or Wembley Stadium that day, performing to benefit the starving and suffering people of Ethiopia. It was organized by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats, an Irish punk rocker who is one of my personal heroes. Anyway, back to my #1 darlings; my family had some of the concert recorded on VHS tapes and I believe my uncle John was trying to show me Robert Plant on there. Somewhere in the fast-forwarding process, Duran Duran was introduced, and I thought to myself “oh, they did Rio and Hungry like the Wolf, I bet they play those songs!”. They didn’t play those songs. They didn’t play anything I knew but I fell in love with every song they did play…not to mention, they were such handsome, beautiful men (minus Andy Taylor…gross). I was hooked. I asked for their greatest hits compilation CD that summer for my birthday, entitled simply “Greatest”, and my Duran Duran-loving aunt Adelaida bought it for me. I become further obsessed and bought a DVD set of the same name that had most of their music videos on there. It was the beginning of a beautiful obsession that will never end for me.

Please look at this picture of Simon Le Bon at Live Aid and swoon with me:

29 years ago today...Live Aid, July 13, 1985. It was when I first saw this performance that I truly fell in love with Duran Duran. (Yeah, I know, I didn't see this when it happened; I first saw it about 9 years ago.) Although John Taylor is my dreamboat now, it was initially this black-haired, red-jacket-wearing, dancing Simon Le Bon that helped bring me to one of my greatest and long-lasting obsessions.:

Naturally I was in love with Simon the most when I first got into the band, but soon enough I moved on and found John Taylor to be my favorite. I still love Simon, but my goodness, just look at this sexy bass player:

John Taylor:

Oh John Taylor...:

John Taylor...you know you're my favorite of my favorites.:

Love John Taylor's red hair:

John Taylor I loved you so much!!:

Also, they’re just hot together:

John Taylor and Simon Le Bon:

Simon and John:

John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor (no, none of the Taylors are related, so don’t embarrass me) are cute together as well:

John and Roger:

Roger Taylor and John Taylor...super cuties!!!:

But let’s not forget my adorable, make-up wearing little keyboardist, Nick Rhodes:

Duran Duran - Nick and John:

Okay, fine, here’s all of them together (including some with the guitarist, Andy Taylor, who I am bitter towards because he quit the band literally 2 days before I saw them in concert several years ago…and later he penned an autobiography and was all like “my guitar playing made the band”….yeah, okay.)

Duran Duran:

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I've actually never seen this adorable photo:

The ever beautiful Duran Duran:

Duran Duran - I love John's shirt in this:

My number-one favorite band, Duran Duran!! Love this picture:

 

Okay, enough of their beauty for now…if you know their biggest hits, great. But, as a huge and adoring fan of this phenomenal band, I strongly encourage you to give some of their other stuff a chance.

Here are my top 5 songs you should know to truly appreciate Duran Duran on this wonderful Duran Duran Appreciation Day:

5. All You Need is Now, from the album titled the same. It’s from three albums ago, I believe.

4. The Man Who Stole a Leopard, also from All You Need is Now.

3. Ordinary World, from the Wedding album (which, like the White Album, is technically a self-titled album but is referred to as otherwise because of the cover). Come Undone is my other favorite from that album that you should check out as well.

2. Friends of Mine, from their self-titled debut album. Yes, finally taking it back; I had to show you that they were more just than an 80’s band first. But back to the 80’s. I’m so in love with this song. So strange and fun.

  1. The Chauffeur, from Rio. This is my all-time favorite Duran Duran song. Okay, first of all, I could have made an even longer lists of songs you need to know just by listing this entire album. Every song. Every song is fantastic and I love it so much. It’s my favorite album of theirs and definitely one of my top faves of all time. But don’t pay attention to the video; they’re not even in it. Just listen to this strange blend of sounds that gives me chills every time.

 

But Rio…seriously, it’s amazing. Also, when I was looking to buy my first car, I was with my parents walking around  a large auto mall when I saw a beautiful, tiny red car and thought it looked perfect, just what I needed. Then we got closer and I saw that it was called Rio…I knew then it was meant to be. Also, that happened two years just a few days before Duran Duran Appreciation Day, so clearly that sealed it.

Also, look at my main men just this past year with my favorite droids:

Perfection.

Duran Duran. Simon and John...love!!!:

Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!! I actually have today off so you know I’ll be enjoying their music videos and concerts I have on DVD all day long!! My favorite is Sing Blue Silver, which documents their tour from 1984 (I think?). It’s my favorite and probably one of my last finds at Tower Records…ah, Tower Records. It was the perfect music store. May it rock in peace.

 

 

“Standing all alone here, in a tavern full of ghosts,”

It’s been almost two weeks ago that I was in the glorious presence of the Hollywood Vampires, who consist of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Johnny Depp, and Alice Cooper!! And yes, I was lucky enough to see them just days before Joe Perry was hospitalized and had to leave the tour. I have talked about them before, and was so excited when I found out they were coming to Aurora, Illinois, I bought tickets as soon as they were available. And it was a fantastic show!! Not only did they do songs from their album, but they added some new songs as well. Well, not exactly new, as the whole theme of the band is honoring deceased rock stars. But, still new for them to play; they played Rebel, Rebel and Suffragette City by David Bowie and it was glorious. And while they did My Generation on the album, they performed Pinball Wizard in addition to that to honor Keith Moon and John Entwistle and it made me insanely happy. They did a fantastic version of Come Together that was honestly closer to Aerosmith’s version, quite naturally so. They also did Sweet Emotion, which was amazing, but I was mostly enraptured by my Alice Cooper playing the maracas.

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Here are some other cool shots I managed to get:

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Such a fantastic show. Just as exciting as their debut album and more!!

 

P.S. The next day, my friend and I went to a visit another dear friend of ours who lives in Chicago and we went to this darling, beautifully cultured print shop and each of us bought $5 mystery bags of goodies. I got candy, a lucky pen, lovely greeting cards, a Bernie Sanders (a sweet, sketched version of his face)  button, and….maracas!!

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They’re not all black like Alice’s, but they’re partially black! So that makes them my pretty Alice Cooper maracas.

 

 

 

“I’d like to be under the sea, in an octupus’ garden with you,”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO!!! He’s been my favorite ever since I was a wee little girl just learning about the Beatles. Just look at him!!

Daww that Ringo smile:

My precious Ringo:

Ringo Starr at the beach, 1965:

I love his drumming, and I adore his voice. Even now, he is coming out with good solo stuff! You should listen to “Rory and the Hurricanes” from Postcards from Paradise, it’s absolutely delightful and a great summer tune.

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I think when I was little, I just found him to be the cutest. But as I got older, he has stayed my favorite by being the beautiful peace advocate he has been, not just in the 60’s when it was the thing to be, but even now. All he always wants, every year, for his birthday is to wish Peace and Love. What a beautiful soul.

See, this is why he is my favorite:

 

I did it at noon but didn’t get to my computer until just now, but I’m sure he appreciates it no matter when you do it!!

PEACE AND LOVE!!

 

“Wanna tell you about the girl I love, my she looks so fine”

This song has been blissfully stuck in my head for a week or two now, ever since I heard it for quite possibly the first time on the radio and the broadcaster introduced it as one of Led Zeppelin’s hidden gems. In my head, I was all like oh I probably know this. But when it came on, it felt so unfamiliar. Dare I say it, I didn’t recognize it. But then, I still had this feeling in the back of my soul like I had maybe heard it before. I still can’t say for sure if I actually knew it before that day or not. But ever since then, it keeps coming on my Pandora stations at work, which is a lovely sign that it’s clearly meant to be in my life. And being able to play my own Pandora stations at work is a very new privilege that’s been bestowed upon me by my new supervisor. I must say, it does make the day so much more pleasant. I no longer have to hear our dreaded corporate radio station, unless someone cranks it. And, adding further to this song’s clear mission to stay in my life, it just doesn’t come on my Led Zeppelin station (that I seldom play anyway; I made the mistake of letting “Whole Lotta Love” play one day and it was so awkward talking to an old man with Robert Plant having a near orgasm in the background); it comes on when I put on the Rolling Stones station, Beatles station, the Psychedelic Garage station…it’s clearly trying to grab me, and it has succeeded. Oh, forgive me; I’m talking about “Hey Hey What Can I Do” by Led Zeppelin. Not ringing a bell? Get to know it:

I love it. It’s so chill, yet still so rock and roll. Kinda bluesy, almost folksy, but it’s still Led Zeppelin. My newfound love of this song has got me thinking…do I know all of Led Zeppelin? Obviously I don’t, which is upsetting because I really thought I had a good grasp of their career. My dad has most, if not all, of their albums on vinyl, and I was particularly fond of Houses of the Holy when I was growing up. I love Dancing Days, and I also liked just looking at the album cover and reflecting on how strange it was, and how apparently it was okay for bands to have naked children on their album covers? I mean, we don’t see anything, and I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be some other weird species rather human so they might not necessarily be children anyway. Alas, that and Physical Graffiti are the only albums besides a two-disc greatest hits compilation CD that I can remember listening to. This needs to change. New summer goal: buy all of the Led Zeppelin albums on CD (so that they can go on my iPod). Listen to all of these albums. Enjoy the enlightenment. Stay tuned for more music revelations.

 

 

“I just wanna have something to do tonight, tonight, tonight!”

And I do! I’ve been listening to the Who and Pete Townshend’s solo work all day! But today is another rock legend’s birthday as well! Sadly, he is always overshadowed by Pete Townshend in my heart, and I don’t mean to do that. So right now, I’m paying my respects to the late Joey Ramone!! I also have a lot of cool pictures of him in my “Rock and Roll” board on Pinterest, but only because he’s the Godfather of Punk and he’s effortlessly cool. I admire him for his musical contributions and of course, his role in Rock and Roll High School, one of my favorite movies ever and a rock and roll staple. I’m not in love with him like I am with Pete Townshend; I leave that to Riff Randell.

Anyway, throwback Thursday picture that honors both of these birthday rockers:

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Want to honor this Punk Rock legend? Here are my top three favorite Ramones songs:

  1. I Just Want to Have Something to Do
  2. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  3. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

 

“I have no reason to be over-optimistic, but somehow when you smile, I can brave bad weather,”

Happy 71st Birthday to my favorite rock and roll (dream) boyfriend, Pete Townshend!!

Oh, darling Pete. A year and a week ago this time, I was in the same building as you, and you blew me away and made my heart swoon with your windmill guitar playing and your still angelic voice.

Maybe this will refresh your memory…

Okay, I wasn’t even that close, despite being on the main floor; I just zoomed in on my camera. Still, I had pretty good seats and it was an amazing concert!!

Anyway, I love Pete Townshend. He’s a phenomenal songwriter, guitarist, story-teller, and overall majestic and supremely talented. Oh, and I’m also in love with him. I’ve talked about this briefly before. But because it’s his birthday, I have to talk about him again! When I saw him last year, he was merely a week from turning 70 years old, but he was still doing his signature windmill and absolutely the perfect rockstar. Sure, he’s not jumping around anymore; those days are probably behind him. But he was still fantastic.

Let’s take a look back at my beautiful rock star, shall we?

Pete Townsend:

"She ripped her glittering gown...couldn't face another show, no. Her deodorant had let her down. She should have used Odorono.":

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Cutie:

Awww, that adorable face:

So cute:

Pete Townshend:

"I have no reason to be over-optimistic, but somehow when you smile I can brave bad weather" :-*:

Idk why, but I really dig this white "boiler suit" (as he calls it in his autobiography)....:

I just love you.:

Pete Townshend:

Do modern rock stars even try this?!:

Have you had enough? I know I haven’t! Follow me on Pinterest; I have an entire board dedicated to him, simply titled “Pete Townshend Obsession”.

BUT WAIT! I’m not done…Pete Townshend is just so important to me. I read his autobiography, Who I Am, at the height of my depression, and I honestly believe he helped get me through it. I discovered the wonder that is Tommy and delved deeper into the Who from reading their lead guitarist’s/primary lyricist’s words. Did I pretend he was my boyfriend? Perhaps. I can’t help it, I love talented rock stars! But honestly; going into a world of music I previously had merely a Greatest Hits-basic understanding of did wonders to rejuvenate my soul and reminded me how to be happy. Okay, enough with the sappy stuff…Pete Townshend is just the greatest.

Because Pete Townshend is amazing...can you do that?? Hm???

Can you do that? Unless you’re Pete Townshend, the answer is no.

Why is this so sexy

Awwww yeah….

Pete Townshend

Oh, my darling Pete Townshend…please come back to Chicago so I can see you again!!

Alas, I end this celebratory post of one of my heroes (hero/boyfriend, same thing sometimes) by sharing one of my favorite songs of his, one of his biggest hits as a solo artist:

 

 

 

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

I still can’t believe this is actually happening in my lifetime; I thought I was doomed to never see such a beautiful event.

The event? Oh, no big deal, just THE ROLLING STONES, BOB DYLAN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, NEIL YOUNG, ROGER WATERS, AND THE WHO ALL DOING A FESTIVITAL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS TOGETHER!!!!!

DON’T BELIEVE ME?!

THIS IS SOMEHOW REAL OH MY GOODNESS.

Paul McCartney, from my 2nd favorite band, the Beatles! The Rolling Stones, my 3rd favorite band! The Who, my 4th favorite band!!! GUYS IT IS TOO PERFECT!!!

Actually…it would be more perfect if Ringo Starr was going to be there…but anyway, it’s still a spectacular line-up. And Roger Waters is my favorite member of Pink Floyd!!!

Sadly, the chances of getting someone to go to California with me are rather slim…I hail from the Land of Lincoln, in case you didn’t know. And, I have no idea what the passes for this magnificent fest would cost, but I imagine they won’t be cheap.

Alas, a girl can dream…

“This is what it sounds like, when doves cry,”

The world has lost yet another majestic megastar this year…this time, we lost Prince at just 57 years old. I grew up knowing his hits and little else; my mom is a huge fan, but my dad is not…therefore, I hardly heard him. But I at least heard him enough to fall in love with “When Doves Cry”. He’s like this tornado of David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and Jimi Hendrix, yet he is truly one of a kind. I still haven’t heard anything regarding the cause of this untimely tragedy. Regardless, Prince will live forever in his music. Rest in Peace, Prince.

I’m just going to leave this epic rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps right here to honor this beautiful genius:

“You can’t always get what you want..”

There have been many times in my life that I wished I could be in London, the land of my idols. This is definitely one of those times, because right now there is a Rolling Stones Exhibit called “Exhibitionism” and I need to be there. My childhood crush Mark Hamill talked about this very recently, and the Rolling Stones have advertised it themselves all over their social media pages, so I have known about it for a while. But seeing pictures of it is what makes me sad that I’m not there.

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There are a bunch of these sculptures outside of the exhibit…these alone…oh my goodness. You don’t understand. I love this logo so much….or maybe you do understand; I have talked about it before. Regardless, I want these sculptures in my home. Outside my home. I WANT THEM EVERYWHERE! Especially that Union Jack one to the right.

But wait, there’s more!

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I love these men so dearly.

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I want to be there.

Alas, I have at least been to something similar; they had a special floor of beautiful Stones artifacts a few years or so back for their 50th anniversary at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland, Ohio. That’s slightly closer to me…definitely more within my reach than London.

me with my favorite mouth

me hamming it at the rolling stones

brian jones

brian jones and his thing

mick jagger outfit

Just a few of my favorite shots…

Also, can’t forget this:

my ideal door

I need this as the door to every room in my house. It’s beautiful.

 

“I’m a space indvader, I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ bitch for you”

Oh, the spectacular, late David Bowie. He always knew what to say.

Anyway, I recently ordered a poncho online by a brand called Lyric Culture, which is an amazing clothing line that features classic rock and roll lyrics on t-shirts, and even clothing and accessories simply inspired by rock and roll. My dad and I once talked about how that should be a thing years ago, so I am glad it’s happened, but…there needs to be MORE! Their items are expensive and somewhat hard to find; this happened to still be on stock while on clearance on the Home Shopping Network’s website. My poncho is actually from their Janis Joplin inspired collection and is one of the few things that does not have lyrics on them, but rather, the back simply says “HIPPIE”, which is delightful enough for me. It was hard to get a good picture of myself in it so take a gander at the picture used on their website:

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It’s also insanely cozy. I feel like I’m wearing a blanket. Today I rocked it with a tie-dye Star Wars shirt, dark skinny jeans, gray boots, new Stormtrooper earrings one of my dearest friends recently gave to me and, of course, my R2-D2 necklace.

I call this look…the Space Hippie:

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Here’s a better look at the tie-dye Star Wars: A New Hope top I got from the Star Wars collection by Rock & Republic at Kohls:

my tie die star wars shirt

Needless to say, combining rock and roll with Star Wars is something that just needs to happen more. Or rather, I am going to step up my fashion game and find more looks for this Space Hippie movement I am starting.

OH, and just in case you were wondering, my darling friend got me those earrings from a shop on Etsy called DuvDesigns. She also got me badass Princess Leia earrings, but I’ll definitely have to wear them on a day where I put my hair up because they just demand to be seen.