Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tumbling



This is the poster that started it all…


“Burning the ground I break from the crowd

I’m on the hunt I’m after you.”

- Heneker, David William; Taylor, John. Song: Hungry like the Wolf, Duran Duran


Duran Duran broke my arm.

Let me explain.

Nicki Elson and friends are hosting the I'll Tumble 4 Ya BlogFest

Here’s the deal:

“Post a picture, video, or whatever of the celebrity you most tumbled for in the 80s. We'd also love to know just what it was that made ya tumble 4 them.”

I took the challenge literally.


Here’s how it began: I discovered Duran Duran when I was thirteen when I saw a poster of the band in Modell’s. Yes, I saw them before I heard them. My two best friends and me memorized lyrics, watched their videos until our eyes teared, and chose favorites band mates. I waffled between John Taylor and Simon LeBon.

Good video. It was filmed in Sri Lanka.

When I was fourteen I saw them in concert TWICE: once at Madison Square Garden (okay seats) and once at Nassau Coliseum in the THIRD row, center stage. (You’re jealous, aren’t you?) I was crushing on John Taylor then.


Which mullet is your favorite?


Here’s where Duran Duran breaks my arm: One of my best friends was a cheerleader. I didn’t hold it against her. She wanted me to try out for the cheerleading squad. The feminist in me wasn’t thrilled that cheerleaders tumbled and chanted on the sidelines while the boys played the game. I was even less thrilled that the cheerleaders periodically baked brownies for the players. In addition, I had never taken a dance class and was uncoordinated, so this seemed like a ludicrous idea. This didn’t stop her from teaching me the moves.

Monday was tryouts. The Sunday before, I was moving my posters around.

I was so lame, not only did I plaster my walls with their photos,
I decorated them for Christmas, AND took a picture.

I had a narrow, four-drawer, wooden cabinet that I kept papers in. I used a chair to get to the top of it so I could reach the posters near the ceiling. Said cabinet wobbled. It swayed. It went backwards. So did I. I used my left wrist to break my fall. (Did I mention I’m left handed?) Pain shot up my arm.

My sister was vacuuming in another room, so it took a while before anyone heard my cries. By the end of the day, I was a proud owner of a new cast and would spend the next six weeks having my books carried and asking people to take notes for me.

Needless to say, I did not try out for cheerleading.

While I was never one of those girls who fainted at the sight of John Taylor or Simon LeBon, I had it pretty bad. My post is proof I tumbed for Duran Duran Literally and Figuratively.

Check out the other posts HERE

I bet they’re less lame than mine.

146 comments:

  1. Save a Prayer is (still--I have that cd in my car) my fav Duran Duran song, and I was similarly infatuated when I was in late elementary school. I can't blame them for any serious bodily harm, though!

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    1. Sarah, I had all their music on records, but never bought the CDs. After writing this post the other day, I got all nostalgic and downloaded Save a Prayer on iTunes. Glad I wasn't alone in my infatuation!

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  2. Wow... That's one impressive wall! I've only ever seen its like on American television.
    Where did you get the posters from?
    And how do you feel about Duran Duran now? Did your fall change how you felt then?

    Suddenly I'm struck by the recollection of where I first heard about Duran Duran. It was reading Dance dance dance, by Haruki Murakami.
    This was before the internet convenience of being able to just look up a band in seconds... It wasn't really crucial to the story, so I just imagined what they sounded like...
    Several years later somebody put some on for me, and I asked what were we listening to. I had a hard time accepting that it was actually Duran Duran and I carefully described a song of theirs asking what album it was from until I eventually realized it didn't exist. : j

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    1. Now, most of the songs are just okay, but I still love Save a Prayer even though I'm not quite sure what it's about. Simon's lyrics are just too deep for me. John Taylor is still good looking, but I know he likes models, so he'll never go for me. Simon clearly didn't age as nicely, so I'm glad I didn't wind up marrying him. My husband, however, has aged well, so I really made the right choice in the end.

      I'll have to look up that song. By the time Duran Duran came out with New Moon on Monday, it was never the same. They managed a couple of hits in the 90s though.

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    2. As to where I got the posters, records stores, 16 Magazine, Teat Beat magazine. It was all so tragic.

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  3. What a room you had! Those 80's bands are so dangerous. Lol

    Great story.

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  4. Great story, Theresa! I love (yes still) music from the 80's. I've even got my Cold Play loving daughter to admit she loves 80's music too. :)

    Thanks for sharing....

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    1. Sharon, I love 80s music and Coldplay too. Coldplay, The Black Keys, Interpol, and Arcade Fire are some of my favorite bands.

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  5. now thats true fan behaviour! John Taylor beats Simon hands down (excuse the pun:)

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    1. Niamh, so true. I think I waffled because Simon was the singer, but John did and still does beat Simon in looks.

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  6. I'm so much older than all of you! After the 1970s I didn't "tumble" for anyone that I could think of.

    I loved the Beatles, eventually. I wasn't too interested when they first came on the scene about 1962, just after I married my first husband. They were quite the rage, though I never had posters on my wall. For one thing, posters weren't "in" in those long ago days; and for another thing, I didn't have money for such things back then.

    Thanks, Theresa, for the comment just now on my blog post. You said you would advertise my memoir In the Memoir on Facebook. My publisher wanted to know if I'd be willing to do it free for two days, and today is the last day.

    Hope YOU have a good Thursday!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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    1. Ann, remember I was fourteen, so young enough to be silly. You were older by the time The Beatles came around. I got some appreciation for The Beatles from some friends in my later teens.

      I can't advertise on Facebook until I'm home. It's blocked at work. But I'll be sure to mention it's the last day.

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  7. Just yesterday we were talking about Duran Duran at work, so imagine my surprise to open your blog and see them here today! Too funny!

    I'd have to say, my fave from the '80's was Peter Cetera (Both solo and with Chicago.)

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  8. Oh I was a Spandau Ballet-ers - and hissed at all things Duran Duran! LOL!!!

    Love your cheerleader story!! OUCH! But please tell me cheerleaders don't bake brownies for the players any more?!!?!??! Ew!

    Take care
    x

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    1. Old Kitty, I remember their big hit: "I know that much is true..." I just heard it on the radio the other day after not hearing it for decades.

      Yes, let's hope cheerleaders don't bake brownies anymore.

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    1. LR, YaY, another fan! Writing this post has made me nostalgic. I'm going to have to listen to their songs again.

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  10. There's the age difference for you. When I was eight, my walls were covered with pictures of the Beatles. My big sister got first dibs and claimed Paul. John was already married so I snagged George and we left Ringo to my little sister. I also had lots of pictures of Leonard Whiting, Romeo in Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet. Now *he* was hot!

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    1. Judy, Ringo was and still is Ringo. I bet few liked him. John and George aged the best. Those round faces don't hold up (I should know). George was the hottest.

      I'll have to look up Leonard Whiting. (Leaving) I'm back. Oh yes, I would've fallen for him.

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  11. Wow, your wall really WAS plastered! Well I guess the good thing that came out of it was that you didn't have to try out for cheerleading! My best friend in junior high was a cheerleader and convinced uncoordinated, inflexible me to try out. Yeah, one of the biggest embarrassments of my life ;p

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    1. Abby, I'm so sorry you had to try out. My broken wrist was a savior.

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  12. And here's another thing we have in common. My bedroom was similarly attired. I recognize at least five of those posters. I'll have to look more closely to see if I recognize the rest.

    At 12 I decided that I had to have a favorite band, so Duran Duran was it. A neighbor introduced me to them. She was into Nick. I had a thing for Simon. There was a boy at the high school named John who dressed just like John did. We girls were duly impressed (he kind of looked like him).

    I never got injured, though. (I'd never have gotten up on that dresser. You're braver than me.)

    I still have their CDs, and so I uploaded them to my computer. Don't listen to them, though. (Don't listen to music much at all.) Although, "The Reflex" was on the radio as I drove into work this morning (sigh).

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    1. Liz, ha! Do you have any pictures of your room? If one is short and must plaster a wall by their bed, accidents happen.

      That t-shirt, blazer, loafer, no socks look was all the rage. Thanks, Miami Vice.

      I haven't heard The Reflex in ages. Now it's in my head.

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  13. Such fun, Theresa, I liked Duran Duran but not as much as you I confess:) I was more of a Bay City Rollers girl, not sure if you remember them ? They wore a lot of tartan.
    Glad you made the right decision and married your hubbie instead of John.

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    1. Brigid, I remember the name Bay City Rollers. Were they disco? What songs did they play? I'll have to look them up when I'm home. I don't want to bring up music in the teachers lounge.

      Yes, I made the right decision marrying my husband. Though I must confess, John wasn't asking. And when I was really into him I had a mullet and braces.

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  14. This is FUNNY!! I plastered my walls, too, and took pictures!! haha

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    1. Margo, glad you enjoyed it. It's nice to know I'm not alone in my teen dorkiness.

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  15. I absolutely LOVED Duran Duran. LOVED them. :-)

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    1. Shannon, there are more Duran Duran fans out here than I realized! I feel better now.

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  16. You are sooo not lame! I love this post - love seeing your fun side. And I loved Duran Duran, too. I remember dancing to Duran Duran at Bar Mitzvahs. Sigh.

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    1. Vicki, wait until my A to Z Challenge month. You're going to get much more dirt on me from the 80s.

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  17. Hahaha, oh, I love this! Your wall is amazing, even if it did break your wrist. I love hearing about high school obsessions! :)

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  18. Meredith, I'd like to be indignant and say this wasn't a high school obsession, since it started when I was 13, but I don't recall when it ended. I may or may not have been in 10th grade.

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  19. Theresa - I knew by all the alliteration in your blog title that I would like you! This post is so much fun; I'm glad to meet another gal who is young at heart! All the best ~ Victoria

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    1. Victoria, I'm glad you found my blog. Happy to know you like my title and post! All the best to you too.

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  20. This is great! Love that story. Guess cheerleading wasn't in the cards for you, eh? But Duran Duran was. :)

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    1. Carol, really the broken wrist was the best thing that could've happened to me. I would've made a fool out of myself at best or actually gotten chosen at worst.

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  21. I loved Duran Duran. I thought the lead singer was dreamy, so he's my favorite mullet.

    You decorated their pictures...that brought a smile to my face.

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    1. Medeia, it's nice when you have five whole mullets to choose from.

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  22. Ah, so we are the same age, or very near. DD was my first serious girlfriend's FAVORITE band. I bought her the Wolf tape for Christmas one year.

    Remember tapes!

    Me, I was in love with BC (that's Belinda Carlisle) and . My girlfriend sort of looked like her, at least to me, a little better, even. She had these magnificent lips that were my first real kiss.

    I looked nothing like Simon, though. Still don't.


    - Eric

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  23. Eric, I do remember tapes. I had a tape recorder and would actually hold it up to the radio when I was 10 or 11 to record songs. My sister saw Belinda Carlisle in concert. She had a giant poster on her closet. Nice that you had a girlfriend that looked like her. My boyfriends at that time didn't look like Simon or JT.

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  24. I just posted my blogfest entry, and my crush was John Taylor! I never got to see them in concert, though. :(

    Guess we have similar good taste!

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  25. Susan, I'll have to check out your blogfest entry. I bet John Taylor was the most popular of the lot.

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  26. Lol! I love it that tumbled LITERALLY as well as figuratively for them!

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    1. Rachel, as soon as I saw the BlogFest sign up, I knew EXACTLY what to write about.

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  27. Great story! I'm seeing a lot of Duran Duran references in these blogfest posts. They must have been doing something right. :)

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    1. DL, I'm amazed there are so many Duran Duran posts. I guess we were all smitten teens.

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  28. I've seen John Taylor a few times today. They had a great sound. Wifey still likes the guys in the band.

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    1. Stephen, I agree. A few of their songs stood the test of time.

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  29. Great story! Although I cringed about the broken arm as I remember how bad it hurt when I broke mine back in the 80s. Duran Duran is definitely a popular choice today. :)

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    1. Julie, it did hurt! But once they put the cast on, it felt fine. But then it got itchy.

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  30. What a story! I also plastered my walls with pics from Tiger Beat and other mags. My sister went so far as to cover every single inch of her wall with pics!

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    1. Coleen, your sister's walls sound worse than mine! Though I decorated mine for Christmas, so who am I to talk?

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  31. At our school, you could like Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet, but not both. I was for the other team I'm afraid :-)

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    1. Sarah, Old Kitty said something similar. I don't remember the rivalry and I only recall one hit by Spandau Ballet.

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  32. You DECORATED the BOARD for Christmas! Hahahahaha...oh, I'm going to be laughing about that for a while - it's so incredibly cute. Well, I'd say you certainly win the prize for most literal tumble. But hey, it saved you from tryouts. ;)

    Thanks so much for fessing up. I'm going to keep this window up so I can listen to your boys while I hop. :)

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    1. Nicki, so glad ton win the literal tumble prize. Maybe I can snag best videos too. ; )
      This is the best BlogFest!

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  33. I never paid much mind to the band members but I liked and still like the music of Duran Duran. And in all my life I've never broken an arm or a leg and I hope I never do.


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
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    #atozchallenge

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    1. Arlee, I haven't broken anything since. I hope you never break anything either. It's a pain.

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  34. Been listening to random '80s hits as I comment. Earlier, I was listening to 'Take on Me' when I hit a blog singing the praises of the lead singer of A-ha. Opened up your blog while listening to 'Hungry Like the Wolf.'

    That's just a little freaky ...

    Your story is incredibly endearing and I am sooo glad you still have the pic to post it.

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    1. Suze, that IS freaky. I feel like I've been hearing more 80s music since I decided to join this BlogFest a few weeks ago.

      Yes, I have many embarrassing pictures to post. Just need the right topic!

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  35. Love the pictures! Guess you have Duran Duran to thank for helping you find a reason not to audition for cheerleading :)

    Happy weekend!

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Nutschell, there aren't too many times in my life when I could be happy for a broken arm. This worked out well!

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  36. I think that if I was required to bake brownies for players, I might have spiked them with pot just because that would have been really funny to watch as it took a hold of them during practice.

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    1. Michael, ha! I was a good girl in 7th and 8th grades. I had no idea how to get pot with which to spike brownies. It would've made for some interesting games too.

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  37. Duran, Duran was hot. I suppose the injury makes them immemorable for you.

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    1. M Pax, the injury does make me think of them more than other bands from that time.

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  38. Awesome post!
    Lots of Duran Duran out today. One of my favorite songs of their was the under appreciated "Hold Back the Rain".

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    1. Timothy, I liked that song. An old friend reminded me of another obscure song. Unfortunately, I can't remember the title now. It was on Facebook. I can't get on there from work.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  39. Love your story and the photo. I used to have a wall dedicated to the Beatles.

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    1. Belle, early Beatles, late Beatles or the whole time?

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  40. Great choice! It must've taken a long time to put all those posters up and decorate them for Christmas. I've never broken my arm, but my right leg was broken when I was run over by a car in 2003. If I ever break my arm, at least I'm ambidextrous and can write well with both hands.

    I think my favorite DD song is a toss-up between "Come Undone" and "My Antarctica." Other favorites include "The Seventh Stranger" and "Khanada."

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    1. Carrie-Anne, you've given me a bunch of songs to look up.

      Sorry about your leg. How awful! How handy (groan) to be ambidextrous.

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  41. I loved Duran Duran! Your room looked like mine.

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  42. Never went to a Duran Duran concert, but they were an obsession form me in HS. My friend and I used to write stories with them as stars. Namely, John Taylor, though. You and I posted the same video :-)

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    1. Susan, my friends and I used to write stories too! You posted the same video? I'll visit soon. I'm behind on my commenting.

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  43. Hey,

    I've heard of Falling for DD, but that was a hoot to read.. .I can't believe your wall... wow :)

    Ah, I miss the '80s :)

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    1. Mark, the 80s had some good stuff. Too bad I was nice and skinny and the clothes were huge. That was the tragedy. Then when I gained some weight, the 90s clothes got so tiny.

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  44. Good one! I took many tumbles in my room growing up, but was never so unlucky to break an arm. That was an amazing story though :)

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    1. Drea, I used to jump off high flying swings and climb all over playground that would be considered unsafe by today's standards. But it was the posters that did me in.

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  45. I've never heard of Duran Duran, but it sounds like they were all the rage!

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  46. The Golden Eagle, you are much, much younger than me. They did have a hit or two in the last decade. They've made a couple of comebacks.

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  47. I love the photo of your walls covered in Duran Duran!!!
    I waffled a bit between Simon and John as well, but John won most of the time. :)
    Didn't Duran Duran have the BEST videos?!

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    1. Kelly, they did have the best videos. I watched them so often, they're branded on my brain!

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  48. OMG!!! I recognize some of those posters. I had them in my room too . . . until I discovered Bon Jovi. Then my heart wavered from Simon, John, and Roger (yes, I had a crush on him too) to Jon. :D

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    1. Stina, we started the same and then veered into different directions. I got into punk/alternative.

      I had a friend who liked Roger too. We dubbed him "the shy one".

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  49. The poster that started it all had a prominent position in my sister's room. My room had different ones - both rooms were shrines to Duran Duran! You're right, I am super jealous you saw them twice! I would have killed to go to a concert when I was a teenager. I did get to see them in the early 90's, but obviously not the whole band. Last year they came close to where I live, but the venue sold out overnight, so no tickets for me!

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    1. Lara, I'm sorry. I hope you get to see them sometime soon. I got to see some good bands in the 1980s because I lived in New York. I even saw Power Station. Remember that? John Taylor was in Power Station for a short time. But Robert Palmer didn't sing for the tour.

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  50. Not lame in the least! In fact, that's a GREAT choice!

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    1. Jemi, there's been so much Duran Duran love for this BlogFest, I no longer feel lame.

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  51. Oh my, sorry to hear about your wrist, but glad you lived to tell about it! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Karen, the only time my wrist bothers me is if I bowl more than two games, and I rarely bowl. You have a great weekend too!

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  52. That is quite a poster collection! Love your blog name.

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    1. Jennifer, thank you. My blog used to be "Substitute Teacher's Saga", but I stopped subbing. Besides, the title had nothing to do with writing. I got a little carried away with the alliteration.

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  53. Oh Duran Duran!! Swoon! I loved them too. You had such a cool poster collection!

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    1. Lynda, thanks! I haven't thought of the poster collection as cool in a long time.

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  54. Wow! I'm impressed!!!

    I had a wall covered with posters like that my freshman year of college (I was late bloomer) - I wish I had taken a picture of it!

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    1. Margo, I have a feeling you're just younger than me. By the time I was in college, it was all about grunge.

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  55. Glad it was just an arm and not your heart that got broken.

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  56. What an awesome story! Though I'm sorry you had to get hurt. I wonder if I have any photos of my poster covered walls lying around?

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    1. Deniz, thanks! If you find a picture of your walls, please share!

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  57. OMG. They were all so gorgeous! I loved them all. And that Save A Prayer song is probably my favorite of theirs. Haunting.

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  58. Hi Theresa! I love Duran Duran too...but I must admit another band stole my heart when I was 14 or 15...but I am not sure I could post it on here because it is truly embarrassing...LOL.

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  59. Real Women, Real Stories, you're posting as an anthology (which is pretty much anonymous) and you still won't tell me which band stole your heart?!

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  60. duran duran, great choice!
    my fav band was the police =)

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  61. Tara, one of my best friends loved Sting. I saw him in concert solo twice. I still think he's hot.

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  62. I loved the Bad Boys, Aerosmith. Sting second.

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  63. What's a little cast and broken bone when you get to see your idol LIVE? It's a great story.

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  64. Brinda, the cast lasted six weeks, but the memories of the concerts are still here.

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  65. Yooouch, good description of a painful incident. heh. I love the pic of your Christmas-decorated postered walls.;)

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    1. Trisha, thanks. My cheerleading friend at first thought I'd fallen on purpose.

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  66. Really can't go wrong with Duran Duran... such a cool, and handsome band:)

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    1. tfwalsh, so true. When I wrote this post, I really looked at them for the first time in years and thought the same thing.

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  67. Great story - I was waiting to read one where someone had literally tumbled for their crush! Thanks for visiting my blog and following :-)

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    1. LindaK, I've made my way through nearly the whole BlogFest list and haven't seen anyone else literally tumble for their crush!

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  68. I'm sure I had that poster on my wall. Either that, or they always struck the same pose!

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  69. Annalisa, I thought it would be hard to find an image of the poster, but when I did a Google Image check, it was on the first page. Maybe it was popular.

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  70. Loved the story and those pictures were fun...I did love a few Duran Duran songs and they seemed popular on the fest..Thanks for visiting and hope to be back often.

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  71. Rek, they were popular on the fest alone with Tom Cruise. Thanks for visiting me too!

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  72. omg, T. Didn't we ALL love DD? I was so in love w/John Taylor. :D My BFF Dara and I would make up stories about them--natch, we were always there. LOL! Yep, early fan fiction. And LOVE the Save a Prayer video. Love all their videos...

    sorry about your tumble! <3

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  73. LTM, my two friends and I wrote fan fiction too. We had this journal we exchanged. Besides Duran Duran, we also wrote about The Police, and Prince. It got stolen by these mean girls once, which was pretty scary, but we got it back.

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  74. What a great story! I never was a big Duran Duran fan but I would've done something like that for my crushes :)

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  75. Heather, thanks. It was a crazy few crush years!

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  76. I'm seeing Duran Duran come up alot! I'm more into the fact that you saw them at arenas I know from childhood :)

    And is it bad I find it hilarious that your sister's vacuuming delayed the discovery of your unfortunate incident?

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    1. Sophia, no, it's not bad. Looking back, I find it funny that nobody could hear me calling for help too.

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  77. Duran Duran saved you from being a cheerleader! I, too, waffled between Simon and John.

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  78. OUCH!!! And oh what memories of that beloved band!

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    1. Christina, one thing I learned about this BlogFest is that I'm in good company.

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  79. I love that you decorated your posters for Christmas! And I love that you took a picture. I kindof wish I had a great memory like that. I had a life-size poster of Kevin Costner as Robin Hood in my room.

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    1. Janet, I remember Costner in Robin Hood. Though I do have to say I'm partial to Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

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  80. That was quite a fall, literally! Hahaha! I shouldn't laugh.....great story!

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  81. I was a massive Duran Duran fan in their day and I could still happily turn their music up loud now. Ouch at the arm, it's one way to remember a band!

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  82. Rebecca, remember their music and their arm made me re-discover Duran Duran all over again.

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